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JAN 21 2020



A little cannabis and a little free time





It’s nigh impossible to view ourselves phenomenologically — witnessing and reading others is much easier, because of the inherent exteriority of viewing (as opposed to being). Perhaps this is why we make things — to prove we exist to ourselves, not to slip through the cracks of perceptibility. Belgian artist Florence Laprat has such a nice version of this external manifestation with both work and site. And specifically, the primacy of her ongoing “studio egg” piece (made of wax and dust from her studio) shows that her ecto-intelligence/poetics is self effacing and deep. 🥚




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Bernardo Martins
Alexis Jamet
Agga Anne Mette Stage






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BOOK FAIR

Index Art Book Fair, México City
January 23 – 26
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EXHIBITION

Enrico David at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
Closes March 10
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ONGOING 
Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty
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Affection(s)





We went out into the unpeopled desert again. We had to crunch across the edge lands of desperate ATV tracks and the hangover fields of broken glass — but before long we were surrounded by solitude and sensuality. We are neither botanists nor surveyors, but seems are aspirants to a sort-of connoisseurship of voluptuous nonhumanness. There is little more stimulating than coming upon a drone of bees in a plant of baroque swelling, or contemplating an ancient and comic spillage of black rocks or from a high perch seeing a beige dust devil swirling against mauve mountains. Oh and we haven’t even mentioned the complex interior psychological thoughts that are birthed here… If one wonders what state we’re in — this time, just a little cannabis and a little free time.

Image: Robert Mangold, 1/2 Manila Curved Area Series W, 1968




CN/123

JAN 14 2020



The subtle twist that deeply sensualizes






Right from the start on photographer Ignazio Lozano’s site one is met by an immaculate and frigid provocation — an unflinching stare emanating from a beautiful face of faux-militant comportment. The challenge is not merely limited to the content of that single photo though — this is a well laid out tension, one that continues a stony, plotted eroticism, to the end of the site’s scroll. There is a subtle twist though, one that really, deeply sensualizes the whole thing. It is the moment when one discovers that the rigidity of the grid (the surface tension of the images) can be defiled — the images are not as fixed as one thinks; they can be moved, dragged.




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Nitsa Meletopoulos
Taner Tumkaya
Jorre Janssens






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BOOK FAIR

BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair
January 16-19
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ONGOING

Egyptian Crocodile Museum
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FILM SCREENING 
Gregg Araki’s Totally Fucked Up
MoMA, January 18, 7:30 PM
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Affection(s)



We haven’t been to New York in awhile, but when we lived there we used to spend a lot of time in front of this substantial Chinese sculpture (it’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). It is impossible to know if the piece captured a likeness of a real being, but this is not really important — as even if it is manufactured fantasy it has truly uncanny realism (it is for sure a masterpiece). Whenever we were in its presence we felt a complete desire to emulate its perfect composure — this is said, mind you, knowing that this is an inanimate object, clay. But like a philosopher’s stone taking the visage of a monk, we could ask it questions. And it always said loosely the same thing: well you can’t really do much in a lifetime so whatever you decide to do, you should strive to do it with total commitment, try to maintain the desire to achieve it perfectly. Beauty is love of process and pursuit.




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JAN 07 2020



Spend the night in a thought






Jeez, another beautiful German ophthalmologist site? It’s really too much. Not a single Italian otolaryngologist or Paraguayan radiologist… Wir haben nur spaß — in reality it is heartwarming and fun to see Cargo utilized in secular, non-design-world beauty. Gut gemacht!




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Plantarium
Tristan Ceddia
Boulevard LAB






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ONGOING
Museo Casa Mollino
Turin, Italy
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CLOSING THIS WEEKEND
Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures
Fondazione Prada, Modena
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The Société des Amis de Marcel Proust
Illiers-Combray, France
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Affection(s)



Everything is thought [gedacht]. The task is to make a stopover at every one of these many little thoughts. To spend the night in a thought. Once I have done that, I know something about it that its originator never dreamed of. (Walter Benjamin, 1928)

Image: William Pope.L, Thunderbird Immolation a.k.a. Meditation Square Piece, 1978





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DEC 17 2019



Without making an indulgent concession






A personal site, besides being a collection or repository, is also a messenger — something like a scout, decorated in a certain manner to announce its maker. When done well, a site (the work and its manner of display) acts as an anchor so that a cantilevered representation of fertile assumptions and interpolations can be made by a viewer. Korean graphic designer Junki Hong’s site is an impeccable illustration of this notion — who is he? Most likely an immaculate designer with a flair for the occasional, witty caprice. 👽👍




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Joana Pestana
Arirang, Our Land
Studio Murum






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SCREENING
The Films of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, René Clair, and Francis Picabia
Anthology Film Archives, New York
Friday, December 20
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ONGOING
Aldo Rossi — San Cataldo Cemetery
Modena, Italy
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BOOK SIGNING

Karel Martens — Re-Printed Matter: 60 Years Of Books
ENTER ENTER, Amsterdam
Friday, December 20
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Affection(s)



If I now do so — not without groping, continuing in the steps of those who started — I establish a new order of thought and behavior. The perception of the instant, without making an indulgent concession and without justification, presupposes a new discipline. I must:
         —acquire knowledge, as clear and distinct as possible, of the domain defined by the words erotic, comic, poetic, tragic, ecstatic...
         —determine how they respond to the desire for the instant, how they leave the door open to provision for the future; how they imply, in contradiction with the value of the immediate, miserable calculations;
         —without the shadow of duty and without any reason (except this: what is postponed until later will in the end either be reduced to the fleeting instant or will be only a lure ensuring my ‘servitude’) live erotically, comically, poetically, tragically, ecstatically;
         —subordinate all thought that touches on the erotic to eroticism, all thought on drunkenness to drunkenness, etc…

(Georges Bataille, from Initial Postulate, 1947)
Image: Georges Bataille, Untitled, c. 1925




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DEC 10 2019



The wind lived by itself whirling in empty space






It is assumed that we are created by the world, and that we are primarily subject to its rules. Of course to some extent, this is true. But really, it’s a rather boring and unimaginative notion (and we think ultimately specious) — just ask anyone to describe the world you grew up in, or what context or purpose makes you ecstatic. They could never do it — only you can. So it’s almost imperative that one forge their own universe. We say all this thinking of French photographer Alice Pallot’s site as she has vigorously and eloquently created work, and a setting, all her own. And the only thing better than savoring your own world is exploring someone else’s. 🖖




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Maximilian Koppernock
Studio Mærtens
Rita Lino






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ONGOING
The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Little Sparta, Scotland
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CLOSES AUG 3 ‘20
Heaven in a Room — Wooden Ceilings in Renaissance Florence and Rome
The Uffizi, Florence
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CLOSING SOON: JAN 13 ‘20
Izumi Kato-Like A Rolling Snowball, Paintings and Sculpture
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
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Affection(s)



They say when there was no
Such thing as time or place

The wind lived by itself
Whirling in empty space

To fill a hungry heart
Unborn with sighs until

From rubbing wind on wind
Out of the twirling gyre

There shot a golden dot
A point of flame a fire

(Wind Fire, by Roger Gilbert-Lecomte)
Image: Anish Kapoor, Descent into Limbo, 1992