This past Tuesday, a large group gathered on the lower level of Other Criteria's New York space to experience a lecture by writer and art critic Carlo McCormick.
As an extensive survey through the ages, McCormick cleverly delivered his thoughts and observations on the presence of drugs, narcotics in the arts from the prehistoric era to this present day.
Treats for the night included a 'Sizzurp' inspired cocktail created by the staff. See more photos of the evening here.
Other Criteria are pleased to announce a lecture with author and critic Carlo McCormick on October 28th 2014. Art & Intoxication, will examine the parallels and intersections of “getting high” and art making.
McCormick promises to “run riot through the ages” with a talk that will uncover and assess the role and impact of substance use and abuse on the creative output of cave painters, classical Greco-Roman and Egyptian practitioners, as well as established art stars ranging from Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Bosch through Steichen, Picasso, and Warhol to Chris Burden, Jeff Koons and many, many more. According to the author “Few things seem more endemic to the human condition than the creation of art and the search for intoxication.”
Carlo McCormick is a culture critic and curator living in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists. McCormick lectures and teaches extensively at universities and colleges around the United States on popular culture and art. His writing has appeared in Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Artforum, High Times, Paper, Vice and other magazines. McCormick has curated many exhibitions including The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984.
Other Criteria was founded in 2005 with the aim of bringing affordable art of the highest quality to a wide audience. Other Criteria collaborates closely with established and emerging artists and designers on a wide range of unique and inspired objects including books, prints, photographs, sculptural works and jewellery.
Unicorns, flags, sexuality and identity are key themes within Peregrine Honig's latest exhibition at HAW/CONTEMPORARY, Kansas City from the 24th of October until the 6th of December 2014. Honig’s solo show ‘Unicorn’ consists of large-scale oil paintings that act as props for self-composed portraits allowing further scope for a digitalised representation of the self. Visitors to the show are given the opportunity to engage with the artworks digitally by editing and uploading an image of themselves juxtaposed with the artworks, unifying themselves collectively with a hashtag. Every sitter becomes contextualised as a saint, royalty or deity.
During a recent trip to Italy, Honig was struck by how often she saw people photographing themselves with works of art before they really looked at the work. Her new paintings respond to this phenomenon. Occupied or empty the pieces offer a curated private space in a public gallery setting, each sitter has the power to produce, edit, and digitally publish their own image. With the assistance of a collective hashtag, visitors take part in creating a contemporary, constantly evolving, book of hours. Similarly, these donor selfies reference the rich history of patrons commissioning artists to paint them into elaborate and decadent sets
Honigs work focuses on ideas surrounding sexuality, social anxieties and fashion consumerism along with the ethical attachments these may bring.
For his upcoming solo show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery,Thomas Sheibitz was inspired by French author and art rhetorist, Andre Malraux's essay 'Musée Imaginaire.' In this essay, Malraux explores the shifts between perception and context that occur in art. The exhibition will present new painting, relief and sculpture by the artist.
Thomas Scheibitz's 'Studio Imaginaire' will exhibit at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, from October 23 to December 20, 2014.
Thomas Scheibitz will be showing the painting titled ‘Studio’ at Frieze this October 2014. Born in Radeberg, Germany in 1968, Scheibitz explores the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, playing with the traditional genres of landscape, still life and portraiture, creating radical new forms that are graphically dynamic. When encountering ‘Studio’ we are encompassed by sharp lines, interlocking diagonals, triangular shapes, grid framework and immersive perspectives.
Scheibitz employs an array of research material ranging from Renaissance paintings to contemporary cartoons, magazine cuttings, advertising and graphic designs. These are harnessed through a digital camera and a small A5 size sketchbook. The source material is then transformed, becoming indistinguishable from its origins, and translated by the artist to assume part of the system of symbols and dynamic geometrics characteristic of his finished paintings and sculptures.
To view a Frieze video of Thomas Sheibitz talking about his studio practice click here.
Envy, seduction and the uncontrollable yearning for objects of beauty is a theme that Jimmy Choo entrusted British artist Mat Collishaw to bring to his latest collection ‘Vices’.
The Vices collection comprises of bags and shoes bejewelled in diamond, ruby, emerald, jet, sapphire, black diamond and citrine crystal gemstones, symbolising the seven deadly sins. Similarly within Mat Collishaw’s oeuvre we are drawn to these qualities of penetrating beauty unaware of their morbid and sometimes repulsive realities. Collishaw and Choo collaborate to create an impressive crystallised metropolis, full of energy and enchantment for the limited edition capsule collection. Collishaw explains the keys of his success, ‘There were two recurring themes in the designs I saw that I thought could work well together. Firstly, the coloured jewel stones that refracted light and had their origins in primordial caves. Secondly, the super-high-tech tower blocks that also glimmered with light and refracted the life of the city. I wanted to evoke the aura of primal urges emerging in these modern technologically advanced environments’.
To view the video of the latest ‘Vices Collection’ and Mat Collishaw's installation click here.
Frieze London 15–18 October 2014
Damien Hirst is currently showing the diptych, Because I Can't Have You I Want You in the White Cube stand at Frieze, London this year. Hirst has captured the lives of thirty two different gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals in formaldehyde. The formaldehyde itself is used as much to communicate an idea as to preserve. The solution is extremely toxic despite its innocuous appearance. For Hirst it is associated with fear and memory, or the loss of it. Apparent in Because I Can't Have You I Want You the fish appear to continue to maintain the illusion of their lives underwater, however their eyes and forms reflect an isolated and regimented world. Hirst says, ‘they all face the same way yet they can’t make contact the way they do in the sea […] in life we’re separated by flesh and bones and you can’t really move beyond that’. A theme that is apparent throughout Hirst's collective series of formaldehyde works which brought Hirst to notoriety.
You will find Hirst's Because I Can't Have You I Want You at stand D4 for this year’s Frieze Art Fair.