Landscape

November 2013

The Sunday Poem: Miriam Sagan’s Seven Places in America

By |11.23.13

Lisa Elmaleh, Paurotis Palms, Everglades, Florida, silver gelatin print, 2010. On view in the Mythology of Florida exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans through January 5th. (Photo © Lisa Elmaleh via lisaelmaleh.com)

 

“Miriam Sagan’s Seven Places is a lovely collection of verbal souvenirs, resonant snapshots plumbing the mists, the touches, the footfalls that evoke place,” writes art critic Lucy Lippard. “Before I started reading I knew some of these places. Now I know them all. I can walk there.”

Art has the ability to make the familiar new again, and this is particularly true of […]

July 2013

  • Bobby Sommer plays museum guard Johann in Cohen's latest film Museum Hours.
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    Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours: A Film With Big Ideas and Small Details

  • SONY DSC Director Jem Cohen and Pieter Brueghel’s 1559 painting

Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours: A Film With Big Ideas and Small Details

By |07.18.13

  There are times when art criticism can illuminate a specific art work—expand on it, put it into context, or communicate details too easily overlooked. But there are other cases when a given art work, film, book, or piece of music is so perfect—so magnificently conceived and executed—that language threatens to reduce this brilliance to a phantom of the original. Such is the case with Jem Cohen’s latest film, Museum Hours. This is a film that could only come from the consciousness of Cohen. It is the prefect director tackling the perfect subject with the perfect cast in the perfect location. [...]

November 2012

  • Tracing the "High Water Line" along the battery (Photo by Hose Cedeno courtesy highwaterline.org)
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    A Line Made By Flooding – Artist Eve Mosher: “I Never Wanted to Be Right”

A Line Made By Flooding – Artist Eve Mosher: “I Never Wanted to Be Right”

By |11.16.12

        “I never wanted this to be a reality,” artist Eve Mosher wrote on her website the week Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey. ”Five years ago I couldn’t have even imagined it.” In 2007 Mosher created High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents. Using topographic maps, satellite images, research from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, and a Heavy Hitter (a machine typically used to draw chalk lines on ball fields), Moser walked 70 miles of New York coastline, [...]

June 2012

  • "Watertower" by Tom Fruin is now on view in DUMBO (Photo by Robert Banat courtesy Tom Fruin)
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    Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

By |06.22.12

    When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, do you ever think about where the water pouring out of your faucet comes from? Do you ever consider the fact that a simple thing like clean drinking water requires an elaborate system of pipes, reservoirs, water tanks, wells, and treatment plants? Probably not. We take the infrastructure of modern life for granted. Only when we experience a natural disaster like a massive ice storm or hurricane do we realize how reliant we are on highways, trains, power grids, subways, and public water works for modern-day conveniences. New York [...]

December 2011

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    Pick of the Week: Matthew Northridge’s Pictures by Wire and Wireless

Pick of the Week: Matthew Northridge’s Pictures by Wire and Wireless

By |12.31.11

    If you haven’t seen Matthew Northridge’s solo show Pictures by Wire and Wireless at KANSAS, the newest gallery on Tribeca’s up-and-coming gallery row, you’re in luck. The show has just been extended until Saturday, January 7th. Art Forum magazine has placed Pictures by Wire and Wireless on their “Critic’s Pick” list. I had the pleasure of seeing the show in New York this November and can assure you that the distinction is well deserved. Northridge is one of the few contemporary artists I can think of pushing the boundaries of collage as an art form. Equally playful and orderly, his obsessive, detailed work, composed [...]

August 2011

  • "Orange" (Photo © Barry Underwood)
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    Barry Underwood: Transforming the Familiar into the Extraordinary

Barry Underwood: Transforming the Familiar into the Extraordinary

By |08.28.11

Imagine for a moment an Ansel Adams photograph. Any Adams’ image will do. What does it look like? Do you see a landscape in black and white? Is it in a frame? Is it small? Large? Is the image on a poster pinned to a wall or displayed above a calendar page? Or do you see the landscape itself, as though it’s a real place? It is hard to imagine what Adams’ colleagues and friends thought when they saw his photographs of Yosemite Valley, the Sierra, and other landscapes in the American West for the first time. Today, Adams’ photographs [...]

June 2011

Creative Spaces: Angela Cappetta’s Love Letter to Medusa

By |06.30.11

Photographer Angela Cappetta has a new show opening this weekend at the Medusa General Store as part of their MGS Projects series. “Medusa: A Love Letter to the Mountains” reflects on the working farm community of Medusa in Upstate New York. The hamlet is tiny–it had a population of only 376 people during the 2000 census–but this did not stop Cappetta from setting up a home and darkroom in the rural community. Cappetta’s photographs of Medusa were handprinted in her own basement darkroom, which is pictured […]