1. What if the Internet had a body? In his DUMBO studio, artist Daniel Gordon photographs paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web. "I like to think about what I'm doing as an optimistic version of appropriation," says Gordon, who wonders if he can transport digital images into real life by giving them a physical form. The artist’s paper tableaus, rich in vibrant colors and vivid patterns, are transformed in the process of making a picture with large format cameras. "It's a fiction and a truth at the same time," says Gordon, whose early "Flying Pictures" series (2001–2004) created whimsical illusions of the artist in mid-flight. The film reveals the behind-the-scenes process of two of Gordon's recent works—a silhouette of Ruby Sky Stiler (the artist’s wife) and the still life "Blue Watermelon and Shell" (2013)—from photographing in the studio to the final printing process with Anthony Accardi at Green Rhino in Williamsburg. Also featuring the works "Toe Transplant" (2006), "Blue Face" (2010), "July 15, 2009" (2009), "Portrait in Orange and Blue" (2010), "Crescent Eyed Portrait" (2012), "Portrait in Yellow Orange and Blue" (2012), "Tropical Still Life" (2012), "Portrait with Blue Hair" (2013), "Still Life with Lobster" (2012), and "Still Life with Fish and Forsythia" (2013).

    Daniel Gordon (b. 1980, Boston, MA; raised in San Francisco, California, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about the artist at:
    art21.org/newyorkcloseup/artists/daniel-gordon/

    CREDITS | "New York Close Up" Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Producer & Editor: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Wesley Miller & Ava Wiland. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Design & Graphics: Open. Artwork: Daniel Gordon. Music: 4 Elements Music, Thor Jonsson, David D. Mann & Darko Saric. Thanks: Anthony Accardi, Green Rhino, Ruby Sky Stiler, Henry Terepka & Wallspace. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All rights reserved.

    "New York Close Up" is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Lambent Foundation; Toby Devan Lewis; the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and by individual contributors.

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  2. Mark Moore Gallery announces Relics, the first solo show in the main gallery by LA-based painter, Feodor Voronov. A derivation from his trademark Word Paintings - first shown in the Project Room in 2012 – Voronov's newest works feature his emblematically bold color palette and obsessive mark making techniques, but stem from new source material. His vibrant abstractions of words and letters become monuments to his visual thought process and interest in the interconnectivity of language, thus acting as literal and figurative Relics of his practice.

    In the Project Room, Mark Moore Gallery presents New Work, the gallery's first solo exhibition by LA-based painter Lester Monzon. An ambitious display of nearly thirty new works, Monzon debuts his trademark tongue-in-cheek meditations on artistic taxonomy with alluring new compositions and timely critiques.

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  3. Apr 27–Aug 11, 2013

    Born in Argentina and based in London, artist Amalia Pica explores metaphor, communication, and civic participation through drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, live performances, and installations. Pica is interested in the limits and failures of language and in what it means to have a platform to speak out from. Using simple materials such as photocopies, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, bunting, cardboard, and other found materials, she creates work that is formally beautiful and conceptually rigorous while addressing fundamental issues of communication. Raising questions about individual versus collective speech and the translation of thought to action, she examines the role of the artist in conveying messages to audiences. Pica’s work is also optimistic in its reflection of moments of shared experience, often incorporating signifiers of celebration and communal gatherings—found and constructed objects that revel in simple, and sometimes outmoded, technologies. Amalia Pica is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States and includes approximately fifteen of her most significant works from the last seven years, in addition to new commissions.

    This exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and MIT List Visual Art Center. It is co-curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at MCA Chicago, and João Ribas, Curator at MIT List Visual Art Center.

    More info: mcachicago.org/exhibitions

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  4. Fracking Futures - a spectacular artwork and mini-disaster by the Paris-based artist duo Hehe, (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), who in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst, turned FACT Liverpool’s main gallery into an industrial landscape in a timely, playful and provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophe and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity.

    The Prix Ars Electronica award-winners, HeHe, warn the drilling could result in unquantifiable subterranean noise as tectonic plates shift, minor ground tremors are a possibility, and diluted chemicals used during the fracking process will be sprayed into the air as they mischievously turn FACT's main gallery into a temporary, experimental drilling site for hydraulic fracturing on a micro scale.

    HeHe use a language based on light, sound and image, their practice explores the relationship between the individual and their architectural, social and urban environment, often creating playful miniature representations of vehicles or intervening directly with light projections and large-scale visual interruptions. They make a provocative commentary on crises of global economy, threats of environmental catastrophes and struggles of public institutions in times of austerity.

    This multi-sensory installation highlights the importance and current relevance of the debates surrounding the fracking process, which are not only significant environmentally, but also economically. The installation refrains from making judgements for or against fracking, rather offering a platform for starting a discussion.

    Fracking Futures not only illustrates the potential dangers and disruptions of the process, but also considers fracking as an alternative source of energy and subsequent potential for commerce and growth. Whether this last point is genuine or tongue-in-cheek is for the visitor to decide….

    Part of FACT’s 10th anniversary exhibition Turning FACT Inside Out until 15 September at FACT, Liverpool.

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  5. In August 2013 we ventured down to Cardiff to meet ceramicist Sarah Younan. Sarah is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Cardiff School of Art & Design where she's using 3D scanning technology to scan items in the ceramics collection at the National Museum Wales in order to create new work.

    axisweb.org/artist/sarahyounan
    younansara4.wix.com/syoun

    Chapters
    Process 00:40
    Bonbonnieres 01:36
    PhD 03:28
    Performance 04:46

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