Arthur Mole ‘Living Photographs’ : Patriotism and the Slippery Slope to Nationalism

“If these pictures have a palette, it is a logic of Caucasian biology and codified dress”. By Izabella Scott, ASX, December 2015 Arthur Mole’s “living portraits”, easily mistaken for small-town pansy decorations, are composed with bodies: ‘The Human Liberty Bell’ is concocted with the bodies of 15,000 soldiers; ‘A Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson’, with […]

Christian Patterson “Bottom of the Lake”: Possibilities of the Subject “I”

“To not understand time or the chrono-contextualization of an image is to discover that our potential theories of pre-existing semiotic signifiers may be out of order”.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, November 2015 The theory of the subject in semiotic terms, concerns itself with the concept of personal perspective in the sense that the arguments […]

Ivars Gravlejs ‘Early Works’ : A Sustainable Auto-Infanticide

What once was is now that of accouterments of a lifetime wasted in the stable of senseless mediocrity. I type trying bitterly (perhaps) to formulate the playful hypocrisies of a commanding youthful idiocy into a bittersweet doctrine of sustainable return for the elderly elite deprived of the inconsistent economy of childhoods that have been forgotten. […]

Alberto García-Alix: Un Horizonte Falso

When Spanish dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975, decades of repressive cultural policy died with him. Swiftly, numerous counterculture movements sprang up to fill the void. La Movida Madrilena – ‘The Madrid Scene’ – was one of the first, and Alberto García-Alix was one of its pioneers. I know you. You’re a lot like me […]

Meryl Meisler : The World That Summer

“The change we monitored came to us through the shifting tides of our visual culture and the places that would slowly evaporate under the “future”. Disco Clubs, roller-skating rinks, the ma & pa stores, these places are where change happens”. Everything had changed quite dramatically in the neighborhood. The sounds of children running down the […]