Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Art in America print review/Klara Kristalova

Klara Kristalova's crackle-glazed stoneware figures reference both traditional porcelain Dresden dolls and their kitschier cousins, Hummels. The Prague-born, Sweden-based artist recently showed 24 new works at Lehmann Maupin and Perrotin. Crudely painted and roughly shaped, Kristalova's sculptures, many the size of a child, play off of the low-brow associations of her medium. In a 2012 filmed interview, Kristalova stated, "Glazed ceramic was a despised material in my education . . . and for me that was good, because I was not into making important art. I wanted to do something different, and more playful, more close to myself."
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Art in America print review/Fred Lonidier

The motto "an injury to one is an injury to all" has been used by the Industrial Workers of the World since the early 1900s. It also seems to underpin San Diego-based artist and union activist Fred Lonidier's seminal work The Health and Safety Game (1976/78). Composed of 26 wall panels and a 20-minute black-and-white video, the installation elaborates upon the job-related medical conditions of workers in various fields. Specifically, it outlines the bureaucratic barbed wire that these laborers—who are portrayed anonymously, identified solely by their injury or illness—had to negotiate to receive health care and monetary compensation.
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