Bryan Lewis Saunders is not a person who can be accused of stumbling his way to fame via a succession of half-measures. The affable Tennessee-based artist’s exploratory artworks, notable for starting with an apparently simple action and then applying it to as many contexts or situational variations as possible, are…


Peter Rehberg live in Austin 4/2019 — photo by Michael Reust

The last time I saw Peter Rehberg in person, I imagined there would be other occasions on which we’d meet again, and in fact was certain that he’d outlive me. The intensity of his personality was such that it felt like an immutable force of nature rather than a set…


The first dogs to have genetically diverged from wolves and to become domesticated, if possessed of the hindsight to analyze their situation, might wonder if the reward for this millennia-spanning partnership has been worth it. For all the survival advantages dogs may have won in making their pact with humans…


Memories of Authentic Austin pt. 1: taxidermy art at Uncommon Objects

Austin, Texas is a weird city — but not in the sense that its developers and tourist industry would want to admit. The “weird” that figures into the city’s unofficial slogan feels more these days like “awkward” than, say, “joyfully spontaneous.” This is particularly the case as the city continues…


If ever there was a time in which the function of dreaming needed to be more fully examined, it is the present, defined as it is by the forced flattening of experience and the compulsory destruction of intimate relationships with our external environment and with other individuals. Exploring the reservoirs…


Félix Fénéon, as portrayed by Paul Signac

In a year defined by uncertainty, which should ideally provide the media with their finest hour as they shepherd us through it all, there is nevertheless a steep decline in public goodwill towards them. For those who find that to be one of the least surprising trends of 2020, the…


‘Industrial painting’ by Situationist artist Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio

The Belgian philosopher Raoul Vaneigem begins his 1963 magnum opus, The Revolution of Everyday Life, with what has to be one of the finest attempts in all of literary history at preemptively blaming external factors for readers’ negative reactions to a work: “If the element of boredom it cost me…


IRWIN’s apartment-based exhibition ‘Was Ist Kunst,’ 1984

Most people who have ever learned an artistic discipline have been repeatedly told that, in anything but a time of great abundance, their skills would be first thing to be declared societally useless. So here we now stand, in an unprecedented scenario involving the entire world lunging at a novel…


Rudolf Schwarzkolger, “4 Aktion”

“There is nothing man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange. In the dark, the fear of an unexpected…


19 Feb 2006 from On Kawara’s “Today” painting series

Like many kids who attended state-run American elementary schools in the 1980s, I have barely any recollection of anything that I learned in the actual confines of a classroom, being mostly dependent on family support and autodidactic ability to acquire and retain knowledge. I do, however, have a comparatively vivid…

Thomas Bey William Bailey

Sound artist, psychopathologist, author of “To Hear The World With New Eyes,” “MicroBionic, ”“Unofficial Release” and “Sonic Phantoms” (with Barbara Ellison).

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