An Ear to the Ground #23

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[Michael Manning – Wild Fusion ~ vol IV: Technoeconomicology]

All the Glitz and Glamour: E-Flux takes on Shine

The politics of shine and surface is the new focus of this months E-Flux journal. Something that I always find important in this time period is to look at the art of attention, what are we getting/ losing from our obsession of surface or pure design.

“A society which was already tottering, but which was not yet aware of this because the old rules were still respected everywhere else, had momentarily left the field open for that ever-present but usually repressed sector of society: the incorrigible riffraff; the salt of the earth; people quite sincerely ready to set the world on fire just to make it shine.”
– Guy Debord

[Daesung Lee – Futuristic Archaeology]

Disappearing Landscapes: Daesung Lee and the Mongolian Desert

Billboard sized prints juxtaposed against the deteriorating landscapes of Mongolia that threaten the nomadic traditions of the area.


[Sayre Gomez – Untitled Painting]

Sayre Gomez had a recent exhibition in LA, I’m Different II, that I thought was very tight and concise show. It maybe wasn’t anything too new or different, there wasn’t anything ground breaking about it but it was very stylized and consistent. I really like Sayre Gomez’s work, it’s got this contemporary style down and it has an air of techno-mysticism to it. He is very LA and very current, and getting to my point, I think you should read a friend of mine’s critique of the show. The critique is loaded with internet culture (meme’s and absurdity) very reminiscent of a K-hole article but with a lot more bite.

Kate Farstad has some sharp teeth: A critique of Sayre Gomez

I loved this critique by the way, super thoughtful and challenging. Katelyn has always been someone who challenged that status quo and I think this article has a good back and forth with the first one I posted by E-flux in the beginning of this blog post.


[Katelyn Farstad – Untitled, 2014]

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