Jennifer Levonian’s animation provokes self-reflection

Jennifer Levonian’s short, surreal cut-paper animation Xylophone, 2015, muses on the everyday clichés and complexities of gender, gentrification, and creative living in transitional urban spaces. Wryly referencing Philadelphia’s rapidly changing neighborhoods and rendered in swift, fluid watercolor marks, Levonian’s leafy farmers’ markets, tastefully rehabbed row homes, and yoga-studio lofts adorned with “Breathe in love, breathe […]

art writing

*a list of art writing with links and scans where available; see also catalogue essays Lee Arnold, Mark Brosseau, Meg Lipke, Repeater, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia. Artforum.com Critic’s Pick, April 2016. 500 Words: Louise Fishman, Artforum.com, March 2016. Ellen Harvey, The Museum of Ornamental Leaves and Other Monochromatic Collections, Locks Gallery, and Metal Painting, The […]

Catherine Pancake’s complicity in Bloodland

Midway through Catherine Pancake’s video on citizen surveillance of the natural-gas fracking industry, Bloodland (all works cited, 2015), a female voice-over quotes Hito Steyerl’s 2009 essay “In Defense of the Poor Image,” on the cultural implications of highly circulated, low-resolution digital artifacts online: “The imperfect cinema is one that strives to overcome the divisions of […]

Mimesis: Amelia Critchlow and Evy Jokhova

Exactly a decade ago, I researched the work of Agnes Martin, the abstract painter, at Westminster Arts Reference Library. I remember the institution’s hushed peacefulness, the desk I had to myself. Carefully examining rare catalogues, I almost-saw Martin’s faintly gridded canvases. Failingly reproduced as small color plates, the paintings appeared as near blank, somewhat aggressive, […]

Becky Suss’s domestic melancholia

In her 2011 memoir, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson observed of the genre: “Part fact part fiction is what life is. And it is always a cover story.” The act of covering, then, in Winterson’s book and in Becky Suss’s first solo museum exhibition, refers not only to concealment but […]

Gabriel Martinez’s elegy for Fire Island

Gabriel Martinez’s elegiac exhibition “Bayside Revisited” invokes the historic potency of Fire Island, New York, as a gay fantasy space and safe haven. By integrating archival materials related to the community into new prints and an installation, Martinez augments the current historical canonization of queer culture and the AIDS crisis recently seen in Keith Haring […]