Concept plus object: Agnes Martin, laughter & psychoanalysis

Marika Rose and I ask why people laughed at Agnes Martin’s drawings in the 1960s, using psychoanalytic theory as a framework for discussion. For the month of July, 2012, I’m collaborating with Marika Rose on Concept Plus Object an online writing residency set up by Philadelphia artists Tim Portlock, Anita Allyn, and Jim Johnson. Jane […]

Artist, curator and critic Jane Boyer interviews Becky on her research and writing, and her intentions for CONCEPT PLUS OBJECT

I’ve repeatedly failed at making art, but my critical interest in Martin has only deepened. I observe in much of her work (not just the black paintings) a tense, disquieting affect, detailed in this review (2009). Through archival research, I discovered that before her major 1973 retrospective at ICA Philadelphia, responses to Martin’s work were far more ambivalent […]

Essay: On time, repetition and melancholia in Anthony Boswell’s work

‘Time Box’ (2010) is a modest theatrical set-up enclosed within a white carton, with one vertical cardboard wall removed for viewing. The room is surreal, inverted and askew, with a wooden model chair, a photograph taken from a three-dimensional grey watercolour interior, and a gold-rimmed timepiece reflected in its mirrored floor. The ticking clock in […]