Jun 16, 2015

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Inspired by Bas Jan Ander’s I’m Too Sad To Tell You, Mood Disorder is a “stock image” made by David Horvitz of himself to look like a typical stock image of depression (using research from his Sad, Depressed, People book and project). It was then put onto Wikipedia’s page for Mood Disorder, after which it became copyright-free and began to be used as a free stock image for depression on cheap websites all over the Web.

via and more at Dis.

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Jun 8, 2015

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AND A NIGHT – Jordan Nassar at Evelyn Yard in London

For this body of work, Nassar uses needlework and screen-printing to produce a distinctive aesthetic that is informed by his Palestinian, Polish, American heritage and is coupled with, amongst others, the codified traditions of Semitic, Islamic, Slavic and Native American image making.

Developing a visual language with his passion for his heritage in Europe, the Middle East and America, leitmotifs derived from craftworks are computer generated formally using tools such as Adobe Illustrator then meticulously hand-stitched following carefully mapped out patterns. Similar to the modern and contemporary built environment that both conceptually and visually have taken on a more digitally manipulated appearance in recent times, the works in the exhibition juxtapose the systematized semantics of particular stitches and images with the visually arresting and harsh splices that come from the masking and layering of computer design programmes, thus making oblique reference to geopolitical decision-making in many regions throughout the world.

Geometric, pattern-based abstraction has appeared in craft-art from around the world for thousands of years. Image excess and multifarious influences ranging from the New York City blocks, Mesopotamian stone slabs at the Met, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, contemporary advertising to Western abstract artists have created a rich image and symbol pool that informs the visual content of the works that are then translated into symbol-based language and pixelated representational forms.

The resulting works are often complex geometric patterns that reference a range of influences along with Science and the mathematical foundations of repetition and progression. Here a series of screen-prints using heat and light-sensitive inks allow the images to drift between blues, purples, mauves and white, revealing images that express their physical presence in a particular location and environment, whilst fusing the traditions of craft with the western philosophies of minimalism and global abstraction.

Oh-man-oh-man I LOVE this work! Congrats Jordan!

Please enjoy the time and space.

              

May 27, 2015

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We love Rodrigo Hernandez.

AND we love curator and gentle-vibed spirit Chris Sharp

So this made us super happy.

Allow me to introduce Rodrigo Hernández with an anecdote: walking down the street one day in Oaxaca City, he had us pause to admire the lettering on a sign in a store window in which the first part had been done by a professional painter but the second part, presumably added later, had been done by an amateur who sought to imitate the professional, but with winsomely wonky results. It was precisely that second part, and the inimitable uniqueness of each letter that composed it, that so charmed the artist.

Please enjoy the time and space you have.

 

              

Apr 15, 2015

SAINT PAUL MN

              

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____ TELLS US WE’RE NOTHING.

____ TELLS US WE’RE EVERYTHING

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a project by RO/LU & Dante Carlos at the Center for Ongoing Research and Projects

Bricks and language and meditation and quiet and nothing and everything and anything in between and books and people and building and taking apart and felt and form and light and questions and discourse and change and disappearing xeroxes of old photos and proposals for parks that were never built and snapshots of holy places taken in the sixties and correspondence from people who have passed away and… contemplation objects.

Exhibit at gallery and book available through COR&P

IMG_3839IMG_3840Excerpt…

“It’s what minds do, it’s supposed to happen, it’s part of survival. It ensures survival and it ensures flourishing. So we’re not trying to stop or control thoughts.Thoughts lead to forms. Right? And forms lead to objects. Hopefully, what we are intending is cultivating a wise relationship with thoughts and objects. Sometimes on an airplane you look out the window and you’re in a cloud. And you think “it’s all cloud” and then you emerge from the cloud(s) and then you see it. And you just sense the vastness of what is. When we’re inside a thought and we forget ourselves. We forget our forgetfulness and we forget the fullness of awareness. The whole world can be that cloud.

So how can we be aware of thinking? How can we be aware of objects?

Is thinking a good servant but a poor master? And if we think that is true, what does that mean for the objects and things in our life?

If we are traveling, we need a map. Guidance is really really good. If we want to make a chair, we need to visualize it. What will it look like? We have to go over it and over it. Like waves. Like water. We have to think about it.

But at the same time, we know that anything really good about this moment, if something really matters here, it’s not going to come through thinking. It’s like space, you can make it, but, you can’t have it. So… we have to stop thinking about it.

We use our mind to turn us. To turn us towards the goodness and aliveness.

And we try to remember, the thoughts aren’t the thing itself. It could be almost ANYTHING.” RO/LU after radical acceptance.

Buy the book here. We will be happy and you will be happy.

We loved Columbus OH. We loved everybody we met. We are grateful to the COR&P.

Please enjoy the time and space.

              

Apr 6, 2015

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Great archive of images from MCAD’s past here.

via Olivier Abry THX :)

Please enjoy the past, present and future now.

              

Mar 25, 2015

              

Mar 19, 2015

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Wow. It’s so hard for me to describe! Seriously. Def intangible? We made a piece for the Walker Art Center’s Intangibles project that is about so many different things!

Love, memory, art, language, information, teaching, learning, seeing, listening, thinking, growing, showing, sharing, laughing, emerging, intensities, softness, hope, transformations, rhizomes, object-oriented ontologies, hauntology, perfect mistakes, hidden treasures, open fields, nurturing energies, quiet smiles, Texas miles

OK. That’s getting a little silly and it’s actually very serious in many ways too. Luckily, it involves amazing friends and even some of our heroes. People like Jo-ey Tang, David Hamlow… well, here’s from the Walker’s website…

Let Me Know … is a potential exhibition. An exhibition that hasn’t happened yet. An exhibition RO/LU hopes will happen. It is the result of a series of connections, sometimes intentional and otherwise not. Connections between RO/LU and the Walker’s artist book collection, beginning with memories of Rosemary Furtak, the Walker’s longtime librarian for which the book collection is named; continuing through the Walker’s sculpture storage and archives; breathing as art that we can’t see in the sculpture garden; coming back through time, to the history of artists young and old; living through Margit Wilson, the Walker’s new librarian; and enacted in undetermined locations in the future. It is, practically speaking, a .zip file that contains images, videos, audio recordings, and text files, as well as didactics, wall labels, and a graphic identity designed by Walker Art Center designer Dante Carlos. It is priced to be accesible to most, like an out-of-print book. ​It is RO/LU’s hope that the purchaser will stage this exhibition in their home, at their school, in the gallery they run, or where they work. This work responds to works by Scott Burton, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, David Hammons, Eva Hesse, Rei Kawakubo, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Kris Martin, Bruce Nauman, Przemek Pyszczek, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Tony Smith, Haim Steinbach, Saul Steinberg, Jo-ey Tang, Diana Thater, Paul Thek, Anne Truitt, Franz Erhard Walther, Andy Warhol, Franz West and more.

Folders included in the .zip file:

00 FALSE STARTS
01 EXHIBITION GUIDE
02 OK LET’S GET STARTED
03 DIETER ROTH CORRESPONDENCE
03.5 DIETER ROTH EXHIBIT CURATED BY MARGIT WILSON
04 FRANZ WEST
05 FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER POCKET
06 SCULPTURE STORAGE
07 WHAT OLGA VISO CAN NOT SEE
08 ARTIST FILES [LOST AT SEA]
09 INTERVIEW [DON’T TOUCH]
10 THE STATE OF THE ARTS SLIDES
11 LET ME KNOW
12 THE FUTURE
RESOURCES

And here’s the link:

http://shop.walkerart.org/collections/intangibles/products/let-me-know-by-rolu

A chance to support the project, support the Walker support us and have some fun. We hope you buy it, stage it, read it like a book, think about it, let it change you for the better… then tell us about it and send us some pictures? Maybe you could have a party? Send everybody a file to print and bring? Or maybe it’s a contemplative thing for you and your time.

There are so many amazing people involved and this story in the New York Times about  the whole project will give you a better idea. We were kinda sad that they didn’t mention our piece but, that’s ok! There was this thing! :)

It’s always one of my favorite things at the end of project… gratitude. So THX to the memory of Rosemary Furtak and the help of Margit Wilson, Jo-ey Tang, Przemek Pyszczek and Kegan McFadden, David Hamlow, Dante Carlos, Olga Viso, Gene Pittman for photography, Andy Underwood for video, Emmet Byrne, Michele Tobin, Jill Vujovich, CFCF, Allen Ruppersburg, Goshka Macuga, Alexis Georgopoulos, the Walker and the Walker Shop.

Please enjoy the time and space.

              

Mar 7, 2015

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Building Systems – Przemek Pyszczek at Berthold Pott

Really wish I could go IRL. I do have a little RO/LU things happening through the Walker Art Center soon that involves Przemek and his work. Super excited about that too. More about that soon.

Please enjoy the time and space.

              

Mar 7, 2015

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Midway Contemporary Art March 6 – April 18, 2015

Can’t wait.

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