Omer Fast - The Casting (Front)
Stephen Willats, HOW OTHERS SEE US AND HOW WE SEE OURSELVES, 2012
Pedro Reyes, SANATORIUM, 2011. (more about the project)
"SANATORIUM is a transient clinic which provides short, unexpected therapies. The only way to experience this project is to sign up as a patient."
‘Out of Place: Art For the Evicted’ (1984), an outdoor exhibition organized by PAD/D’s ‘Not For Sale’ committee at various locations in the Lower East Side. The facades of abandoned buildings were plastered with artworks in a bid to call attention to gentrification. Read more about the organization at Hyperallergic.
"No Longer Interested", by Steve Lambert
"…If we want to change this, and we should, we need to speak clearly in a language people can understand – not by adopting academic language for institutional appeal or trying to cover over our insecurity with pompous nonsense.
To make art and show it to the world is a generous act. Art is not just for the artist (that is called art therapy), but also as a means to participate in the broader culture and move it forward. To do so, we need to take seriously how we communicate to audiences through art, and in how we talk about our work.”
Video from 2013 MFA show at California College of the Arts.
Jovencio De La Paz
A Setting for Rituals Involving Indigo
with Craft Mystery Cult (Sonja Dahl, Stacy Jo Scott)
The Craft Mystery Cult, composed of Sonja Dahl, Jovencio de la Paz, and Stacy Jo Scott, is a collective effort born from our desire for haptic making. Craft making is based in a body that remains fallible but linked to our primary human knowledge. As an unknowable and unspeakable knowledge, it remains a mystery. Craft skill is our link to this mystery.
We are projecting an alternative space, a mystery school where craft is envisioned to actually have the capacity to create a temporary, perhaps absurd utopia. Ours is an absurd linked not to irony and satire but to an optimism that remains in the face of futility. Craft Mystery Cult’s goal is not to dispense a knowledge that only a few have access to, but to remind each body of its own agency. The insertion of such practices into contemporary dialogues which favor the fetishization of a supposed post-apocalyptic condition, creates a location where sincerity rubs up against sarcasm, repetitive labor against gestures of bravado. - Craft Mystery Cult, 2012.