Monday, August 6, 2018

Frances Stark at Gavin Brown


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You have to admit artists are grass to the hammering of cultural winds, growing sternly against it while sternly whipped with it.  So more text in space. The billboard space of advertising, of ad copy, of slogans, mottos, quips, of the ability to deliver a phrase into you. Clipped from its context, it floats, wafts with a sort of empty vigor. The blunt brunt of the advertorial, slapping you with words you can read, recognize, but fail their handshake of emotional resonance, whacked with a Whiffle bats, the lack of becomes its main force. The bathos of artistic text, failing, becomes the means of overcoming that hollow form of advertorial address by embodying it, deploying it for all its tragic cruel means.


clipped words: Matt Keegan, Kay Rosen at Grazer KunstvereinHanne Lippard, Nora Turato at Metro PicturesGene Beery at Shoot the LobsterKarl Holmqvist at Sant’Andrea de ScaphisSue Tompkins at Lisa CooleyJenny Holzer at Blenheim PalaceBarbara Kruger at Sprüth Magers Peter Fend at Essex StreetCAWD on FetishFrances Stark at Museum of Fine Arts BostonFrances Stark at Daniel Buchholz and Daniel Buchloz