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“Fauxliage” book review @ Hyperallergic

As early as the introduction of railroads and the telegraph system, the Western landscape has struggled with the aesthetics of convenience. From commercial interests like strip malls and billboards, to national systems like highways and telephone wires, to individual interventions like graffiti and public sculpture, the definition of “eyesore” is […]

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“Objects: USA 2020” @ Hyperallergic

50 years is an aeon in the art world, and a powerful increment of time by which to mark change in contemporary ideas. The book Objects: USA 2020 (The Monacelli Press, 2020) seeks just such a reckoning, by first revisiting and recapping the influential exhibition, Objects: USA, presented in 1969 at […]

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“Zohar Studios: The Lost Years” by Stephen Berkman @ Hyperallergic

The perception of photography as a documental form is based on a simple premise: you cannot photograph something that isn’t there. In his latest project, photographer Stephen Berkman turns this idea on its head by claiming to document what is no longer there … and maybe what never was. On […]

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“I Celebrate Myself, and Erase Myself” @ The Believer

In its broadest sense, a temple is a place devoted to a specific and elevated purpose, one not necessarily limited to the spiritual. Maybe it’s fair to say that what I’ve needed lately are secular temples, houses where I can refocus my capacity for reflection, which has been eroded by […]

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“Yerevan 1996/1997” @ Hyperallergic

The images presented in Yerevan 1996/1997 (2019, MACK Books) are superimposed over a reproduction of an Armenian school workbook. The book replicates a photographic “sketchbook” made by the artist, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, addressed to her daughter, Julia. As the title suggests, the images capture the environs, architecture, and inhabitants of Yerevan, […]

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The Archive of Alternate Hanumans

One version of personal mythology might be: the way in which we misremember information and stories, or the way misremembered stories are passed on to us. Somewhere among the innumerable yoga classes I’ve attended, I picked up a bit of mythology connected to hanumanasana – a pose that in its […]

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