Posts tagged Michael Asher
68/99 by Robby Herbst
By the time they were graduating from CalArts in 1999, Robby Herbst and his classmates were speculating about what would come after postmodernism... was it post-postmodernism? The idea that postmodernism was just a temporary stage to new modernisms felt exciting because it meant the past never really subsides, despite being constantly historicized. So, for his thesis show that May, he carved a large foam sculpture in which the years 1968 and 1999 were '69ing. Herbst, co-founder of the Journal and Aesthetics and Protest and initiator of the Llano Del Rio Collective, looks back at the collective approach to art and publishing that developed among him and his peers in the late '90s and '00s.
Mike Kelley: The Fine Art of Dropping Out by Anthony Strain
Mike Kelley is ten years gone. He was a known Catholic apostate, and sometimes his jovial irreverence carried the shy sting of the once-bitten. This falling out of faith is relevant to his practice only because Kelley found it hard to stay between the lines, no matter which way they were drawn. From this, transgression became habit; memory and conspiracy became material spaces to render. Focusing on Kelley's "Educational Complex," and on the artist's preoccupation with the McMartin Preschool child abuse scandal, Anthony Strain examines the Kelley style of eclecticism and how it relates to leaving expectations behind, and finding the taboo in the ordinary.
Michael Asher: There is Never Enough Time to Get Everything Said by Thomas Lawson
In 1983 The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design published Michael Asher’s Writings 1973 – 1983 on Works 1969 – 1979. The book was edited by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, and in his preface he notes that the motive he and Asher shared was to make accessible an artistic project that was by its nature transient. As is typical for a small college press, the book was published in a small edition, and has long been out of print. For years students and fans have shared tattered PDFs, but now Primary Information has republished it, giving Thomas Lawson an opportunity to reconsider a number of projects that Asher completed in art school contexts, just as he was beginning a long career as a transformative teacher at CalArts.
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