Issue

1.6 / Common Ground

January 14 2010

Introduction

Happy New Year! In our first issue for 2010, Allison Smith discusses her projects for the anniversary celebration at SFMOMA and her storefront studio SMITHS, while Matthew Rana explores artistic practices that expand notions of political agency. Collectively, they offer nuanced perspectives on what Smith describes as “tactile entry points” for encounter. Rachel Adams takes us back to New York for a look at the Orozco show at MoMA, while Jessica Brier, Brady Welch, Carol Anne McChrystal, and Keturah Cummings share their views on what is happening here.  Enjoy! - PM

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Social Work: Politics, Police, and the Law in Art, Part 1

Social Work: Politics, Police, and the Law in Art, Part 1

By Matthew David Rana

The aesthetics of politics is such that the sensorium is organized according to who does or does not have a legitimate claim to a share of what is common to the community. While certain subjects are marginalized to the point that they do not count as individuals with a voice and a stake in that sharing, others only acquire personhood in relation to their illegality, according to their transgressions.

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Interview with Allison Smith

Interview with Allison Smith

By Patricia Maloney

At this point, I am interested in taking on the discourse around material culture and visual studies that has really broadened how we can see cultural production beyond art works or craft. That’s where I can enter into something like trench art and think about it as a kind of creative practice that changes the way I see myself as an artist in the world. What does it mean to take the conflicts of the world and try to do something creative from those extreme circumstances, using what is hand?

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