2.17 / Stored Energy

May 19 2011


Criticism can be so embedded in analysis that when other forces make their way in, they feel disruptive. In two very different conversations, artists Dean Smith and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez shift associations with their work away from minimalism and toward more ineffable sensibilities, treading into unpopular territory by evoking the notion of spirituality. But are the two concepts—minimalism and spirituality—so opposed? Certainly minimalism’s calculations don’t align with spirituality’s lack of articulation, its embrace of the unknowable and unsayable. But sensoria can tip the balance in either direction, so that, as both Tess Thackara and Zachary Royer Scholz note in this issue, there are forms and content that we create that remain mysterious to us. Maybe it is time we reconsidered the absence of the phenomenological and why it suddenly feels so pressing. Enjoy. - PM/VG


Conversation with Dean Smith

Conversation with Dean Smith

By Bruno Fazzolari

The word “abstract” is a very loose descriptor for Smith’s work, and the lack of a term to put a finer point on what type of abstraction it is only highlights the fact that the critical dialogue surrounding abstract and non-objective art has failed to keep pace with the ever diversifying complexity of the enterprises it considers.

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Interview with Aaron GM and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez

Interview with Aaron GM and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez

By Bad at Sports

But certainly there has been a logistical benefit to living in both places, and definitely having spaces that will work for you in both cities. It’s been really helpful to me. But it is also important to keep in mind that not everyone has the same career trajectory, and I’m always telling my students and trying to train them and show them that they can create their own independent projects.

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