Spot 1: Interviews

Interviews

Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya: Devastated and Hopeful

Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya is an art- and myth-maker whose work distorts the imaginary lines that exist on land between states. His chimeric “lil beings,” as he calls them, are reconfigurations of found, personal, and organic materials, which he animates with allegories of displacement, inspired by ancient Mesoamerican myth and folklore.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
September 8, 2021
Credit:
Interview / Shehab Awad

Operating Along Desire: Derrick Woods-Morrow

Tyra A. Seals speaks with Derrick Woods-Morrow about deconstructing masculinity, moving through feeling, and interventions on the sartorial codes of male-identified bodies.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2021
Credit:
Interview / Tyra A. Seals

Karen Holmberg: Archaeology in an Emergency

In Part Two of this two-part conversation, Karen Holmberg discusses the seemingly intractable problem of convincing people that they are in danger, or helping them to see that the world is changing around them and encouraging them to mitigate, or prepare for, those changes.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
August 18, 2021
Credit:
Interview / Will Corwin

Kenneth Tam: The Silence We Hold Between Our Bodies

Re’al Christian speaks with Kenneth Tam about his recent work Silent Spikes; the entwined mythologies of American Cowboys with Chinese laborers on the Transcontinental Railroad; and the intimacy—and intensity—of male coming-of-age rituals.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2021
Credit:
Interview / Re’al Christian

Spot 2: Speculative Masculinities

Speculative Masculinities

Boy With Luv

BTS’ offers a new incarnation of the boy band, one that refuses the limitations of Western, propagandized stereotypes and White supremacist ideals, intent instead on promoting self-acceptance.

Type:
Features
Source:
August 4, 2021
Credit:
Text / Sasha Cordingley

daddy

Every week, after the Friday prayer, my dad would drag me along with him to the main fish market in Kuwait—where I lived until I was seventeen—to buy our seafood, raw and wriggling.

Type:
Glossary
Source:
Summer 2021
Credit:
Text / Shehab Awad

Jared Buckhiester: Male Trouble

Jared Buckhiester and Logan Lockner discuss the thrill and humiliation of attraction, the influences of Billy Budd and Querelle on Buckhiester’s current exhibition, and the question of how much of a person’s “arousal template”—the fantasies, thoughts, images, sights, and smells that turn you on—is given, rather than chosen.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2021
Credit:
Interview / Logan Lockner

Spot 3: Climate Crisis

Climate Crisis

Tropical Hangover

Between reality and escapism, magic and engineering, there is Florida, where the swamp is an unlikely breeding ground for global cultural capital and investment.

Type:
Features
Source:
Spring 2018
Location:
Florida
Credit:
Text / Alice Bucknell

A Brief History of Power

Contributing editor Stephanie Bailey traces the lines of electrification to political power via Chilean artist Iván Navarro and the 38th EVA International in Ireland.

Type:
Features
Source:
Spring/Summer 2019
Credit:
Text / Stephanie Bailey

Amitav Ghosh: The Great Derangement

French philosopher Jean-Pierre Dupuy writes: “If we destroy nature is it because we hate nature? Of course not—we merely hate one another.”
He may well be right.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2018
Credit:
Interview / Heidi Ballet; Images / Tamiko Thiel

Spot 4: Labor

Labor

Chang Yuchen: Language, Use, Value

Traveling from China to the US in early 2020, the strangely fragmented temporality of solitude, and feeling useless.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Interview / Re'al Christian

The Museum Union Wave

No one could remember a time when wages for work in the arts met the cost of living in an American city.

Type:
Features
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Text / Maxwell Paparella

Patty Chang: Milk Debt

Death. 113 degrees, everyday. Water running out. Loss of meaning. sharks in the water when I see a seal. lemmings....
Type:
Reviews
Source:
May 28, 2021
Location:
New York
Credit:
Text / Jess Chen

Spot 5: Late Summer Blues

Late Summer Blues

Poolside Chat

An LA architect and a Palm Springs architectural curator discuss liberated design and pastel color palettes in the American West.

Type:
Features, Interviews
Source:
Spring 2017
Location:
Los Angeles

Rallou Panagiotou

A Greek artist’s practice treats liquids as solids, and materials as ideas.

Type:
Features
Source:
September/October 2015
Location:
Mykonos, Greece
Credit:
Text / Stephanie Bailey

p.o.r.t

A reading of the “port.”

Type:
Glossary
Source:
Summer 2018
Credit:
Text / Sascha Pohflepp

Spot 6: Mimicry, Camouflage, Transformation

Mimicry, Camouflage, Transformation

Resisting the Spectacle

Sasha Cordingley explores the shift in representations of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, from the international news media’s spectacle to the intimate banalities of continual struggle, in Resisting the Spectacle—Tiffany Sia’s Never Rest/Unrest.

Type:
Features
Source:
Spring 2021
Location:
Hong Kong
Credit:
Text / Sasha Cordingley

Architectural Camouflage and the Class Dynamics of Housing

Gabriel Cira reveals how confounding façades can also reinforce the dominant narrative by masking economic differences to favor a mirage of homogeneity. Photos by Pat Falco.

Type:
Features, Projects
Source:
Spring 2021
Credit:
Text / Gabriel Cira
Photos / Pat Falco

Inaudibility: Krista Belle Stewart’s Sonic Repatriation of Knowledge

Krista Belle Stewart mines the power of strategic incomprehensibility to reclaim ownership through the mediation of access and refusal.

Type:
Features
Source:
Spring 2021
Credit:
Text / Mathilde Walker-Billaud

Spot 7: Still Not Working

Still Not Working

Bodies / Antibodies

Miriam Simun’s text-and-image artist project meanders through the first month or so of quarantine, exploring the porousness of the body—the touching/not touching—and offers a kind of choreography of permeability.

Type:
Features, Projects
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Artist Project / Miriam Simun

DRAGON!

Now is the future inside a dragon-shaped mega-mall in Dubai.

Type:
Features, Projects
Source:
Summer 2017
Location:
Dubai
Credit:
Text / Shumon Basar; Art / Farah Al Qasimi

Achieving Blankness

Notes from the edge of the Atlanta Airport
with photography by Johnathon Kelso

Type:
Features
Source:
January/February 2016
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Credit:
Text / Hannah Palmer; Images / Johnathon Kelso

Cyclical Time: the Trap

Gridthiya Gaweewong explores the Buddhist notion of cyclical time in the framework of diverging artistic practices in Thailand.

Type:
Features
Source:
January/February
Location:
Bangkok, Thailand
Credit:
Text / Gridthiya Gaweewong