6 posts tagged Jordan Swartz
Your Sunday Instruction: Support this Kickstarter project by the Empty Stretch collective to publish a photography book by local DC artists! I am a fan of these folks, many of whom are Corcoran alumni, and who I follow on Tumblr, especially Jordan Swartz, Aaron Canipe and Sara Winston.
But please Empty Stretch collective, don’t stop publishing your smaller zines! I heart them.
The latest issue of Pickpocket Blues from The Faceless Kid. I find these mini-zines very inspiring. Photography, discography, poetry, and confessional—they make me want to get back to when I used to do zines too. It is never too late!
One of the centerfolds from the zine Pickpocket Blues. I first saw Jordan Swartz’s work at the Petty Thieves show at the Corcoran’s student gallery, and then later as part of the BFA show. I really enjoy the mini-zines he put together.
Look what I got in the mail! Some recent issues of Pickpocket Blues by The Faceless Kid. Follow him and subscribe!
Send The Faceless Kid some money and start getting this zine…WORTH IT!
What a weekend! The timing of both the Corcoran’s BFA senior show and American University’s MFA thesis show this past Saturday, really set up a comparison of both sets of graduates, whether it wanted to or not.
I started my (late) afternoon at the Katzen’s opening reception featuring 9 of its MFA graduates on the second floor gallery. For such a small show, I’m not sure how well the space served it, especially the pieces at the beginning, which seemed to suffer from a bit of poor lighting. But lighting and space was the least of this show’s worries. Had I not known this was an MFA show, I might have thought that this was an undergrad show with a few stellar standouts.
Those standouts were Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi and whoever did the cool floating houses in the dark shrouded room (I saw no placard, if you know who the artist is let me know). Ilchi’s work was a blend of controlled chaos, restraint, intense color and nods to Iranian culture without being solely defined by it (for an example of the kind of nods I mean check out my previous post on the Shahnama exhibit at the Freer). The only other memorable thing about this show was the Obama as Skeletor painting (with She-Ra and He-Man) which was ONLY memorable because of the comic/comedic reference.
NEXT at the Corcoran on the other hand, was in a completely different league. I was really impressed with the breadth and depth of the work; I’m not saying everyone in the show hit the mark, but those that missed, didn’t miss by much (for the most part) and even those who were a bit too “on the nose” weren’t overdone.
I especially enjoyed the work of Pavlos Karalis (The Shapeshifter’s Slave—night spirits, lore, teeth and bones), Sara Winston (Worn Out Joy—lonely remnants, familiar fates, and timecreep), James Tsikerdanos (Playtime—guns and ammo with whimsy), Francesca Holmwood (Great Expectations—pretty and precise constructed deconstructions), Matthew Borowick (Vision in the Darkness—Baltzian non-places that could be paintings), Jordan Swartz (Destination Anywhere—was also part of Petty Thieves), Diana Sutherland (transitory, anonymous and silently told) and Esther Meena Yi (Untitled—old masters turned to stone and decay). Also too, never underestimate the power of “free” and “touch”—letting people takeaway pieces (Victoria Shaheen—porcelain pieces of dreams on the floor) or reminders (Swartz and Sutherland) of your work.
The Katzen MFA Thesis show is open through May 15.
Corcoran NEXT: BFA Class of 2011 is open through May 22.