Wall Rockets, Collecting Lenins, and Debate Re-ax
Opening Today, 11 am - 3 pm
WALL ROCKETS at the FLAG Art Foundation
Our very own Jennifer Dalton joins an incredible line-up of contemporary artists responded to the work of living legend Ed Ruscha in this group exhibition curated by Lisa Dennison.
The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to announce our third exhibition, WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison. The title of the exhibition refers to a painting completed in 2000 by Ed Ruscha, arguably one of the most innovative artists over the past four decades. WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha will include works by a large number of international artists whose artworks, whether directly or indirectly, have been influenced or inspired by Ruscha’s iconic style.
Ruscha’s oeuvre consists of painting, drawing (made in both conventional materials and others including gunpowder, blood, and chocolate), printmaking, photography, and artist’s books. One of the first American artists to consider the role of consumerism in art and culture, Ruscha references the American landscape—particularly that of Southern California—as a reflection on the urban experience, and explores the complexities of language as a form of visual imagery. Through photography, painting, and sculpture, WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha will illuminate the effect of Ruscha’s legacy on both his peers as well as a younger generation of contemporary artists.
INCLUDING WORKS FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS
Tonico Lemos Auad
Iris van Dongen
Joseph Grigely & Amy Vogel
Inez Van Lamsweerde
McDermott & McGough
Jean Luc Moerman
Julia Venske & Gregor Spanle
Calling all Lenin Adopters
Today and tomorrow are your last days to collect the Lenin memorabilia from Yevgeniy Fik's solo exhibition, Adopt Lenin. According to the contract, any work not collected by 6:00 tomorrow is returned to the artist. Of course anyone showing up with your contract can collect your piece on your behalf.
UPDATE: Don't miss this great response to Yevgeniy's show by Catherine Spaeth or this wonderful review by Paddy Johnson.
Reactions to last night's Vice Presidential Debate
Weeks ago actually, I recognized in how Governor Palin's path to the debate was shaping up the same pattern the GOP handlers had used in 2000 with then-Governor Bush in lowering the nation's expectations about their candidate. It's virtually identical really and kind of brilliant. So long as the candidate doesn't self-implode on stage, the GOP hacks and pocket pundits can later declare the event a success. I told my friends to expect her to do well (anyone who had watched her gubernatorial debates would know Gov. Palin is good at them).
Having said that though, it still felt like I was watching a talking-points robot regurgitate, admittedly while smiling, the prepared speech someone else had written for her. Dotting her answers with folksy colloquialisms didn't make them any less vapid in my book. One answer in particular strung together just enough cliches to eat up her time without her having to actually answer the question. Asked "Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?" Palin answered
Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.What it demonstrated to me is that Palin reflexively tries to bluff her way through situations where she's not well informed. I know that during a debate she can't actually use one of her lifelines, but is it too much to expect someone running for an office to be able to talk intelligently about what that office is? Founding...Fathers...flexibility, huh? I know it sounds folksy, but it's gibberish. Biden answered the question plainly, so any American could understand: "The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress." But then Biden himself understood the question, which remains the key difference between the two candidates, and why one is remarkably more qualified than the other to be Vice President.