Tag: Practice

Oh, Yeezus: Kanye and the Cultural Omnivore

By May 10, 2015

For as long as culture has been an industry and considered an actual definable concept, it has been divided into high and low, elite and popular, etc., etc. There are many examples of this divide (think about how we engage something like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro versus Ice Road Truckers). However, in this hyperconnected world, and with more media and ways of representation readily available at the flick of a finger tap, it is becoming increasingly clear that what we choose to consume makes up who we are—and what we choose to consume, patronize and celebrate makes up our cultural capital. In what used to be a divided world of high and low ...

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Cues From Outside

By January 09, 2015

Now having helped launch Pair Shaped, and looking to focus on the various ways our contributors respond to one another through their work, I find myself investigating the methodologies and practices of other established artists. Specifically, how can preexisting methods apply to the task of sustaining a multidisciplinary output between two or more collaborators over the span of several series entries? Do previously applied techniques remain relevant in the face of newer explorations of medium? These questions will undoubtedly yield interesting results as time goes on, and the art and writing populating our site runs the gamut in terms of type, form and character. With that said, to help begin thinking about some of these questions, it is useful to consider how artists operating in last few decades have cultivated ...

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P.S. Genesis

By December 17, 2014

We had both just moved to new cities. Rovers in need of new environs. One of us, a writer, tramped off to Chicago. The other, a visual artist, landed in Los Angeles. Phone calls ensued. We wanted to collaborate on. . . something. Long conversations surveyed a range of ideas, including inquiries into the areas of medium and practice. They also involved theories on why an artist will take the steps they will from one project into the next. For both of us, these talks were a natural extension of work completed individually and together in the past, and always leading toward a shared interest in the variety of ways art develops and takes form. More than anything, the subject of process came up continually in our ...

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