Category: Art Criticism

Laura Moore – Kernel Memory

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by Jodie James Elliott

Originally posted January 2013

Catalogue published by Stride Gallery, 2011

On my bookshelves, among the volumes of texts and novels, there continues to this day to be about a dozen or so VHS tapes. It seems they have always been there so I seldom notice their presence anymore but they still exist. Some, in their original cardboard boxes, are identifiable as popular films from the 1990s. Others can only be identified by the hand-written labels applied to their sides: July 1996, or Art Project: Chair. I have a vague memory of what these titles mean but since I no longer own a functioning VCR, there is no way for me to view them. Continue reading

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Are You Alright? New Art from Britain

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Jonathan Baldock, Pierrot, 2011

by Jodie James Elliott

Originally posted January 2013

Catalogue published by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 2013

This group exhibition featuring a new generation of British artists diversely posits a schism between the Modern and Contemporary through the spectacle of redevelopment, urban shrines, sexuality, and celebrity culture. With allusions to the grotesquely beautiful and exploring the darker side of kitsch, Are You Alright? reveals a trend of disillusionment with contemporary British society. Continue reading

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