In this essay, writer and curator Katherine Hamilton discusses the symbolism of objects in Annie Duncan's paintings and how her work carries and subverts the history of still-life painting as a genre. Duncan's work insists that the history of women’s relationship to things must be studied, as modern capitalism attempts to sell us back our identities in pretty prim packages.
Why is nostalgia so intoxicating? In this essay, Elliott Mickleburgh uses two recent exhibitions by artist Steve Bishop to delve into the philosophy of mediating our yearning for a past that can never be recaptured and the material reality that confronts us in the present.
A painter exhumes his midwestern upbringing while pushing the boundaries of queer form. In his debut as part of the David Lewis Gallery’s presentation at the 2023 Frieze Art Fair, Chinatown-based artist Kan Seidel depicts his own brand of queer, suburban Americana by way of oil on canvas and clay sculpture.
The intersection between art and design has historically generated a number of interesting perspectives on aesthetics. Through Boris Groys’s writing on self-design, Timothy Morton’s contributions to object-oriented philosophy, and the work of the artist Philip Seibel, this text examines how the innermost functionality and the surface qualities of a thing come together to say something profound.