Monday, July 8, 2013

Inside July/August 2013 Art Papers: Emoji Film Synapses, 'Art After Social Media' and More

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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The latest issue of the Atlanta-based art mag Art Papers is hot off the presses, and I've gathered some of its most interesting bits together because it's a slow news day and Art Papers is a consistently good read.

First off: this cover. It's called "Suddenly, Last Summer," after the title of the film it summarizes through emoji art. The artist, Jody Fausett, recreated each of the emoji from real-life subjects, and the editor's letter calls this a way to "layer a material, tangible process onto a digital one." The layering of material and digital, incidentally, is the theme of the issue, which is guest edited by MALONE, a collaborative design/art studio established in 2012 by artists Alex P. White and Strauss Bourque-LaFrance. (As an aside I must mention the New York Magazine spread on White and Bourque-LaFrance's apartment in Carroll Gardens. I want graffiti with pink lighting in my house, too.)

There's a reprint of a lecture artist Brad Troemel gave at PS1 last March called "Art After Social Media," which is about as boring as it sounds, and posits that art after social media "both divorces art from its traditional relationship to the market while also becoming the hypercharged embodiment of the market itself." Troemel follows with an assessment of art in the age of Facebook, Twitter and reality TV, and says that we're entering into a period he calls "Artists Without Art." It's dense, but worth the read.

The most interesting part of the issue is a four-page spread by artist Jill Pangallo. At first glance, it's the worst and most tone-deaf advertisement an artist has ever publicized: Pangallo's height, hair color and "special skills" (Tummling, Amazing w/Animals & Children, Moves Well) are printed in mismatched ’90s fonts alongside painfully generic headshots. And then it just gets weirder. I'm in love.

Shots of that spread after the jump.

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