Inside the Artist's Studio [EPUB]
20 January 2017, 06:48
2015 | EPUB | 40.1MB
What was your first artwork to receive recognition? What materials do you use and how did they come into your practice? What advice would you give a young artist just starting out? Joe Fig asked a wide range of celebrated and up-and-coming artists these and many other questions during the illuminating studio visits documented in Inside the Artist's Studio--the follow-up to his acclaimed Inside the Painter's Studio.
In this thought-provoking collection, twenty-four painters, video and mixed-media artists, sculptors, and photographers reveal their highly idiosyncratic techniques and philosophies, as well as their quotidian habits and strategies for getting work done: the music they listen to; the hours they keep; the relationships with gallerists and curators, friends, family, and fellow artists that sustain them outside the studio. Readers will learn how singeing off a friend's eyebrows provided the inspiration for Petah Coyne's wax pieces, how the cemeteries of Cypress Hills lured Leonardo Drew, how Judy Pfaff became a sculptor in order to avoid the painting crits at Yale, and numerous other artists' insights, advice, and stories of the art-making life.
In addition to Fig's interviews and extensive photography, Inside the Artist's Studio features Fig's own intricately constructed artworks depicting each subject's studio. Some are represented through meticulous sculptures, others through richly detailed paintings. A preface by Jonathan T. D. Neil, director of Sotheby's Institute of Art in Los Angeles and associate editor of ArtReview magazine, describes Fig's project as part of a lineage of work focusing on the artist's studio, from Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas through Hans Namuth's photographs of Jackson Pollock. Throughout this remarkable book, in images and words, Fig's investigation of the creative process forms a revealing portrait of the artist at work.
Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them [EPUB]
11 January 2017, 13:51
2016 | EPUB | 5.08MB
Carl Abbott, who has taught urban studies and urban planning in five decades, brings together urban studies and literary studies to examine how fictional cities in work by authors as different as E. M. Forster, Isaac Asimov, Kim Stanley Robinson, and China Miéville might help us to envision an urban future that is viable and resilient.
Imagining Urban Futures is a remarkable treatise on what is best and strongest in urban theory and practice today, as refracted and intensely imagined in science fiction. As the human population grows, we can envision an increasingly urban society. Shifting weather patterns, rising sea levels, reduced access to resources, and a host of other issues will radically impact urban environments, while technology holds out the dream of cities beyond Earth. Abbott delivers a compelling critical discussion of science fiction cities found in literary works, television programs, and films of many eras from Metropolis to Blade Runner and Soylent Green to The Hunger Games, among many others.
Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts [EPUB]
08 January 2017, 14:07
2012 | EPUB | 2.88MB
Mainframe Experimentalism challenges the conventional wisdom that the digital arts arose out of Silicon Valley’s technological revolutions in the 1970s. In fact, in the 1960s, a diverse array of artists, musicians, poets, writers, and filmmakers around the world were engaging with mainframe and mini-computers to create innovative new artworks that contradict the stereotypes of "computer art." Juxtaposing the original works alongside scholarly contributions by well-established and emerging scholars from several disciplines, Mainframe Experimentalism demonstrates that the radical and experimental aesthetics and political and cultural engagements of early digital art stand as precursors for the mobility among technological platforms, artistic forms, and social sites that has become commonplace today.