Tag Archives: A.L. Steiner

FIRE AT BABY COMPANY

“Every time I enter a new room I scan for other queers. Maybe it’s a hunt for fleeting solidarity, maybe safety—not that the two are opposed. I didn’t know I did this until I didn’t have to, when I arrived in a place—[Fire Island]—where queer and its variants was the baseline. It is a profound experience, one I will never take for granted, even as I know the exclusions it enacts.

“This is a very personal show, in the sense that it has no pretensions of thoroughness or coherence. A series of friendships and encounters organized around a shared experience of finding one’s place. Just some people inhabiting a tiny speck of the world and—to borrow a phrase by Douglas Crimp, another friend from the island—misfitting together.” — Ryan McNamara*

McNamara brings Fire Island to Manhattan with a new exhibition of work by Travis BoyerJack BruscaTM DavyRaúl de NievesNicole EisenmanK8 HardyKia LabeijaMatthew LeifheitHanna LidenTiffany MalakootiSamuel RoeckPaul Mpagi SepuyaDevan ShimoyamaA.L. SteinerWolfgang TillmansCajsa von Zeipel, and himself.

FIRE*

Through April 14.

Baby Company

73 Allen Street, New York City.

*”Misfitting together” is a quote from Popism: The Warhol Sixties, by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett (1980), referenced by Douglas Crimp in his book “Our Kind of Movie”: The Films of Andy Warhol (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), 157, note 29:

“I [Warhol] was reflecting that most people thought the Factory was a place where everybody had the same attitudes about everything; the truth was, we were all odds-and-ends misfits, somehow misfitting together.”

From top: Ryan McNamara, Cemical Compound (6/8/2018), 2019, wood, plaster, paint, psilocybin, amyl nitrate, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, Truvada; Wolfgang Tillmans, Far away inside (Echo Beach), 2017, inkjet print; Matthew Leifheit; Meat Rack Gathering, 2018, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Nicole Eisenman and Tiffany Malakooti, Remarkable Lesbian Chess Set, 2016, clay, wood, and paint; A.L. Steiner, Untitled (Rachel on bay, Pines), 2016–2019; Fire installation view with K8 Hardy‘s jockstrap collection—Look Pines, 2016, fiberglass mannequin, metal base, cloth, enamel paint, synthetic wig—in foreground; Devan Shimoyama, Untitled, 2015–2018, dye-sublimation print on aluminum (2); Cajsa von Zeipel, Boy’s Tears, 2019, styrofoam, fiberglass, aqua resin, plaster; Travis Boyer, Le Fountain, 2019, embellished and dyed wool blanket on beeswax, wood, and steel frame; Jack Brusca, Pines Pavilion Logo, 1980, acrylic on canvas; Kia LaBeija, New Legend Lucky 007 on Fire Island, 2018, digital inkjet print.

YALE SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

UNBECOMING—YALE MFA PHOTO 2018 is on view in Los Angeles, featuring work by Dannielle Bowman, Jennifer Calivas, Penn Chan, Jillian Freyer, Kathryn Harrison, Lacey Lennon, Luke Libera Moore, Evelyn Pustka, and Dan Swindel, and an essay, “Unbecoming,” by A.L. Steiner.

 

UNBECOMING—YALE MFA PHOTO 2018, through September 15.

LTD LOS ANGELES, 1119 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles.

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A.L. Steiner, “Unbecoming”:

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Installation view, Unbecoming—Yale MFA Photo 2018.

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QUEER PLAY AT ICA

Curated by Nayland Blake and Kate KraczonTAG—PROPOSALS ON QUEER PLAY AND THE WAY FORWARD showcases more than a dozen video, sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and performance works, including Living Room, by A. K. Burns.

“I’m interested in genres because they give me something to push against—I don’t care about staying true to a genre, rather I’m interested in finding its edges, exploring what it is through what it isn’t…

“[The video installation] Living Room is very dark and dystopic, bodies are constantly under duress of some sort, until the last scene in the basement when there is a liberating dance sequence. In this scene, the dancers are all wearing t-shirts with language extracted from recent campaign slogans. So the shirts say ‘Or Bust,’ ‘Her,’ and ‘Again.’ Those bodies are moving, dancing in and out of sync, recirculating and reinscribing this language with a new form of agency. The video works are all set in a speculative present, where the now and fantasy can interact.” — A. K. Burns*

TAG—PROPOSALS ON QUEER PLAY AND THE WAY FORWARD

Through August 12.

Institute of Contemporary Art

University of Pennsylvania

118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia.

A.K. Burns
Video stills from Living Room, 2017.
2-Channel HD color, sound, 36min.
Images courtesy of the artist, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY and Michel Rein Gallery, Paris.
(Keyon Gaskin and A.L. Steiner below.)

INITIATION

In August of 2014, letterpress studio Bullhorn Press moved into Otherwild, a shop and graphic design studio in Echo Park. In the spirit of their newfound collaboration, Otherwild’s Rachel Berks and Bullhorn’s Jaye Fishel founded INITIATION, a limited edition letterpress print series featuring the work of 18 notable Los Angeles artists.

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From Otherwild’s website:

The project was born of the desire to create material in the tradition of the democratic multiple, bypassing the gallery system to distribute artist multiples to a wider public at a reasonable cost, whilst, as Lucy Lippard said, “to see artists able to profit economically from broad communication rather than from the lack of it.” INITIATION aims to support artists not only economically, but also provides a platform to explore the art making possibilities on the letterpress, a medium unfamiliar to most every artist represented in the edition. The participating artists: Math Bass, Akina Cox, Ania Diakoff, Zackary Drucker, Lauren Davis Fisher, Eve Fowler, Anna Sew Hoy, Molly Larkey, Lauren Mackler, Dylan Mira, MPA, Taisha Paggett, Shauna Steinbach, A.L. Steiner, Julie Tolentino, Kimberly Varella, Erika Vogt, Suzanne Wright. Each print is available in an edition of 70, with 1-40 available as individual prints, 41-70 as a complete boxed set.

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MADE IN L.A. 2014 OPENS AT THE HAMMER

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Made in L.A. 2014 opens this Sunday June 15th. It is The Hammer’s biennial exhibition featuring 35 artists. The exhibition is curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte. There will be a hardcover catalogue and free public programs throughout the summer until the exhibition closes on September 7th.

The artists included in the exhibition are Juan Capistran, Danielle Dean, Harry Dodge, Lecia Dole-Recio, Kim Fisher, Judy Fiskin, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess & Michael Frimkess, Mariah Garnett, Gerard & Kelly, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Marcia Hafif, Channing Hansen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, James Kidd Studio, Barry Johnston, KChung, Devin Kenny, Gabriel Kuri, Caitlin Lonegan, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Tala Madani, Max Maslansky, Emily Mast, Jennifer Moon, Brian O’Connell, Harsh Patel, Marina Pinsky, Public Fiction, Sarah Rara, A.L. Steiner, Ricky Swallow, Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm, Clarissa Tossin, and Wu Tsang.