Artforum notes an online solo exhibition at White Cube of recent jute sack paintings by Ibrahim Mahama. “In these works, Mahama continues his interrogation of the principle that by engaging with the failures of the past it is possible to ignite new value systems for the future. By so doing, there is the potential to engender economic change that would lead to labor reforms. Produced in his native Ghana with the help of “collaborators,” the jute sacks from which the paintings are created point to histories of trade and commerce and the personal stories of their handlers…”
In Caroline one-person exhibition at Fondazione Giuliani, watercolor, ceramic, bamboo, and wool are the protagonists of a narrative that seems to emerge from the viscera of creative expression. The French-born artist’s works take possession of the gallery space like three-dimensional biomorphic entities, even when simply hung on the walls like paintings.
Artsy says Ethan is one to watch– easy to imagine these works “characterized by their meditative, process-focused qualities and limited color palettes” have a physicality that pictures can not capture.
Artforum has words about Myra’s current series of textually deep work that underscores, I think, the potential of non-representational work to carry potent symbolism:
“Piecework refers to labor paid according to the number of items produced rather than the amount of time spent on the job. Often associated with the ruthless economic exploitation of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, this system …is sadly making a comeback—thanks to its versatility in allowing employers to get around minimum-wage and other labor laws…”
Was reading the print edition of Artforum when the image below grabbed me. Which lead to reading this interesting interview about the themes that- like the disparate materials she uses- are woven, literally, into her work.
Wow- see more.
One of the most interesting takes on the question of what is painting I’ve seen recently.
A friend sent me this interesting article from Vogue. I’ve been following Sarah’s brand of reinvigorated Modernism on Instagram so it was nice to have an excuse to learn a little more about her, especially that she does ceramic work using tile in addition to work with the American Ballet Theater. Glad to see talent having a deserved cultural moment.