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Launch | Issue 12 | Critical Bastards Magazine

Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios




Critical Bastards Magazine is an emerging creative forum of criticality as a response to contemporary visual art in the island of Ireland and beyond. This is the twelfth issue of CBM. Through both invitation and open call contributors respond to the theme Resourcefulness. This theme invites ways to think and talk about material, use and necessity. Resourcefulness is defined as the practice of reusing stuff and stuff-less stuff such as waste, words, memory, ideas, thoughts and texts. A collection of reviews, text-works, thought pieces, critical writing and fiction by artists and writers make up the issue.

Guest Editor: Jennie Taylor

Contributors: Ella de Burca, Sara O’Brien, Chris Hayes, Barry Kehoe, Tracy Hanna, Ulick O’Beirne, Dennis McNulty, Tanad Williams, Cac O’Day, Rebecca O’Dwyer, Michaele Cutaya, Suzanne Walsh, Maria Fusco.


IMAGE: ‘Exercises To See If I Am The Names People Call Me. (I Might Have Eggs But I Am Not A Bird) by Ella de Búrca

Liz Nielsen & Max Warsh Curated by Jessamyn Fiore at Sirius Arts Centre

23 June – 01 August 2016
Opens 22 June 7pm
Workshop, Artist & Curator Talk and Panel Discussion on 23 June.

This exhibition presents the work of two outstanding American artists whose contemporary art practice employs a unique exploration of the materiality of photography, producing striking abstract works that push the boundaries of the medium to contemplate its use of light and memory.
Liz Nielsen describes her process as “painting with light.” She creates photograms, a form of camera-less photography, employing light sensitive photographic paper that is exposed to a creative variety of light sources (from an enlarger to a bike lamp to a laser) through brightly colored plastic collages. The result is a completely unique work with surprising painterly effects and stunning color tones.

Max Warsh employs the camera to capture in minutia the details of everyday urban architecture. These architectural choices, the ones we see so regularly we fail to notice them, are in fact as intimate as our daily routine – they inform us as a half memory on which we build our sense of place. Warsh prints and manipulates the images, creating intricately collaged works that are reflective of the original architecture yet also distort and even renew its visage. Like with a faded memory given fresh focus, there is a challenge to push beyond assumption and revive our personal perception of what comprises our lived space.

June 23rd:
10am – Workshop with Liz Nielsen
– hands-on workshop with the artist as she explains her creative process while guiding you to make your own cyanotype sun print.

2pm – Artist & Curator Talk – Max Warsh discusses his artistic practice and his experience of running a non-profit gallery in New York City. Jessamyn Fiore talks about her curatorial practice including her role as co-director of the Gordon Matta-Clark Estate, curator of the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Dubai, and director of Thisisntoashop, a non-profit gallery that was based in Dublin 2006-2009.

Followed by:
Panel Discussion – That 70′s Influence

Jessamyn Fiore, Liz Nielsen, Max Warsh and Katie Holten.This panel will expand upon the current exhibition by Liz Nielsen and Max Warsh to explore the influence of 1970′s art on today’s practicing artists, with particular reference to Gordon Matta-Clark and Brian O’Doherty.

Finger food and drinks by served after the talks. All welcome

Liz Nielsen (American b. 1975) is a Brooklyn based photographic artist. She has exhibited extensively; most recently her work was shown as part of the Material Art Fair (Mexico City), London Photo (UK), and in New York at Denny Gallery, Laurence Miller Gallery, and Danziger Gallery. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.

Liz Nielsen website

Max Warsh (American b. 1980) lives and works in New York City. Most recent exhibitions include Approximately Spring at Longhouse Projects (New York, NY), The Shared Patio at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Hot and Cold, Laurence Miller Gallery, NY and Nothing Ever Happened, Chapter 61, New York, NY. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. He is a co-founder and director of the artist-run gallery Regina Rex based in New York City.

Max Warsh website

Jessamyn Fiore (American b. 1980) is a New York based curator and writer as well the co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. She is the curator of the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Dubai, UAE, opening in March, 2015. She was the Director of Thisisnotashop, a not for profit gallery space in Dublin, from 2007-2010. She received a Masters in contemporary art theory, practice, and philosophy from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2009.

Exhibitions curated include 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970–1974) at David Zwirner in New York (2011), which led to her editing the critically acclaimed, eponymous catalogue, published by David Zwirner and Radius Books (2012); and a second exhibition for David Zwirner New York titled Gordon Matta-Clark: Above and Below (2013). Recently, she curated II Machines: Clive Murphy & Trevor Tweeton at the Knockdown Center in Mespeth, Queens (May 2015) and was a partner at Rawson Projects gallery on the Lower East Side (Sep 2014 – May 2015), organizing exhibitions by Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Lilja Birgisdottir among others.

Jessamyn Fiore website

Katie Holten is a visual artist based in New York. She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has had solo museum exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012); Bronx Museum, New York (2009); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2008) and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). She currently hosts a series of Sunday Salons at her home with Dillon Cohen.

Reading as Practice event with Paper Visual Art Journal at IMMA

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium, Dublin 12-13 May 2016, Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Professor Maeve Cooke
School of Philosophy
University College Dublin

Professor Michael Kelly
Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford UP)
Philosophy, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Francis Halsall
National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Dr. Danielle Petherbridge
Irish Research Council (IRC)/Marie Curie Research Fellow
Barnard/Columbia University and
University College Dublin

Our two-day symposium explores questions relating to the potential for social critique and transformation in aesthetic (and related) practices and experiences, focusing on the interplay of minds and bodies. The symposium begins with presentations of an excerpt from This Situation by the celebrated artist Tino Sehgal and of Sufi whirling; it continues with reflections by invited philosophers and theorists, who will address the topic in panel discussions under several headings.

Generously sponsored by the Irish Research Council, The Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation, UCD-NCAD Seed Funding, The Goethe Institute, Dublin, UCD School of Philosophy and The National College of Art and Design

Thursday, 12 May: Transformations in Situations: Moving Minds in Bodies

9.45am: Welcome by Maeve Cooke

10am-12.30pm: Tino Sehgal’s This Situation meets Sufi “Whirling” (Leaders: Descha Daemgen and Naïma Ferré)

12.30pm-2pm: Break

2pm-3.10pm: Panel Discussion, Transformations in Situations – Moving Minds in Bodies
Chair: Declan Long

Descha Daemgen, Decided Forms: Tino Sehgal and the Freedom of Prescribed Criticality
Katalin Makkai, How to do Things with Words: This Situation and Conversation
Naïma Ferré, Sufi Whirling

3.10pm-3.30pm: Break

3.30pm-4.40pm: Panel Discussion, Art – as Act, as Reparation, as Transformation
Chair: Maeve Cooke

Ciaran Benson, The Power of Acts
Katherine O’Donnell, Touching Trauma: A Weak Theory of the Power of a Reparative Response to Testimonies of Trauma
Anita Chari, Sensation, Subjectivity and the Arts of Embodied Attention

4.45pm-5.55pm: Panel Discussion, Moving Together – in Situations
Chair: Francis Halsall

Fred Cummins, Speaking in Unison and Collective Intentionality
Joe Dunne, Dancing Minds and Bodies
John McGuire, On the Poverty of Student Life: Revisiting Situationism in the wake of Black Lives Matter

Friday 13 May: Transforming Art: The Power of Aesthetic Constructions

9.45am-10am: Welcome by Michael Kelly

10am-11.10am: Panel Discussion, Aesthetic Spaces and Practices – of Normalization and Critique
Chair: Michael Kelly

Dorothea von Hantelmann, The Art of Liberal Government
Ruth Sonderegger, Normalizing as opposed to Social Critique in the Field of Art
Danielle Petherbridge & Luna Dolezal, Questioning Social Encounters in the Work of Marina Abramovic: Performance Art as Embodied Critical-Reflexive Space

11.10am-11.30am: Break

11.30am-12.40pm: Panel Discussion, The Power of Art Works – Perception, Judgment,
Chair: Maeve Cooke

Tim Mooney, Body and Movement in the Painting
Carmen Dege, The Communication of Taste, the Sublime, and Aesthetic Truth
Jonathan Owen Clark, Art and Historicity

12.40pm-2.10pm: Break

2.10pm-3.20pm: Panel Discussion, Experiencing Art – Attunement, Shock, Estrangement
Chair: Francis Halsall

Rita Felski, In Sync: Art and Attunement
Brian O’Connor, Aesthetic Shock
David Roden, Dark Posthumanism

3.20pm-3.40pm: Break

3.40pm-4.50pm: Panel Discussion, Aesthetic Representation – and Beyond
Chair: Tom Stott

Caitríona Leahy, Examining Kleist’s Marionettentheater
Annie Hanlon Performing Radical Feminist Aesthetics in Popular Music
Francis Halsall, Thinking the Unthinkable: Aesthetics and Hans Blumenberg’s Absolute Metaphors

4.50pm-5.10pm: Concluding discussion (Moderator: Maeve Cooke)

5.10pm-6.15pm: Reception hosted by the Goethe Institute, Dublin

Co-Sponsored by The Irish Research Council; UCD-NCAD Seed Funding; Goethe Institute, Dublin; The National College of Art and Design;UCD School of Philosophy; and the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation

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