maggie nelson on queerness, motherhood, empathy, freedom
All Things Grids: In addition to the work of Charles Gaines, this blog will highlight the work of artists who incorporate the grid. United by the theme of a “grid aesthetic”, the works featured represent a cross section of movements, generations and materials, and demonstrate the varied use of the grid in modern and contemporary art.
Ellen Gallagher, They Could Still Serve, 2001
"Gallagher has simultaneously adopted the grid and reversed its rigorous use by a former generation of Minimalist and Conceptualist artists: her patches of blue lined paper form a grid pattern, but it is liquefied, disassembled, blurred, and dematerialized with watercolor. Among the papers’ blue lines are small marks, a repeated stereotyped sign of race drawn from minstrelsy: wide eyes peering out at the viewer. These signs are paradoxically at once free floating and mapped in her grid structures. They Could Still Serve takes its title from an etching in Francisco de Goya’s series The Disasters of War (1810–20), a caustic meditation on the brutality and futility of human warfare.”
Opening reception Friday, July 11 6–8pm
Angie Terry (more here) and on instagram @hosslyterry
Looked at this image in class today; Gabriel Orozco, My Hand is My Heart, 1991. 💙✊the heart is a muscle the size of your fist. keep loving, keep fighting. 💙✊ #tbt
"We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world."
In memory of José Esteban Muñoz, from his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via nyupress)
Foreign Ferns, c. 1850