HAIRY: An Interview with Chris Sollars
by Danielle Sommer, July 28, 2011, DailyServing For the last year, Bay Area artist Chris Sollars has sported a biblical behemoth of a beard, although his cleanly shaven cheeks are once again on view in Sollars’s newest project, Hairy, shown as part of YBCA’s Bay Area Now. It’s an interesting update on an identity-probing lineage that includes predecessors like Chris Burden, Gordon Matta Clark,...
Down South: Paul Thek at the Hammer
by Danielle Sommer, July 25, 2011, KQED The year is 1964. The place, New York. The artwork? A series of realistically-gory meat sculptures, made of resin and placed in a series of Plexiglas vitrines. Meant as a critique of minimalism and its squeamishly hermetic attributes, Paul Thek’s Technological Reliquaries (1964–1966) were thought, at the time, to be hugely radical. According to the...
Art in Limbo
by Danielle Sommer, July 6, 2011, DailyServing It’s true. The state of Utah now owns Spiral Jetty. For the last decade, the Dia Foundation has paid Utah’s Department of Natural Resources $250 a year to maintain the 20-year lease on the land surrounding the earthwork. In February, the Dia received and paid its annual invoice, only to have the payment returned in June with a note that the...