Pareidolia is the common phenomenon of seeing figures or faces within random patterns and objects: in wallpaper designs, say, or clouds, or geological formations—or in vintage movie cameras, which have been a recurring motif in Catherine Story’s work in recent years.
“Disney on acid” may be the best descriptor for the eight paintings in Berlin-based Stefanie Heinze’s first exhibition in the United States. In the works (all 2017), abstracted cartoonish forms float on backgrounds rendered in mostly bright or pastel hues.
With their dusky sunset and sunrise palettes and their landscape-evoking forms, the paintings in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s small-scale retrospective of work by Miyoko Ito (1918–1983) could very well have been used as cover art for Brian Eno’s ambient releases from the 1970s.
With a colorful, glitzy, and seemingly lighthearted aesthetic, the works in Mika Rottenberg’s exhibition touch on heavy topics such as sweatshop labor, the role of women in the workplace, the inequities of global capitalism, and immigration.
Nene Humphrey became interested in the practice of Victorian mourning braiding—in which jewelry and keepsakes were made using the hair of departed loved ones—when coping with the death of her husband, artist Benny Andrews, in 2006.
If one had to name a single idea or type of experience underlying all of Wilkes’s production, it would be that of poverty: not just the absence of money in itself, but the kind of poverty that is a state of being, a condition, most likely inherited, as a chronic sickness.
Upon entering Suzanne Silver’s exhibition at the Columbus College of Art & Design’s Beeler Gallery, visitors encountered a statement in vinyl lettering. warning, it began, before providing customary information about the artist and the show.
Patty Chang’s show at the Queens Museum, her most expansive to date, encompassed video, photography, glass sculpture, ephemera, and an artist’s book. “The Wandering Lake, 2009–2017” took its name from a 1938 volume in which Swedish geographer Sven Hedin recounts his attempt to map a mysterious, boundary-shifting lake in the deserts of Xinjiang, China.