Drawing in RISD faculty exhibition at RISD Museum


My drawing, "Untitled [Cosmic Field]," is in the faculty exhibition for the Rhode Island School of Design, at the RISD Museum through 25 March 2018.  This work was originally made for the "Recurrence" exhibition at Union College in Schenectady, NY -- graphite and charcoal on paper, 54 x 78 inches.  

Gouaches and photos in "Double Vision: Artists Who Instagram"


"Double Vision: Artists Who Instagram," a group exhibition organized by Janice Caswell and Erick Johnson, was at LABspace in Hillsdale, NY, September 17 - October 7.  I showed two "Image and Ontology" gouaches, on programs from a conference by that name at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, along with selected Instagram photos printed for exhibition and the show catalogue. The other artists were: Rosaire Appel, Janice Caswell, Erick Johnson, Mary Lum, Tom Martinelli, Liz Nielsen, Chris Sauter, and Karen Schifano.  

"Abstraction in the Public Sphere" lecture online


My lecture on "Abstraction in the Public Sphere," at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts on May 4, 2017, is now video-archived online.  

Drawings in "Sites of Knowledge" at Jane Lombard Gallery


I showed several Agnes Martin Obituary Project drawings in "Sites of Knowledge," the summer group exhibition at Jane Lombard Gallery (518 West 19th Street, NYC).  Curated by Melissa Bianca Amore and William Stover, of Re-Sited, the other artists were: Richard Artschwager, Henri Chopin, Simone Douglas, Guy Laramée, Jen Mazza, Kristin McIver, Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Michael Rakowitz, Sophie Tottie.  The exhibition ran June 8 - July 28, and on the closing night there was an artists' panel moderated by Artforum critic Zachary Sachs, who published a "Critic's Pick" profile of the exhibition:  <https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=69327>.

"Consideration (As an Antidote to Critique)" published


My essay, "Consideration (As an Antidote to Critique)" was published in the anthology, Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). I sketch out an alternative paradigm for engaging with artworks, based on curiosity rather than imperial mastery. 

"Go Figure: Recent Abstractions" in Gowanus, October 15-16


Karen Schiff & Kit Warren held a two-person pop-up show during Gowanus Open Studios 2016, noon-5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 10/15-16. Drawings and paintings from my Manuscripts series highlight the abstract quality of language by removing the letters from my own lines of handwritten text, and focusing on the shapes (see painting on left, 28" x 22"). Also exhibiting at Gowanus Lofts and Galleries were many other recently displaced artists from the neighborhood.

Review of "Economy Corner" in Art in America


My review of Maryam Jafri's "Economy Corner" is published in the summer issue of Art in America.  This exhibition, at P! on the Lower East Side, showcased a collection of 1970s "generic" American groceries and dry goods.  Photographs and vitrines with the actual goods (or copies) become portraits in black and white...but none is as generic as it might seem at first glance.
 

Wallscrawler blog


On May 1, 2015, artist colleague Jeff Frederick and I launched Wallscrawler, a blog of pithy writings on visual art.  We post occasionally – as compulsion moves us to write – without ads, 500 words or less.  My first post was "Muscular Atmospheres," a proposal about alternatives to "zombie formalism" (on Rebecca Salter's "First Light" exhibition at Howard Scott Gallery); my latest post is "Fresh from the East," on Arlan Huang's paintings at Andre Zarré Gallery in Chelsea.