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Samples of various pieces of arts criticism written between spring and summer of 2017 in Portland, ME. Listed chronologically in order of publication.

Emilie Stark-Menneg & the Sweet Cool of Material Nostalgia.
Published Summer 2017 in The Chart
by Julien Langevin

"We consume and learn through image, be it physical or digital. Is there a difference? And where does something as tangible as painting come into play in a society with intangible ideals? The answer is in the process: paintings are a connection, a liaison between a physical reality and illusion, much like the digital world. Emilie Stark-Menneg, and artists like her, scrounge the meat buried within the aesthetics of the digital realm, while also exploring avenues that reference traditional figuration, postmodern compositions, and relative humor. American Popsicle, currently on view at Elizabeth Moss, boundlessly embodies the social influence of summer on the coast and excites critique of the current generational connection to traditional painting. . ."

To continue reading please visit: http://thechart.me/emilie-stark-menneg-the-sweet-cool-of-material-nostalgia/

Keijaun Thomas: a Black Femme Goddess Punk, Nude and In Charge.
Published Summer 2017 in The Chart
by Julien Langevin

"Through sounds of nylon ripping and glue dripping, “faggot sweat” seeping, a Formation-singing self-proclaimed “black effeminate punk” dances: in My Last American Dollar: Round 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit, Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat, Round 3. Whatchu Gonna Do: Marvelous like Marva, Keijaun Thomas teaches her audience how to listen and resist. Thomas asks in her artist statement, “how do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive?” Her movements throughout the hour-long performance discuss what it means for people of color to create spaces for themselves, how to carry the “multiplicities of being young, gifted, and black.” Thomas’ in-progress performance at SPACE Gallery transformed the normally large and vast-feeling performance hall into an intimate and evocative space for speculation. Thomas creates a captive energy, abstractly describing situations that black femmes face in America, while also negotiating an environment to challenge power, time, and material. . ."

To continue reading please visit: http://thechart.me/keijaun-thomas-a-black-femme-goddess-punk-nude-and-in-charge/

Where Critical Tides Meet: The Inaugural Show at Grant Wahlquist Gallery.
Published Spring 2017 in The Chart
by Julien Langevin

"Louise Bourgeois, in an interview with Donald Kuspit, once said, “Privilege means that you are a favorite, that what you do is not completely to your credit, not completely due to you, but is a favor conferred upon you. Privilege entitles you when you deserve nothing.” As artists we are privileged: a fact that is easily forgotten or misconstrued. Using artistic privilege to speak about issues that disprivilege marginalized groups is an incredible act of bravery. The point is not to waste, not to step away: to merge two definitions of “political” and “apolitical” art in order to allow both to develop. . ."

To continue reading please visit: http://thechart.me/critical-tides-meet-inaugural-show-grant-wahlquist-gallery/

Greetings from the Jungle: Elizabeth Kleene invites you to Tadow Island.
Published Spring 2017 in The Chart
by Julien Langevin

"A concoction of vivid colors and surreal forms, Elizabeth Kleene’s paintings in Tadow Island are windows into dance halls and forests of fluorescent visual information. They range from organized scenes with figurative groupings like those of Anti Gravity Experiment (2011), to the clustered material experiments of Welcome to the Jungle (2014). While incorporating twists on traditional trompe l’oeil, this body of work plays on the border of humor and illusion: the red tape rendered in Welcome to the Jungle turns into an actual piece of red tape curling off the canvas, and the sticky notes with faces scribbled on them are rendered precisely. Little moments of animated realism hidden within the transcendent colorscapes keep Kleene’s viewers on their toes in the underground energy of Gallery 49 at Oxbow Blending & Bottling. . ."

To continue reading please visit: http://thechart.me/greetings-from-the-jungle-elizabeth-kleene-invites-you-to-tadow-island/