Magazine article Artforum International

Trisha Donnelly

Magazine article Artforum International

Trisha Donnelly

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1 DAAN VAN GOLDEN After seeing this Dutch artist's work for the first time at last year's Lyon Biennale I got totally wonderlost. So when I found the museum bookstore (and the planet), I immediately bought a catalogue, which included his work from the '60s to today. At once dignified and psychedelic, van Golden's paintings are often based on minute photographic forms and classical textiles. In one, he takes a snowy, pixelated outline (derived from multiple Xeroxes of the photo of a parakeet that Matisse used in his late collages) and cradles it in sky blue. Photographs of his daughter between the ages of one and eighteen are lovingly portrayed, curiously layered documents of youth. Within every photograph there is a quiet oddity, and out of each painting grows a form--elaborate and strangely pure of insistence.* Though difficult to locate (van Golden doesn't show in the US because he has an aversion to shipping--perfect), the more I see of van Golden's work, the more radical it becomes.

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2 ON A TUESDAY* Read Knut Hamsun's apologia, On Overgrown Paths. Then watch the new DVD release of the 1966 Japanese film The Pornographers.

3 MINIATURE MAGAZINES Small magazines are so lovely. It looks as if the reader grew after buying one. If Teen Vogue is smaller, does that mean that teenage girls are bigger? Taller? Are they rapidly growing to an infinite and disorderly size? I think The Economist should be next.

4 THE LIVES OF MEN Shannon Ebner's MLK, Double-Horizon, 2003, is a photograph of a giant, white cutout number "74" (the age Martin Luther King Jr. would have been last year) set on a hilltop against an expanse of California sky. Jason Dodge's The Disappearance of Samuel Paley, 2003 (a sculpture in honor of a park that is in honor of a man named Samuel Paley), comprising thin aluminum rods hung from ceiling to floor, breaks surrounding walls into slivers to make hairline fractures in space. Each of these works suggests a parallel-universe reincarnation: one of a man who today exists for us most fully as an idea; the other of a monument to an idea of a man.

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5 IL FANTASTICO VIAGGIO DEL "BAGAROZZO" MARK Goblin (the Italian rock group who scored most of Dario Argento's films) recorded this epiphany of an album in 1978. Until the recent US rerelease, it could only be found abroad--and for quite a price. Massimo Morante's vocals, hung over winding staircases of organ and electric guitar, fluctuate between a seductive gothic whisper and a "this is when the confetti explosions go off behind me" scream. The album's plot could easily be misinterpreted as the transformation of a young man--Mark--into a space bug, but, Goblin (in hindsight, of course) claim this is their "just say no to drugs" album.

6 IN THE GLOAMING Adam Putnam's "Magic Lantern" series (on view last month at Artists Space in New York) reminds me of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1851 tale "The Familiar," in which a man is tormented by a delphic paranormal character that he alone can sense in seemingly empty streets, empty rooms, and dark corners. Le Fanu uses merely a shadow of a presence, lightly drawn and nebulous, to haunt the main character into cataleptic death. With his "Magic Lanterns" Putnam reverses Le Fanu's sleight of hand: The looming presence takes the form of an empty room. In his odd, architecturally detailed projections, spaces quiver unnervingly with the movement of the silent candlelight that fuels them.

7 BRUNO SERRALONGUE, COREE (KOREA), 2001 Fantastical, sad, at times funny, this piece recounts the story of three Korean auto workers who trek from Korea to France and Switzerland to extradite their embezzling fugitive boss. …

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