43 ARTICLES FOUND MATCHING THE PHRASE CARDON IN THE AUTHOR'S NAME
Review: The Barefoot Designer, Carla Fernández at the Gardner
June 06, 2014
One forgets that the luxuriant and hushed atmosphere in the Isabella Stewart Gardner palace is created in large part by the textiles that adorn its walls. Mrs. Gardner was as fond of collecting European leathers, silks and laces as she was of acquiring paintings, statues and furniture. The current contemporary exhibition...
Onto Objects: Patty Chang and Jeffrey Gibson perform at the MFA
February 05, 2014
Last Wednesday, after dark, two dimly lit galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts resonated with words. To those familiar with Boston's generally stoic and tight-lipped durational performance art1, Jeffrey Gibson and Patty Chang must have seemed awfully talkative. Onto Objects, curated by Liz Munsell, in collaboration with colleagues in the...
A Tug at the Archive: Stephanie's 2013(-ish) favorites
December 30, 2013
Here's my tug from the archive, with notes. My picks are pieces I found creative in and of themselves, either because of the way they were written, or because of their author's approach to the topic. BR&S's August 2013 issue included four exhibition reviews written by poets. This had...
Review: All Our Tomorrows and Yesterdays at Proof
December 05, 2013
"History is a malleable enterprise subject to the whims and desires of its writers." And, arguably, of its artists. Scott Patrick Wiener's curatorial statement for All Our Tomorrows and Yesterdays reveals his partiality, as an image-maker, for the documentary fallacies intrinsic to photography. The three person show, currently on view at...
Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is: BADA Panel
October 24, 2013
On Sunday, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) gathered a panel of Boston-area collectors to speak to their passion for discovering artists and owning art. Its moderator Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, brought his own perspective to the discussion: his questions drew comparisons between the responsibilities and approaches...
Welcome to kijidome
October 09, 2013
kijidome is the brainchild of Sean Downey, Lucy Kim, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, and Susan Metrican. The four artists are inaugurating their collaborative space at 59 Wareham Street this coming Saturday with an exhibition titled S01E01 which juxtaposes works by Dennis Congdon, Oliver Herring, and Elizabeth Riley. I stopped in while they...
Bringing the War Home: Omer Fast's "5,000 Feet Is the Best"
September 25, 2013
Omer Fast's 30 minute video work 5,000 Feet Is the Best takes its title from one of the lines in its dialogue. It is spoken by a jumpy former U.S. Air Force Predator Drone operator, reclining on a bed in a Las Vegas hotel room. He is being interviewed by a...
Hell-raisers & Troublemakers: Arts advocates speak up at MassCreative's #CreateTheVote
July 12, 2013
"It is difficult to recall a gathering as important as this one." José Mateo did not mince words as he stood behind the podium at one end of the BCA's Cyclorama. The crowd (of educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators—affectionately dubbed "hell-raisers" and "troublemakers") knew why it had gathered: to represent, unify,...
Family Meal with John C. Gonzalez
June 17, 2013
This conversation with John C. Gonzalez followed his participation in Odd Spaces, last month's day-long performance art event at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, curated by Liz Munsell. With Family Meal Gonzalez initiated a collaboration with two of the Museum's cooks, Hamilton Luna Alvarez and Jodeson Francisco, each of whom...
The Foster Prize: Mark Cooper
June 05, 2013
It is curious that Mark Cooper's work, which is the most visually and spatially boisterous, the most materially lustful (though not the most fetishistic) of the four finalists', is that which directly references Buddhist cultures, concepts and practices of meditation, contemplation, immateriality and emptiness. The jovial mess named yu yu tangerine...
ASPECT v.21: A Good Place to Stop
May 27, 2013
Owing to the limitations inherent in print publications, time-based works often have been shortchanged in the art publishing world. Represented in photographs, video, installation art, and performance-based works are stripped of much of their essence—sound, duration, motion. Sound works without a strong visual component tend to be ignored altogether, or find...
Considering Kingston Gallery through two of its artists: Ilona Anderson and Karen Meninno
May 12, 2013
The most obvious benefit of belonging to an artist-run, coöperative gallery is stability regardless of commercial success. Artist-members can count on regular solo shows, and have no limitations when choosing what to exhibit, or how to present it. Reliable deadlines provide impetus to an often solitary and disconnected studio practice, and...
Carnival at the PEM: Nick Cave's 'Drive-By'
April 21, 2013
The Peabody Essex Museum has continued its dynamic contemporary art series, FreePort, now in its sixth iteration, with an installation of Nick Cave's famed soundsuits. This exhibition goes beyond merely placing the suits themselves in the galleries as sculpture, and brings them to life in an immersive video and sound installation,...
A Golden Balm: How Art can Surprise, Delight and Heal
April 20, 2013
This is the story of how one student's year long effort brought solace and joy to a community when it was most needed. In spite of the crystalline air and brilliant sunshine, Tuesday morning was dark for Bostonians near and far. Following the marathon bombings, the entire city echoed with sobriety,...
#FrameClusterFriday: Barry McGee at the ICA
April 07, 2013
When the work of a former graffiti artist enters the hallowed white box of a museum, almost inevitably there will be cries of "Judas." Yet another in the ICA Boston's string of exhibitions dedicated to street, or "outsider" artists, Barry McGee joins the recently surveyed Os Gemeos, Dr. Lakra, Shepard Fairey,...
Babble, Blabber, Chatter, Gibber, Jabber: Amalia Pica's quiet subversion at the List
March 25, 2013
João Ribas maintains that Amalia Pica's work should be listened to. Other than the clatter of a slide-tray as it works its way around a carousel, this means listening to silence, more accurately, to the white noise of an exhibition space, which includes the sound of the works themselves, and the...
Stitching the Shore with Plotform at 808 Gallery
March 07, 2013
Last December, I bought a book at JP Knit and Stitch called 'Hooked on Crochet.' I attribute this uncharacteristic move to pick up a craft to a former student of mine, Emma Lanctot, who made a gorgeously red, lacy wrap for a stop-sign as her first semester final (picture included). She...
sübSamsøn: 2. Carlos Jiménez Cahua, artist in residence
February 14, 2013
This is part two of a conversation about the artist-in-residence program sübSamsøn, directed by Camilo Alvarez, interviewed a few days ago. The current artist in the Gallery's basement studio is Carlos Jiménez Cahua, who ends his 6 month residency this month. Stephanie Cardon So Carlos, how did you...
sübSamsøn: 1. Camilo Alvarez discusses the Samsøn residency program
February 13, 2013
sübSamsøn is an artist-in-residence program developed by Samsøn owner and director Camilo Alvarez. An artist is invited to occupy a small studio in the basement of the Gallery's 450 Harrison Avenue space in Boston for a duration of 6 months. I was curious to learn more about the model, and about...
From Berlin, Susanna Bolle discusses Non-Event's 2013 concert series
February 07, 2013
Non-Event, the Boston-based experimental music concert series, is about to start its 10th season. Over the past decade, it has steadily built a strong reputation and following through its cutting edge programming, and has partnered with many venues and institutions around the city, from MIT, to Studio Soto, to the Goethe-Institut....
Inside Out: Scott Alario
February 01, 2013
Our Daily Red is pleased to continue our artist-in-residence series titled Inside Out. Every month, a guest artist is offered access to the platform to publish images and jot down thoughts about inspiration, obsession, creative failures and insights. Unlike an 'Open Studio' format which is predicated on potential sales, BR&S wants...
Andrea Fraser wept, then answered.
January 26, 2013
Andrea Fraser suddenly started shaking. From my seat at the very back of the theater, I couldn't quite tell: was she crying? Sobbing, even? "Don't cry Andrea," I murmured. Empathy coursed through me: I was reaching out to her, I wanted to hold her, calm her, and felt suddenly irritated at...
Matt Saunders, a generous mind
January 18, 2013
Excessive enthusiasm for the sensory world can lessen one's critical edge. But last week at Matt Saunders' artist talk, my sliding scale of wonder grew a little narrower. In the presence of such discipline and lucidity, I had to re-calibrate. Several aspects of Saunders' talk made it memorable. Naturally,...
Meanwhile in Omaha: the Kaneko zipcode, the Bemis & thoughts on patronage
January 03, 2013
There's a neighborhood near Omaha's Old Market known locally as "the Kaneko zipcode." If you've never heard the name Jun Kaneko—as was the case for me until last week—pay closer attention to the wall tiles in Boston's Aquarium T Station. Kaneko installed the ceramic mural, titled "Currents", as part of the...
The Sacred & the Profane: bronze doors as a rite of passage
December 31, 2012
As some upcoming (and more considered) articles will attest, I spent the holidays in Omaha, Nebraska. This, however, is the meatiest post of all: entering and leaving Johnny's Cafe, a fixture since the 20s on the Omahan steak house circuit, I had to lean into two rather large bronze double-doors, polished...
Height, Width, Depth, Time: Boston Sculptors Gallery celebrates 20 years
December 13, 2012
20 images projected for 20 seconds each; a speaker with a concise and engaging narrative; an audience. PechaKucha, the Japanese word for the sound of chit-chat, is a popular form of visual presentation, an extended elevator pitch with images, not unlike the successful TED talks. The artists at Boston Sculptors Gallery...
CMCA Biennial in Rockport, Maine
December 01, 2012
The CMCA, Rockport's Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is doing something right. Its Biennial, which closes next Wednesday after a 2 month run, showcases the work of 17 artists who live and work, at least part-time, in the State of Maine. At 60, the Center seems to have taken a swig...
ROUND : Cambridge a participatory soundscape by Halsey Burgund
November 28, 2012
Now this is a guaranteed first date win. I jest but it's true: Halsey Burgund's new public art piece, a participatory soundscape encompassing the whole City of Cambridge, is an engaging and memorable way to while away an evening. You might even capture the sound of that stolen kiss. ...
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer: SPACE Gallery, Portland
November 24, 2012
When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How...
#Sandyrelief in Redhook: BWAC, Redhook Initiative & one soggy lobster pound
November 15, 2012
Perhaps it's because I was born in New York City, perhaps it's the accumulation of devastating news and images or the growing list of grievances against FEMA, utility companies and local officials, voiced by inhabitants of the Rockaways, Staten Island, New Jersey and other areas struck hard by Hurricane Sandy, or...
Agents of Change: a symposium around the Guerrilla Girls at Montserrat College of Art
November 02, 2012
This time last week, I sat in a pew at Montserrat's second annual academic symposium, Agents of Change: Art as Activism. It's difficult to imagine a more New England venue for staging a day-long event on engaged art than a white clapboard Congregational church in Beverly, Massachusetts. A Puritan work ethic...
New Voices / New Visions: Boston area curators consider the future
October 29, 2012
The weekend has been full of panel talks beginning Friday with Montserrat College of Art's symposium on art and activism, which was followed Saturday by our very own BIG RED FORUM at MIT's List Center, and continued on Sunday at the ICA with New Voices / New Visions. I was one...
Confronting Inequity: What I took away from the Creative Time Summit
October 19, 2012
Last Friday, along with 500 others, I settled in for 10 hours of non-stop presentations and dialogue at Creative Time's annual summit. It was my first time attending and was worth every minute of the bumpy Boltbus roundtrip. Last year, I attempted to follow along via the livestream - to their...
Ori Gersht: Angel of History? Considering 'History Repeating' at the MFA
October 16, 2012
There is no arguing that Ori Gersht: History Repeating, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is anything short of visually arresting. Large and lush color photographs sit between exquisitely rendered video tableaux. Since the work exists as an exploration of personal and cultural trauma — primarily the...
Preview: Ben Street on Bad Language
October 10, 2012
For our first issue of the revamped Big Red & Shiny, Ben Street, curator, art writer, lecturer and co-creator of the Sluice Art Fair, London, has been ruminating on the semantically slippery state, and often absurd content, of art writing. Several recent articles have revived the perennial mocking of pompous art-speak,...
Time / Motion / Sound: 4D Design in the words of Christopher Pullman
October 06, 2012
One of the attractions of living in a university town is the open-door policy many schools have towards evening lectures: the savvy can gate-crash their way to a free education on any course of study under the sun, casually getting a booster-shot on a long-loved subject or keenly soaking up the...
Inside Out: Susan Metrican
September 27, 2012
Our Daily Red is pleased to launch an artist-in-residence series titled Inside Out. Every month, a new guest artist will have access to the platform to publish images and jot down thoughts about inspiration, obsession, creative failures and insights. Unlike an 'Open Studio' format which is predicated on potential...
Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation
September 23, 2012
The Persian, Arabic and Urdu word raqs describes the dervish's trance attained while whirling: it stands for reflection in motion or, as Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective call it, 'kinetic contemplation.' Central to their collaborative practice as artists, researchers, curators, is the idea that you do not have to withdraw from the...
Meanwhile in Barcelona: Latitudes and #OpenCurating
September 18, 2012
Mariana Cánepa Luna and Max Andrews are the team of two behind Latitudes, a Barcelona-based globally-active 'Curatorial Office'. Why talk about them here and now? Latitudes' current #OpenCurating project consists of a series of interviews with publishers, developers, artists and writers who are thinking creatively about the impact the web has...
One Smartphone / One Vote: Brooklyn's model of community-curating
September 11, 2012
The weekend following Go Brooklyn Art's borough-wide Open Studios event, artists in Boston's South End studios unbolt their doors for the public. Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September, from 11am to 6pm, the art-curious are welcome to stroll up and down stairs and in and out of buildings, to chat with...
Where in the World is Luisa Lambri?
September 08, 2012
In Boston, apparently. At the Gardner Museum. In the tiny hallway that served as its former entrance, now hyperbolically renamed Fenway Gallery. It took me and three volunteers fifteen minutes to find the exhibit. Why would the work of an internationally sought-after artist, represented by New York's Luhring Augustine Gallery and...
Temporary Bricks and Mortar
August 31, 2012
Titled not without a little irony, Bricks and Mortar, a pop-up show lasting just over one week, was anchored by the least physical work in the exhibition: a sound installation. Taking on the characteristics of the space that tries to contain it – in this case, a former office suite at...
One Spicy Party. To Go.
August 30, 2012
Press PLAY before reading: “When you’re done crying about how much everything sucks, you can find the rest of us at Picó Picante.” On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, Maggie Cavallo's public entreaty to get over and on with it had me off my sorry tush, oiling...

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