Rackstraw Downes bends the horizon
Featuring horizons that bend according to the way the eye naturally perceives, Rackstraw Downes’ panoramic paintings exhibit careful attention to details as well as to broad expanses of their surroundings.
“Surroundings implies that the landscape does really curve around you,” says the artist in our “Balance” episode. “You don’t see an image all at once, you see it part by part. It unfolds.”
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In the Studio with Nikita Gale
Exploring tools and technology, Nikita Gale investigates material to discover new possibilities.
“It’s about the embodied experience of the work,” says the artist. “It’s almost like I think of each of my works and each installation as a portal or an invitation to a conversation.”
“Something that I’ve been thinking more about in terms of how I can make work or develop these conversations around the work, is the idea of creating structures or making proposals for how do we prepare the planet for the post-human phase.”
Explore: World Building
Escaping everyday realities, the artists in our World Building collection generate fictions rich with interrelated characters, stories, symbols, and themes.
Create bawdy clay-animation films riffing on fables with Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, detach photographs from reality with Florian Maier-Aichen, and tell the epic story of mythical creatures called Mounds with Trenton Doyle Hancock in our World Building collection.
IMAGE: Nathalie Djurberg in her Berlin apartment and studio, 2018. Production still from the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” episode, “Berlin.” © Art21, Inc. 2018.
Event: Laylah Ali artist talk
Join us from anywhere this Thursday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. ET for a special presentation with artist Laylah Ali.
In celebration of the new Explore area of Art21.org, Art21 will host public programs around the themes, mediums, and narratives collected by Art21 staff. This installment draws inspiration from the artists featured in our “World Building” collection.
A Q&A will follow the presentation with Ali.
The program is free and will take place via Zoom.
Upcoming workshop for educators
Join Art21 on February 8, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. ET for a virtual teacher workshop.
In celebration of the new Explore feature on Art21.org, Art21 will be hosting education programs around the themes, mediums, and narratives collected by Art21 staff. The “Rules and Constraints” theme groups artists establishing parameters within which to operate, these artists utilize restraints to foster creative potential.
Registration is free, but space is limited.
Visit our education calendar for a list of upcoming workshops for educators.