For the Brooklyn Rail:

Jason Dodge,  What we keep doing to ourselves.   Photo: Jean Vong, Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York 

Jason Dodge, What we keep doing to ourselves. Photo: Jean Vong, Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York 

"Somewhere above pastiche and below innovative commentary, Dodge is reaching backward but leaning forward. He makes the world feel small by condensing international phenomena into concise, understated objects whose circuitry is modestly laid before us. Dodge the conceptualist collapses the whole world into a stylish gallery space; Dodge the artist seems less interested in philosophy than in making it all look good; and Dodge the poet maintains a practice of making the viewer pull together what his dealer remarks are 'phenomena that I cannot experience but that I know exist.'"

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AuthorMike Pepi

 

I talk Kant, Anti-Kant, and Half-Kant over at the Brooklyn Rail

"Artschwager’s wit was wrapped up in his ability to play both sides of the Kantian coin. If we phrase the sculptures on view as after Artschwager, it helps to examine their individual relationships to the Kantian duality that he so skillfully evaded. The artists given pride of place alongside Artschwager here either reject Kant outright or play comfortably within his high formalism. None, like Artschwager, do both."

 

Richard Artschwager, Table (Drop Leaf), 2008 formica on wood, 30 x 22 x 44 in 76.2 x 55.9 x 111.8 cm Image Courtesy of  David Nolan Gallery

Richard Artschwager, Table (Drop Leaf), 2008 formica on wood, 30 x 22 x 44 in 76.2 x 55.9 x 111.8 cm Image Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

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AuthorMike Pepi