Jon Bywater

Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)

April 2013

The stilted scenarios in Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter’s videos match stupidity, vanity, and cruelty with dull interiors, cheap clothes, and blemished skin, pairing moral and physical ugliness. In the selection screened within this … READ ON


Alicia Frankovich

May 2012

The performance Jumping Guy, 2011/2012, added a carnival touch to the summer-evening opening of Berlin-based New Zealander Alicia Frankovich’s exhibition “Bodies and Situations.” The darkened gallery, filled with bustling, chatting viewers,… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]

Michael Stevenson

September 2011

David Hume on the problem of induction is one of several sources Michael Stevenson integrates into the narration of On How Things Behave, 2010, his most recent video work, which prominently includes tracking shots of a seawall in northern … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2011 [TOC]

4th Auckland Triennial

June 2010

New Zealand recently made an appearance in the world media as the source of a novelty news item when a kakapo, a critically endangered flightless parrot, attempted to mate with the head of a presenter on the BBC television show Last Chance … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2010 [TOC]

Billy Apple

November 2009

In 1962, the British rock ’n’ roll singer Billy Fury had a box-office hit with his film debut as struggling musician Billy Universe in Play It Cool. The same year, David Hockney caused a stir by wearing a rock-star-worthy gold lamé jacket … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2009 [TOC]

Michael Harrison

November 2009

Michael Harrison’s painting ventures an unfashionable mode of generalization, in which archetypes risk dismissal as stereotypes, deep truths as clichés. This tension is given force by the unusually restricted focus of the artist’s investigation,… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2009 [TOC]

Dan Arps

March 2009

Taped to the gallery door was a note in agitated ballpoint capitals: DARREN, it warns, THIS PLACE IS UNDER POLICE SERVAILANCE ENTER AT YOUR OWN PERIL. Curiously, though, the anonymous author of this misspelled welcome continues: HOPFULLY ILL… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2009 [TOC]

Layla Rudneva-Mackay

September 2008

“Cinematic” suggests too great a distance from the everyday to characterize accurately the kinds of simple tableaux photographed by Layla Rudneva-Mackay. That her scenarios—portraits of people whose faces we cannot see, for example—are directed… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2008 [TOC]

Eve Armstrong

December 2007

The joke about Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) being a Power Point presentation rather than a documentary may only begin to fathom the crudeness of the aesthetic strategies—or complicity with boardroom vocabulary—required to precipitate… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2007 [TOC]

David Hatcher

August 2007

David Hatcher’s approaches to abstraction have consistently played up the ridiculousness of even the most thoroughgoing attempts to communicate through the “purely” visual. Treating philosophical diagrams and corporate logos with equal … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2007 [TOC]