New Contemporaries 2021: Online Platform


︎ Artist Q&A
︎ September 2021

I was invited to ask six New Contemporaries artists a question about their practice for the 2021 Online Platform. Links to each on the artist pages below:
︎: Installation view by Aad Hoogendoorn, 2021


The Great Invocation, GARAGE, Rotterdam


︎ Catalogue essays
︎ September 2021

Catalogue texts forThe Great Invocation, an exhibtion exploring art, automatism, spirituality and legacies of Surrealism curated by Pádraic E. Moore at GARAGE Museum, Rotterdam. I wrote a text on each of the participating artists, links to each below:

︎ garagerotterdam.nl

Press Release: Lee Welch, like stars and years, like numerals


︎ Berlin Opticians Gallery
︎ August 2021

Press release for an exhibition of new paintings, running at Berlin Opticians, Dublin from 10 September – 11 October 2021.

︎ berlinopticiansdublin.com


Bad Taste


︎ Newsletter
︎ January 2021 – ongoing

A Substack newsletter reviewing film, TV, music, art, books, fashion shows – or whatever form of pop culture is grabbing my attention.

Selected by Elephant Magazine as one of the ‘20 Best Culture Newsletters’.

A sample of recent posts:
︎ On Disney’s Cruella ︎ On Netflix’s Halston  ︎ On Olivia Laing’s Everybody ︎ On Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd ︎ On Sam McKinniss at Almine Rech ︎ On Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club

︎ badtastebyrosa.substack.com

︎ Liliane Tomasko, Untitled, 2018
Acrylic and acrylic spray on linen

You Want It Darker


︎ Catalogue Essay
︎ November 2019

Catalogue essay for Liliane Tomasko’s solo exhibition dark goes lightly at Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, 21 October – 18 December 2019. (More information on the exhibition here.)

Extract:

Nine of the thirteen paintings in this exhibition have titles prefixed with “a dream of”, and one “dreaming of”. We are firmly rooted in the realm of the nocturnal, the nonlinear, digging deeper into the subconscious, but this need not always be dark. In dreaming of Suzanne (2018), I am sure I can make out the bowed head and exposed breast of a woman, reclining into a sunset. Stark black lines dashed against an all-enveloping apricot, it’s a sun-kissed vision charged with jouissance. In the bright, hot, vivid a dream of: A RED THREAD (2018), coiling red paint lashes forth tongue-like from beds of fuzzy peach and frothy white stripes. The work’s fragmentary title and hallucinatory division of space is both compelling and cryptic: do we follow the unspooling red thread? Grasp it? Untangle or unravel it? Red, the most powerful and evocative of all colours, heralds both danger and desire; a red thread could present a warning but also deep connection; some kind of cosmic umbilical cord, connecting us to the universe and every living thing within it.

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