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/ MORGAN QUAINTANCE
View of Martine Syms's "The Easy Demands," Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2017.
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Morgan Quaintance

What’s to be gained from aestheticizing resistance, from reducing political protest and its violent and repressive fallout to a highly stylized image? This is the final question raised by Martine Syms’s second solo show in London, a tastefully oblique, risk-free display that simultaneously draws on and hollows out the recent... continue reading
“Surface Tension”

WHITE RAINBOW, London

View of "Surface Tension" at White Rainbow, London, 2015.
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Morgan Quaintance

Japan: a land of austere beauty, arcane social ceremony, and indecipherable ritual, or a techno-futurist nation replete with densely populated neon cityscapes. These are the two reductive interpretations that repeatedly color western dispatches from the “land of the rising sun.” While a dichotomy between preservation and progress exists (as it... continue reading
“Speaking Back”

GOODMAN GALLERY, Cape Town

View of "Speaking Back," Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, 2015.
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Morgan Quaintance

On a long drive into the city our tour guide, a “colored”(1) woman and self-confessed strict Old Testament observer, railed against recent student activism at the University of Cape Town: “They pulled down the statue of Cecil Rhodes and he did more for the black people than they have done... continue reading
View of Frances Stark’s "Sorry for the Wait," greengrassi, London, 2015.
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Morgan Quaintance

Hard-drive art: exhibitions and discrete works as life audits, comprising the photographic and documentary contents/detritus of an artist’s hard drive or cloud-space (a collective term for an individual’s online storage facilities). Not yet a widely acknowledged post-digital subgenre, but seemingly the organizing principle behind Frances Stark’s disappointing greengrassi solo show:... continue reading
“Neither”

SEVENTEEN, London

(Left) John Cage and Henning Lohner, One11 and 103, 1992. (Right) Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine II, 2002.
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Morgan Quaintance

No official record of the most cited influence on the work of contemporary artists is kept, but if a tally had been taken over the past five years, top of the list, just squeezing by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, would be the experimental composer and benign orientalist John Cage.... continue reading
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, You Are the Prime Minister, 2014.
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Morgan Quaintance

Hung against a backdrop of deep-red curtains the statement, “YOU ARE THE PRIME MINISTER,” glows in electric blue neon. Even in daylight its artificial, storefront brightness beams through waterside contemporary’s windows and is legible far beyond them into the large social housing complex surrounding the gallery. Although it is clearly visible,... continue reading

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