May / June 2017 Issue
“Rust”

Columns

ruminations on rust


I am, and have long been, an anticapitalist: for me, the built structures being swallowed up by nature and rust were beautiful promises, indicative that this moment...

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rust, Decay and Decomposition: Four Artists to Teach With


Since our current issue explores “notions of rust,” I thought this might provide a unique opportunity to share four artists that use rust, decay and decomposition to...

Meditative Rigor: The Work of Neha Vedpathak


Rigor is central to Neha Vedpathak’s artistic practice. At the beginning of her career, between 2004 and 2008, she used to paint at least one painting a day. Now her preferred materials have gone beyond paint and canvas—involving...

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2


Taylor and I initially began working together when she assisted me last year with preliminary research for a future exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum titled Landlord Colors. The research focuses on Detroit artwork from the late 1960s to the present in relation to four international art scenes, and seeks to understand the city through...

Looking at Los Angeles

All Objects Are Slippery: Excavations in Santa Barbara County


A burglary has me thinking about the lives of objects. In February, a pair of strangers kicked in my back door and took, among other things, the jewelry box that held my great-grandfather’s sharpshooter pin. I used to...

Recycled Brilliance: Philadelphia’s RAIR


“People come here, and their minds get melted, and then they make really rad shit,” says Billy Dufala about the artists in the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR), the treasured Philadelphia...

Documenting Detroit: Scott Hocking & Bree Gant


Artist and photographer Scott Hocking is known locally as an informal, stouthearted historian of contemporary Detroit. His knowledge has been earned through a constant pursuit of discovery from two decades of trespassing, documenting, and...

Strategies & Resources

Investigation: Where Art Meets Science


As a high-school science teacher, I often am met with bewilderment when I introduce contemporary art into my classroom. My students usually humor me long enough to have some fun while learning and...

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #1


For the theme of an Art21 Magazine issue, Taylor and I wanted to select a material, because our previous research together and separately concerns the material culture of the city of Detroit. Rust seemed like an interesting topic to dive into since it is a byproduct of the city’s...

New Kids on the Block

Mohamad Hafez’s Complex Models of Syrian Devastation


“When a bomb falls on a building or a town, it exposes all its guts,” said Mohamad Hafez. His elaborate models of annihilated streetscapes and ruined buildings replicate the devastation of the war in Syria, where Hafez was born. In October 2016, I entered...

Letter from the Editor

Rust in Detroit: Ingenuity, Process, and Natural Order


Rust is a familiar element throughout Detroit’s landscape. It is the evidence of decay on the exterior of a dated automobile. It is seen on the steel structure of a vacant factory, one that most likely produced cars from...