Art, and Her Required Absence from Architect’s Blueprints

A toxic love story between art and gentrification. By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Gentrification and ineffective public art are two of the most glaring problems affecting New York City’s neighborhoods today — Williamsburg has higher rents than many fashionable Manhattan addresses, and Times Square continues to throw gaudy plastic hearts in the viewfinders of Instagrams…

“Marina Abramovic is not a performance artist”

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer “Marina Abramovic is not a performance artist,” says Sean Kelly, owner of the eponymous gallery in Chelsea, who opened their ninth show dedicated to the famous “body artist” last weekend, focusing on the foundations of her contemporary fame, simply called Early Works. 12 performance stills and 5 original films were…

Peel It Back: The Disconnect Between Age, Power and Pleasure

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Cat Person, a short story by Kristen Roupenian, may be one of the most important works of fiction published by The New Yorker in our present era.   We’re in the midst of #MeToo. We have seen two Women’s Marches. But this publicity does not stop the internal confusion or maze…

Life: It’s in the Details

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer An Aesthete’s Take on Against Everything: The Meaning of Life, Part I Mark Greif was crazy to take on this collection of essays, but I could not be more grateful that he decided to begin. While Greif, the cofounder of n+1 Magazine, explores many diverse yet interconnected themes that I…

Andres​ ​Serrano:​ ​Torture

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Andres Serrano has built a reputation using provocation, violence and desire as his building blocks. Despite an early life filled with family tension and drugs on the streets of Brooklyn, Serrano’s passion for art and creating his “own reality” carried him from kid next door to art world fame. Today, his piercing body…

Off the Wall: In the Absence of a Path

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer University students are well acquainted with the idea of searching for a prescribed pathway, and the struggles it takes to not stray outside the lines. In college, the vast universe of options available and their infinite implications on one’s future is an overwhelming weight. This fear and uncertainty, the quest…

On Paint and Progress

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The paintings are strikingly different, yet each series commands individual attention and meditation despite vastly different mediums and cultural traditions. Li Gang’s ink and acrylic concoctions illuminate the left side of the gallery, Noa Charuvi’s semi-abstract oils on the right in Art100’s new exhibition, “Construction and Contemplation.” Opening its doors…

Off the Wall: Heat Maps

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer In today’s vernacular, the title “Syrian refugee” is a tight package of language, used to efficiently describe a mass of displaced human beings: a title capable of neatly grouping a people to allow for rationalization of empathy over cups of coffee in cafes. The “Syrian Refugee Crisis” has become a…