Lily van der Stokker’s It Doesn’t Mean Anything But It Looks Good is a celebration of feminist conceptual art. Enlivening minimal spaces and interiors with DayGlo floral patterns, van der Stokker’s decorative installations, wall paintings, and loose drawings are all sensitive contributions to the 1990s pop oeuvre of artists like Margaret Kilgallen, Yayoi Kusama, and Elizabeth Murray. Pastel tartans with curling Asian details splash with Dr. Suess-like whimsy across stark white backgrounds. Her work resembles the sugary confections of decadent dessert shops, but the syrupy sweetness is balanced seamlessly by her clever self-awareness and bold overstatement of bland female clichés. John Waters hails her work as hilarious, touching, and aggressive; it’s a beachy collection of graphic craft that has inspired children and fashion moguls alike. -Teresa Fredericks
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I learned the word “fascicle” today because that venerable reference resource, the Oxford English Dictionary, turned 130! Come look it up in our print copy of the OED…
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It’s the beginning of the semester and, more than likely, for the first time in four weeks you’re paying some attention to that pile of books on your desk. So, let’s take some time to celebrate books—and books about books! Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books is a playful homage to the accidental humor and sculptural subtleties we might find in the library stacks, on an apartment bookshelf, or simply in a school backpack. The titles lining a book’s spine, often so familiar to us, can create the most unexpectedly beautiful, or the most nonsensical, poetry. Take for example: Romeo and Juliet, They Rose Above It, Codependent No More. Katchadourian’s hilarious yet introspective photography proposes a comical new way to organize books and a neo-Dada approach to academic wordplay. Keep an eye out: that nearby assortment of texts has the potential to be the title of your next artwork. -Teresa Fredericks
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