Portfolio: Tuning by Torkwase Dyson

BOMB 144 Summer 2018
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Selections from Tuning (Hypershape, 200–410), 2018, gouache, ink, and pen on paper, 9 × 12 inches. Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

These drawings are from a series of 210 on view at the Graham Foundation in Chicago as part of Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells School through July 28, 2018. Here the artist investigates the vast, complex, entropic concerns of global warming, architecture/infrastructure, and human geography, developing an abstract shape language made up of what she calls hypershape. These standardized shapes recall ominous industrial geometries used to contain and move resources. In rendering these abstract forms, Dyson posits how we might defy and subvert the systems in which they function and aims to address a new kind of environmental citizenship.

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Dawn Clements (1958–2018) was an artist based in Brooklyn. Her paintings and drawings captured her immediate surroundings as well as architectural interiors from films.

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An embarrassing incident at the Kremlin (from 2015? was it 2016?): in which women invited to an International Woman’s Day photo with Mr. Vladimir Putin arrive in high heels, much to the fear of Mr. Putin’s staff who are there to witness several tall women towering over the Russian Federation president.

Nicola López by Trevor Paglen
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Trevor Paglen on how Nicola López’s jumbled cityscapes reflect the “Anthropic” age we live in.

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BOMB 144, Summer 2018

Featuring interviews with Chris Martin, Cy Gavin, Tauba Auerbach, Sam Hillmer, Amy Jenkins, Florian Meisenberg, John Akomfrah, Simone Forti, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Anna Moschovakis

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