Sunday, October 19, 2008

Good things from Artists Space


Artists Space is a really great contemporary art gallery in New York that has a physical space as well as several different online manifestations. (One of the curators is Joseph del Pesco, who gave an interesting talk at Mercer Union a year ago.)

Artists Space recently launched a few new web-based projects that are all worth checking out. (To do this click on the "Web Cast" section on their web site.) One is called Type Cast, a free font download designed by a different artist every month - this month's font is called "Negative Space" and is by Mungo Thomson.

Another online project is called "YouTube Commentary", where a different artist each month is asked to provide a commentary to the YouTube video of their choosing - currently featured is Cesare Pietroiusti's "The Diva and Few Small Mistakes".

And the third web project they've recently launched is The Artists Space Daily, which they describe as "a free software program that you can download and install on your home computer. Once per day it downloads an image from the internet and places it on the desktop of your computer. This small computer program allows for the distribution of artist “postcards” to curators, collectors, and art viewers around the world. For the first year of the Artists Space Daily, we’ve asked an array of international curators to recommend artists who might benefit from this kind of global dissemination."

I downloaded it and am happy to say it works and is excellent - you should get it, too. (The image above is from today's featured artist, Mushon Zer-Aviv, who was recommended by curator Chen Tamir.)

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