Elephant #10

Spring 2012

Elephant #10 explores how visual artists are using new strategies and approaches in making art. Drawing is being transformed from ‘a means to an end’ to ‘an end in itself,’ as artists shift lines away from their sketchbooks and move them onto an epic scale. The notion of the heroic painter mutates into that of the dauntless draftsman (not exclusively male). Meanwhile, Stan Douglas revisits key turns in the history of photography, questioning the notion a ‘good’ photograph and what it should do. Sculptor Ximena Garrido-Lecca returns to her native Latin America, exploring the politics of advertising and contemporary culture and they mix with traditional beliefs. We visit San Francisco to uncover how the city’s atmosphere creates a unique, spontaneous art scene. Chip Lord remembers the birth of conceptual art on the West Coast, Barry McGee applies nostalgia to graffiti and Mark Pauline (Survival Research Laboratory) fights the fire fighters. Mike Davis moves from paintings to tattoos and back to paintings, while Todd Hido roams through suburban streets at night. We also feature exclusive new work (and a soulful interview) by Richard Misrach. In London, Designers Graphic Though Facility talk about the language of art catalogues. Finally, if you thought you were going to get something straight-forward out of Lawrence Weiner then think again: in a highly entertaining interview the seminal artist puts everything we take for granted about art into question.

Part 1: Open Files
Lisa Jonasson, Valeska Soares, Rosemarie Trockel, Alexandre Orion, Sean Scully, Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story, Cleon Peterson, Sebastian Weggler, Spencer Finch, Catherine Lee, Leah Emery, Caio Fonseca, Boo Ritson, Stas Volyazlovsky, Marcus Harvey, Charles Avery, Thomas Bromeé, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Stephen Prina, Catlin Art Prize, Gary Taxali, Adam Dix & Tim Phillips

Part 2: Studio Visits
Martin Nicolausson: Mixing Surfaces
Jean Jullien: The Colourful Characters in the Room
Fionn McCabe: The Beauty of Mistakes
Steve Byram: A Healthy Dose of Obssesion
Malin Gabriella Nordin: The Discipline Dog
Stefan Ruiz: Beyond the Comfort Zone
Omid Delafrouz: Portraits of a Generation

Part 3: Research
Big Drawing: Drawing as Performance by Ana Ibarra & Marc Valli
Featuring Joe Biel, Erin Fostel, Marcel Gähler, Trevor Guthrie, Reece Jones, Andrei Molodkin, Didier Rittener, Rinus van de Velde

Part 4: Meetings
John Copeland: The Discomfort Of Strangers, by Katya Tylevich
Lawrence Weiner: Everything is Happening at the Same Time, by Katya Tylevich
GTF: A 'G', a 'T' and an 'F', by Marc Valli
Ximena Garrido-Lecca: Postcards From a Transitional Space, by Margherita Dessanay

Part 5: The Story Of
Stan Douglas: A Genealogical Case Study, by Margherita Dessanay

Part 6: Destinations: San Francisco
Featuring interviews and work by:
Richard Misrach
Dan Clowes
Todd Hido
Barry McGee
Mike Davis
Kim Cogan
Chip Lord
Mark Pauline/ Survival Research Laboratories