ART WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Desktop Residency
Curated by John Henry Newton and Barnie Page, Desktop Residency is an online exhibition space for selected artists. Each gets a three week slot to showcase new screen-filling work, along with a downloadable folder of more images and full list of titles. On at the moment until 26 May is the intriguing London-based artist Frances Malthouse, whose attention has recently turned to blue stick-on gemstones and opulent chopsticks on clinical white-tiled surfaces.
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK: Dry Wipe
Dry Wipe is the latest online exhibition in the Sleeping Upright series, an ongoing project by artist and curator Candice Jacobs. With an all female line-up, the exhibition is on display at sleepingupright.com and simultaneously hijacks the Nottingham Contemporary WIFI system alongside the gallery's current exhibition, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things curated by Mark Leckey. Dry Wipe's featured artists, including Kah Bee Chow, Jesse Darling and Alexandra Gorczynski explore mass media and digital aesthetics, with a supporting text from Arcadia Missa's Rózsa Zita Farkas. Catch Maja Cule's work on display this week until 19 May.
PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK: Political Chaos
Paul Kooiker, known for his photographs of the fetishised female body as sculptural trope, continued his explorations into the uneasy relationship between observer and observed in a series of photographs taken in 2006 during an artist residency in Xiamen, China - but this time with the male body as the voyeuristic focus. Distant heads emerging almost imperceptibly from a sparkling sea form the centre of each image, cropped into a circular frame like the lens of a telescope. The works have recently been documented in a new 48-page photo-book, Political Chaos, published by Études Studio in a limited run of 300.
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Darja Bajagić
A five-by-five grid of Slavic women planning their next chess move, chins cupped in hands, forms just one of the many surprising moments of pattern recognition in Bajagić's work. Continue to scroll down her website and you see a United States postal service mailing carton beside an installation that mimics its minimalistic forms; behind which, a young woman's body stands poised as part of the compositional structure, lit in blue and white light. Representations of women - especially Eastern European models - frequently merge with codes of pattern, colour and form in Bajagić's work, but with a restraint that makes the images all the more tantalising. While away a few hours here on her blog.
ARTWORK OF THE WEEK: Bryan Dooley, Buffalo Bill, 2013
In an online project for contemporary arts platform LEGION TV, Bryan Dooley offers up a number of image components that users can interact with to create new and continually editable patterns. With its endless possibilities for image production - within the parameters set by the artist - the notion of the end product or 'artwork' is beside the point. One thing is for certain: a bottle of scotch and a lot of attractively arranged avocados are involved. Create your own version of Buffalo Bill here.