A Review of Chicago Art Review

A few months ago I asked Corinna Kirsch to trade blog posts with me. It’s been a while, but seeing that I’ve lately been busy on another project, and so haven’t generated much content for this project, and given that Ms. Kirsch has been so kind as to send me something to post, please enjoy her review of Chicago Art Review, Seven Artists of the Week, and the kicker line I’ve had too much fun with.

A Review of Chicago Art Review & Seven Artists of the Week
by Corinna Kirsch

Anything that can be looked at, any such thing that can be felt or opined, can be built into an essay that (maybe hopefully) other people will want to read.

At the close of almost every Chicago Art Review post, Steve inserts an odd, casual one-liner.  I monitored CAR’s amusing closers and found that they contain a constant progression from implied intimacy to overheard conversational disasters.  As impersonal as the Seven Artists of the Week posts can be — just seven images taken from other sources, without much contect, and then just pasted on the page — the one-liner adds a personal element, a “Hey, I know that if you’re reading this, you’re a live person, breathing and sentient, and not a cat, rock, or trashbin.”   As overwhelming as the internet is, my tumblr, blog, and twitter are all about connecting with other people.  I’m not lonely, but you know, writing online is often a solitary practice. I write without know who, if anyone will read what I’ve written. It’s just me and my iBook, yo.

Some of my favorite one-liners from CAR written over the past year:

  • I’m not showering until I get her back
  • tv doesn’t stop
  • bbbut i reviewed monument 2 like twice
  • we should all be so lucky
  • a dank wind
  • its about refusal
  • friend economy
  • Good luck!
  • look at that! did you see that?
  • and if that doesn’t work, maybe another art fair
  • the bar is set
  • teach it to fuck
  • wait uh couldn’t we like just bury them all at once?
  • you can ruin your eyes

Steve, you’re totes romantic.

Comments 1

  1. Cinderella wrote:

    This ins’hgtis just the way to kick life into this debate.

    Posted 02 Jan 2017 at 4:13 PM

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