ART PRACTICAL / DAN PAZ: the sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building

Dan Paz.  Credits , 2019; video; installation view,  The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building , HOLDING Contemporary. Courtesy of HOLDING Contemporary, Portland. Image by Mario Gallucci

Dan Paz. Credits, 2019; video; installation view, The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building, HOLDING Contemporary. Courtesy of HOLDING Contemporary, Portland. Image by Mario Gallucci

There is a direct correlation between race, poverty, and imprisonment; surveillance and national educational frameworks play a role in eliciting the behaviors they supposedly seek to prevent. Ultimately, the video and sculptural works in Paz’s exhibition meditate on the buildings where society has placed its youths at a formative time in their lives. These buildings and questions surrounding the modes of community support they advertise lie at the heart of contemporary criticism for our prisons and schools alike.

-James Knowlton for Art Practical

ART PRACTICAL COVERS PAULA WILSON: FLOORED

James Knowlton of Art Practical reviews Paula Wilson: Floored at Williamson | Knight

"Muslin, printed to mimic wooden floorboards, takes the place of typically white exhibition walls and becomes the backdrop for several prints. These pieces take the shape of rugs. Some depict a formalist appreciation for patterns, while others feature gestural bodies and patterns in movement, working in tandem. Throughout the show there is an impression of lively, spontaneous gesture and movement in the form of dance."                             

 —James Knowlton

Image by Mario Gallucci

Image by Mario Gallucci