Nika Fontaine art installation exhibition on climate change wildpalms

NIKA FONTAINE in Hyperallergic!!!

Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY. Louis Bury, has published a great Review “Art That Goes With the Floe” in Hyperallergic feat. Nika Fontaine

Take, for example, Nika Fontaine’s Bread of Shame (2020), which embeds tragicomic looking skull sculptures, fabricated out of bread, in a charcoal-dusted snow mound. In video footage of a ritual performed during the installation, Templin reads a fire-and-brimstone artist-authored invocation — “I welcome [the earth’s] wrath as an act of self-care and preservation. One more swing of the eternal pendulum of life and death” — then pours wine over the blackened, skull-studded mound. Jonathan Monk’s “The Tragic Tale Of” (2020) is less theatrical but equally flat-footed. On a tombstone-shaped wooden board, the artist has spray-painted the stenciled words “OCEAN WAVE,” in reference to the eponymous sailboat that artist Bas Jan Ader rode on his ill-fated final voyage in 1975.

in Hyperallergic, March 6th 2021

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