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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

A Peek Into The Medicine Cabinet


Another installment of our column, BOOKMARKED, in which artists, critics, collectors et al. share and comment on their favorite blogs and art-related sites.  Laurie Frick, who is associate publisher at artcritical, is currently participating in Archipelago, a group show curated by Kaegan Sparks at the Westbeth Gallery, New York. Frick will present on her work Friday, January 25 at 6.30PM 

"Hyperallergic relieves my sense that I’m constantly missing something cause I’m too busy to get to a gallery show or open-studio weekend"

“Hyperallergic relieves my sense that I’m constantly missing something cause I’m too busy to get to a gallery show or open-studio weekend”

I live in the world between art and technology, using sensors, devices and self-tracking iPhone apps to hand-build art installations and objects from the numerical patterns captured from measuring sleep, weight, travels, mood, computer usage and most any personal item that can be quantified. And the truth is, I run a background tracking app on my laptop that measures everything, and I could do a search and tell you exactly what I’ve opened this week…but that is simply too weird to share.

And anyway, asking what you’re reading on your electronic devices is like stealing a look into a friend’s medicine cabinet when you use the bathroom during a dinner party: a whole ‘nother peek into your life.

That said, right now, on my kindle is 2600 Magazine: The Hacker Quarterly, and although the writing itself is horrible, the topics are curious and fresh. And you’ll find Science News and MIT Technology Review. Sadly, no art pubs.

Daily in my email, I read Mike Allen’s Playbook from Politico, and open it quickly no matter what else is happening.  I stay on top of the QuantifiedSelf.com as well as Hyperallergic.com, probably my favorite arts-blog (in addition to artcritical!) with massive coverage of New York arts. Hyperallergic relieves my sense that I’m constantly missing something cause I’m too busy to get to a gallery show or open-studio weekend. More like having a super-smart opinionated art friend keep me in the loop.

I’m reading more and more on my iphone, curiously longer reads than on my laptop. The New Yorker on my iPhone gets read almost cover-to-cover on my phone. New favorite is TNW Magazine. Also reading The Magazine, Appville and have apps on my phone and check them at least couple times a day for – The Verge, Tech Crunch, Politico and nytimes.com. Watch Rachel Maddow on my iphone too. Just started using Summly and the interface is incredibly good, am guessing they’ll aggregate more – but it’s new, and content feels a little thin. Oh, and never miss weekly TWIT podcast on my iPod.

Laurie Frick, Making Tracks, 2012. Cut wood, Abet Laminati samples and paint pen, on view in the artist's solo exhibition at  Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn., December 6, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

Laurie Frick, Making Tracks, 2012. Cut wood, Abet Laminati samples and paint pen, on view in the artist’s solo exhibition at Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn., December 6, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

Laurie Frick draws from neuroscience to construct intricately hand-built works and installations to investigate the nature of pattern and the mind. She completed an MFA from the New York Studio School, and now studies each summer at NYU’s ITP technology and arts program. Formerly an executive in high technology, she also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. Using her background in engineering and high-technology she explores self-tracking and human patterns.  Frick has been awarded residencies by the UT Neuroscience Imaging Research Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, Yaddo, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She is the winner of the Austin Critics’ Table Outstanding Artist Award in 2012. Frick has published articles in The Huffington Post, Austin Statesman, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, and has appeared on NPR’s Arts Eclectic. She has exhibited at Robert Steele Gallery in New York and Edward Cella in Los Angeles.

Archipelago: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artists-in-Residence 2012, curated by Kaegan Sparks is at the Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street at Washington Street, January 17 to 27, 2013


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