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Ann Fensterstock is the author of the book Art On The Block. The book charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put.
Jonathan Monaghan makes short films that combine high end computer animation, with surreal and fantastical scenes drawn from religious themes, popular culture and history. In one of his pieces we watch a polar bear that resembles one of those from the popular coca-cola ad campaign, slowly staggering around in a shapeless black space, only to realize after three minutes, that we've been watching the bear as it slowly dies. Another piece, which Jonathan discusses on the show, features a lion, a black eagle, some medical devices, and a beheading. His piece Escape Pod was shown as part of a solo show at Bitforms Gallery here in New York.
In the new book Art On The Block, writer Ann Fensterstock charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put. Playlist 00:00 Art On The Block pt. 1 06:25 Lizard Watcher's Theme - Phil Yost 07:04 Art On The Block pt. 2 11:02 We Are Him - Angels of Light 11:36 Art On The Block pt. 4 16:45 Bent City I - Phil Yost 17:26 Art On The Block pt. 5 22:11 Crash - Folk Implosion 22:27 Art On The Block pt. 6 28:56 Every Party - Erlend Oye 29:50 Finish
Ilona Gaynor is an artist and designer. Unlike many artists and designers however, Illona isn't interested in producing objects or products. She's interested in designing narratives, plots and schemes. And for her latest art project, she's designing a bank heist. The work is called Under Black Carpets, and the goal is to design a successful robbery of five banks that surround the One Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles.
This week on the show my guests are artists Ray Sweeten and Lisa Gwilliam. The two artists, who exhibit under the name DataSpaceTime, recently had an exhibition of their work here in Brooklyn called "The Optimum Value of Y." The exhibition was based around portraits and wallpaper made with QR codes --- those matrices of black and white squares we see on advertisements and posters that, when scanned with a smartphone can link the user to anything from a website, to video or text. The way that QR codes link physical objects to bits of data and content on the web, fascinates my guests, and I spoke with them recently in Brooklyn about their interactive QR code prints, the special mobile app they built to explore the pieces and how viewers are feeding their own data back into their artwork.
Welcome to Art Uncovered. My guest on the show this week is artist Jonathan Monaghan. Jonathan makes short films that combine high end computer animation, with surreal and fantastical scenes drawn from religious themes, popular culture and history.

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