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Art News: Space Travel, The Internet, and Pharmacy

Deep Face by Douglas Coupland, 2015



This article in Wired covers Electronic Superhighway, an exhibition that recently opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Inspired in part by the 1966 New York exhibition 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, in which artists teamed up with engineers to realize technically complex visions, the show at Whitechapel looks at the continued and evolving history of art using internet and computer technology. With artists including Frieder Nake and Douglas Coupland among those being shown, the exhibition sounds like a fascinating look at art and tech.


A photo of the founder of ArtLifting with artist Scott Benner 

Here’s an encouraging look at ArtLifting, a for-profit organization that promotes and sells the works of homeless and disabled artists. The organization offers online sales of original artworks, prints and household items with artwork printed on them, giving the artist a 55 percent cut of all profits. In some cases, such as with Scott Benner, the artist featured in the New York Times article, the organization is able to help the artist sell work through galleries and start an artistic career.

A poster for a distant planet released by NASA


Retro sci-fi fans should check out this series of posters recently released by NASA. The space agency commissioned artists from the JPL Design Studio as well as Invisible Creatures to create ad-like posters touting the wonders of distant planets and space travel. Similar to efforts by government-commissioned artists in the 40’s and 50’s to encourage people to visit national parks, the posters were designed in the hopes of piquing public interest in space exploration in light of waning funding for space travel and research.


A photo of Damien Hirst's new restaurant, Pharmacy 2 

It seems that Damien Hirst is in the news for some new project every week, and today is no exception. This time, Hirst has paired with English chef Mark Hix to open a restaurant in London. The restaurant, dubbed Pharmacy 2 - a reference to the artist’s well-known installation Pharmacy – features a cool-coloured, medical aesthetic with bright-coloured pill motifs throughout. Fans of Hirst will likely want to stop by for the novelty, though as a restaurant, the design might be an acquired taste.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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