Spike Art Magazine #71
Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho have taken over the Artist's Favourites in the current issue of Spike Magazine with an article on Guo Fengyi's Qigong Drawings.
For Spike #71 we’re seeing double. This one is all about couples, dedicated to partnerships in life, love, law, and labour. Whether you’re a serial monogamist, married to your job, or sublimating your crushy feelings into all that you create, it’s tough to deny the role that romance – or its conspicuous absence – plays in shaping our psyches and senses of ourselves. Might coupling be key to seeing beyond the self, opening us up to a more expansive, collaborative (co)existence? And do relationship breakdowns parallel wider social strife? Can the dusty old dyad be reconceived as radical?
What happens when art-world couples blend business and pleasure? Curl up with your soul mate – or settle into singledom – and grab a copy to read about the uses of love beyond love; the motivation posed by muses and rivals; psychoanalytic takes on partners’ promises; along with artist-couples, curatorial duos, rom-com heroes, spectres, fembots, and beyond.
Run by the artist Rita Vitorelli, Spike is a contemporary art magazine, online platform, and event space. The flagship print magazine Spike is aimed at sustaining a vigorous, independent, and meaningful art criticism. Essays by leading critics and curators are complemented by other formats offering room for polemics, meditations, and short answers to urgent questions. Published four times a year, Spike offers its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation. The event space Spike Berlin has become known for heated round-table discussions and high-profile talks, while Spike Online features reports, interviews, and essays from around the world.