Art Writing and Criticism

Blah Blah Blah…Blah

My brain has been mush the past few days and I think it has to do with deadlines. I’ve met a couple of them this past week and still plugging along with revisions but wondering where the steam has gone. There’s one piece, in particular, I’ve been working on that has me going in circles, which can be good (forces me to craft my words well and a great exercise in thinking critically) and bad (because I’m ALWAYS reading about art and am not very good about stepping away and coming back).


The past couple of weeks, I’ve been tempted to listen to tons of Katy Perry, watch re-runs of America’s Next Best Dance Crew (and listen to Lil’ Mama’s butchering of the American/English language and her repetitive feedback and guidance for dancers to ‘Go hard’), and make an obscene amount of baked goods. However, I have to plough through these edits and revisions.

Double sigh.

Trust me, I’ve got a hot and steamy love affair with Art but at the moment, I’ve got a headache and my grandma underwear on. Hopefully, tonight, at the Transmutations exhibition closing (at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts), Art puts on some stilettos and gives me something to write home about (literally).

I think she will… 😉

I entered the word “blah” in a Google search and this was the first image that popped up…

Artist Dylan Sisson knows what “Blah” looks like, indeed. With a little bitty belly button too.

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

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