Standing in the gap between specialized academic art criticism and the commercial contemporary art world, I embrace both the academic disciplinization of knolwedge and the mediasphere, or, the surface versus the ground. Directional Forces was founded as a way of bringing together my myriad theoretical writing interests on painting, sculpture, politics, film, fashion, photography and the visual world at-large.

This blog is the forum where my writings come together. It is a kind of training ground for a variety of ideas and it will include guest posts and analyses of cultural strata by other artists and thinkers.

With a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Humanities where I wrote on the relationship between Joseph Beuys’s notion of social sculpture and Martin Heidegger’s deconstruction of techne and poiesis; and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie Mellon, I live within both contemporary theoretical/philosophical and contemporary art paradigms.

Born in Montreal and having lived in San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Paris and West Palm Beach, I have come to see art as a form of bringing forth in that it reveals things previously concealed. As both a writer and artist, I have learned to value the linkages between materiality, our sense of place, and the interstices between values and people as they apply to a particular political or social site. This has lead me to consider art as a basic material relationship that involves economic, social, historical, and of course, political epistemologies.

My work as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and performance artist is a reflection of this stance and emerges from the passionate belief in the empowering qualities of social sculpture and art proper.

Directional Forces, named after a work by Joseph Beuys, is my articulation of these thoughts.

-George Magalios