My name is Matthew J. Abrams, and I started Four On The Floor after finishing my Ph.D in art history at Yale. Living in New York and being a critic and scholar of modern/contemporary culture, I spend a lot of time looking at art and writing about what I see. But recently I’ve found myself wanting more outlets for publishing my thoughts, especially my briefer (and weirder) ones. Four On The Floor, fulfills that need. In it, I broadcast my four favorite objects, performances, shows, or activities currently “on the floor” in the Greater New York area. More than a “what’s hot” or a simple review, this newsletter/blogazine is an outlet for me to share my idiosyncratic thoughts about the art that I see.
So please browse the issues below, and if you like what you see, I’d encourage you to subscribe to my newsletter, which will alert you to new content and include exclusive bonus material too. It’s totally free and publishes about once a month.
I also run an experimental Instagram feed that blends the instantaneity of social media with the close-looking of art criticism/history. You can follow the project here.
Alternately, if you’re curious to learn more about me and my writing, you can visit my personal website here.
The project’s title self-consciously refers to the innovative percussion style of the same name. Four on the floor is a modern drumming style where a drummer lays down a bass beat on every measure of a 4/4 rhythm. This droning pulse became the basis for disco, and later, electronic music. In its relentlessness, it stands as a metaphor for contemporary art’s similarly unstoppable march. Still unclear? Watch the legendary Earl Young break it down: