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Interviews by Brainard Carey
34 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Ward Shelley works as an artist in New York and Connecticut. He is interested in constructed worlds and intersecting narratives; how they create, mediate and inform each other. He wants to know how things really work. Shelley specializes in large projects that freely mix architecture and performance. For more than a decade, he has been collaborating with Alex Schweder, using experimental architecture to explore the dance between the designed environment and its consequences. Since 2007, the duo have designed, built, and lived in (or on) seven structures, all of them in locations where the public are invited not only to witness, but also to actively engage with the artists in direct dialogue about their practice—an activity that has coalesced into what they call “performance architecture.” Shelley also works on diagramatic paintings: information-based timelines on culture-related subjects and historical postmortems. He frequently works with Douglas Paulson on installations and environments that attempt to turn mind, text, and meaning inside out (for a better look). They created the “The Last Library” project for Spaces in 2015. Shelley’s work has been exhibited in more than 10 countries and is in a number of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Shelley received a Painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell foundation, and has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 2006. He has received NYFA and NEA fellowships in sculpture and new media categories, a Bessie Award for installation art, and grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He is represented by Pierogi Gallery in New York. A new septuagenarian, this year Ward claims to be taking a year off to re-evaluate the direction of his life and his work. He has re-booted and found time for few extra-curricular activities, particularly around music and reading, and has begun rescuing plants (otherwise known as gardening). Being outside has become a priority. The book mentioned in the interview was: A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Ferry.
36 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Carl Berg has been a curator and gallery director for almost thirty years. He is the founder/director of PRJCTLA a new alternate gallery in downtown Los Angeles. He has owned galleries in Los Angeles and Amsterdam and has worked as a curator organizing over 150 exhibitions in Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rotterdam and elsewhere. He has organized several groundbreaking exhibitions over the years including: “Southern California Car Culture” that highlighted the works of 15 LA artists including Slater Bradley, Chris Burden, Andrew Bush, Carolie Dixon, Ed Kienholz, Mathew Luem, Kori Newkirk, Patrick Paeper, Annica Carlson Rixon, Steve Roden, Haley Rodman, Ed Ruscha, Robert Stone, Erik Treml, Paul Tzanetopoulos and car designs by BMW (Designworks USA), Lexus (CALTY), Lincoln Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design (SMART CAR), Schools: Art Center College of Design. This exhibition looked at the culture of the automobile in Los Angeles and how artists reacted to this unique environment. There was a diverse blend of work from blue chip, mid-career and emerging artist all of which addressed “Car Culture” in his or her own unique way. As part of the mix in the exhibition Berg also included car designs by major Los Angeles based design studios including studios from Ford, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mazda and Toyota. The show included early designs of the Smart Car, the [irst BMW SUV and full-scale rendering of the Mazda Miata. “Booster Up Dutch Courage” that featured the work of 17 artists from many prominent Dutch artists which premiered their LA debut including Aernout Mik, Rob Birza, Mathilde ter Heijne, Tariq Alvi, Lisa May Post, Rik Meijers and Federico D. Orazio. This exhibition co-curated by Theo Tegelaers was the [irst to introduce a new generation of Netherlands based artist to the West Coast. This exhibition was followed up by a show of 20 Los Angeles based artist titled “CA 9000-185” at W139, a prominent non-pro[it space in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Some of the artists included Slater Bradley, Jessica Bronson, Greg Colson, Tim Hawkinson, Steve Hurd, Martin Kersels, Habib Kheradyar, Charles LaBelle, Marcos Lutyens, Yunhee Min, Patty Wickman, and Liz Young. This exhibition co-curated by Theo Tegelaers was the first of its kind introducing a new generation of Dutch artists to the LA art scene. More recently Berg curated “Framing Time” an exhibition of photography focused on the concept of movement in still photos. The show includes Los Angeles-based artists Uta Barth, Stephen Berens, John Divola, Robbert Flick, Tim Hawkinson, George Legrady, Sharon Lockhart, Ed Ruscha, and Augusta Wood and formerly from LA Dinh Q Lê (now living in Vietnam). Berg has also worked on many solo exhibitions with compelling artists including Tim Hawkinson (LA) , Folkert de Jong (Amsterdam), Slater Bradley (Berlin), Neha Choksi (LA and Mumbai), Iva Gueorguieva (LA), Megan Williams (LA), Diana Cooper (New York), Rob Birza (Amsterdam), Federico D’Orazio (Bangkok), Asad Faulwell (LA), HK Zamani (LA) amongst others. In addition to his curatorial practice, Berg has organized a residency exchange with Foundation Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and has sent over 70 artists from Los Angeles to this program from 2002-17. In Berg’s newest project, yet to be titled, he is interviewing a broad range of Los Angeles-based gallery owners, curators, collectors, critics and also artist. His objective is to create a historical document in a video format for future generations to study and enjoy. His [irst interview will be with renowned LA galleries Rosamund Felsen and he has many other exciting interviews planned for this project.
26 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Lisa le Feuvre
Lisa Le Feuvre at Spiral Jetty by Smithson Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, and editor. She is inaugural Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation, an artist-endowed foundation dedicated to the creative legacies of artists Nancy Holt (1938-2014) and Robert Smithson (1938-73). Between 2010 and 2017 Le Feuvre was Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, a part of the Henry Moore Foundation. She led a program of education, research, publications and exhibitions, and the development of the Leeds sculpture and collection archive. Previously Le Feuvre taught on the post-graduate Curatorial Program at Goldsmiths College, led the contemporary art program at the National Maritime Museum and was Course Director of the post-graduate program in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has sat on various juries including Sculpture Dublin (2021), Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation Prize (2019),the Turner Prize (2018), Hepworth Prize for Sculpture (2016), British representation at the Venice Biennale (2015), and co-curated the quinquennial exhibition British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet (2009-10). In this interview she discusses the Robert Smithson exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery in NYC, Abstract Cartography, June 24th – August 20th, 2021.
18 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Brittany M. Watkins
Brittany M. Watkins (b.1989) is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Southern United States. Her practice examines contemporary society through a lens of psycho-analysis and social critique as she moves between a range of media. From immersive installation to hyper edited video-performances, her intuitive (subconscious) process mirrors the push and pull between interiority and public life, linking larger social issues to the fragility of the human psyche. Since obtaining her Master’s Degree of Fine Art in 2016 from Florida State University, she has exhibited in venues ranging from international art fairs and museums to experimental, artist-run-spaces in the U.S. and abroad. Her site-specific installation <Accept [(Self) + Elsewhere] was awarded the Juried Panel Prize ($25,000) in ArtFields 2017, where she later erected a public art installation at TRAX Visual Art Center for ArtFields 2018. She was a finalist for Foundwork’s Inaugural Artist Prize (2019) and later nominated for the Joan Mitchell Painter’s & Sculptor’s Grant in 2020. Since 2018, she has participated in residencies such as The Vermont Studio Center, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, and Long Road Projects. She currently lives and works in Columbia, South Carolina as a full-time artist. The books mentioned in the interview are Mastery by Robert Greene and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Behaviors STACKED [over] Certainty, six altered couches stacked with ratchet straps & paint, 10′ x 8.5′ x 10.5′, 2018. Installation detail from my solo show: AFFECT-ED, BEING at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. Under them-there Hills…Mama, mixed-media installation, 30’ x 18’ x 13’, 2019. Installation detail from MINT Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
24 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Working in the border territory between abstraction and representation, James Esber uses a variety of media to disassemble and distort the emotionally charged and often clichéd images of Americana. The characters he’s drawn to, pawed-over icons of popular culture, include things like gunslingers, flag-wavers, dimpled children holding flowers, deadbeat alcoholic dads, and self-absorbed selfie-takers. His paintings, built through a process of hyperbolic mark-making, are done with myopic focus on each part, shifting between scales and allowing for improvised digressions which nudge the image toward abstraction. The resulting hybrid images are often fragmenting and imploding while at the same time stubbornly retaining their integrity. James Esber has shown his work in New York and abroad including a 25-year survey at the Clifford Gallery at Colgate University (2014) and a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2011). He has had multiple one-person shows at PPOW, NYC, Bernard Tolle in Boston and Pierogi in both New York and Leipzig. He has also shown widely in group exhibitions, including One Work at the Tang Museum (2014), The Land of Earthly Delights at The Laguna Art Museum (2008), and SITE Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial: Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque (2004). He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Pierogi Gallery. The book mentioned in the interview is The Inkblots by Damion Searls. Hero, 2021, Acrylic on PVC panel, 48 x 62.5 inches Thinker 2, 2020, Acrylic on PVC panel, 40.5 x 32 inches
21 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Artist Bisa Butler at the Art Institute of Chicago. phot: John J. Kim. Bisa Butler was born in Orange, NJ, the daughter of a college president and a French teacher. She was raised in South Orange and the youngest of four siblings. Butler’s artistic talent was first recognized at the age of four, when she won a blue ribbon in an art competition. Formally trained , Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art degree. It was during her education at Howard that Butler was able to refine her natural talents under the tutelage of lecturers such as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson and Ernie Barnes. She began to experiment with fabric as a medium and became interested in collage techniques. Butler then went on to earn a Masters in Art from Montclair State University in 2005. While in the process of obtaining her Masters degree Butler took a Fiber Arts class where she had an artistic epiphany and she finally realized how to express her art. “As a child, I was always watching my mother and grandmother sew, and they taught me. After that class, I made a portrait quilt for my grandmother on her deathbed, and I have been making art quilts ever since.” Bisa Butler was a high school art teacher for 10 years in the Newark Public Schools and 3 years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. In February 2021 Bisa was awarded a United States Artist fellowship.Butler’s work is currently the focus of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit which began at the Katonah Museum of Art. She is represented by the Claire Oliver Gallery of New York. Butlers work has been acquired by many private and public collections including The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture,The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Nelson-Adkins Museum , 21cMuseum Hotels, The Kemper Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. *Don’t Tread On Me , God Damn, Let’s Go! ; The Harlem Hellfighters, 2021 Cotton, silk, wool and velvet * a work in progress, Photo by Bisa Butler I Go To Prepare A Place For You, Harriet Tubman’s last words ,2021 Cotton, silk ,wool and velvet 120” x 120” Quilted and appliquéd Photo by John Butler
23 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
photo by Jamie Carr Rebecca Bryant creates danceworks that combine movement with text, video, and objects. Originally trained in visual art, Bryant’s dances emphasize improvisational methods and performative states, as well as non-hierarchical collaboration across disciplines. Bryant has shown her work in 26 US states and in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. She worked extensively with the Lower Left Performance Collective for 13 years and is a co-founder of PMPD (dance/music/new media). Her projects have received support from residencies such as Djerassi Resident Artist Program (USA) and Guapamacátaro Art and Ecology Residency (Mexico), and a choreographic grant from the Puffin Foundation. Bryant has danced for renowned and emerging choreographers including Nina Martin, Wally Cardona, Victoria Marks, Kim Epifano, Shelley Senter, Lionel Popkin, and Marianne Kim. She has taught workshops in New York, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Bogota, and at the Los Angeles Improvisational Dance Festival, West Coast Contact Improv Festival, Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, Contact Festival Freiburg, TransContact Festival, Kontakt Budapest Festival, and at numerous universities across the US. She holds a BA in Visual Art and an MFA in Dance, and teaches dance improvisation, composition, somatics, and pedagogy at California State University, Long Beach. The book mentioned in the interview is The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.
23 minutes | May 28, 2021
Benjamin Bertocci lives with his small family and has been working out of his studio in Queens, New York since 2005. He was raised in Stockbridge Massachusetts, and attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock, UMASS Amherst, and worked as Visiting Assistant professor of Printmaking at Southern Illinois University. He primarily shows with VonAmmonco Gallery. Children’s Singer, oil on plastic entombed canvas, 8”x8”, 2021 Holocene Threnody XVI, oil on marble drink coaster, 4”x4”, 2020
17 minutes | May 24, 2021
Christy Gast photo credit: Keil Troisi (Amenia, New York) is an artist based in New York whose sculptures and video installations focus on issues of politics and aesthetics with regard to landscape. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Exit Art and Artist’s Space in New York, Perez Art Museum of Miami, Bass Museum, de la Cruz Collection and Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami, Matucana 100 and Patricia Ready Gallery in Santiago, CL, and the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris. Cucú and Her Fishes (Act 1) Binational Seminar on Patagonian Peat Bogs
27 minutes | May 17, 2021
Marta Popivoda (Berlin/Belgrade) is a filmmaker, video artist, and researcher. Her work explores tensions between memory and history, collective and individual bodies, as well as ideology and everyday life, with a focus on antifascist and feminist potentialities of the Yugoslav socialist project. She cherishes collective practice in art-making and research, and for several years has been part of the TkH (Walking Theory) collective. Popivoda’s first feature documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale and was later screened at many international film festivals. The film is part of the permanent collection of MoMA New York, and it’s featured in What Is Contemporary Art? MoMA’s online course about contemporary art from 1980 to the present. Her work has also featured in major art galleries, such as Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, etc. Popivoda received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin and Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artist. Her new feature documentary Landscapes of Resistance premiered in the Tiger Competition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021. It won the Best Picture Prize in the International Competition of the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea, and Library Award at the 43rd Cinéma du réel – Festival international du film documentaire, Paris. Landscapes of Resistance, Marta Popivoda, Film Still Landscapes of Resistance, Marta Popivoda, Film Still
19 minutes | May 17, 2021
Cristina Mejías Gómez
Cristina Mejías (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 1986) We have become accustomed to preconceiving the academic world as the legitimate container and transmitter of knowledge. We have the luxury of being able to forget something because we can always retrieve it from books. But here it is not enough to simply dry a leaf and store it in a herbarium, because a living plant is bitten by the air, and it is important that this happens. Libraries need to be driven by our desire in order to take on life. The practice of orality cuts across bodies. The listener listens. Cristina Mejías’ work is predicated on familiar narrations and storytelling, challenging the strict, traditional methods used to construct history by means of a linear narrative. What has brought us here to the present is founded upon the strata of History and stories that predate us. The creation of something regarded as new always begins with seizing a murmuring that triggers the story. Mejías has a degree in Fine Arts from UEM (Madrid) and NCAD (Dublin) and a Master’s in Research in Art and Creation from UCM (Madrid). After several years living in Berlin, now she lives and works in Madrid. Her work has recently been exhibited individually in Art centers such as Centro Párraga (Murcia, SP)- A un tiempo. Unos higos y un cántaro , Museum of Jaen and Museum of Cadiz (Jaen/Cádiz, SP)- For What Cannot Be Recovered Can at Least Be Reenacted, Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, SP)- You Can’t Leave Fingerprints on Stone, a project born thanks to the collaboration with archaeologist and performer Efthimis Theou-, and the Contemporary Art Museum from Maracaibo (Maracaibo, VZ)- Tejer y contar. Her work has also appeared in group exhibitions in Art institutions such as Tabakalera Donostia- Estudiotik at (San Sebastián, SP), CA2M- Colección XX (Madrid), La Casa Encedida- Generación 2020 and Things That Never Happened but Have Always Existed (Madrid, SP), SCAN Projects-Where water Rumbles (London, UK), CentroCentro (Madrid, SP), C3A-Touching Ground (Cordoba, SP), Fundación Mendoza- Correspondencias de Ultramar #4 Ana Navas y Cristina Mejías (Caracas, VZ), Artothèque-Ceux qui nous lient (Bordeaux, FR) or Tea-La tierra tiembla (Tenerife, SP). Along with her personal artistic work, currently she is collaborating with artist and performer Víctor Colmenero and their work has been seen or will be seen in places such as Volcánica Festival (Guadalajara, MX), La Capilla Theatre and Proyecto H (Mexico City, MX) or Pradillo Theatre (Madrid, SP). She has recently won a number of awards and grants, including Generación 2020, Blueproject Foundation, VEGAP XXIII, Comunidad de Madrid|Estampa award or Iniciarte. Over the course of the last months, she has been artist in residence at Pico do Refúgio (Azores, PT), Hangar Lisboa (Lisboa, PT), C3A (Cordoba, SP), Matadero Madrid (Madrid, SP), Ateliers dos Coruchéus (Lisboa, PT), Tabakalera Donostia (San Sebastián, PT) and MACZUL (Maracaibo, VZ) The book mentioned was by Ursula K. Leguin: The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination You Can’t Leave Fingerprints on Stone, solo exhibition at Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, SP, 2020). Photo by Roberto Ruiz A un tiempo. Unos higos y un cántaro, solo exhibition at Centro Párraga (Murcia, SP, 2020). Curated by Ana García Alarcón. Photo courtesy of Centro Párraga.
15 minutes | May 14, 2021
Zeren Oruc is an independent curator based in Belgrade, Serbia, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her curatorial practice revolves around the environment, comparative cultural analysis, and intercultural communication through art. To reflect on the current artistic structures and social issues that art tackles, she tends to take an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, and adapt accordingly to the artist, the project, or the geography that she is working in. After working with various art institutions in Europe, she founded Belgrade-based initiative, iksvy art, focusing on interdisciplinary art projects and art in Eastern Europe. As a part of iksvy art’s program, she led and managed several projects, such as Collective Journaling and Curatorial Round Tables, Curatorial Sessions, and the podcast “iksvy art talks”. In 2019, she was invited to revitalize the studio of deceased German artist Wolfgang Simon, in Andalusia, Spain. Her efforts resulted in co-founding and curating Montemero Art Residency dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. She aims to bring people together to build a network for eco-art projects and research alternative materials for art production, while actively supporting the artists in the residency through curatorial sessions. Currently, she is working on several exhibitions in Belgrade and in Gemer, Slovakia, conducting curatorial brainstorming sessions with artists and giving portfolio reviews. The book mentioned in the interview is Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. Muma Paduri – solo show of Joan Alvado, curated by Zeren Oruc, Instituto Cervantes in Belgrade Muma Paduri – solo show of Joan Alvado, curated by Zeren Oruc, Instituto Cervantes in Belgrade
19 minutes | May 12, 2021
Christine Suárez is a choreographer, performer, educator and community activist based in Los Angeles. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she founded Suarez Dance Theater in 2003. They create at the intersection of collaborative dance-making and community outreach. Their work has been seen in theaters, parks, classrooms and houses and toured nationally and internationally. They have been awarded grants from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, Flourish Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Christine is co-creator of Dance for Veterans – a program that builds creative expression and social cohesion at Los Angeles VA Hospitals. Christine Suarez & Shelby Williams-Gonzalez performing On Being American for students at Culver Park HS. photo by Alex Millar Pictured are dancer/collaborators Bernard Brown and Nguyen Nguyen performing Mother.Father. @ the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA photo by Christine Suarez.
33 minutes | May 10, 2021
Photo by Audrey King Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American artist and author of The New Oil Painting with Chronicle Books. She is known for her portraits and landscapes in series addressing identity and memory (“Mom’s Friends”, “The Stylist Project”, “I Notice People Disappear”.) Her paintings have been exhibited and featured internationally. Her latest exhibition “New Abstractions” in Los Angeles at Zevitas Marcus, is a result of a year long investigation of capturing the essence of painting for the cover of her book. Brooks speaks about her work, and the science of creativity to museums, Tedx, and Podcasts including the National Endowment for the Arts. Brooks conducts workshops at institutions online via her acclaimed artist program. For information on exhibitions and more: Storm 20 x 16 in. Oil on Linen Red Wave 20 x 16 oil on Linen
24 minutes | May 6, 2021
Elizabeth Munro was born in London in 1939 and currently lives near Porthmadog, in North Wales. She is a painter and art/life practitioner. She was influenced early on by Harry Thubron, her inspirational mentor at Leeds College of Art- and later by the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theatre where she participated in various performances. Arlene Rothlein, Malcolm Goldstein, and Philip Corner became good friends. Yvonne Rainer was a powerful influence. Her paintings have been exhibited in various galleries in the U.K. and New York. In the Eighties in Upstate New York she met and collaborated with Linda “Rosita” Montano, performance artist, as well as becoming a friend of hers for life. Elizabeth Munro calls her work “Survival Art” and now sees it as a healing response to her childhood sexual abuse. She attributes her freedom of movement in painting- and the painting itself- inspired by the influence of Sam Francis, Jackson Pollock and the Abstract expressionists-in helping to create a Lifeline for her: for escape, survival, and healing from early child sexual abuse. At the moment she has her studio in Wales and plans to do whatever she wants to next. Currently reading: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, Look At Me by Anita Brookner and Self- Help by Lorrie Moore. Scroll painting by Elizabeth Munro – ‘Millstream’, early spring, pink rushing water, Woodstock N.Y. Photo from my dear friend Sky’s natural burial in Boduan Wood, Eternal Forest Trust, near Pwllheli in Wales. Birds were singing as I scattered flowers and rosemary on the wicker casket.
21 minutes | May 6, 2021
Photo by Whitney Browne Alethea Pace is a Bronx-based choreographer and performer. Her first solo performance work, trying to sweep back the ocean with a broom, was created with support from Pepatian’s Open Call Residency and was performed at BAAD! (2016) and New York Live Arts (2017). Her second evening-length work, Bring Me Flowers, was developed with support from residencies including New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks, Dancing While Black, 92Y Harkness Dance and premiered at Pregones Theater in 2018. She is currently working on Here goes the neighborhood… , a multimedia performance installation that reminds us of the wealth of knowledge we have in our bodies, memories and geographies, and empowers us to dream of radical visions for our future. As a dancer, Alethea has performed with a variety of choreographers and was a member of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre for eight years. She has been a collaborator in numerous multimedia community-centered arts projects including Angela’s Pulse and the Laundromat Project. Alethea trained at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx. She has a BA in Urban Design from NYU where she completed her thesis project on the history of Bronx housing. She is currently expanding her artistic practice as an MFA candidate at the City College of New York’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice program. She was awarded the BRIO award and CUNY Dance Initiative in 2019 and was BAAD!’s Muse Artist in Residence in 2020. Read more at aletheapace.com or follow her on instagram @alethea_pace Alethea Pace and Richard Rivera perform Here goes the neighborhood… Photo by Trevon Blondet Alethea Pace performs Bring me flowers at Danspace Project in 2019. Photo by Paula Lobo
15 minutes | May 6, 2021
Dara Haskins (b.1992 Baltimore, MD) Has rooted her practice in Philadelphia working primarily in painting oil portraits and figurative oil and mixed media paintings. Addressing the ways the black body has been represented and looked at throughout history, she challenges the identity of being seen and unseen connecting historical content to contemporary spaces and how that relationship coexists. She is currently working on a series called “Havana time” expressively from her own photographs of people she spent time within Cuba.-Her large to small-scale paintings of objects, people, and places connect daily in domestic environments within the African diaspora. She is also working on a series called “ quraintin paintings” that reflects on dealing with isolation, time, and opportunity during the pandemic of COVID 19. Haskins received her BFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2019. Winning the Artist of the week from Rush Art gallery May 2020) and The J Henry Scheidt Memorial Travel Scholarship to Cuba in (2019). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia. The book that was mentioned in the interview is The Black Interior. Desire to be 40 x 46 oil on canvas Are you listening 35 x 34 oil on canvas
19 minutes | May 3, 2021
Biraaj Dodiya (b. 1993) is a Mumbai based visual artist primarily working in painting and sculpture. Forms and language around absence, uncertainty and impermanence influence her work. Working within abstraction, her paintings are built through processes of repair and erasure, often evoking the nocturnal landscape and bringing up questions of distance and temporality. Dodiya’s sculptural works often combine discarded objects, industrial material, personal relics and studio detritus. Dodiya received her MFA from New York University (2018) and BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). Her recent solo Stone is a Forehead was at Experimenter, Kolkata in 2020. She is currently reading Bernard Malamud Rembrandt’s Hat. Silver grip 78 x 60 inches, Oil on linen, 2021 Green Ray 78 x 60 inches, Oil on linen, 2020
22 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Timothy Gierschick II
Timothy Gierschick (b. 1976, Reading, PA) is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. His paintings and works on paper have been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally, including by Duane Morris LLP offices worldwide, and Capital One Bank NA. Timothy earned his Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in Printmaking, from Messiah College in 2000. He is also employed by the Barnes Foundation as preparator. Books mentioned at the end of the interview are Mona, by Pola Oloixarac: and Zen Mind by Suzuki. Bad Blood, latex and enamel on rag paper, 36 x 30”, 2021 The Skater, latex and enamel on rag paper, 40 x 30”, 2021. Junkie, latex and enamel on found panel, 19 x 40”, 2020
40 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Rana Tahir is a poet, artist, and educator living in Portland, OR. She earned her MFA from Pacific University and is a Kundiman Fellow. Her work has previously appeared in Print Oriented Bastards, Fresh Literary Magazine, and Catch among others. Books mentioned in the interview: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Countee Cullen, Cavendish Square Publishing (2016) Choose Your Own Adventure Spies!: Noor Inayat Khan, ChooseCo LLC (2020) “Asrar” Oil on Canvase, 24 x 16 inches (This painting is inspired by and named after the Kuwaiti resistance member Asrar al-Qabandi. The Kuwaiti flag is painted upside down, a symbol for distress.) “Crossings” Oil on Canvas, 16 x 24 inches “Bukhoor” Oil on Canvas, 10 x 5 ft. (This is the painting we talked about. Bukhoor is a type of incense made from wood chips soaked in oil, it is a staple in households in the middle east. Bukhoor is also the name of the manuscript of these Gulf War poems.)
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