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Mix, Remix: Interview with Ala Ebtekar  
8/25/13 Posted 8/25/13

San Francisco, Aug. 2013: I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcom... [more]

Wind Chimes and Wedding Cakes: Interview with Edra Soto  
8/18/13 Posted 8/18/13

Chicago, Aug. 2013: Edra Soto does not take summer to mean vacation. She has been hard at work for the past several months making large scale, site specific installations, as well as small, infinitely reproducible sculptures that fit in the palm of your hand. She’s a teacher, but most recently, she’s enjoyed being one of the inaugural students in a new professional development program run by The Hyde Park Art Center. She’s a gallerist whose exhibition space is located in her backyard,... [more]

The Golden Mean: Interview with Carole Feuerman  
8/11/13 Posted 8/11/13

Bridgehampton, Jul. 2013: Carole Feuerman can safely be called one of the most preeminent hyper-real sculptors. Over the course of four decades, her work has earned international acclaim from the art world as well as the attention of a good number of prominent collectors, including the Clintons, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, and Henry Kissinger. Her piece Generals Daughter recently won the People’s Choice Award from the Smithsonian and five of her pieces, including her latest, The Golden... [more]

SEXT: An Interview with Logan White  
8/7/13 Posted 7/8/13

Los Angeles, July 2013: Probably the only person to ever get pregnant from casual sext, Los Angeles-based photographer Logan White exchanged risqué pictures via cell phone with an anonymous man in New York for nine months before giving birth to her side of the exchange in a gallery setting. The show, a collection of her provocative self-portraits taken off screen and printed in large format, simply called “Sext,” lasted one night only. It was one creative woman’s way of dep... [more]

Berlin's Demons and Devils: Interview with Douglas Gordon  
8/4/13 Posted 8/4/13

Berlin, Aug. 2013: Douglas Gordon invited a circus elephant named Minnie inside the Gagosian Gallery late at night (when you can get away with transporting an elephant around) in New York City and circled her with a camera. The ethereal video work shows Minnie lying down to play dead and rising again to walk around the room; a scarce documentation of the discomfort felt in a wild mammal amidst a vulnerable state of rest. In Glasgow, Gordon was born and educated in the fine arts. Hereturned there af... [more]

Generator/Recycler, Producer/Consumer: Interview with Laura Hyunjhee Kim  
7/28/13 Posted 7/28/13

San Francisco, Jul. 2013: Laura Hyunjhee Kim won ArtSlant’s first Award in New Media earlier this year and lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Kim is currently exhibiting at SoMArts, San Francisco and recently exhibited with popular French new-media gallery, SPAMM (Super Art Modern Museum). Blurring lines between performance and new media practices, Kim presents a mirrored personality, absorbing and expressing the dominant pressures of a mediated society through producing and reproducin... [more]

New Directions in Abstraction: Interview with Rebecca Ward  
7/21/13 Posted 7/21/13

London, Jul. 2013: A few months ago back in April, I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderfully talented, young American abstract artist, Rebecca Ward, before her solo exhibition, Cow Tipping, at London’s Ronchini Gallery. We talked about the ideas and references of Arte Povera that resonate through her latest works, and Ward’s recent turn of attention towards painting, away from her previous installation work. Fascinated with the exploration of colour and space, Rebecca Ward approache... [more]

My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola  
7/14/13 Posted 7/14/13

New York, Jul. 2013: Since receiving her MFA from California College of the Arts one year ago, Toyin Odutola has garnered much buzz as a young artist on the rise who maintains a fresh perspective on the flexible natures of race, identity, and nationality. Her process and progress are readily visible through her many social media outlets, which display her painstakingly prolific self-portraits. But who is the woman behind the work? From where has she sprung? Born in Nigeria, Odutola currently lives a... [more]

Tearing Shadows: An Interview with Robert Seidel  
6/30/13 Posted 6/30/13

Berlin, Apr. 2013: Enter the void. Decipher dark from light, temporal from physical, motion from stasis. Robert Seidel’s recent installation at 401contemporary encompassed video projection, sound, and solid-state artwork in an absorbing ode to the outer reaches of consciousness. Most certainly, the cinematic elements of Seidel’s enchanting projection sculpture necessitate pervasive blackness, but this is to ignore the material component of the work, the variegated contours and curves that rema... [more]

Experimental Sound: an interview with crys cole  
6/23/13 Posted 6/23/13

Winnipeg, Jun. 2013: I met crys cole when I repatriated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada via Chicago in the Fall of 2012. She was—and still is—director of an experimental sound festival, send + receive, that I became a part of (I am a current board member). She is also a busy sound artist herself with many collaborative and solo projects that take her outside of North America. Her performances and installations create environments of active listening; an acoustic ecology that involves contact microphones and... [more]

More Aesthetic Than Pain: An Interview with Wafaa Bilal  
6/16/13 Posted 6/16/13

Chicago, Jun. 2013: Wafaa Bilal recently visited Chicago to give the opening night lecture and present Technoviking (2013) at Rapid Pulse, an international performance art festival hosted by DEFIBRILLATOR gallery in June 2013. I know Bilal from his days in Chicago as a hardworking graduate student in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We caught up after his lecture at Rapid Pulse, and, appropriately enough to his work, we conducted this interview on video... [more]

Escapes From Paradise: Interview with Elle Muliarchyk  
6/9/13 Posted 6/9/13

Berlin, Jun. 2013: Elle Muliarchyk understands the aphorism that “nothing changes if nothing changes.” For all of us, the process of productively parsing the superficial and profound demarcations between age and maturity can be difficult, or even impossible, without a change of scene. Elle needed to turn her car into a cocoon and drive across America. Elle’s first transformative pilgrimage took place after she was named a finalist for Miss Czech Republic at age fourteen. The Belarus-born daugh... [more]

Interview with Shezad Dawood  
6/2/13 Posted 6/2/13

London, May 2013: London-born Shezad Dawood is an artist whose work deals, variously, with notions of cultural interplay, narrative histories, Otherness and cross-collaboration; his most recent work, which launches June 7 at the ICA, is the full-length science fiction film Piercing Brightness, which imagines a parallel between the typically filmic Close Encounter, and the themes of migration and visitation, and of societal integration. Film (in particular, the style of the B-movie and of the art... [more]

Interview with Tania Bruguera  
5/26/13 Posted 5/26/13

Chicago, May, 2013: I first met Tania Bruguera when I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago six years ago. We have remained in touch since, most recently crossing paths at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Art last August in Austria. Over the last few months I conducted an interview with Bruguera via email asking her about the role teaching plays in her work, her ideas about formalism, and the awkward demographic known as “artist”. Her responses reveal a thoughtful and holistic approac... [more]

Interview with Li Ran  
5/19/13 Posted 5/19/13

Beijing, May, 2013: Li Ran is a Chinese artist working with performance and video to create “mockumentaries” around fictional (or part-fictional) characters. Over the last year Li has had solo shows at Beijing’s Magician Space and Shanghai’s Aike Dellarco Gallery, and was included in the Shenzhen and Gwangju Biennales. Li took part in curator Biljana Ciric’s “Alternatives to Ritual” exhibition at the Goethe Institute Open Space in Shanghai, and ON/OFF, a major survey of young Chinese artists in... [more]

Interview with Jason Kalogiros  
5/12/13 Posted 5/12/13

San Francisco, May 2013: I met Jason Kalogiros at Building 11, an old warehouse-type structure at Pier 70, near the Port of San Francisco. Surrounded by an assortment of functional and non-functional factories, fences and loading docks, it was built in the early ‘40s by the government to support wartime production and now houses studio space for a selection of artists. We first travel to the back of the studio so Jason can show me his Agfa Repromaster 310 from the late ‘70s. It's an old proces... [more]

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