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Judith Brotman: New Beginnings, Happy Endings  
Posted 10/31/13

From the Bad at Sports Blog: JUDITH BROTMAN: NEW BEGINNINGS, HAPPY ENDINGS October 30, 2013 “The 93 Dreams of Summer,” mixed media with audio, 2013. For over two decades now Judith Brotman’s practice has hinged on relationships built between people. This has taken several forms over the years, and hopefully you’ve had the opportunity of seeing some of her recent work at Bike Room in “I Dozed, I Napped, I Writhed, I Dreamed (reviewed here by Bad at Spo... [more]

Film Review: Shooter and Whitley by Laura Stewart  
Posted 10/17/13

“I willingly was a participant in the lifestyle of the motorcycle club, and it is a lot like any other social scene, with it’s own codes and mores, only perhaps faster and at times more violent. But at the same time, it is upfront, so in that sense you know what you are dealing with and it is clear what is expected from you… I have never been uncomfortable around the club and have never felt threatened in any way, if they like you, and most importantly, if the leader of the cl... [more]

John Preus: Slow Sound  
Posted 10/17/13

IT’S WITH MILD trepidation that I’m posting the essay I wrote for the upcoming John Preus show I curated for the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) below. I say this chiefly becauseJohn’s own lyrical prose, posted here yesterday, is a very tough act to follow. As I was writing this text, conversations I had had with John, glimpses of work in progress I had stole at our studio visit, and fragments of phrases from email exchanges were all still marinating for me. You’ll see som... [more]

MAKING YOURSELF AT HOME – LAURA SHAEFFER  
Posted 6/21/13

From the Bad at Sports Blog: MAKING YOURSELF AT HOME – LAURA SHAEFFER June 20, 2013 Over the past ten plus years, Laura Shaeffer has been the entrepreneur and custodian behind a number of projects housed within a handful of unconventional— and often under utilized— spaces on the Southside of Chicago, including Home Gallery, The Op Shop andSouthside Hub of Production (SHoP). Her approach is a combination of activism and common sense; community building and home-making. She honors d... [more]

JODIE MACK PRESENTS…  
Posted 5/21/13

From the Bad at Sports Blog: JODIE MACK PRESENTS… May 16, 2013  Indefatigable– it’s the only word I can think of that in some small way describes Jodie Mack. You can see it in the sheer volume of her accomplishments, including the number of films she’s created, the places they’ve screened, the teaching positions she’s held (and holds!), and the film festivals, exhibitions and performances she’s organized, participated in or contributed to. You can also see it in the work itse... [more]

100 Artists | Jessica Stockholder  
Posted 5/3/13

Blogger-in-Residence for Art21: Thea Liberty Nichols, Writer and Curator, Chicago, IL 100 Artists | Jessica Stockholder April 30th, 2013  by Thea Liberty Nichols   Editor’s note: 100 Artists is a yearlong celebration of the 100 artists who have appeared to date in Art21′s award-winning film series Art in the Twenty-First Century. Throughout 2013, we are dedicating two to three days to each artist on our social media platforms—Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and here on the Art21 Blog. Our current featured ar... [more]

“The only thing I do everyday” | Tavi Gevinson  
Posted 4/23/13

From the Art21 Blog:Blogger-in-Residence: Thea Liberty Nichols, Writer and Curator, Chicago, IL “The only thing I do everyday” | Tavi Gevinson April 22nd, 2013  by Thea Liberty Nichols   Tavi Gevinson works across disciplines as a writer, editor, singer, and actress. She also works across mediums, predominately on the web, but also in print, sound, and film. She pairs her inimitable perspective with a well cultivated, muscular aesthetic and at the same time reveals in a sort of stream-of-consciousness cura... [more]

EDRA SOTO’S GRAFT  
Posted 4/18/13

From the Bad at Sports Blog: EDRA SOTO’S GRAFT April 18, 2013  Grafting is a horticultural process that involves splicing one plant onto another to jump start growth. The root stock is the base, or anchor, of the operation used for its already mature, well developed root system. The scion is the plant matter that is grafted on; if the process is successful, you end up with a genetic duplication of the scion. Edra Soto’s current exhibition “Graft” is on view now at Terrain in Oak Pa... [more]

You Can’t Always Give and You Can’t Always Take | Edie Fake  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Blogger-in-Residence: Thea Liberty Nichols, Writer and Curator, Chicago, IL You Can’t Always Give and You Can’t Always Take | Edie Fake April 9th, 2013  by Thea Liberty Nichols Edie Fake’s punk ethos of reciprocity and collaboration extends into his work as a comic, tattoo, and performance artist. His arresting graphic work plays with the fluidity and elasticity of images, which sometimes literally interconnect, as in the continuous sidewalk seen in the foreground of his Mem... [more]

“My Work Should Grow on You” | Faheem Majeed  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Blogger-in-Residence: Thea Liberty Nichols, Writer and Curator, Chicago, IL “My Work Should Grow on You” | Faheem Majeed April 2nd, 2013  by Thea Liberty Nichols Faheem Majeed is an artist, curator, teacher, and arts administrator. He likes to ask questions, challenge expectations, and mine sensitive subjects—whether he’s behind the desk serving as executive director of a “small black arts non-profit,” or in the studio welding a sculpture. By blending personal narrative with research-based facts, he metabo... [more]

WHISTLING IN THE DARK WITH THE NIGHTINGALE  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: WHISTLING IN THE DARK WITH THE NIGHTINGALE March 21, 2013  Christy LeMaster is the powerhouse behind the Nightingale, a Chicago microcinema dedicated to screening experimental film. It’s a welcoming and unpretentious space thanks to her generosity and openness. The Nightingale engages in inclusive conversation surrounding the production, distribution and consumption of new work, but at the heart of everything it does, beats the fans, makers, viewers, colleagues and... [more]

NOMADIC STUDIO: AN EXHIBITION’S NINE LIVES  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: NOMADIC STUDIO: AN EXHIBITION’S NINE LIVES February 21, 2013 I was recently invited to contribute an essay to a forthcoming publication on The Stockyard Institute’s (SI) 2010 exhibition “Nomadic Studio.” It was a treat to look back and think through their amazing show and its constellation of programming and events. It actually felt like stars had crossed when I met Jim Duignan, founder of SI, at one of Nomadic Studio’s many workshops– we got to talking, and th... [more]

José Muñoz  
Posted 4/14/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago José Muñoz in Chicago February 16th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols José Muñoz I write with the animating glow of philosophical idealism, and I articulate my thought through descriptions of performances of queer aesthetics practiced in everyday life, literature and art. — José Muñoz, Social Text Journal online, June 2010 José Muñoz was The Visiting Artists Program (VAP) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s first speaker o... [more]

PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator/Administrator, Chicago PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture August 12th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Thea Liberty Nichols: While trying to determine how to define what it is that you do, I hit upon the idea of just describing all of your activities in one long run-on list, which might look something like this: publisher–distributor–writer–editor–curator–blogger–teacher. (Hopefully I haven’t made any glaring omissions?) I like the idea of employing a... [more]

Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Artist/Administrator, Chicago Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound August 10th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols   Thea Liberty Nichols: I’ve had the pleasure of curating one of your self-published books into a show I put together a few years ago, and recently you were kind enough to have me over for a studio visit where we got to rifle through your flat file. Can you detail for us your process of taking a work from creation through to production— wheth... [more]

Roxaboxen Exhibitions: Community Community Community!  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Artist/Administrator, Chicago Roxaboxen Exhibitions: Community Community Community! August 9th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Thea Liberty Nichols: I have to bashfully admit that, despite it being just a bike ride away, I’ve never visited Roxaboxen Exhibitions before. But, for a while now I’ve been keeping tabs on all of the various events you have going on, such as the openings, performances, classes and studio space you have for working a... [more]

Jasmine Justice: Style Is Just Another Tool  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Artist/Administrator, Chicago Jasmine Justice: Style Is Just Another Tool August 8th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Jasmine Justice, "Uranium Leak," 2010. Acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas. Thea Liberty Nichols: I had the pleasure of getting to know you while working in my previous post at 65GRAND gallery, and it was lovely seeing you in town again for your last show their. Since the last body of work of yours I saw, the physicality of the knobby linen a... [more]

The Sun Never Sets on Aurora Picture Show  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator/Administrator, Chicago The Sun Never Sets on Aurora Picture Show August 3rd, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Thea Liberty Nichols: On my first trip to Houston several years ago, I was able to visit Aurora Picture Show in its previous converted-church location. There was a palpable sense of community amongst the viewers gathered in the room that night, and I know since then your microcinema’s appeal has only grown. Can you tell us a little more about... [more]

Selina Trepp: Artist Avoiding Painting  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator/Administrator, Chicago Selina Trepp: Artist Avoiding Painting August 2nd, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Selina Trepp, "The Painter," 2011. Archival inkjet print, 19.5" x 27.7". Thea Liberty Nichols: I left your studio, which you were kind enough to have me visit the other day, inspired to make new work because hearing about the “instructions” you give yourself really resonated with me. Rather then functioning as rules or restrictions, it... [more]

Steve Ruiz  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: STEVE RUIZ March 7, 2011 Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Steve Ruiz Steve Ruiz is an artist and writer from Chicago. He is the Managing Editor of Chicago Art Review (.com) and has contributed to a number of publications including Jettison Quarterly, NewCity Magazine, and Proximity Magazine. Information on his artwork can be seen atsteveruizart.com. Steve Ruiz TLN: Can you start by telling us a little bit about Ch... [more]

Angee Lennard  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: ANGEE LENNARD March 6, 2011  Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Angee Lennard Angee Lennard is the founder of Spudnik Press Cooperative, and currently serves as the Executive Director. She has participated in group shows at Green Lantern, Heaven Gallery, Butcher Shop, Beverly Art Center, and Chicago Urban Art Space. She has been an Artist in Residence at AS220 in Providence, RI. She currently teaches at Marwen, Spudnik Press, a... [more]

Laura Fox  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: LAURA FOX March 5, 2011  Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Laura Fox Laura Fox is interested in the ways that art builds community, whether through local artists and organizations, urban (re)development plans, and nation-building efforts. Besides for writing about art and teaching at 826CHI, she works full-time in marketing and is on the board of directors at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, amon... [more]

James Connolly  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: JAMES CONNOLLY March 4, 2011  Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with James Connolly James Connolly is a new media artist and the Assistant Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection. He received his BFA with an Emphasis in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from SAIC in 2010. James Connolly in the Roger Brown Study Collection TLN: Roger Brown had such a hilarious, ferocious and well documented repartee with art cri... [more]

Susannah Ribstein  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: SUSANNAH RIBSTEIN March 3, 2011  Guest blog post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Susannah Ribstein Susannah Ribstein is the director of Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery in Wicker Park. She is also completing an M.S. in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute. Her thesis for that degree focuses on the origins and development of the late modern architectural style known as Brutalism. She received a B.A in art hist... [more]

Dee Clements  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: DEE CLEMENTS March 2, 2011 Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Dee Clements Dee Clements is the founder and director of The Paper Crane.  She is a painter, book maker and art writer. Dee received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago a long time ago but still looks like she is 20. Sometimes her work can be seen here. Dee formed anacappella glee club once with her best pals and she loves the Midwest the... [more]

Erik Wenzel  
Posted 4/17/13

From Bad at Sports Blog: ERIK WENZEL March 1, 2011  Guest post by Thea Liberty Nichols Email interview conducted with Erik Wenzel Erik Wenzel (Photo by Tish Noel) Erik Wenzel deals with interdisciplinary art making, writing and exhibition organizing. He co-edited and contributed to Internal Necessity: a reader tracing the inner logics of the contemporary art field published by Sternberg Press in 2010, and has contributed a piece to the forthcoming Shifter17: R... [more]

Wangechi Mutu  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago Wangechi Mutu February 25th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Wangechi Mutu. Photo: Flora Hanitijo. “I’m really trying to pay homage to the notion of the sublime and the abject together and using the aesthetic of rejection, or poverty, or wretchedness as a tool to talk about things that are transcendent and hopeful.” (Aimée Reed, “Interview with Wangechi Mutu,” Daily Serving, Apr. 12, 2010) Wangechi Mutu was born in Ken... [more]

Tobias Putrih  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago Tobias Putrih February 24th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Tobias Putrih, "View of Siska International," 2010. Mixed media installation. Installation view at Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Photo credit: Georges Meguerditchian. Courtesy the artist and Meulensteen Gallery, New York “I don’t think art is about consistency. It’s about complexity … The key question for me is how to make an object that expresses its own se... [more]

Yael Bartana  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago Yael Bartana February 23rd, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Yael Bartana. Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink Gallery Amsterdam “It’s not that I have concrete solutions to the problems … I’m constantly mirroring human conditions and political situations. Is it possible to create this reality or not, that is the question for me. All the time I’m playing with reality and fiction, constantly mirroring back and forth. It’... [more]

Kori Newkirk  
Posted 4/13/13

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago Kori Newkirk February 21st, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols "Kori Newkirk: 1997-2007" (installation view), 2007. Photo: Adam Reich. Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem. “No one can make a better Kori Newkirk about Kori Newkirk than Kori Newkirk.”(Kori Newkirk: 1997-2007. Los Angeles: Fellows of Contemporary Art, 2007, 29) The Visiting Artists Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (VAP) is especially exci... [more]

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