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ARTSLANT INTERVIEWS

Unsettled Landscapes: An Interview with Andrea Bowers  
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7/20/14 Posted 7/20/14

Santa Fe, Jul. 2014: Landscapes are solid, material, and stable masses. They are both a format of image and a type of content within an image that we register with familiarity, easily recognizable by the divisible line that categorizes land from sea, and terrain from sky. One part is always more ethereal than the other. The distinctive, and more concrete elements are part of our tangible purview, things we interact with, can touch. The formula of a landscape is a binary that depends on a complex... [more]

On Dinosaurs and Department Stores: Zachary Armstrong in Conversation  
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7/13/14 Posted 7/13/14

New York, Jul. 2014: Zachary Armstrong welcomed summer to the new Robert Blumenthal Gallery in East Hampton with a lush-valley-on-an-island type of feeling, a tropical playpen for adults. Four canvases revealed the pattern spread across the artist’s childhood bed sheets: friendly primary-colored dinosaurs and shrubs. During the opening the bed sheets came to life with an assortment of reptiles—boas, pythons, lizards, and turtles—laying on and walking around plants spread across the gal... [more]

Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco  
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7/7/14 Posted 7/7/14

Berlin, Jul. 2014: Matthew Morrocco’s “Berlin Series” depicts no-strings-attached encounters tied to the fabric of our most intimate human emotions. This tender photographic self-portrait series evokes the pleasure and pathos that can be embedded in online hook-ups. As a young New York artist studying in Berlin, Morrocco met older men and photographed them either alone or interacting with his nude body. He respectfully represents these men’s aged bodies and evident desires. P... [more]

A Community Space in the Belly of The Beast: an Interview with John Preus  
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6/29/14 Posted 6/29/14

Chicago, Jun. 2014: John Preus doesn’t take summer vacations. This time last year he was serving as the project lead on the monumental house-swap that was Theaster Gates’ work for documenta 13. This year, back in Chicago, he’s just opened a massive solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), is a recent recipient of a Maker Grant, awarded by the Chicago Artists Coalition, and thanks to a partnership with the Graham Foundation, has organized a huge conference and workshop intensive on public space. He also operates Dilettante Studio, a design/build work... [more]

More Dark Than Shark: Wesley Kimler + Bradley Rubenstein  
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6/23/14 Posted 6/23/14

Chicago, Jun. 2014: Wesley Kimler, the irascible painter and raconteur, spoke with me in August 2013 about doing an interview for ArtSlant magazine. What started as a short conversation turned into an extended dialogue over the next few months that covered the current state of painting, film, and theater, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and a glimpse into Kimler's unique education as an artist. Kimler is outspoken, often attacking what he views as the neo-conceptual academy of the artworld, advocatin... [more]

Interview with Abner Preis: Hitting the heart with a story  
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6/16/14 Posted 6/16/14

Amsterdam, Jun. 2014: The first time I met Abner Preis was at Scope in Miami. He succeeded in making me and my companion dress up like superheroes: masks, oversized gloves, glittery capes, and a fluffy toy animal as a personal mascot. While we were assuming our best victory poses Preis was snapping away. Still, whenever I look at the picture he sent me afterwards I have to smile and part of me feels the urge to leave my everyday Clark Kent incarnation in a nearby phone booth and go rescue a school... [more]

The Inextricability of the Image: an Interview with Ran Huang  
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6/9/14 Posted 6/9/14

Beijing, May/June 2014: Ran Huang recently became the first artist and filmmaker from China to be selected for the Short Film Palme d’Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Huang possesses a multidisciplinary practice, but he is known for creating video works of sinuous beauty that examine the sinister articulations of power on and through the body. His works vibrate from the collision of an intense formalism with supple, fleshy tenderness in which control often emerges through sexua... [more]

The Psychopathology of Kipple: Unpacking House Clearance with Fay Ballard  
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6/2/14 Posted 6/2/14

London, May, 2014: Stuff, things, rubbish, detritus. We willingly bury ourselves in it. If the wild animals that live closest to man are most reviled for their proximity, then the useless and near-to-useless everyday objects we surround ourselves with must take a further pasting, even. And yet not. We all seem to carry on the most intimate of love affairs with the objects that surround us. A million, million fingers smear their grease onto the handles of habitual coffee mugs; teeth nibble absentmin... [more]

Untitled: Agatha Gothe-Snape on the threshold of the 8th Berlin Biennale  
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5/25/14 Posted 5/25/14

Berlin, May 2014: An artist rejects the visual to provide words for a Biennale without a title. Since January this year, Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has been stringing together compositions of words. Her enigmatic phrases appear splayed across the splash page of the Berlin Biennale, placed where you would ordinarily expect to see a curatorial concept. No explanation provided. Title: Untitled. {EVERYTHING HAS TWO HANDLES} was my first hit. Yours might be something else. {ACCRUE! ACCRUE!} or {OCEANIC FEELING}... [more]

Constructing Discoveries: An Interview with Thijs Ebbe Fokkens  
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5/18/14 Posted 5/18/14

Den Haag, May 2014 - Since gaining consciousness humans have had the urge to find answers to their questions. People used to rely on seers, shamans, and priests but over time we became wiser and more professional in our attempts to gain knowledge. Thankfully, we no longer expect individuals to have the capability to develop into polymaths or Renaissance men with the ability to achieve an all-encompassing understanding of the world. We have entrusted scientists, philosophers, and artists with the... [more]

Raising a Glass to Apocalypse Postponed: An Interview with Nadim Abbas  
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5/11/14 Posted 5/11/14

Shanghai/Hong Kong, May 2014: Hong Kong-based artist Nadim Abbas has long created environments that explore the patterned and structural features of space. At ARTHK11 in 2011, Abbas created Marine Lover: A Hermatypic Romance, an intricate installation of wall-mounted white polyresin coral casts and backlights extending the length of a narrow corridor. Abbas returns to the Hong Kong fair in a scaled up and out manner with a commission for the nearly 300 square meter Absolut Art Bar. Apocalypse Post... [more]

Participant and Audience: A Conversation with Koki Tanaka  
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5/5/14 Posted 5/5/14

New York, May 2014: This weekend New York’s Randall’s Island becomes a contemporary art mecca as Frieze New York kicks off for its third iteration. A troupe of black sedans will storm the RFK bridge (while the rest of us take the ferry) to an onslaught of gallery booths, lectures, performances, and installations that capture the contemporary art market’s voracious appetite for the new and the now. The fair features a specially curated program of contemporary artists working at th... [more]

Interview With Despina Stokou: Putting it all into context…  
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4/27/14 Posted 4/27/14

Berlin, Apr. 2014: Athens-born, Berlin-based artist Despina Stokou always has several projects going on at any given time. She believes contemporary artists should be active players in the art world and her involvement in Berlin's ever-changing, always-moving art scene goes beyond her studio practice to include writing, editing bpigs.com, and the organization of events to support young artists and curators. By all accounts, her hard work seems to be paying off. Following a flurry of successful show... [more]

Confronting the Body Con: an Interview with Ivonne Thein  
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4/21/14 Posted 4/21/14

Berlin, Apr. 2014: Ivonne Thein creates polished and apparently unbiased images that confront our messy aesthetic prejudices. In 2008, she debuted a series of coolly composed and conceptually chilling photographs titled Thirty-Two Kilos. These images show impossibly thin models dressed in stylish white attire and contorted in yogic poses. Their bodies push beyond fashion’s waif aesthetic into a realm of real illness, desperation, and morbidity. Inspired by a rash of "pro-ana" websites, where eating... [more]

Seventy-Two Photographs, Seven Seconds Apart: An Interview with Daniel Gustav Cramer  
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4/14/14 Posted 4/14/14

Basel, Apr. 2014: Daniel Gustav Cramer is a Berlin-based artist. He has exhibited internationally at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Lissabon, and many other international venues. His work, which can take the form of installations, printed matter, photography, and objects, deals mainly with memory. Olga Stefan interviewed Daniel Gustav Cramer on the occasion of his recent exhibition at SALTS, Basel, 01-72. Olga Stefan: It seems that in your artisti... [more]

Untitled: an interview with Xaviera Simmons  
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4/6/14 Posted 4/6/14

New York, Apr. 2014: Xaviera Simmons is a New York-based artist whose practice manifests in performance, photography, sculpture, installation, sound, video, and more. That dynamic interdisciplinary material is fueled by research, contemplation, and feeling, three modes that enable Simmons to not only reflect the complexity of the human condition but also empathize with it. No subject would seem unconquerable: she tackles history, the landscape, and the human figure within it; she plays with cultural... [more]


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