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ARTSLANT INTERVIEWS

A Space for Dreamers: An Interview with Duncan Alexander Cameron Stewart  
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8/17/14 Posted 8/17/14

Toronto, Aug. 2014: “The daydream transports the dreamer outside the immediate world to a world that bears the mark of infinity.” –Gaston Bachelard The tipping point between the limitless and the limited is well traversed. A common steadiness has been found in speaking of the two types of spaces at once, though they are indeed opposed to one another with regards to the dream: the two exist synonymously for the dreamer. But in using the metaphor of immense space to describe int... [more]

Stories in Song and Shadow: An Interview with Sahra Motalebi  
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8/10/14 Posted 8/10/14

New York, Aug. 2014: Sahra Motalebi’s multimedia performance operetta, Intangible Heritages, Belief's Demise, staged at New York’s Sculpture Center in February, told the stories of neglected archetypical characters. Among the characters that Motalebi conjured from an ancient Eastern literary heritage were a prostitute, a warrior-prisoner, and an elderly recluse. She lyrically presented their interlaced narratives while they moved through a projected shadow play praised by curator Ka... [more]

Practicing Wellness: An (Art) Therapy Session with Zachary Cahill  
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8/3/14 Posted 8/3/14

Chicago, Aug. 2014: Zachary Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago. He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts and Coordinator of the Open Practice Committee. His work was recently included in the 8th Berlin Biennale, curated by Juan A. Gaitán; USSA 2012 Wellness Center: Snow, curated by Abigail Winograd at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Smart Museum of Art in a project curated by Sarah Mendelsohn. The Wellness Center is the third... [more]

When art explores the fabric of matter. A studio visit with Amalia Del Ponte  
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7/28/14 Posted 7/28/14

Milan, Jul. 2014: It happened by chance. About two months ago I heard about the new donation of a work of art to the permanent collection of the Museum of XX Century Art in Milan: the piece was a sculpture by Italian artist Amalia Del Ponte. Her name was totally new to me. Curious, I peeked into her resume—some solo exhibitions in a few Milan galleries, especially in the 70s and the 80s, and the First Prize for Sculpture at the São Paulo Biennale in 1973. How do you feel?, the work a... [more]

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]


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