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Arts and Letters: Lesley Dill in Conversation

by Lee Ann Norman
March 2015, Brooklyn, NY: Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. She recently participated in Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, an exhibition that explored the intersection of beauty and abjection through sculpture, often depicting our humanity through distortion. I am always interested in work that defies disciplinary boundaries and convention, and Dill’s keen fondness for words drove my curiosity about her work even more.... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 3/30/15
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The Art of Shifting Directions: An Interview with Tania Mouraud

by Caroline Picard
Tania Mouraud’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, curated by Hélène Guenin and Elodie Stroecken, spans features over 70 works of art dating from the late 1960s to today. In June, the show spreads beyond the walls of the museum when nine surrounding locations will host additional works of Mouraud, engaging the entire city as an interlocking exhibition site. Mouraud began working in the 60s as a painter, shifting tacks in the 70s to create a series of immersive meditation rooms. She continued to explore additional mediums thereafter, returning to painting, and using... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 3/17/15
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Interview with Ed Atkins: Cadavers Telling You to Shut Up

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“What the fuck am I looking at?” This is what Beatrix Ruf thought when she first encountered a work by Ed Atkins. The new Stedelijk Museum Director is not one to get caught up in diplomatic niceties—and at the press preview of Recent Ouija she didn’t mind repeating the question. Her confusion has turned out to be inspirational, though: last year she curated a show with the British artist at the Zurich Kunsthalle, and now she has landed him his first solo show in the Netherlands. To boot, the Stedelijk has purchased three of Atkins’ works, amongst them the three-ch... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 3/10/15
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Streams of Life: An Interview with Angélica María Zorrilla

by Ionit Behar
For its 2015 edition, contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid invited Colombia as its guest "focus" nation. Included among the 20 young artists selected by curator Juan Andrés Gaitán for the "Arco Colombia" special exhibition sector is the talented Bogotá-based Angélica María Zorrilla. Represented by Galería Sextante, Bogotá, Zorrilla presents two series of drawings for one of the Focus Colombia exhibitions titled Frente al Otro: Dibujos en Posconflicto (“In Front of the Other: Drawings in Post-conflict”). Zorilla’s works are introspec... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 2/24/15
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Hypocritical, Ironic, and Genuine: Meet Nástio Mosquito

by Natalie Hegert
Feb. 2015, Birmingham, UK: “Fuck Africa.” It’s rough on the ears when you first hear it. Jolting even. The Angolan artist smiles cunningly as he pronounces the words, a cool rhythm playing over his performance, overlaid with a collage of moving images, from the calculatedly appealing to the terrifying. He then describes in detail the manner by which he wants to sodomize the continent. Europe is his. He “bought it.” So is America. But Africa? Fuck Africa. Nástio Mosquito offers little by way of explanation of his performances, leaving his audience to wrestle with their own lived context, con... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 2/17/15
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Interview with Joep van Lieshout: Totems for the Neo-Industrial Tribe

by Edo Dijksterhuis
As a teenager Joep van Lieshout diligently saved all the money he earned from his first job as a waiter in a diner, until he had enough to buy himself an electric drill. Next was a proper set of angle grinders, followed by a welding machine. Van Lieshout has always been a lover of tools; the workshop is his natural biotope, the place where he thinks with his hands and molds a world all his own. His studio at the Keileweg, a frayed part of Rotterdam formerly known for its street prostitution, reflects how far Van Lieshout has come since those humble beginnings of a single electric drill. It’s like a... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/2/15
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The Moving Studio: In Conversation with Hazem Harb

by Danna Lorch
Hazem Harb and his sketches; Courtesy of Salsali Private Museum Hazem Harb drew the roman shades in his home studio to block out the shockingly bright desert views and force himself to concentrate. He was finishing the plans for Invisible Landscapes and Concrete Futures, his upcoming solo show at Salsali Private Museum in Dubai. The show’s press release had come out that day and ours was the first interview he would give of many. As a result, he projected a kind of calm intensity. Although Harb’s home is Gaza—a place he can’t easily enter and exit—he is also an Italian citizen.... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 1/19/15
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The Model Studio: Sound Artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver in Conversation

by Danna Lorch
When London-based sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver first arrived in Dubai for an 11-month residency at Tashkeel, all they could hear was the white noise of air conditioning units. Slowly, their ears adjusted and natural sounds began to break through. While we spoke on the terrace outside the gallery, Fari draped herself on a settee, a droll setup that made me feel like a Freudian psychologist, particularly when our interview took a turn to the theoretical. Our bodies absorbed the muffled vibrations of Drum Circle, their sculpture intoning from within a grouping of old oil barrels set insid... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 1/13/15
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Breaking Camp: A Conversation with Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
A while back during Berlin’s Indian summer, when the weather was more hospitable to a trio of tropics-born expats, I met up with the Doha-based artist duo Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir at a sleepy kietz café in Prenzlauer Berg. Sanz, from Puerto Rico, and Weir of South Africa, have made waves lately with their vibrant and somewhat in-your-face surreal photographs that weigh in on power structures of culture in locations like their current home Qatar. Their artwork is almost camp, employing unnatural counterintuitive pairings, artifice, exaggeration, and the stage in order to unpack or break... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 12/21/14
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Frank Wisdom: An Interview with Joanne Greenbaum

by Nadja Sayej
Joanne Greenbaum is not one of those theoretical types—she is frank, funny, and bleeds New York in everything she does. Over the past couple decades this abstract painter has established herself for covering canvases in bright line work with magic marker, acrylic and oil. Her trademark has been treating the white canvas as map, filled with patterns that resemble city grids. It’s as if Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian were painted freehand and with more layered graphic compositions, cramming in a ton of micro-details into solid masses of color. Greenbaum’s paintings are li... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 12/14/14