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 (“In Front of the Other: Drawings in Post-conflict”). Zorilla’s works are... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 2/24/15

Hypocritical, Ironic, and Genuine: Meet Nástio Mosquito

by Natalie Hegert
“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... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 2/17/15

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,... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/2/15

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 , 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... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 1/19/15

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... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 1/13/15

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 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... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 12/21/14

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  by Piet Mondrian were painted freehand and with more layered graphic compositions, cramming in a ton of... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 12/14/14

A Street Artist Tackles Sculpture: In the Studio with eL Seed

by Danna Lorch
Street artist eL Seed introduced (a marriage of traditional Arabic calligraphy and contemporary graffiti) to the Arab world in 2012 when he famously painted a Koranic verse calling for tolerance onto the façade of the Jara Mosque’s minaret in his ancestral town of Gabes, Tunisia. Although his work is not political, eL Seed rapidly became the high profile poster artist for Arabic graffiti, with a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, a public art project painting 73 meters of freeway underpasses in... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 12/9/14

Conceptual Art Legend Stephen Kaltenbach in Conversation

by Erik Wenzel
 In September of 2013 I sat down with the legendary Stephen Kaltenbach on the occasion of his exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago to talk about his role in the history of conceptual art, his drastic 25-year recess from the art world, and his ideas about the nature of art. Kaltenbach’s work ranges from discrete objects, anonymous magazine ads, and mysterious time capsules to figurative sculpture, regionalist art, and shaping life narratives through various personae. Stephen... [more]
Posted by Erik Wenzel on 11/24/14

The Unsung Art Star: A Phone Call with Frank Bowling

by Nadja Sayej
Frank Bowling is a Guyana-born, London-based abstract painter who was one of the first black artists to have a solo show in America. Even still, he’s kind of an overlooked art star. His colleagues at the Royal Academy of Art include David Hockney, and Lucian Freud was his mentor. Bowling, who is known for dreamy abstract expressionist paintings, was championed by Clement Greenberg alongside artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newmann. Bowling has a slice of art history... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 11/11/14