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Judith Brotman: New Beginnings, Happy Endings

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 Sports’s own... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 10/30/13

Film Review: Shooter and Whitley by Laura Stewart

    The two main protagonists of Laura Stewart’s latest film are the titular “Shooter,” motorcycle gang leader of Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Black Pistons, and Whitley, a young woman who is both his partner in crime and charity project. Shooter is an actual individual whom Stewart credits with sparking her interest in perusing the project in the first place; “I didn’t even know what this film was going to be about when I started it, I had always liked Shooter and found him intriguing… he was... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 9/30/13

John Preus: Slow Sound

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 some which percolated... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 9/25/13

MAKING YOURSELF AT HOME – LAURA SHAEFFER

From the Bad at Sports Blog: MAKING YOURSELF AT HOME – LAURA SHAEFFER June 20, 2013 By remaining open, nurturing organic expansion and leveraging intuition, Shaeffer stewards growth rather then shoehorning artists into rigid themes or mapping them onto discrete timelines. She recounts the combination of circumstance and serendipity that led to the recent closing of SHoP and subsequent re-opening of Home Gallery for us, and outlines her influences, collaborators and... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 6/21/13

JODIE MACK PRESENTS…

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 5/16/13

100 Artists | Jessica Stockholder

Blogger-in-Residence for Art21: Thea Liberty Nichols, Writer and Curator, Chicago, IL 100 Artists | Jessica Stockholder April 30th, 2013  by Thea Liberty Nichols 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 artist is Jessica Stockholder. That our current blogger-in-residence has interviewed Stockholder is... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 4/30/13

“The only thing I do everyday” | Tavi Gevinson

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  Below, she discusses with me her feelings about blogs, the publishing industry, and the power of observation. Tavi Gevinson. Courtesy the artist. Thea Liberty Nichols: Lady Gaga has been quoted as saying that you’re the “future of journalism.” Do you think this is because of how you’ve... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 4/23/13

EDRA SOTO’S GRAFT

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 4/18/13

You Can’t Always Give and You Can’t Always Take | Edie Fake

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 Memory Palaces series. The looping movement in these drawings exhibits an almost cinematic pacing. Below, Fake gives us some background into how his experience working in film impacted him, as well as how his cross country travels in a big, veggie-oil-powered school bus led him, prodigal son style,... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 4/9/13

“My Work Should Grow on You” | Faheem Majeed

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 4/2/13

WHISTLING IN THE DARK WITH THE NIGHTINGALE

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,... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/21/13

NOMADIC STUDIO: AN EXHIBITION’S NINE LIVES

From Bad at Sports Blog: NOMADIC STUDIO: AN EXHIBITION’S NINE LIVES February 21, 2013 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,... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 2/21/13

José Muñoz

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,  online, June 2010 José Muñoz was The Visiting Artists Program (VAP) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/16/11

PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator/Administrator, Chicago PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture August 12th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols — it also creates a sort of horizontal organization of things, were all of these different forms of expression and modes of production are recognized as equals, rubbing hyphenated elbows. Can you tell us a little more about the sum of these parts, or some of these parts? Garden by Yuichi Yokoyama Dan... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/12/11

Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Artist/Administrator, Chicago Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound August 10th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Lilli Carré: For whichever medium I end up choosing for a project, I usually start with scribblings in my sketchbooks and loose little notes and ideas all over the pages, which end up looking something like this: When I work on a comic, I’ll start with these ideas and start to form a narrative thread, and from there I... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/10/11

Roxaboxen Exhibitions: Community Community Community!

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Artist/Administrator, Chicago Roxaboxen Exhibitions: Community Community Community! August 9th, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols Liz McCarthy: I wanted to leave Asheville, North Carolina, where I had been living and going to art school. I had been selling my work and doing well there but it was a small community and I wasn’t satisfied with what I was making and wanted to expand my practice and feel more challenged. I grew up outside of... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/9/11

Jasmine Justice: Style Is Just Another Tool

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. Jasmine Justice: The events that appear in my paintings largely result from an opening of my subconscious into the painting process. I discover new meaning as a result of this opening. I have always considered the experience of making and reading... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/8/11

The Sun Never Sets on Aurora Picture Show

Art21 Guest Blog: Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator/Administrator, Chicago The Sun Never Sets on Aurora Picture Show August 3rd, 2011  by Thea Liberty Nichols "Aurora Picture Show was originally based out of a former church building in the Heights, but now programs in unique settings all over Houston." Delicia Harvey: Yes, as you may remember, our original location was also the home of our founder, Andrea Grover, and when she decided to retire and move her family to the... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/3/11

Selina Trepp: Artist Avoiding Painting

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". Selina Trepp: In the past year, I have been focusing on my relationship to painting. Focusing on painting in my case means addressing my relationship to my mother and grandmother. They are both painters. Grandmother = Artist – PainterMother = Artist... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 8/2/11

Steve Ruiz

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/7/11

Angee Lennard

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/6/11

Laura Fox

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,... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/5/11

James Connolly

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/4/11

Susannah Ribstein

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/3/11

Dee Clements

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/2/11

Erik Wenzel

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  published by Sternberg Press in 2010, and has contributed a piece to the forthcoming Shifter17: Re___ing. Recent solo exhibitions include Live A Little, Live Ennuiat the... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 3/1/11

Wangechi Mutu

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,” , Apr. 12, 2010) Wangechi Mutu was born in... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 2/25/11

Tobias Putrih

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 2/24/11

Yael Bartana

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... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 2/23/11

Kori Newkirk

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.”(. Los Angeles: Fellows of Contemporary Art, 2007, 29) The Visiting Artists Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (VAP) is especially excited to... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 2/21/11