Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, badatsports.com focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
Bad at Sports Episode 487: Rick Lowe

This week: SF checks in with artist and genius Rick Lowe!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_487-Rick_Lowe.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 486: Meg Duguid

This week: It's a holly jolly episode, Duncan and Richard are joined by guest interviewer Anna Kunz and talk to artist/film maker/giant of thought Meg Duguid!!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_486-Meg_Duguid.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:22am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 485: Jillian Mayer

This week: Artist and videographer Jillian Mayer!

Born in 1984 in Miami, the artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer lives in South Florida. Her work has been shown at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2014); Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2014); Locust Projects, Miami (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2012); and World Class Boxing, Miami (2012). Her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010). Her videos have also been shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2014); Sundance Film Festival (2012, 2013); SXSW, Austin, TX (2012, 2013); and New York Film Festival (2013).

A recipient of the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship (2013); the Zentrum Paul Klee Fellowship, Berne, Switzerland (2013); the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York (2012); and the NEA Southern Constellation Fellowship at Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC, Mayer was included in the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine (2012). She was recently featured on the cover of ART PAPERS. Mayer is represented by David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_485-Jillian_Mayer.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 484: The Knight Foundation

This week: Shame on us, we are still posting audio from Miami 2013! This week we talk to Tatiana Hernandez of the Knight Foundation.

Tatiana Hernandez joined Knight Foundation in 2011.

She leads the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight’s open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Paul. Through her work, she manages a portfolio of over 350 grantees, totaling nearly $100 million in investments.

Hernandez serves on the boards of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and Machine Project, an experimental artist space in Los Angeles. She was named a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund.

Before coming to Knight Foundation, Hernandez worked on issues in public education, most recently as the development director at Green Dot Public Schools where she oversaw $15 million per year in funding and was responsible for over $2 million in new support. Prior to her work in education, she served as the deputy director of programs for Best Buddies International, a Miami-based nonprofit that builds one-to-one friendship opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Hernandez has written and spoken on the importance of new organizational models, equity in grantmaking and innovation in the arts.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_484-The_Knight_Foundation.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:43am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 483: Pauline Oliveros

This week: Brian and Patricia are joined by sound artist and Machine Project collaborator Chris Kallmyer to sit down with PAULINE OLIVEROS on the eve of her performance at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. Oliveros is a revered figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones --her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi.  

 

Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer and performer is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening,"  which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.  Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing.  Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice," she explains, simply.  Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_483-Pauline_Oliveros.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

As we sit back and ponder the upcomig Miami Basel, we share Dawn Kasper one of our favorite friends we made at last year's Pulse Miami where we were supported by Cannonball. The conversation ranges from death to chilldren to strip clubs. Enjoy. 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_482__Dawn_Kasper.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 481: Dr. Robert Cozzolino and Sarah Trigg

This week: Dr. Robert Cozzolino Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts talks the forthcoming UofC Press book on the History of art in Chicago and more! Next, Sarah Trigg talks about her book Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process.

In googling for pictures I stumbling across a website dedicated to obscure noise albums on which they have info on a record that turns out to be a bootleg album of music Bob and I did together in the mid 90s that some industrious Finnish lad was churning out copies of. You can download it.

They really did love us in Finland.

http://1000flights.blogspot.com/2014/09/institute-of-sonic-ponderance-seven.html

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_481-Cozzolino-Trigg.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:44am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 480: Amy Toscani and Walkerpalooza!

This week: What starts out as a converation with artist Amy Toscani evolves into a wandering conversation with lots of exciting folks from the Minneapolis art world!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_480-Walkerpalooza.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:55am EDT

Bad at Sports Epside 479: David Rathman and The studio visit w/David Linnewah

This week: From the BAS road trip to the Walker, we talk to David Rathman. Also a brief chat on the studio visit with artist and podcaster David Linnewah of Studio Break.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_479-David_Rathman.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:46am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 478: Caroline Woolard

This week: We talk to Caroline Woolard about bfamfaphd and more!!!

http://bfamfaphd.com/

 

http://badatsports.com/2014/who-pays-artists/

 

http://hyperallergic.com/156068/indicting-higher-education-in-the-arts-and-beyond/

 

http://hyperallergic.com/152614/a-survey-of-art-from-across-brooklyn/

Yes, we *do* like pina coladas...

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_478-Caroline_Woolard.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:42am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 477: Rirkrit Tiravanija

This week: We talk to artist Rirkrit Tiravanija

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_477-Rirkrit_Tiravanija.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:47am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 476: Sylvie Fortin

This week: Live from Miami (many months ago) Duncan, Patricia, and Brian talk to Syvlie Fortin.

From the press release when she joined:

The Biennale de Montréal is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvie Fortin as Executive and Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal – BNL MTL, beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013. 

Sylvie Fortin will be responsible for the vision, strategic development and positioning of La Biennale de Montréal and will oversee its future editions, beginning with BNL MTL 2014. Fortin brings proven leadership, rigorous artistic vision and a unique combination of management experience, international connections, and media and publishing expertise to the Biennale de Montréal. She will move to Montréal from Kingston, where she has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University since last January. As Editor-in-Chief (2004–2007) and Executive Director/Editor (2007–2012) of ART PAPERS, she led the organization from a regional publication to a global thought leader. She was also Curator of the 5th Manif d’art in Quebec City (2010), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, 1996–2001), Program Coordinator at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE (Quebec City, 1991–1994) and a long-term collaborator with OBORO (Montreal, 1994–2001). Her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies and periodicals.

Last April, La Biennale de Montréal and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) announced a strategic partnership to co-produce future editions of BNL MTL. This innovative alliance between the Biennale de Montréal and MACM, Canada’s foremost institution dedicated solely to contemporary art, signals a heightened level of civic commitment to BNL MTL. It also casts its future editions in a new light, providing a solid foundation for BNL MTL’s continued growth, increased relevance and far-reaching collaborations with arts organizations in Montréal and beyond. 

La Biennale de Montréal was founded in 1998. Its mission is to contribute to contemporary art discourse, to provide a platform for the exploration of innovative curatorial practices, to catalyze art production and to increase public awareness of contemporary art. It has thus far presented seven editions of its signature event, BNL MTL, which brings ambitious new projects by local, Canadian and international artists to Montréal residents and visitors.

Photo: P.Litherland.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_476-Sylvie_Fortin.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 475: Sweet Home Alabama

This week: Amanda Browder rocking like a hurricane! Amanda visits Alabama for her installation Magic Chromacity. Amanda talks to artists Lillis Taylor and Doug Barrett!

Here is info on some of the cool stuff AB is about these days:

Magic Chromacity -

Amanda Browder was commissioned by the Department of Art and Art History and The Alys Stephens Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham to create a large scale fabric installation on the two buildings. Lauren Garber Lake is the director of the Art and Art History Dept who helped bring Amanda.

She had numerous public sewing days and a ton of fabric was donated by the people of Birmingham to sew the over 10,000 square feet of fabric in the project.

Sewing Days - many people from the community and specifically the Bib & Tucker Sewing Co-op that is run by Lillis Taylor who is interviewed today on BAS.

Magic = Magic City (Birmingham nickname)
Chroma + City (color + city)

It was up on Aug 29th on the Abroms Engel Institute for the Visual Art building and The Alys Stephens Center. These buildings were across the street from each other.

Amanda has made a print for the project . It is made with the help of Doug Barrett, Associate prof of Graphic Design from UAB who is also interviewed.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/07/its_not_a_wrap_but_amanda_brow.html

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Montana Show!


http://missoulian.com/news/local/new-york-artist-s-fabric-rapunzel-flows-down-side-of/article_d3639c68-4b65-11e4-aeb6-8f2941090212.html

Montana Museum of Arts and Culture , called “End of the Infinite,” will run from Oct. 16 to Jan. 10, 2015
- amanda's mini-retrospective.

Show three building pieces, Rapunzel, Good Morning! and Future Phenomena. Plus an interior piece PRISM/LIVIN/ROOM that will be in the gallery til Jan.

Last week they showed Rapunzel in downtown Missoula on the Mercantile building during First Friday.

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Triumvirate!

at the Pelham Arts Center, Pelham NY

This will be an outdoor installation with fabric. The piece is a more energtic and vivacious piece compared to previous pieces. It works with the triangle forms and is also made from the donations at Pelham. This piece will be up Nov 14th.

More about Triumvirate!
November 14, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Triumvirate! is a multi-colored site-specific fabric installation that will hang on the facade of the Pelham Art Center, in Pelham NY. Using donated fabrics from Pelham and the surrounding areas, Triumvirate! will be a visual statement that buildings are not separate from the democratic life and spirit of the community.

The piece, referencing the three dimensional rectangular building, will be constructed from fabric donated by the residents of Pelham and assembled in public sewing day workshops. The immutable scale of the building is dramatized by the scale and independence of the triangles as well as the dimensional ambiguity of the fabric. The design creates a “shock of the new” with both color and form. As a collective we will rejoice in how something as small as a piece of discarded fabric can be rebuilt into an energetic architectural installation.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_475-Sweet_Home_Alabama.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:02am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 474: Voltesque

This week: From Volta, we talk to W.A.G.E., Joshua Dorfman, and Alexander Reben.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_474-Voltesque.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:06am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 473: Collector Roundup

This week: We talk to collectors, they collect things, art things, yup, they collect them. We talk to the them...about collecting...art. They are art collectors.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_473-Collector_Roundup.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:12am EDT

This week: We're down with OTT (yeah you know us), Sabina Ott to be exact. Chris- Duncan will post a real note here later. Make sure you have it prior to putting it on the site. Thanks!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_472-Sabina_Ott.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 471: di Rosa

This week: Brian and Patricia head up to wine country to imbibe—if you will—one of the most unique public collections of art in California. Sited on over 200 extraordinary acres of vineyard, gardens, and natural landscape in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley, di Rosa originated as the shared vision of Rene and Veronica di Rosa, prolific collectors whose personal passion for art and adventuresome spirits fueled their support of art and artists. Their home and the famed vineyards around Winery Lake became the focal point not only for their life and a noted gathering place for artists, but the development of the art collection that is now housed in three buildings, both contemporary and historic, as well as on the surrounding landscape.

Considered the most significant holding of Bay Area art in the world, di Rosa houses approximately 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists. Our friends at Art Practical are the lucky recipients of a year-long writing residency at di Rosa, and Patricia shares some of the insights she’s gleaned in her weekly forays. In this episode’s conversation, she and Brian meander through the residence and main gallery with Amy Owen, Curator, and Meagan Doud, Curatorial Assistant, reflecting on the collection, its history, and the bucolic landscape surrounding them. The serenity of the setting was only disrupted by the potential for lingering aftershocks following the 6.1 earthquake that hit the area early Sunday morning, August 24. di Rosa was the closest cultural center to the epicenter in downtown Napa, and while the buildings were unscathed, about 10% of the work on view (3% of the collection) sustained some damage. Generous efforts are underway to support the repair and restoration of the collection; you can learn more here about how you can help out!

Images:

1. di Rosa's Gatehouse Gallery overlooking Winery Lake. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer.

2. di Rosa's Sculpture Meadow. Photo: Steven Rothfeld.

3. di Rosa's Courtyard. Photo: Steven Rothfeld.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_471-Di_Rosa.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:28am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 470: Adler Guerrier

This week: Adler Guerrier recorded in Miami at Pulse.

Also, only 50 shows left people! We are auctioning off slots to the highest bidders. The MCA will be hosting our party for Episoder 520, admittedly we haven't actually asked them yet.

Adler Guerrier creates visual dialogue between a wunderkammer of materials and techniques. Guerrier improvises between form and function to nimbly subvert space and time in constructions of race, ethnicity, class, and culture. He calls upon the democratizing nature of collage and the authority of formal composition to designate to art history an axis of contemporary identity critique. Often chronicling the hybridity and juxtaposition in his immediate environs, Guerrier practices a contemporary flaneurie in an impending age of post-demography.

Adler Guerrier was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lives and works in Miami, FL. Subsequent to studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, Guerrier has exhibited at the Miami Art Museum, and The Whitney Biennial 2008. His works can be found in public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. His work has appeared in Art in America and The New York Times, among others.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_470-Adler_Guerrier.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:05am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 469-Jim DeRogatis

This week: We talk to Sound Opinions host, author, rock critic, and darn nice guy Jim DeRogatis. Metallica is ridiculed. Pitchfork too.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_469-Jim_DeRogatis.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:11am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 468: Eric Fleischauer

This week: We start off over lunch with Chris Sperandio. Next Chris joins Duncan to interview Eric Fleischauer.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_468-Eric_Fleischauer.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 467: Lauren Silberman and Kristen Schiele

This week: We talk to artists Lauren Silberman and Kristen Schiele! Duncan chews loudly on mic! Amanda tells Duncan he looks like a naked mole rat with a sweater! Richard is not fun at parties! All this and more!

One of my favorite shows in a good long while, classic BAS.

Lauren Silberman lives and works in New York City.  She received her MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and her BA in Art History from Barnard College. She is currently a faculty member at the International Center of Photography.  Lauren recently completed a residency with Camera Club of New York in 2012 and was an artist-in-residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program during the 2008-2009 year and was a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has performed at Location One, Deitch Projects and 3rd Ward, as well as the several underground events and venues that have provided inspiration for her work. She has been featured in PDN’s photo annual as emerging talent and exhibited in New York and abroad.  Some of Lauren’s clients include The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, Brooklyn Industries and her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine.

For inquiries regarding commissions or to purchase work, please email Lauren @ laurendarling dot com.

Lauren’s TUMBLR

Follow her on Instagram @misslaurendarling.

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Kristen Schiele creates work in painting and sculpture. The works are inspired by stage sets, cinema, folklore, allegory, kitsch, and story telling that is theatrical and playful.


Currently, the work involves paintings of secret hide outs and bold, brightly patterned shadow boxes. Games, books, posters and graffiti cover the walls of Midwestern abandoned or new build-out subdivision-style constructions; the idyllic location of a kid's summertime.

"OOOT MMMMM" collaborative silkscreen artist book with poet Abraham Smith, printed by Kayrock Screenprinting is available online:
http://www.kayrock.org/books/index.html

Upcoming:

September 7, "Spirit Girls" Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC

September 26, "Escape from New York" with Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_467-Silberman_and_Schiele.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:01am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 466: Casey Ruble and Roza El-Hassan

This week: We talk to artists Casey Ruble and Roza El-Hassan!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_466-Ruble_and_El-Hassan.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:06am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 465: Nonsense with Jeff Stark

This week: Duncan, Richard and Amanda talk Nonsense with Jeff Stark!

What is Nonsense NYC?
Nonsense NYC is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City.

What does that mean?
We send out an email every Friday about unique events occurring the following week.

What kind of stuff?
Street events, loft parties, puppet shows, bike rallys, costume balls, interactive art shows, movies in unusual places, parades, outlaw dancing, guerilla theater, burlesque and variety shows, loser open mikes, cirkuses, and absurdist pranks. Nonsense covers the stuff that has no name, or a name that you feel really awkward and self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

Sounds great, how do I sign up?
Click here.

Um, I'd rather not give you my email address. Can I just read it online?
No. The only place you can read Nonsense NYC is your inbox. We like the intimacy of email, thank you, and this Web stuff is too much work. We promise not to sell your email address or give it away. We're not going to spam you with useless information either.

OK, I've signed up, and I want to know more about Nonsense. Will you print my event?
We'd love to hear about all of your events. The important thing to remember is that Nonsense NYC happens because of you. That means we rely on you to let us know what events you're organizing and what events you're attending. Please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about it from someone else. Our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your job is to make interesting things happen and let us know about them. Remember to include all the important information, like the address and stuff, and a brief description. When you put it all together, send it to jstark@nonsensenyc.com. Please send a text-only email; flash graphics, links to online fliers, and facebook announcements make our life more difficult. You can find a guide to better email communication here.

Also, Nonsense does not list events that cost more than $25 at the door, without door code, RSVPs, or special arrangement. We make some exceptions for obvious extra expenses, like boat rentals. To those of you promoting events: We're sorry. We know it's hard. We know it's risky. We know it's expensive. But nonsense has always skewed toward cheaper events; our readers expect it.

But one time I sent you something about my band/my movie/my party/my opening and you didn't print it. What gives? How do you decide what events will be on Nonsense NYC?
To start with, almost all the stuff we list is independent. Also, we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. We generally will not list them.

We use something called the rule of three. That means that we will generally list your event if there are three different things going on: DJs, bands, dancers, costumes, fire performance, theater, film, art, projections, fashion, an unusual space, or several other intangibles. Your event doesn't have to include all of these in order to be listed, and it certainly doesn't need all this at once. If you're in doubt, send it to us anyway -- we're decent editors.

The list is huge sometimes. Where do you find all this stuff? Do you write all of it yourself?
We don't really write so much as edit announcements from other people. The bulk of each weekly list is culled from other lists and Web calendars. We monitor a couple dozen of them. You can find a partial listing on the Links page.

So, do you go to all of the events that you list on Nonsense?
Not even. We can't afford it. We go out a couple of times a week, and we generally write a small editorial note if we have an opinion to share. You can find those comments in each post. They're all marked like this: NOTE.

How can I tell the good events from the bad ones? Will I have fun at all the events?
No, you won't always have fun. And please don't assume that merely listing this stuff is some sort of implicit endorsement. A lot of these events are strictly amateur hour. We love amateur hour. But the problem with some amateurs is that they're just amateurs. It's hard to distinguish the good stuff from the bad. Some of it, no doubt, will make you wish you'd sat on the couch eating microwave nachos. If you want a safe bet, go to the movies.

That said, if you start going to a lot of the events listed here you'll start to recognize some of the names of performers, promoters, venues, and so forth.

Let us know if you have a great time at an event. Hell, let us know if you feel like you got scammed out of $5. Send us a sentence or two about the events you've attended -- especially if you went to something that is ongoing -- and we'll run them in the future. You don't have to be a professional writer or do anything fancy. Just tell us what you would tell your friends over a late breakfast. Your fellow subscribers will appreciate it.

Why does the new Nonsense come out so late? Can't you get it out earlier?
No, we can't. It takes a long time to put this thing together. We have real jobs, and real lives. Both prohibit us from compiling the list earlier in the week. We try to run events for the following Thursday so you can have a heads up, but a lot of the people who do the kind of events that we list don't always have their shit together.

We print stuff that's happening on the day we post because sometime the show will happen a few more times throughout the weekend. Sometimes there will be a contact listed and you can use it to reach people and make sure that you don't miss their events in the future. If you check your email before you go out you'll still have time to make a snap decision.

What's with the "we?"
We don't know. We got used to writing like this several years ago and we kind of like it. It has a lot of antecedents, including the unsigned Talk of the Town section in the old New Yorker. We'd like to think that it alludes to that sort of liveliness and sparkling wit. You may disagree. We will cherish our delusions.

Conceptually, we thought that Nonsense NYC would be sort of a group effort, with its subscribers kicking down a lot of the weekly copy. It didn't really turn out that way, but we still like to hold on to the thought that Nonsense is put together by its community. In a way, it is: It would be a mighty boring list if there were no events to compile, and the people who make these events happen are the kind of people who receive it.

So who exactly is "we," and why are you doing this?
Nonsense NYC is compiled by Jeff Stark. Alita Edgar graciously puts together the Wishlist section. Jennifer Liepin edits the Help section. Juliana Driever is responsible for the Learning section. J. Sinopli is the person behind Spectre Priority. Neille Ilel did all the Web stuff.

Why are you doing this?
We believe that there is more to life in New York than getting drunk at slick new bars. We were frustrated when we moved here and couldn't find a reliable source of alternatives, even though we knew that there were creative people making cool shit happen. Almost more annoying was the fact that certain groups we knew about weren't always aware of one another.

Our solution was to start a weekly list. We did this in September 2000. Our goals are to help make New York a more interesting place to live, to encourage others to do the same, and to have more fun than just about anyone else. We're particularly drawn to participatory culture, amateurism, and urban folk art. To us, that means that things are more rewarding when you invest yourself in them, and that you are responsible for entertaining yourself and your friends.

We admire the handmade, the recycled. And we're generally suspicious of commercial entertainment. That doesn't mean we reflexively hate television or going to the movies. It's just that we genuinely believe that everyone has something to contribute, and that life is much richer when people stop treating each other like walking wallets.

Wow, this all sounds so lofty. Are these your ideas?
Not even. We're stealing ideas from a half dozen places and using the bits that suit us. In particular, we are indebted to Fluxus games, the Cacophony Society, the Suicide Club, the Situationists, American punk rock in the 1980s, the Do-It-Yourself ethic of the early 1990s, the Madagascar Institute, Dark Passage, and the yearly Burning Man festival in Nevada.

We do think that we are witnessing a special synthesis of these ideas in New York right now -- this very minute -- and that in a few years we will recognize it as a golden age.

OK. So how do you make money off of this?
That's not really the point. However Nonsense now accepts donations. The newsletter remains free, but there are real costs that we absorb in its creation. We would love for you to donate money to help offset webhosting, software, and computer expenses. The labor remains free.

We aren't asking for much; a yearly subscription would be a tremendous help. Please consider $5 for the year if you use the list to figure out what to do on a Saturday night, or if you just like to keep track of what's going on in New York.

Go ahead and donate $20 if you promote events that we list on Nonsense. You know it's worth it. And we would be grateful for more money if you really like what we do.

To be clear, these are donations: You are not paying for a service, but rather confirming that what we do is valuable and agreeing that independent artists should support other independent artists. If you've ever paid for a ticket to see your friend's band you know exactly what we mean.

But I want to complain about something. Who can I yell at?
You're getting this ostensibly for free; you're not allowed to complain. If you have to yell at someone, try a taxi driver: They're used to it.

I'm not getting the list. What's up?
We don't know. First, you should check your spam folder. Several of the major email providers sometimes think Nonsense is spam; first Yahoo and Hotmail, and eventually AOL and even Gmail blocked some newsletters. We use Dada Mail and Tiger Tech and are always trying to fix this problem.

If you don't find Nonsense in your spam folder there are a couple of things that you can do. You can approve messages from us or put us in your address book or on your whitelist. You can sign up with another email account. And if that doesn't work you can use your password to access our archives online.

This should be pretty obvious, but please do not flag our messages as spam for any reason. If you want to unsubscribe, please take a minute and follow the link at the bottom of every list or send us an email. Finally, it helps our case if you send an email to your provider to complain that Nonsense is being marked as spam or held.

I forgot what I was going to say, but I'll probably remember my question later.
email us anytime.

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Bad at Sports Episode 464: Martin Jon Garcia and Ultra Violet

This week: Painter, filmmaker and producer Martin Jon Garcia get lightly abused by Dana and Richard and we talk about his show Our Cultural Center which can be viewed at www.ourculturalcenter.com (just saw MJG has had some health challenges of late and a heart felt BAS get well soon goes out to him!). Next Amanda Browder records the last interview with artist, Dali muse and Warhol Superstart Ultra Violet who left the mortal coil June 14th of 2014.

Nearly to the end of our 9th season, into the 10th. What interesting things await us for the 10th year of BAS?

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_464-Garcia_and_Ultra_Violet.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 463: Maya Hayuk

This week: From Volta 2014 we talk to painter and muralist Maya Hayuk.

Duncan's announcements:

http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2014/byor-bring-your-own-radio-and-tailgate

http://poorfarmexperiment.org/

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_463-Maya_Hayuk.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 462:NSFW with Rebecca Goyette and Lou Reads

This week: We might as well hang it up after this one, I mean where do we go from here?

Rebecca Goyette:

Rebecca Goyette studied undergraduate at RISD and received her MFA from SVA in New York. She has shown widely at venues in NYC and elsewhere, including solos at Airplane Gallery, NYC, (Lobsta Porn Theater), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, (4-Eva.), the NY Studio Gallery, NYC, (Delicious.) and Galerie X, Istanbul, Turkey (Union/Bulusma.). She has completed residencies at the DNA Summer Residency, Provincetown, MA, the Offshore Project sponsored by Omada Filopappou, in Karamyli, Greece, and Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY. Goyette lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Lou Reads:

Lou Reads. What is it? Well, basically its a reason for me to practice reading. Why? Because I have a dream of doing voice overs for a living. I realize that in the future, like everything else, a computer will do that job. But for now I’ll continue to entertain myself and hopefully you by reading the madness of the world wide web.

You’re probably saying, “Why read from the internet, Lou? Why not read something that makes sense? You should read a book or like a play.”

Seriously, you should shut up. I find the internet to be an amazing and almost bottomless pit of inspiration. In particular I find the Something Awful forums to be super awesome. Why? Because it features a huge user base of somewhat like minded jerks who are extremely active. The community just keeps churning out the goodness on a semi-daily basis. Goodness in the form of overly personal stories of woe or achievement, hilarious collections of images and so much more.

So, I plan to read mainly from the Something Awful forums for the most part. If anyone knows of a more active and equally verbose site I would love to check it out. My problem has been that most other forums I’ve been to have way to high a noise to signal ratio. For every earnest and interesting post there are 10 shit replies, flames and trolls.

I will read other things. Don’t you worry! And if you want to suggest something then drop me a line.

Thanks for listening!

Your friend for as long as you listen to my podcast,

King Lou Fernandez

It's a whole new world.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_462-NSFW.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 461: Rhodessa Jones

This week: Patricia realized who she wanted to be when she grows up when she sat down with the majestic Rhodessa Jones. They talk about the creation of The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, and we learn that the California Arts Council once funded aerobics classes for female inmates. The Medea Project seeks to use the transformative potential of art to stem the recidivism rate for women prisoners. It is dedicated to the power that storytelling—of speaking in the first person—possesses to replace shame with resilience and to bring compassion into extreme circumstances. No allusions to OITNB are made, but Vee wouldn’t stand a chance against Rhodessa.

 

Performer, teacher, director, Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of San Francisco’s performance company Cultural Odyssey. Jones directsThe Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, an award-winning performance workshop committed to incarcerated women’s personal and social transformation, now in it’s 25th year. As recipient of the U.S. Artist Fellowship, Jones expanded her work in jails and educational institutions internationally. She conducts Medea Projects in South African prisons, working with incarcerated women and training local artists and correctional personnel to embed the Medea process inside these institutions. In 2012, she was named Arts Envoy by the U.S. Embassy in South Africa. Recent U.S. residencies include Brown University and Scripps College Humanities Institute. She also was the Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin. Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Art Commission presented the 2013 Mayor's Art Award to Jones, for her "lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring commitment to the role of the arts in civic life. In addition, she is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the California College of the Arts, SF Bay Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award, SF Foundation’s Community Leadership Award, Non-Profit Arts Excellence Award by the SF Business Arts Council, and an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater.

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_461-Rhodessa_Jones.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 460-Dana causan problemas en México

This week: Dana B makes a run for the border. Dana B from What's the T? interviews jet-setting artists Leonor Antunes at ZONA MACO and Carson Fisk Vittori at Material Art Fair. In her final dispatch from Mexico City, Dana B. interviews Joel Dean and Jason Benson of Oakland's important projects on IP's booth at Material Art Fair, their duo show at Lodos Contemporáneo, fashion earring trends, blue masa tortillas and how we suggested she become a drug mule in order to pay her expenses on the trip versus sending in her receipts to the home office.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_460-Dana_causan_problemas_en_Mxico.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 459: Adam Parker Smith

This week: Adam Parker Smith, he's more hilariouser than you, shut up. Lots of inappropriate stuff discussed. Dirty jokes too.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_459-_Adam_Parker_Smith.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 458: Spring Broken

This week: To explain the show this week, I will use an internal BAS e-mail:

 

 

From: Richard Holland [mailto:richard@beyondpropertiesrealty.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 12:53 AM
To: 'Duncan MacKenzie'
Subject: This weeks "show"

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Dear Duncan,

 

In 458 weeks we have generated some good interviews, some bad interviews, some memorable, some forgettable, but this week is something new.

 

The audio you sent me, which I *think* was supposed to be an interview about the truly interesting End/Spring Break project with some combination of  the artists Domingo Castillo, Patti Hernandez and/or Kathryn Marks along with BAS reporters Dana B. Brian A, and Patricia M, joining you for the fun, is, if presented as an interview, not an interview. What I have is the equivilant of sticking a tape recorder behind the bar on "free demerol night" and letting it roll.. It is more sound art than interview and is admittedly in moments damn funny. Have you seen "Party Monster"?

 

This is all a lead up to saying, "I'm not fucking editing this mess, I'm running it raw", which is a rare moment of prophetic skill, I predicted would be my reaction when we talked about it while recording the intro.

 

I can't make heads or tails of it all despite serious effort, and there are some funny and interesting moments, though I have cursed your name at great length and had to run out for extra voodoo doll pins, I will admit the audio is in line with the spirit of the project.

 

I will direct all negligent infliction of emotional distress inquiries to you at home once they flood the mailbox.

 

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have; this hour of audio.

 

RH

 

PS: If problems result I suggest we go with "Strategem #27 'Blame Dana B'" I've drawn up the papers and hired the cleaning crew.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_458-Spring_Broken.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 457: Cristobal Riestra and  Michael Jon

This week: Dana B's (What's the T?) Mexcellent Adventure continues. She talks with Gallerists Cristobal Riestra (Galeria OMR) and Machael Jon (Michael Jon Gallery).

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_457-Dana_B_in_Mexico.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 456:Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon

This week: BAS west coast checks in from the YBCA for a chat with Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_456-Jacqueline_Kiyomi_Gordon.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 455: Prospect New Orleans with

This week: Live from our bed at Volta, the fine folks of Propsect New Orleans! We talk to Franklin Sirmans the Artistic Director of Prospect New Orleans(who moonlights as the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and the Executive Director of Prospect New Orleand Brooke Davis Anderson!

Plugs from our intro include:

Karen Azarnia, her installation work "Luminous" will be up at Terrain (http://terrainexhibitions.tumblr.com/)

May 4 – 28, 2014
Reception: Sunday, May 4, 4 – 7pm

Terrain Exhibitions
704 Highland Ave. 
Oak Park, Illinois


http://www.yesyoureinheaven.com/

Opening May 22, 2014 at Rush and Chestnut Streets (50 E. Chestnutt)

Curated by Jeffly Molina

aaannnnd...


Jennifer Reeder's new movie, help out, kickstarter!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/reeder/blood-below-the-skin


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_455-Prospect_New_Orleans.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 454: Pulse-ishness with TM Sisters and Frank Webster

This week: Duncan and Brian in Miami! They talk to the TM Sisters and Frank Webster.

Frank Webster

http://fwebster.com/

TM Sisters

http://www.tmsisters.com/

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_454-Pulseishness.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 453: Art and Politics panel at CAA 2014

This week: CAA 2014 was the place and time, the event the BAS Art and Politics panel!! Daniel Tucker leads the charge with Duncan, Susy Bielak and Mary Patten along for the wild ride! Learn what the point of CAA is, finally!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_453-Art_and_Politics.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 452: Taylor McKimens

This week: Amanda talks to Taylor McKimens!!

Taylor McKimens was born in 1976 in Winterhaven, California and lives and works in New York. He studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. McKimens has exhibited extensively and notably at Deitch Projects, NY, Macro Museum, Rome, The Hole, NY. Most recent exhibitions include: Studio d'Arte Raffaeli, When Things Get Back to Normal, Galerie Zürcher, Paris (solo 2011), New York Minute at The Garage Center, Moscow, curated by Kathy Grayson (2011), Spaghetti and Beachballs, curated by Donald Baechler, Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (2011) and Facemaker at Royal T, Los Angeles (2011).

Taylor McKimens initiates us in the suburban desert of the contemporary American wild west, portrayed as an extended backyard calling to be explored. Drainage ditches, weather-worn palm trees, dusty trucks make up the playing field where young characters embark on brave endeavors in an almost Edward Hopper-esque solitude. McKimens is completely unperturbed by the messier side of things and in fact revels in the drips and oozes that are the traces of life. In one of the show's major works, Knee Deep, the bright, acidic-colored canvas shows a young, baseball-capped girl stymied in a ditch. McKimens creates a certain sense of no-time as if she has always been there and will always be there, contemplating her next move. Alternating between loose areas of color with atmospheric gesture and dense areas of confident line quality where even the slightest details, a fly on a shoe, a piece of trash in a puddle, are given equal stature on the canvas.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episide_452-Taylor_McKimens.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 451: Vince Dermody

This week: Giant of consciousness, living legend of mischief, artist, and all around great guy Vince Dermody, co-founder of Law Office.


April 23rd, 7:00pm, Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Come check us out!!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_451-Vince_Dermody.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:36am EDT

This week: Live from Volta 2014 Duncan, Amanda, and Richard talk to:

Saul Ostrow Founder and President
David Goodman Secretary and Director of Projects and Programs
Susan Bowman Treasurer and Director of Design and Communication

of Critical Practices!

 

MISSION

CPI, founded in 2010 and incorporated in 2012, was established to support the emergence and development of new practices within the field of cultural production. We believe that the producers of critical culture are a community whose needs for peer discourse and engagement are underserved by current institutional conventions. Operating outside of normative institutional and marketplace models, CPI uses the common objectives, goals, and concerns of a diverse community of producers as its point of departure for programming. Our intent is to create a dynamic network and platform for the diverse points of view necessary to shape and sustain critical, theoretical, and artistic practices.

 

HISTORY

CPI has an auspice genealogy.  Former artist (now Critic and Curator) Saul Ostrow has occupied the loft space at 162 West 21 Street since 1974. When he first moved to Chelsea, he shared this space with Rick Witter who worked for the gallery OK Harris, and the photographer Larry Topper.  In the 1970s during the winter months Sunday Salons were held at which participants would show films give slide presentations or talk on topics of interest, as well as drink tea and coffee, and  mingle.  Annually two Parties where held: one in the Fall, celebrating the beginning of the art season the other in late June marking its end. By the end of the 70s Topper, and Witter had moved out and the “Loft.” For a year or so, the artists Diane Mayo, Rex Lau, and John Wallace occupied it.  In 1979, Saul Ostrow moved back into the Loft and through the 80s had  a succession of roommates that included Jack Tilton, Donald Lipski, Muna Tseng, Eric Bass, Tseng Kwong Chi, and David Clarkson.  Between 2003 – 05 it served as the studio of the painter Shirley Kaneda.  In 2006, Ostrow moved back into the Loft. In 2011, a exhibition of works from the 1968-70 by the painter Don Dudley, was mounted for his 80th birthday party. With this event the 21ST.PROJECTS program was founded as a by-appointment-only project space.

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Bad at Sports Episode 449: Susan Blackman

This week: Richard talks to Susan Blackman president of Art Advisory Ltd. about what it takes to be an art advisor, what they do and how they could sell your work!

 

http://www.artadvisoryltd.com/index.html

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_449-Susan_Blackman.mp3
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This week: Neysa Page-Lieberman and Amy Mooney tell us about Risk! Dana B. of What's the T with Dana B kicks off her series from the Material Art Fair 2014 live from Mexico City!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_448-Risk-Material.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 447: Andrea Bowers

This week: This week, our resident feminist commentator Patricia Maloney sits down with one of her heroes, the Los Angeles–based artist Andrea Bowers to talk about her solo exhibition, Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, on view through April 13, 2014 at the Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art in Southern California. #sweetjane explores the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case and the social media–driven activism that brought the young men responsible to trial in two distinct ways. At Pitzer is a 70-foot long drawing of the text messages sent between the teenagers in the 48 hours following the assault on the young woman who is known in the media and throughout the trial as Jane Doe. At Pomona is a video installation comprised of appropriated media footage and billboard-size photographs of disguised Anonymous protestors at the trial. Taken together, the installations create an incredibly damning document, not only of the events and of the young men, who were depicted sympathetically by the media, but also of the significant tolerance in this country around sexual assault.Bowers’ activities in creating this work reflect the fluidity between art and activism that is a hallmark of her practice, as well as her belief that art can bear witness to the individual gestures and commitments that collectively enact significant social change.

 

 

 

An abridged text version of this conversation will be published by our friends at Art Practical  on March 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Andrea Bowers received her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1992. Solo exhibitions include: Secession, Vienna, Austria; REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Sammlung Goetz, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

 

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_447-Andrea_Bowers-fix.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 446: Max Estenger and Mat Gleason

This week: Wanna know what Coagula firestarter Mat Gleason and formalist Max Estenger thought about the Whitney? They're happy to tell you. At least one painter Richard used to work with is likely to drop Mat from his Christmas card list. Mat doesn't mind.

Things go far off the rails, drinks are spilled, accusations are made, someone's mom's toilet paper consumption is discussed, punk rock is sung badly and, I shit you not,  we meet Marcel Duchamp's illegitimate son on mic during the interview and he looks EXACTLY like dad. Even Mat with his lifetime of navigating LA culture and subculture admits "this is some serious weirdness". Without question the most out-of-control interview we've ever done, and the most painstaking edit in 450 shows, it is a classic. You think this is unfocused and wacky, it started life clocking in over 2 hours. Bootlegs for sale in the lobby at the merch table.

Read Mat Gleason's review of the Whitney:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mat-gleason/insiders-are-not-outsider_b_4919996.html

See Max Estenger's show: www.johnmolloygallery.com

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_446-Estenger-Gleason.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 445: Katy Hamer Fair Roundup!(TM)

This week: Katy Hamer, who in addition to her superior intellect and charm ALSO has stamina. So she demonstrates that stamina in our bed... and by bed we mean our bed booth at VOLTA in NYC this past weekend during which she tells us all about the art fairs. What did you think we meant? What the hell is wrong with you, we don't roll like that. Well, okay there was that time at a certain campingy art residency but I was drunk and I didn't know it was a sheep. But Katy should have her good name sullied by associationw with us! She is a talented writer and critic, how dare you.

Read her wildly impressive blog:

http://eyes-towards-the-dove.com

 

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_445-Katy_Hamer_Wrap_Up.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 444: Interdisciplinary panel at the BAS booth at CAA

This week live from the CAA conference 2014,  we welcome Adrienne Klein, Deborah Robinson, Paul Thomas, Paul Catanese, and Claire Pentecost to discuss what the heck the space of "interdisciplinary art" means, why it maters to all art made today, and how do we teach it?

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_444-Interdisciplinary.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 443: Paper Monument

This week: CAA continues with our interview with Dushko Petrovich and Roger White, founders of Paper Monument on the wild and wooly world of foundations!


Paper Monument is a print journal of contemporary art published by n+1 and designed by Project Projects. Paper Monument relies on the support of our readers. We also receive financial support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_443-Paper_Monument.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 442: CAA with Michael Rakowitz, Jenna Frye, Jesse Malmed, Matthew Smith

This week: Duncan and Richard at CAA 2014! We talk to Michael Rakowitz in the first of what will eventually be a multiple interview series, this time we discuss his work The Breakup, currently on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Next Richard's new hero Jenna Frye on Makerness, BAS pal, artist, curator Jesse Malmed on WACH, and art book genius Matthew Smith of http://arenotbooks.com/.

This show is an epic. E P I C. So we put our hands up like the CAA can’t hold us.

Who on Earth eats spearmint gummy. Yuck.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_442-Michael_Rakowitz_CAA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:48am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 441: Sharon Louden

This week: Live from Miami, well it was broadcast live at the time, whatever, anyways, Sharon Louden!!

Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

Sharon Louden's work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. She has received a grant from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass and Art Omi.

Louden's animations continue to be screened and featured in many film festivals and museums all over the world. Her animation, Carrier, premiered in the East Wing Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in March, 2011 in a historical program of abstract animation since 1927. Sharon also premiered a new animation titled, Community, at the National Gallery of Art in the program, "Cine Concert: Abstract Film and Animation Since 1970" on September 8, 2013.

Louden was commissioned by the Weisman Art Museum to make a site-specific work in dialogue with Frank Gehry's new additions to the museum. Entitled Merge, this solo exhibition consisted of over 350,000 units of aluminum extending over a 3,000 square foot space and was on view from October 2011 through May 2012. This piece was then reconfigured and permanently installed in Oak Hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and completed in January, 2013.

Also in 2013, Louden received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition of new work including Community (the animation that premiered at the National Gallery of Art), as well a site-specific installation, painting, drawing and sculpture at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York in October through November, 2013. Currently on view is  a solo exhibition of Louden's paintings and drawings at Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary Art in Birmingham, Alabama, which will run through February 16, 2014.

Sharon Louden has taught for more than 20 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Massachusetts College of Art, Vanderbilt University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Sharon currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Last summer, Sharon taught experimental drawing and collage in the School of Art at Chautuaqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

In addition to teaching at the New York Academy of Art, Sharon also conducts a popular Lecture Series where she interviews luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar.

Louden is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The book is already on its fourth printing since the first run sold out before its official release on October 15th, and has been #1 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List of Business Art References. It was also on Hyperallergic's List of Top Art Books of 2013Recent press includes an interview in Hyperallergic blogazine, "How do Artists Live?"

A book tour started on November 2, 2013 which includes Sharon Louden and other contributors visiting cities across the United States and in Europe through 2015.  Highlights include an event in the Salon at the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair this past December, 2013 as well as a discussion and book event at the 92nd St Y in New York and a panel discussion at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC in January, 2014. For more information on the book tour, please click here

In addition, she continues to conduct Glowtown workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers.

Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_441-Sharon_Louden.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 440: Pulse - Rachel Adams and Jennie K. Lamensdorf

This week: The first of our series of shows receorded at Pulse 2013. Duncan and Brian talk to Rachel Adams and Jennie K. Lamensdorf.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_440-Pulse_1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:10am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 439: Hesse McGraw

This week: From OxBow, Duncan along with with Abigail Satinsky and Elizabeth Chodos sit down for a chat with Hese McGraw, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at San Francisco Art Institute.

Here is an outdated bio from his website:

Hesse McGraw is a curator, writer and artist working as curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was the founding director and curator of Paragraph, a contemporary art gallery operating under the non-profit Urban Culture Project in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He is the former assistant director of Max Protetch gallery in New York, City and former senior editor of Review, a Kansas City-based visual culture magazine. He has served as a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary department of the Kansas City Art Institute and frequently serves as a guest lecturer, critic and juror for fine art and architecture schools and organizations throughout the US.

Alongside producing two dozens exhibits and projects over three years at Paragraph, he has curated exhibitions for FLEX Self Storage (Topeka, Kansas), The New Genres Festival (Tulsa), The Stray Show (Chicago), Guild and Greyshkul (NYC), -scopeMiami, RARE (NYC), Rocket gallery (London) and White Flag Projects (St. Louis).

He regularly contributes to publications including Art Papers, Dots & Quotes, Empty magazine, The Kansas City Star, RES, Review, Tank, Ten by Ten. He has written exhibition essays for artists including Ryoji Ikeda, Tobias Wong, Steve Mumford, Eric von Robertson and many others.

His artwork incorporates photography, video, sound and text into site-specific installations and published works. The work experientially engages cultural information systems to amplify loaded micro-histories with the intent to create new networks of meaning. The work aims to construct democratic viewing scenarios that offer viewers a bit of personal space within the context of the general world. His work has been shown in venues internationally and in a solo exhibition at RARE, NYC.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_439-Hesse_McGraw-2.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 438: Skylar Fein

This week: Amanda talks to artist Skylar Fein!

 
Skylar Fein was born in Greenwich Village and raised in the Bronx. He has had many careers including teaching nonviolent resistance under the umbrella of the Quakers, working for a gay film festival in Seattle, stringing for The New York Times and as pre-med student at University of New Orleans where he moved one week before Hurricane Katrina hit.

In the wreckage of New Orleans, Fein found his new calling as an artist, experimenting with color and composition of the detritus of Katrina. His work soon became known for its pop sensibility as well as its hard-nosed politics. After a few starring roles in group shows, he had his first solo show in May 2008 at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans.

In the fall of 2008, his Prospect.1: Biennial installation, "Remember the Upstairs Lounge," shined a spotlight on an overlooked piece of New Orleans history: a fire that swept through a French Quarter bar in 1973, killing everyone inside. The worst fire in New Orleans history has never been solved. His installation walked visitors right through the swinging bar doors, and offered visual riffs on politics and sexuality circa 1973. The piece was praised in Artforum, Art In America, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among others.

In late 2009, Fein had his first solo museum show, "Youth Manifesto," at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The exhibition was an ode to punk rock as a force for social and cultural upheaval. True to form, the opening reception was shut down by police responding to the look of the unlikely art-going crowd.

In March 2010, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery presented Fein's solo installation, “Skylar Fein: Rise of the Youth Front" at VOLTA Art Fair in New York during Armory Week. This installation drew thousands of people and delved into revolutionary politics past and present, a continuing theme in Fein's work.In May 2010,Fein was invited by the New York curatorial project No Longer Empty to recreate his "Remember the Upstairs Lounge" installation in a vacant Chelsea space.The exhibition, once again, drew thousands of visitors and sparked renewed interest in this piece of history. In September 2011, Fein exhibited over eighty new works in his solo exhibition Junk Shot at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans. This exhibition embodied this artist’s turn towards formalism and art historical reference while maintaining Fein’s iconic sensibilities and aesthetic.

Skylar Fein was the recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and his work is in several prominent collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, The Louisiana State Museum, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and collectors Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lance Armstrong, and Lawrence Benenson.
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Bad at Sports Episode 437: Solveig Ovstebo

This week: From our residency at Expo Chicago 2013 we talk to the new (as of June 2013) Director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Solveig Ovstebo.

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Bad at Sports Episode 436: William Powhida and Charlie James

This week: Live on stage without a net from Art Expo Chicago 2013 (aka EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art) Duncan and Richard talk to Galleries Charlie James (Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles) and artist William Powhida!

 

William Powhida (b. 1976, New York) is an artist and critic living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For several years Powhida worked as an art critic for the Brooklyn Rail while developing his own artistic practice. Powhida’s work, reflecting his critical background, displays a concentrated fascination with the politics of access and the powers that control the assignment of value in the artworld. All roles are fair game, from nouveau-hot artists and the market-setting collectors that buy them, to the branded dealers that sell the work and the critics paid to provide intellectual justification for the pricepoints.

To soften what might appear a direct editorial voice, Powhida projects his commentary through the lens of an alter-ego, one with whom he shares a name (William Powhida). This alter-ego closely resembles any number of freshly minted artworld ‘geniuses,’ though Powhida’s character happens to exhibit all of the worst traits imaginable in any coddled enfant-terrible art star. The fictional Powhida is petulant, narcissistic, and debauched. He has enormous feelings of entitlement, and a perspective so firmly rooted in solipsism that it seems an impossible exaggeration. This art star on the verge of self-immolation documents his misery and rage against the manifold injustices of the art world through a series of To Do Lists, Enemies Lists, and monomaniacal screeds that take on the look of disturbed 3am rants. However, not all of this work exists in the first person. In addition to the alter-ego’s jeremiads, Powhida adds the sycophantic voice of the press ¬ a vital part of the star-making process. Ostensibly a frequent subject of Man About Town profiles in fashion magazines and newspapers, the alter-ego’s more offensive conduct and outsized claims are documented in this way.

Which brings us to the startling visual power of Powhida’s work. All of the content above, from the character’s first-person attacks to press profiles by the New York Post, the LA Weekly, and 944 Magazine (examples) are all rendered in beautiful trompe l’oeil compositions that use various combinations of graphite, gouache, and colored pencil on either panel or paper. It is in fact the visual presentation of Powhida’s arguments, coupled with their humor, that makes Powhida’s sometimes scathing commentaries so much fun to digest.

William Powhida earned his BFA from Syracuse University, and took his MFA from Hunter College. He is represented by Platform Gallery in Seattle, and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

Established in Los Angeles in 2008, Charlie James Gallery represents work by emerging and mid-career artists.

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