A Changeless Place

Jave Yoshimoto. Numinous Lethologica, 2015; gouache on paper; 30 x 44 in.

From our friends at Guernica, today we bring you A Changeless Place: Jill J. Tan interviews Jave Yoshimoto. Tan speaks with Yoshimoto, a trained art therapist and practicing artist, about his intricate and brightly rendered gouache depictions of tragedy and disaster. Yoshimoto says, “The news cycle moves so quickly; even if we read about tragedy today, we may forget about it tomorrow. I hope my work is a[…..]

In Conversation with Artist Tiff Massey

Tiff Massey. Facet, 2013. Courtesy of the Library Street Collective.

Today, from our new friends at Arts.Black, we bring you an interview with Detroit-based metalsmith artist Tiff Massey by Taylor Renee Aldridge. They discussed “socio-politics in Detroit, ’80s bling, and Massey’s rigorous art practice.”  Massey speaks of symbolism and color in her work, explaining “I keep going back and forth to the use of the mirror, the cameo, this oval shape [points to massive rings[…..]

Jen Bervin and Dianna Frid

Dianna Frid. NYT. APRIL 24, 2014, RICHARD H. HOGGART, 2014; embroidery floss and graphite mounted on canvas, 15 × 20 inches. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

From our friends at BOMB Magazine, today we bring you a conversation between artists Jen Bervin and Dianna Frid. They discuss color as a system of classification, Art Povera, and language. Diana Frid says “In classifying, I’m also alluding to the absurdity of classification, because no one is reducible to just one thing. All systems start out idiosyncratically.” This piece was originally published in BOMB 137,[…..]

Summer Session – Joanne Greenbaum by Jeremy Sigler

Untitled, 2012, oil and ink on canvas, 90×70 inches. Images courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; greengrassi, London; and Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel.

For this Summer Session we’re thinking about going Back to School, and today from our friends at BOMB Magazine we bring you Jeremy Sigler’s interview with Joanne Greenbaum. In it, Greenbaum and Sigler talk about the problem with teaching as an artist, the value (or lack thereof) of crits, and their ongoing love affair with academically out-of-vogue modernism and its tenets of originality, authenticity, and revelation. This interview[…..]

Summer Session – Suzanne Lacy on the Feminist Program at Fresno State and CalArts

CalArts students at Klubnikin Packing Co., downtown Los Angeles, in Maps, 1973. Happening in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Susan Mogul. Courtesy of Suzanne Lacy.

Back to School is the focus of this month’s Summer Session, and today we bring you an interview from our friends at East of Borneo between Moira Roth and Suzanne Lacy, illustrating the ways in which Lacy’s graduate experience shaped her as an artist. Here, Lacy describes how feminism as part of her formal education was inextricably linked to her nascent art practice, and how the[…..]

Summer Session – Denise Gray: MOCA Education Department

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photo: Sean MacGillivray.

For this Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and today we bring you Sasha Lee’s interview with Denise Gray of the MOCA Education Department. Here Gray talks about her work as an educator and her role in MOCA’s apprenticeship program, which is designed to encourage high-school students to engage with the local art community by attending talks, visiting exhibitions, and curating their own events. This interview[…..]

Summer Session – Interview with David Levi Strauss

John Berger and David Levi Strauss, 2009. Photo: Yves Berger.

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and today we bring you an interview with David Levi Strauss by Amelia Rina. Rina had first been interviewed by Strauss in 2013 for admission to the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Art Writing and Criticism program, and here returns to speak with Strauss about his perspectives on writing, academia, and his role as an educator. Throughout[…..]