Interviews

Love & Ground: Interview with Conny Purtill and Friends

Conny Purtill. The Ground, 2014; installation view, Adams and Ollman Gallery, Portland, OR. Courtesy of the Artists and Adams and Ollman.

As an idea and word, “curator” continues to suffer a death from overdose. Still, I am tempted to place this burdensome phrase upon Conny Purtill and his chosen allies—that is, if we can agree that curating involves working with someone else’s objects to elucidate a concept. The exhibition The Ground, recently on view at Adams and Ollman Gallery in Portland, Oregon, began with Purtill gifting[.....]

Interview with Josh Short

Josh Short. Going to Church, 2014; installation view, The Warehouse, Salina Art Center. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: April Engstrom.

I’ve recently been introduced to the term prairie madness. It’s fictional—not founded in medicine—but it captured my imagination all the same. Artist Josh Short laughed as he explained it to me: The gist is that one can be driven to psychosis by the far-flung expansiveness of the Midwest. Characters in novels have been driven to tears by the isolation, the seemingly never-ending wind, and their[.....]

Interview with Matt Lipps

Today from our friends at Kadist Art Foundation we bring you part one of a two-part video interview with artist Matt Lipps. Lipps has a solo show, The Populist Camera, at Jessica Silverman Gallery, now on view in San Francisco. In his talk with Kadist’s Director of Collections, Devon Bella, Lipps explains, “I effectively broke every rule of Photoshop that I have my students not do.”  [.....]

From the Archives – An Interview with Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg. parallel 34, 2012; Graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board. 104 x 58 in. Courtesy the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago.

Today from the archives we bring you an interview with artist Anne Lindberg, who often works with drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation, “always seeking to push the boundaries of what is considered a drawing.” Lindberg has a solo show opening soon at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City. This article was written by Allie Haeusslein and originally published on September 18, 2012.  On a visit to the[.....]

Everyday Problems: Ketut Teja Astawa’s Contemporary Balinese Paintings

Ketut Teja Astawa, Boomerang, 2013; acrylic on canvas; 150 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Tonyraka Art Gallery. Photograph: Ellen C. Caldwell.

Ketut Teja Astawa’s bright, bold acrylic-on-canvas paintings are complex and humorous. Using traditional Balinese style, iconography, and language, Astawa reinvents the ancient wayang (or shadow puppet) tradition within a modern context. He imbues his painted narratives with references to everyday problems, such as fruit shortages, aggressive village birds, and even the 2002 Bali bombings. While Astawa’s exaggerated figurative paintings and humorous narrative style are unique[.....]

From the Archives – The Big Picture: An Interview with Edward Burtynsky

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This past Wednesday, a thirty-day period for comments to the U.S. Department of State on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline began. Keystone XL would run from the Canadian border to a pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska, and is opposed by many environmental groups, from the Indigenous Environmental Network and the League of Conservation Voters to Physicians for Social Responsibility. In a 2012 interview for Daily Serving, artist Edward Burtynsky noted, “I do believe that[.....]

Taxonomy for the Goldfish Queen: An Interview with the Institute of Critical Zoologists

Blind Long-tailed Owl, Desert Variant of Little Owl from the series, As Walked on Water, 2011
Installation of vinyl print, 280cm x 194cm
(Exhibition view)

Today from our friends at Bad at Sports we bring you an interview by Caroline Picard with artist Robert Zhao Renhui. On the subject of nature and narrative, Renhui explains, “As a species, we have always defined and controlled the way nature existed with us, and this is nothing new… Man has always determined what nature should look and feel like.” This interview was originally published on December[.....]