Interviews

#Curating Activism: An Interview with Julio César Morales

Julio César Morales is an artist, curator, and educator who recently left the San Francisco Bay Area to become curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe. Morales was an adjunct curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 2008-12, where he created “PAUSE: Practice and Exchange,” a series of solo exhibitions by artists including Allan de Souza, Euan Macdonald, and[…..]

Talking in Circles: An Interview with Aki Sasamoto

Amongst the many trends floating around the contemporary art world, you may have noticed a resurgence in performance art in galleries and museums.  The old guard of artists from the 60’s and 70’s are being recognized in grand retrospectives, such as Marina Abramovic’s critically acclaimed The Artist is Present at MoMA in 2010, as well as the Guggenheim’s current show, Gutai: Splendid Playground, a retrospective of[…..]

The Scattered Geometries of Matt Phillips

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This, and then. It’s the title of Matt Phillips’ latest exhibition and a useful shorthand for the mental quick march a viewer undergoes when observing his work. Through his abstract oil and acrylic paintings, Phillips plays with color, form, and volume—the building blocks of our artistic experience—to create dynamic, shifting spatial relationships. His canvases evoke, simultaneously, the calm beauty of the natural world, the randomness[…..]

An Interview with James Chronister

"Dreaming of Me (Hyde Park)", oil on canvas, 40"x40", 2012

San Francisco-based painter James Chronister will be the spring artist in residence at Lux Art Insitute in Encinitas, California where five residencies are awarded each year with the goal of connecting the artist with the community and supporting the artist through the completion of a project. This February, I began correspondence with Chronister to discuss his work and process, his Walkman playlist as a kid,[…..]

Speaking Directly: Interview with Tony Discenza

Tony Discenza, TRANSPORTED, 2010.  Vinyl on aluminum, 30 x 24 inches

Tony Discenza’s text-based work is concise yet absurd: the tone is often matter-of-fact while the content is speculative and fanciful. The appropriated formats of a street sign or a book’s teaser page provide an internal logic that holds the tension of this paradox quite neatly; obviously, I’m a fan, so I asked him to chat with me about his recent projects. Discenza’s solo and collaborative[…..]

Tuymans @ Zwirner: a decade of partnership, and The Summer is Over

Luc Tuymans. "Zoo." 2011. Oil on canvas. 108 5/8 x 84 1/8 inches (276 x 213.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is perhaps best known for challenging the post Abstract Expressionism debate about the relevancy of painting by taking on subjects as Belgian colonialism, the Holocaust and the War on Terror. In his tenth exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, The Summer is Over, Tuymans scrutinizes the relevance of capturing reality in painting. Alluding to ghosts of the present and future, the[…..]

Artist Interview: Rachel de Joode

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful Decay, today we bring you an interview with Berlin-based painter Rachel de Joode. Rachel de Joode is a Dutch artist living in Berlin. Recently, she’s produced a prolific number of sculptural works that break down common perception through the use of unique materials, concepts, and execution. Her work is patently of our time, drawing on themes of technology,[…..]