Q&A

November 11, 2011, 8:00am

Fact, Fiction, and Friction: Frohawk Two Feathers

During a time when fiction dances eerily with fact, it feels appropriate to look to a contemporary artist from my generation who is using acrylics, tea-dyed paper, and a variety of mediums to blur, illuminate, disguise, and play with these lines.  I first saw Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) work at Taylor De Cordoba in 2006 and have followed him and his empire literally through many gallery and museum openings, and figuratively through 100’s of years, numerous battles, wars, and revolutions.  Lives have been lost, prisoners have been taken, but Frohawk always comes out on top.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Q&A, Spotlight

November 07, 2011, 9:46am

Historical Lineage: Q&A with Matthew Craven

Much of Matthew Craven’s meticulous work exists as both colorful abstraction and surreal historical document. His transformation of  images appropriated from history textbooks nudge and reconfigure the original historical narratives. And his modular treatment of familiar forms unexpectedly activates their hidden potential for abstraction. Painting, drawing, collage and installation are linked in Craven’s practice through his fastidiously precise lines, which run across works and from project to project.

Listed under: DC, New York, Q&A

October 26, 2011, 8:05am

Up all night: Q&A with Ted Gahl

Ted Gahl's new exhibition (and first solo exhibition in New York City) Night Painter, on view at Dodge Gallery though November 13th, includes an honest and uninhibited array of works that suspend memories and personal symbology in the thin stratum of Gahl's painted surfaces.  Dense but not overcrowded, minimal paintings serve as visual respite between larger, tangled compositions where the referential and abstract overlap.  Within the dark and specific palette, each painting begins to read as a different element of memory, meditation, dream, insomnia and delirium.

Listed under: New York, Q&A

October 20, 2011, 9:00am

Progress Report: Q&A with Kris Chatterson and Vince Contarino

Give it time and the Internet will mobilize for change in just about any arena. So it’s not surprising that artist-run exhibition spaces -- always bastions of change -- are increasingly striving for a stronger online presence, sometimes even eschewing fixed brick-and-mortar locales all together. And it’s not just exhibition spaces.

Listed under: DC, Features, Q&A

October 13, 2011, 9:00am

Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery

When I relocated to Austin from New York City this summer, I became inextricably attracted to grayDUCK Gallery and its consummate Austin vibe. Its location south of Town Lake puts the gallery in walking distance from "Keep Austin Weird" South Congress, and it shares a Zip Code with Torchy's Tacos and indie record store End of an Ear — i.e. Austin all the way. Then there is grayDUCK's rigorous monthly exhibition schedule and its strong roster of local artists. I met with Jill Schroeder, owner and director of grayDUCK, to discuss the gallery's unique presence and her goals for the future. — Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

Listed under: Art World, Behind the Scenes, Q&A

October 11, 2011, 9:00am

Building a Form for Space: Dirk Park Discusses Prole Drift Gallery

Prole Drift stands within an older mixed-use building, angled between the top and bottom of a steep hill in Seattle’s International District.  Much in the same way its name references a connection between the upper and the working classes, Dirk Park’s new venue inhabits a space of intersection somewhere between a traditional gallery, a studio and an open place for artistic experimentation.

Listed under: Art World, Q&A, Seattle

October 06, 2011, 12:10pm

The Writing’s on the Wall: a Q&A with David Kramer

Considering current events, it may be easy to wonder if David Kramer’s paintings have a slight political bent. Much like the characters in his work, we’ve had to collectively reassess our own aspirations amid the failed promises of the credit and housing bubbles. But taking stock of one’s own life is far from a political act, and Kramer’s work is probably too introspective to be social activism.

Listed under: DC, Q&A

October 03, 2011, 9:00am

Gallerist at Home: Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor, gallerist and owner of Taylor de Cordoba in Culver City and blogger extraordinaire, is a woman on the go to say the least.  Her gallery is best known for its intimate space, innovative program, and collaborative events, such as Eating Our Words.

September 22, 2011, 9:02am

D.C.’s Fair Share: a Q&A with the organizers of (e)merge

The (e)merge art fair (September 22 - 25, 2011) -- founded and organized by Conner Contemporary Art co-directors Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith, as well as by Helen Allen, founder and former director of Pulse -- officially opens its doors tonight at the Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C..

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art World, DC, Q&A

September 21, 2011, 9:11am

Collaborative Arts: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet

Husband and wife team Sandow Birk (NAP #73) and Elyse Pignolet are solo artists in their own right, but they also form a dynamic collaborative art aesthetic in ambitious projects ranging anywhere from large-scale woodblock print series, to painted ceramic murals, to hand-drawn maps. - Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

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