Episode 03: Something Soft & Black

what are you looking at

Episode 03: Something Soft & Black

By Elena Gross July 21, 2017

Elena Gross is joined by other closet culture junkies and pop vivants. No detail is too banal and no subject too proud, or too base. Critically minded and unabashedly opinionated, every energetic discussion peels away the sticky layers of our media and visual culture.


In this episode, I am joined by baddie and recent California transplant, Jay Katelansky. We discuss the Bay Area as an incubator for black creatives, collectivizing networks online and IRL, and taking up & taking back space for oneself. We talk about everything from Jay’s solo exhibition at the Chasen Museum, to Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, and to the enduring legacy of disco in black survival.

Jay is one of the newest members of CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland and her work is currently on view in CTRL+SHFT’s second-annual group exhibition Double Dip. You can follow Jay on Twitter and Instagram @shiftingself.

what are you looking at is produced by Eden Redmond.

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Jay Katelansky received her MA and an MFA at The University of Wisconsin Madison. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.

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