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Trees in Pretty Shapes: Jeamin Cha at KADIST By Maddie Klett

Trees in Pretty Shapes: Jeamin Cha at KADIST

New Takes

Trees, pets, technology, all have been made to serve the advancement and preservation of humankind. What happens when advancement stalls, or doesn’t move forward as expected?

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Shelter-in-Studio By Art Practical Editors

Shelter-in-Studio

Living & Working: Covid-19

At Art Practical, we have compiled a selection from the many proliferating online lists and guides in response to COVID-19 directed to artists, art educators, cultural workers, and cultural organizations. While certainly not all-encompassing, we hope that this list can direct our readers to useful resources and strategies, as the situation rapidly evolves.

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Episode 6: Indira Allegra with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen By Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

Episode 6: Indira Allegra with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

Notes from MoAD

For our sixth episode of Notes from MoAD, multidisciplinary artist Indira Allegra and curator Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen discuss an expanding of world and experience, the interplay of consent and complicity, exhaustion of identity-based inquiry, and the temperature of colonialism.

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Emory Douglas: Art + Survival By Art Practical Editors

Emory Douglas: Art + Survival

AP Events

Emory Douglas sits down with the California College of the Arts (CCA) Students of Color Coalition in a roundtable conversation.​

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Living & Working: Mik Gaspay & Kija Lucas By Art Practical Editors

Living & Working: Mik Gaspay & Kija Lucas

Living & Working

Mik Gaspay and Kija Lucas share an intimate conversation about their experiences growing up in Palo Alto, and the paths that led them to becoming Bay Area-based artists. 

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Episode 40: Maya Stovall By Weston Teruya

Episode 40: Maya Stovall

(un)making

Weston Teruya speaks with artist Maya Stovall about her interrogations in ethnographic traditions and the expectations of artists in public practice.

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Episode 6: The Value of Doing Nothing By Dorothy R. Santos

Episode 6: The Value of Doing Nothing

PRNT SCRN

Dorothy R. Santos speaks with Jenny Odell about exercises in attention, space for refusal, bonding over our experience of an Ellsworth Kelly painting at the SFMOMA, and much more. 

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Episode 39: Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt By Weston Teruya

Episode 39: Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt

(un)making

Weston Teruya speaks with Honolulu-based artist Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt about her methodologies on understanding the land and de-centering the United States.

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The Metrics of Backpacks By Victoria Gannon

The Metrics of Backpacks

Living & Working

"The backpacks of my youth were not optimized. They had padded straps and meaningless loops that dangled like ponytails."

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Returning to Prison: Future IDs at Alcatraz By Brian Karl

Returning to Prison: Future IDs at Alcatraz

Features

Future IDs intervenes in the cycle of hollow tourism by inserting the stories of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals into Alcatraz, complicating the site’s own story.

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Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park By Sofía Córdova

Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Living & Working

Artist and musician, Sofía Córdova, takes us to the "foot" of the tech empire to talk to us about the intersections of art, climate change, and finding one's community in an apocalyptic Oakland.

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On History and Endurance By Dodie Bellamy

On History and Endurance

Living & Working

"I’m not the first and I won’t be the last writer in whose work San Francisco is more than a place; it infuses the writing to such a degree that it assumes the position of protagonist."

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BONANZA at El Rio By BONANZA

BONANZA at El Rio

Living & Working

Art collective, BONANZA, takes us to their favorite dive bar in San Francisco where they gather to drink, dance, and host art events. 

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Episode 38: Leland Miyano By Weston Teruya

Episode 38: Leland Miyano

(un)making

Weston Teruya speaks with Honolulu-based artist Leland Miyano about his connections to nature and natural materials and his process for the new site specific installation at the Foster Botanical Garden. 

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We Need to Talk About Social Practice By manuel arturo abreu

We Need to Talk About Social Practice

Features

At their worst, contemporary social practices reinforce the idea that aesthetics trump all else: art, even unconsciously, acts within the market.

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Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina By Libby Black

Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina

Living & Working

Artist and educator, Libby Black, takes us on her favorite routine stroll at the Berkleley Marina to reflect on her life as an artist in the Bay Area for the past 18 years.

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Violence, Voyeurism, and the Place of Art By Brian Karl

Violence, Voyeurism, and the Place of Art

Features

Within on Joaquín Segura’s Pyre are geographically specific questions about how we respond to the failure of government and often-hidden, interwoven politics. The work also asks: what are the geneses and consequences of violence, vigilantism, and voyeurism? 

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Some Thoughts on Art and Work By Maria Porges

Some Thoughts on Art and Work

Living & Working

In the art world, the word "work" serves so many purposes that it is difficult to know what it really means or how to use it. Do we live to work or work to live?

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Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness By Emily Pothast

Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness

Features

By replicating and transforming images derived from processes that generate multiples, such as viral videos, mold making, and etching, artist Danny Giles reveals an abiding interest in the roles that reproducibility and mass media have historically played in the dissemination and perpetuation of the structures of white supremacy.

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Episode 37: Carolina Caycedo By Weston Teruya

Episode 37: Carolina Caycedo

(un)making

Weston Teruya speaks with L.A. artist, Carolina Caycedo, about ways she investigates the impact of extractive economies and hyper development on communities, local systems of knowledge, and the environment. 

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Justin Carder at Wolfman Books By Justin Carder

Justin Carder at Wolfman Books

Living & Working

Justin Carder, bookstore owner and cultural producer, shares his journey to ownership and defining home and community in a rapidly changing Oakland.

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Human Touch in the Age of Tech By Zach Horn

Human Touch in the Age of Tech

Features

Nicole Eisenman, Monica Majoli, and Ann Toebbe employ the imagery and implications of technology with subtlety, never losing the imprint of the human body that makes their work so personal. 

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Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop By Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Living & Working

Artist Mildred Howard takes us to Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley, CA to discuss the city's rich political history, how it affects her art practice, and why she continues to build community in the surrounding area.

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Abigail DeVille’s American Future By Paul Maziar

Abigail DeVille’s American Future

Features

Abigail DeVille’s immersive, monumental installation at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The American Future, invites visitors to consider the image of the United States through the lens of Black Americans.

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Sofía Córdova vs. The Machine By Kelly Kirkland

Sofía Córdova vs. The Machine

New Takes

With recent works at SOMArts and YBCA, Sofía Córdova interrogates the power and consequences of existing as a person of color in the increasingly commodified space of digital media.

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Slow Burn: Young Suh’s Wildfires By tamara suarez porras

Slow Burn: Young Suh’s Wildfires

New Takes

Cloaked in smoky haze, the surreal Californian landscapes of Young Suh's Wildfires are unsettling reminders of the urgency and proximity of climate change.

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Episode 3: @_emotionalbaggage liked your post By Dorothy R. Santos

Episode 3: @_emotionalbaggage liked your post

PRNT SCRN

Dorothy explores the artistic practice of artist Ani Liu and how she re-imagines portraiture and explores the translation between virtual to physical. In Liu’s most recent work, Real Virtual Feelings (2018), she examines how the digital realm affects our cognition and body chemistry.

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