Issue

2.8 / The Year in Conversation

December 31 2010

Introduction

December 31, 2010. Looking over the issues from the past twelve months, what immediately jumps out are the lively and thought-provoking conversations our contributors have had with artists, curators, writers, and even a cognitive scientist.  Many of these have been the result of our partnerships with the podcast Bad at Sports and journal Talking Cure. Brian Andrews and Duncan MacKenzie of B@S, in particular, take an inquisitive and informed approach that combines an evident respect for their subject with self-depreciating humor. But what is most evident in all of the conversations is the remarkable opportunity to hear about work we admire in the voices of those who produce it. In this issue, a selection of interviews from 2010. Enjoy! - PM

Allison Smith. Fancy Work, 2010, installation view, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy of the Artist.

Features

Interview with Steven Leiber

Interview with Steven Leiber

By Bad at Sports

I thought that there was enough to let it be known that this type of material exists, and that these sorts of artists, besides making a floor piece in copper, also spend a great deal of time thinking about what was going on the invitation card.

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Interview with Tammy Rae Carland

Interview with Tammy Rae Carland

By Bad at Sports

The idea of getting up there by yourself, without props in most cases; you don’t have a band, you don’t have a troupe of actors with you, you don’t have a support system, and your dependency on the audience for reaction, approval, and success is so profound.

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Interview with Abby Chen

Interview with Abby Chen

By Matthew Harrison Tedford

"Visual art is really the face of the Center. It shows the value propositions that we adopt as an organization, so the organization does pour a lot of energy and resources into the visual art program."

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Interview with Adobe Books Backroom Gallery

Interview with Adobe Books Backroom Gallery

By Bad at Sports

We are not an official white-wall gallery, and we are not just your typical bookstore. The art scene has enriched my life; it’s a great supplement to conducting a business, and the book selling has allowed art to be sold here in bigger and better ways as the years go by.

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Drifting and Navigating: Part 3

Drifting and Navigating: Part 3

By Anthony Marcellini

The view that I am recoiling from is an individualistic view, which presents us as radically separated from each other and from the world around us. As if we are submariners locked out of being at one with the world around us because we are stuck inside a ship and all we can read are the signals on our dashboard.

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Interview with Michelle Blade

Interview with Michelle Blade

By Bad at Sports

In starting this space, I can see it coming alive on its own, just through the people who are taking part in it. I’m not completely passive, because I want to be involved, but I see it as something that can come together naturally. I like seeing how that happens in my work, and think it could happen here, too.

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The Question of Taste: A conversation with Bill Berkson

The Question of Taste: A conversation with Bill Berkson

By Jarrett Earnest

That is how the sublimity of a Rothko often gets to you―you look at how the thing is painted and the hairs on the back of your neck begin to tingle. Before I left, I addressed this work as if to say, “You are a very well-painted picture, but I do not love you.”

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Interview with Allison Smith

Interview with Allison Smith

By Patricia Maloney

At this point, I am interested in taking on the discourse around material culture and visual studies that has really broadened how we can see cultural production beyond art works or craft. That’s where I can enter into something like trench art and think about it as a kind of creative practice that changes the way I see myself as an artist in the world. What does it mean to take the conflicts of the world and try to do something creative from those extreme circumstances, using what is hand?

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