Issue

4.6 / The Year in Conversation, 2012

December 18 2012

Introduction

December 18, 2012. As 2013 approaches, we take a moment to reflect on some of the conversations published during what has been an invigorating and ambitious year for Art Practical. Our seventieth issue is a snapshot of the forms those conversations have taken, beginning with some of the outstanding interviews that have invited artists and cultural producers to speak frankly about their practices. It includes a selection from the Visiting Artist Profile series, which highlights the critical dialogue that reverberates in the various local lecture halls that are a hallmark of the Bay Area art scene. Last but not least, we offer the Shotgun Reviews produced last March when a group of Art Practical editors and contributors teamed up with 826 Valencia to facilitate an arts writing workshop for middle school students. The result was a series of perspicacious observations by our youngest contributors yet. As a whole, this issue, brought to you by our distinguished contributors, offers an opportunity to indulge our admiration for the producers and artwork we’ve encountered this year. Cheers! —KQS

Features

Interview with Martha Wilson

Interview with Martha Wilson

By Bad at Sports

I think my M.O. and the M.O. of every artist is that you try to do the thing that scares you the most, right? So the thing that scared me the most was moving to New York. I thought the women artists would hate me.

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Interview with AA Bronson

Interview with AA Bronson

By Bad at Sports

We spent about seven years doing a publicity campaign for a disease. That is what it amounted to, because it wasn’t being addressed properly or talked about.

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Bookishness: A Conversation on Bay Area Book Arts

Bookishness: A Conversation on Bay Area Book Arts

By Chelsea Wong

It’s important that the book is not a rarefied object; it can be, but I think sometimes people think of book arts, bookmaking, and the artists' book as being something that needs to be in a case and locked up and not touched. The down and dirty side of it is really still alive and well.

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Interview with Andrea Fraser, Part 2

Interview with Andrea Fraser, Part 2

By Bad at Sports

What I always get very uncomfortable with—and I think we do this in the art world very often—is the strong desire to jump over that investigation and say, “OK, now we know what the good thing is to do.

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Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

By Kara Q. Smith

Intertwining memory, both personal and universal, and place, both real and imagined, each of their projects creates a kind of shared experience that is often underwritten by a sense of optimism.

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Interview with Eve Sussman

Interview with Eve Sussman

By Elyse Mallouk

The main thing that ties my work together—and the work seems really different to a lot of people—is that I make a study of the psychology of any given group dynamic. Those psychologies don’t really change over time.We only have a finite amount of emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, anxiety, loneliness, desire, whatever. We don’t invent new ones. Technology is not going to give us a new way of feeling.

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Profiles

Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter

By Bad at Sports

Constantly learning, constantly reading—I would stay a student, basically, which is what I consider what I am, and I love that.

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Shotgun