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Episode 7: MFA or Nah by Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 7: MFA or Nah

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena reflect on their post-grad experiences and give some tricks and tips that have helped them survive it (so far).

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Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux by Weston Teruya

Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux

(un)making

Edgar Arceneaux explores concepts of absolution, redemption, and the participation of audiences and institutions in exploitative systems.

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The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony by Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony

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Dorian Katz exposes forces of nature in the animal world that help to deconstruct human-held views of normative sexuality and gender. Katz’s metamorphic animals exist in the liminal spaces between species and genders, illustrating and leveraging other ways of embodiment and being.

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Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA by Connie Zheng

Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA

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The polyphony quickly reveals itself to be a major source of the power of John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea. Specifically, it provides a conceptual frame for greater consideration of the relationships between bodies and voices, media and environment, representations and reality.

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Bree Lamb by Jamee Crusan

Bree Lamb

New Takes

Bree Lamb produces sweet and sugary photographs that complicate partnerships and familiar relations while also instigating a hint of nostalgia for anyone who was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union by Lusi Lukova

The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union

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Jef Geys, the artist’s posthumous exhibition currently on view at Yale Union (YU), is a compilation of works that conceptually teeter between the liminal authorships of artist and curator, creative freedom and institutional limitations. 

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Black Feminist Insurgence by Anisa Jackson

Black Feminist Insurgence

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Anna Martine Whitehead, whose work engages with experimental spatial and temporal dimensions that can visualize Black queer relationships to these virtualities, investigates architectures of containment and resistance through an exchange of meditative gestures and lecture. 

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Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art by Rob Marks

Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art

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In the visual hothouse of the gallery, word art—particularly the word art of artists whose language fosters ambiguity—faces enormous challenges. Can an artwork’s visual and verbal impacts co-exist and survive each other's force? 

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Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects) by Vivian Sming

Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects)

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When artist Takeshi Moro was offered a teaching position at Santa Clara University in 2013, he decided to open up a non-profit art space, tmoro projects, in his garage right across from campus.

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Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice by Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice

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Jay and Elena chat it up with Bay Area-bae Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle about her solo exhibition The Retrieval at SFAC Galleries and ask how she fights against her own erasure and finds solace in humor.

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Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade by Weston Teruya

Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade

(un)making

Chinatown Art Brigade creates public platforms through which neighborhood residents can tell their stories, articulate their demands, and assert their presence in a rapidly gentrifying area.

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