Episode 92: Loveliness/ Evil Chicago Politics

June 3, 2007 · Print This Article

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Are you tired of all the self obsessed, cynical, angry art that’s out there today? Well Alex Jovanovich is out there to fix what ails you and point you in the right direction! Terri talks to Alex about his Loveliness Workshops.

Next, Kathryn talks to Paul Klein about the screwed up stuff going on with public art funding in Chicago. Paul is working of some interesting activist stuff and we will post a letter/manifesto on the recent events, on our blog.

Then, Mark Staff Brandl checks in from the Central Europe Bureau!

Last, Mike Benedetto, with another Art Superstar Cinema Spotlight. The Supertsar is Monique Meloche. The movie is Volver directed by Pedro Almodovar. Mike made his own bed music for this bit. Wow.

Wow, what a whole lot of show.

Fraction Workspace
Mess Hall
John Phillips
David Robbins
Gary Indiana
Dennis Cooper
Félix González-Torres
Quentin Crisp
Rebecca Ringquist
Paul Klein
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Chicago Artists Resource
Lois Weisberg
Manny Flores
Scott Hodes
Madeline Haithcock
Landmark Commission
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times
Nicole Beck
Art Chicago
The Artist Project
Sharkforum
Monique Meloche
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Penelope Cruz
Netflix
Facets Multimedia
Blockbuster
Volver
Pedro Almodovar
Lucie Schenker
Lucie Schenker (in German, with images)
Robert Motherwell
MSB’s post about Art Chicago
Hans Arp
Titian
The Flaying of Marsyas
Michelangelo
Leonardo da Vinci
St. Bartholomew’s skin
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22 Responses to “Episode 92: Loveliness/ Evil Chicago Politics”

  1. J. Mohan Says:

    Richard Holland: Bad at sports, but pretty good at making muffins.

  2. Thanks!

  3. Ball Sack Says:

    I want a muffin.

    I loved this episode, despite the fairly heinous sound quality in parts of it. Someone needs to help Mark fix his computer.

    The loveliness workshops sound great. I love this kindhearted, well intentioned type of art work. There needs to be more of this.

    The Paul Klein bit is worthy of note. Although I can’t help but feel some sympathy for the Public Art folks as buying stuff by committee generally leads to buying watered down shit.

  4. Yeah, no shit Ballsyakk. But I think I’ve managed to get that corrected now. I hope.

  5. Listening to Alex Jovanovich, I couldn’t help but recall your fantastic interview with David Robbins. The Loveliness Workshops seem to share something in common with Robbins’ Ice Cream Socials and his concrete comedy—warm-hearted acts of art without sneering irony. Those 2 need to collaborate on something. A totally inspired show. Thanks folks.

  6. Damn, I just heard him mention Robbins as soon as I posted (I posted in the middle of the show). Oh well…glad I picked up on it. Again, great show.

  7. Wasn’t there a huge Paul Klein call to arms on the blog yesterday? Something about a Picasso protest? Where dit go?

  8. Yeah! You need to get the Klein thing back up! This is an important political game happening there!

    Also — I finally listened to the whole thingg, thus heard myself — the sound was even WORSE than I remembered when I sent it. I apologize profusely to one and all and will not let that happen again. It was anything BUT lovely.

    Or maybe it was a poststructurally informed meta-critical comment on the over-valuing of an oppressive reliance on masculine notions of “good” technique — as Pippilotti would say of her video mistakes. (See I can do that bs theory dance too.)

    But really, my sound sucked!!! Lucie is a wonderful artist who deserves better. I put the text up on Sharkforum for those who are too tormented by my incompetence this time.

  9. Lucie Schenker Drawings…

    I recently did a podcast on an important “midcareer” artist in Switzerland, Lucie Schenker. My contribution had such terrible sound that I am putting a transcript of my discussion here, for those who don’t want the pain of listening to my feed…

  10. Mark,

    Yes your sound sucked donkeys, and I had to EQ the living shit out of it to sound that good. You had a HUGE 60 cycle hum that was the loudest thing in the track. Don’t record near power adapters, check your gear to make sure that everything is plugged in properly.

    RE: The Paul thing. We are waiting for word from him. He asked us to take it down until his met with the city. We jumped the gun a bit.

    R

  11. actually until the CAC also talks to the city and tries to work with them on rewording the ordinance. As mentioned on a different post (the one about time out), the CAC is working quite substantially on this. Surprisingly it wasn’t mentioned…Hmmmm….

  12. Well then, quit your f-in’ belly aching and tell us about it!!!

  13. i did…why didn’t you read it? literally no replies when it was posted more than a week ago on the discussion about TimeOut (actually May 23). But lots of feedback from those that received my mass email in which it was included.

    see below, for your ref, balzac (by the way, who are you mystery man…)

    #Olga May 23rd, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    ….Again, it seems like I just have to repeat again and again what the CAC is, and yes, it is also an advocacy organization.

    For this issue, here’s what we’re doing: I have emailed the DCA people in question asking them to rethink their position and make the process more transparent, getting all the commissions out to the art community, not hiding them somewhere on their website, and getting a committee in place again. I have also let them know that we will ask all our members and constitutents to contact their aldermen and discuss this issue with them. We are covering it in the newspaper, in the June issue of ArtNews, and in a full-length article in the July/August issue, complete with interviews with Scott Hodes, DCA, Public art commission staff in other states where the model is more transparent, etc.

    It would have been nice for this effort to be coordinated – like i said before, strength in numbers. Meaning, someone could have called me and said, “hey, what can we do TOGETHER for more impact?”. Just another example of how, due to hubris, we are fragmented as a community. Be it.

    And still….even in the podcast of a few days ago….

  14. We seem to have multiple Brian’s posting to the blog.

  15. It must have gotten lost in the deluge of Shark posts.

  16. Also FYI

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balzac

  17. wow, you are so resilient….what kind of diet have you kept, honore daaaling?…

  18. I keep fit by consumption of copious amount of alcohol and my deeply rooted love of the arts.

  19. Good show. Thank you.

  20. Thanks! We appreciate feedback. It’s funny as we are all so busy we more-or-less create the show in a bubble. It’s nice to hear from the listeners. That is why I like the Blog so damn much, the discussions are really interesting.

    R

  21. Mr. Alex–the beauty of the vulnerable subversive made into a party. You do make the world a better place.

  22. johncurrin Says:

    Well Olga, it appears that your wild catting under the banner of the CAC regarding this public art nonsense has come to an end. Yes you can organize individually, but I do not think the CAC Board has given you the green light to do what you are doing under their name.

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