Episode 190: Steve Litsios

April 19, 2009 · Print This Article

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First, Duncan and Richard present a horribly off-track intro which consists largely of talk of herpes and sleeping around. Eventually they get around to discussing what is really important, this week’s show!

Steve Litsios, an artist from La Chaux-de-Fonds in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, is interviewed this week by Mark Staff Brandl. Litsios is known for his vast paper installations, wall objects, smaller sculpture, and web-work, all of which are elegant, restrained, and yet puckish in their surprising flirtation with elements of garishness. His work has recently begun to incorporate political content into his formerly abstract approach. The artist also plays in several roots blues and skiffle bands.

Then, in the closing, Duncan calls out Joseph Mohan. Other wackiness ensues.
Steve Litsios
Suisse Romande
Art Trogen Galerie
Musée d’art et d’histoire Neuchatel
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Jura Mountains
Louis-Joseph Chevrolet
Jura Watchmakers
Jura Anarchists
Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris)
Blaise Cendrars
Sophie Taeuber Arp
San Francisco Art Institute
Ecole des Beaux-Arts Geneva
La Sorbonne
The Crawfish Blues Band
Rattlebrained (Steve’s blog)
CERN and the Internet
US Department of Defense and the Web
Interference paint
Litsios installations
Demonstrating Water with Stones at Centre d’Art en L’Ile
Demonstrating Water video
Dr. Splash video
Collapsible Kunsthalle video
Collapsible Kunsthalle
Alkyd paint
One-Shot sign paint
Swiss language division “Roestigraben”

11 thoughts on “Episode 190: Steve Litsios”

  1. Hey, Richie — puckish is a great adjective — fits Steve even better than mischievious, playful or whimsical or whatever. I thoroughly enjoy how exact yet associative one can get with vocabulary in English, stuff which often has to be done with grammar in many other languages. At least, those are not jargonistic art school words incorrectly used, as is often true at BaS (e.g.: reference as a verb, “based OFF” instead of “based ON,” etc.) I realize you would never say that sentence. You didn’t, I did. You read it. So puck you! (And GO Mike Benadetto! Nah nah nah.) I agree with you, though, that the art student diary thing was sad and repugnant, although I wouldn’t want to describe my own life at that age, which wasn’t much better …

  2. Richard Holland says:

    Alas, it’s true. I think my objection was to the use of puckish and the phrase “flirtation with garishness” in the same sentence.

    You AND Mike can go puck yourselves.

  3. OK — I plead guilty to (over-)loving nuanced vocabulary.

    I’ll change it to Consensus-approved hip-art-student, middlebrow artspeak:

    The artist’s work, like, interrogates the fluid communicational post-neo-conceptual structures and systems of a larger, indexed context through not being at all retarded, man, and trangressively references the problematized situation of the, like, totally elitist ability-hang-up, dude, by inverting the situationism of its presentation with kitsch citational applications, I mean, like, Derrida, Lacan, right, and painting is dead, like.

  4. Richard Holland says:

    I think your comment counterpoints the surrealism of the underlying metaphor.

  5. Is the underlying metaphor the “horribly off-track intro” or am I missing something here?

  6. Just happened upon your site today. Very interesting, I learned some interesting things. Ralph

  7. Sorry Steve. Richard and I were just trading nonsense for fun. Together, Riuchard, we could write a wonderfully useless catalog essay. We should really stick to Litsios’s art, which I think is great.

  8. Jack says:

    As has been written about Litsios, “He creates poetic forms in space and thereby rattles our perception with a form of subtle humor.”

  9. Craigslist encounter Valtrex narrative over the never been kissed version of “The Misserables”…speechless once again. I couldn’t even mak it past the intro with out commenting. Thank you again for the laughter and the sunshine.

  10. Richard says:

    Glad to be of service!

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