This week on Bad at Sports, NYC/BAS: Amanda Browder and Caroline Burghardt return to the airwaves with an interview with New York based artist Caroline Wells Chandler. Our interview was done a few months after his installation at Spring Break art fair 2016 / Field Projects in NYC. The quote below is from the statement for this exhibition.
“Chandler pulls inspiration from the story of Hermaphroditus and his merging with the water nymph Salmacis. Melding this ancient Greek myth with contemporary references and creations, from transgender Santa Claus to beach bums and cowboys, the artist playfully immerses the audience in an exploration of transgender identity. Contemporary identities morph and fluctuate, pushed forward by radical practices of self-creation and influenced by biological impulses and desires. While the shaping and reshaping, identifying and unidentifying, copying and pasting may seem fanciful at first glance, the stakes for trans and lgbtq-identified people are deep and pressing. Chandler’s work acknowledges the deep stakes at hand, while embracing a joyful, celebratory aesthetic, combining playful colors and forms with a confident embrace of sexuality. “
For all in Chicago in 2017 look out for his solo exhibition at Andrew Rafacz Gallery.
Link to Field Projects and Caroline Wells Chandler’s site :
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Caroline Wells Chandler currently lives and works in New York. He completed his foundation studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2007. He has shown at numerous institutions including: Zurcher Studio (NY), Anna Kustera (NY), Field Projects (NY), Vox Populi (PA), Sanctuary (PA), N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (MI), Open Gallery (TN), The Bascom (NC), Arlington Arts Center (VA), and the Stieglitz Museum (‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) among others. Chandler is a 2011 MFA recipient in painting at the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques. He lives and works in New York. Queering the Lines will mark the third solo show within a year for the artist.
ALSO: Go see Richard’s show!
OPENS SUNDAY DECEMBER 4th! 3-6PM
Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy St
Riverside, IL 60302
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm
Artists: Taylor Hokanson in collaboration with J. Stephen Lee, Richard Holland, Niki Passath, Jesse Seay, and Philip von Zweck
Curated by: Natalie Jacobson
Opening reception: December 4th, 3-6, with artist talk from 5-6pm.
Family Day event: December 10th, 2-4
“This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.”
Here’s a brief blurb about the show:
How can we use technology to better connect to others and create new experiences for ourselves? This group exhibition explores this question through works that exploit machine and technology and use interactivity as a form of performance, while looking at the role that potentiality and destruction play within those experiences. Artists whose work often uses technology as a medium are invited to create machines that will generate a gesture, a kind of “drawing” in the form of a mark, sound, light, object, or movement. Due to direct or indirect public interaction with the machines, and within the confines of the gallery space, these drawings will change over time, and possibly be destroyed in the process. Come join in!
Here’s the page link on the RAC website, it has artist bios and such: