This week: Tom Sanford is back! Tom and Duncan talk to Avi Gitler about his gallery Gitler & _______ and his amazing stories of world travel and the terror of facing the NYT art critic!
This week Dana Bassett and Duncan MacKenzie catch up with Peter Wachtler at Chicago’s Renaissance Society just after their 100th anniversary.
We “borrowed” this from Art Space which “borrowed” it from the Liverpool Biennial… probably it is updated on the Renassance Society website.
Hometown: Hanover, Germany
Lives and Works: Brussels, Belgium and Berlin, Germany
Education: Fine Art Studies, Bauhaus-University Weimar with Prof. Fritz Rahmann, 2004
Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury / England
While it might seem foreign or unfamiliar, underwater life, bourgeois domesticity, or the world of Peter Wächtler’s animated cartoons are simply habitats, each one coming with a set of behaviors, life-forms, movements, objects, images, and relationships. What is a disaster in one is a miracle in another and nothing more than routine in another. Dislocating them or mixing them together short-circuits their logic. To a butler—like the character that so frequently appears in Wächtler’s work—acts of intimacy, hospitality, corruption, lust, kindness, desperation, generosity, jealousy, hypocrisy, or delinquency are all the same in the end—it’s all just administration. Or,in an animated cartoon, deadpan humor can be laced with depression and pathos, and used to tell stories of heart-broken rats or hobos.
Peter Wächtler’s recent solo exhibitions include dépendance, Brussels, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Ludlow 38, New York, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Galerie Lars Friedrich, Berlin, Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels. His work has been included in group exhibitions atLyon Biennale, Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Witte de With, and Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.
Courtesy of Liverpool Biennial
The Ren posted the audio of his reading here…
Also this episode has a strange easter egg.
Peter Wa?chtler, IV, 2016 Bronze;471/2×181/2×131/4in
Courtesy of the artist and Lars Friedrich, Berlin Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Peter Wa?chtler, Laundry 4, 2016
Watercolor and pencil on paper; 72 x 108 1/2 inches Courtesy of the artist and Lars Friedrich, Berlin Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Peter Wa?chtler, Secrets of a Trumpet, installation view, 2016 Courtesy of the artist and the Renaissance Society
Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Peter Wa?chtler, Teddy Boy 1 (l) and Teddy Boy 2 (r), 2016 Watercolor and pencil on plywood; 34 1/2 x 35 x 22 1/2 in each
Courtesy of the artist; Lars Friedrich, Berlin (l); and de?pendance, Brussels (r)
Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Holy smokes. Before bed we managed to get this little tidbit (but we were *forced* to keep it quite until now)…
Our very own PATRICIA MALONEY is now the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of SOUTHERN EXPOSURE!
Sad news for our friends at Art Practical but she is stuck with us (and they are in great hands.) So there.
Here is the press release which is slightly more dignified then our irrepressible enthusiasm.
Photo credit: Ellen Shershow Photography.
Southern Exposure Welcomes Patricia Maloney
As New Executive Director
February 23, 2016, San Francisco, CA – Southern Exposure is excited to announce that Patricia Maloney has been named the new Executive Director of the 41-year-old San Francisco art organization, effective March 14, 2016. Maloney is the founder of Art Practical and executive director of Daily Serving | Art Practical, a partnership between the long-running international platform dedicated to articulating artists’ voices and the Bay Area’s leading visual arts magazine.
“The board and staff are thrilled to welcome Patricia to Southern Exposure,“ said SoEx board president Kelsey Nicholson. “Her strategic vision, leadership capacity and business savvy, along with her unwavering advocacy for visual arts are exactly what we were searching for to lead Southern Exposure in our fifth decade of supporting visual artists. Patricia is deeply rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area artistic community, while also maintaining a strong national presence that will keep Southern Exposure at the forefront of the nationwide network of alternative art spaces. Each day our excitement grows with Patricia at the helm of SoEx.”
“I see a remarkable continuity of purpose between the work of Southern Exposure and Daily Serving | Art Practical,” said Maloney. “Both organizations steadfastly believe in the importance of investing in artist-centered production, and both display a dynamic interchange between producer, subject, and audience. I am excited to take on this new role as the Bay Area cultural ecosystem undergoes one of the most consequential transformations it may ever experience, with the confluence of new spaces opening alongside shifting demographics and significant economic challenges. Southern Exposure’s position within this new landscape is perhaps more vital than ever because of its capacity to catalyze and support artists’ practices.”
Demonstrating the collective and collaborative spirit that characterizes the Bay Area visual arts culture, Art Practical was a recipient of the organization’s Alternative Exposure grant in 2009. This program, launched in 2007 in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. “The Alternative Exposure grant validated our mission and signaled to the Bay Area arts community that we were worthy of its attention. Because Southern Exposure was willing to stand behind our work in our early days, we received heightened visibility and crucial funding from other organizations, and we were able to grow in a significant way very quickly. Today, Art Practical is nationally recognized and respected for its critical content and public programming,” Maloney remarked. “I’m excited to reinvest my knowledge and experience in SoEx, and I am committed to foregrounding the myriad ways by which this organization can contribute to the sustenance and growth of this community.”
ABOUT PATRICIA MALONEY
Patricia Maloney is the founding editor and director of Art Practical. In 2013, she also became the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving. She has been an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Maloney has written for Artforum, ArtChronika, The Brooklyn Rail, Meatpaper, and SFMOMA’s Open Space, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogues. She has organized programs with a broad range of arts organizations, including 826 Valencia, UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center, Art LA Contemporary, Cannonball, the Charlotte Street Foundation, Gray Area Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation, the Lab, Southern Exposure, and SFMOMA. With Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, she created the YBCA Artist Residency Program in 2013 and with the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, she created the ACAC Writing Fellowship in 2012.
Between 2000 and 2012, she held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; and the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Program Associate for the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
ABOUT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.
An active presence in the Bay Area since 1974, SoEx is continually evolving in response to the needs of artists and the community while engaging the public in artists’ work. Central to our mission is to remain the most accessible space for visual artists to produce and present new work, learn and connect. SoEx provides visual artists with the tools and resources they need to experiment in an open and supportive environment. We also work to advocate to new, diverse audiences and build an ever-growing community of enthusiasts and supporters of the visual arts.
For press inquiries and images, contact Lisa Martin at 415-863-2141 x102 or email@example.com. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM and gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 PM. Admission is always FREE. Website: www.soex.org.
Pretty sure I pronounced Vesna’s last name wrong… Opps.
But here it is the long awaited conversation and the return of a former host.
From the International Museum of Surgical Science…
Vesna Jovanovic is a Chicago-based visual artist who specializes in conceptualizations of the human body. Using spilled ink as groundwork, she creates drawings that often formally resemble medical illustration while concentrating on what is usually left out: how it feels and what it means to have a body as well as how the body is culturally perceived. With drawing as a bodily act and medical illustration as a visual trope, Jovanovic brings embodiment, biopolitics, phenomenology, and various other ideas and theories of the human body into her work.
Portrait by Bob Mishlove
This week, we join Brian and Patricia as they chat with Bay Area artist, doyenne, and badass Catherine Wagner following a decadent champagne brunch in her studio to ring in the New Year. For over thirty years Catherine Wagner has been observing the built environment as a metaphor for how we construct our cultural identities. She’s examined institutions as various as art museums and science labs, the home and Disneyland. Ms. Wagner’s process involves the investigation of what art critic David Bonetti calls “the systems people create, our love of order, our ambition to shape the world, the value we place on knowledge, and the tokens we display to express ourselves.”
While Ms. Wagner has spent her life residing in California, she has also been an active international artist, working photographically, as well as site-specific public art, and lecturing extensively at museums and universities. She has received many major awards, including the Rome Prize (2013-2014), a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships, and the Ferguson Award. In 2001 Ms. Wagner was named one of Time Magazine’s Fine Arts Innovators of the Year. Her work is represented in major collections nationally and around the world, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SFMOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, MFA Houston. She has also published several monographs, including American Classroom, Art & Science: Investigating Matter, and Cross Sections.