Episode 567: Balas and Wax

Episode 567: Balas and Wax


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On this illustrious episode of Bad@SportsCenter, Brian and Ryan chat with the collaborative, Balas & Wax, about their current project Settlement, sponsored by Chicago’s Threewalls. Susy Bielak is an artist, writer, curator, and educator, and Fred Schmalz is and artist, poet, and editor. Under their collaborative moniker, the partnership focuses on the peculiarities of contemporary cities, generated from a foundation of ethnographic and journalistic research and healthy touch of the absurd.

Episode 656: Brett Cook

Episode 656: Brett Cook


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Live from the patio of the Oakland Museum!

Artist, organizer, spiritualist Brett Cook enlightens us on the structure of dialogue and how we as artists can provide platforms for others. we also stared towards the negotiation of power relationships within the visual and the social. We also wrestle with how an audience can more completely understand artists and their production.

All of us struggle with validation in the context of separation and exclusion.

Episode: 654 Neeraja D and Ahmed Ozsever

Episode: 654 Neeraja D and Ahmed Ozsever


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On this episode of Bad @ SportsCenter, we speak with Neeraja D and Ahmed Ozsever about their transnational collaboration N/A. Their exhibit, N/A: An Architectural Ceremony, is currently on display at Carthage College’s HF Johnson Gallery, reuniting the duo for an immersive installation featuring photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. We discuss the function of authorship and international mail and revel in the gentle cacophony of malapropisms, mispronunciations, and misspeak. And a good time was had by all.

Episode 653: Jacob Saenz

Episode 653: Jacob Saenz


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Poetry? Hell yes we do that.

Bio from the Poetry Foundation:

Poet and editor Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. He earned a BA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago. His first collection of poetry, Throwing the Crown, was awarded the 2018 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from Coppery Canyon Press.

Saenz has been an editor at Columbia Poetry Review and an associate editor at RHINO. He works as an acquisitions assistant at the Columbia College library and has read his poetry at a number of Chicago venues. A CantoMundo fellow, he has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

Episode 652: David Hockney

Episode 652: David Hockney


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This week we have the honor of welcoming David Hockney. One of the world’s most celebrated artists David joins us at an amazing time. We catch up with him in the context of his beautiful new show at Richard Gray gallery but we catch him the day before he is expected to become the artists whose work has broken the world record for highest price paid at auction for a work by a living artist. He is pretty chill about it and gives us a little bit of a lesson on perspective and how photography has rotted the Western mind. We also learn what VR might be good for.