This week Dana Bassett and Duncan MacKenzie catch up with Peter Wachtler at Chicago’s Renaissance Society just after their 100th anniversary.
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
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.
This week: About a year and a half ago we mourned the passing of a true Chicago legend. Barbara DeGenevieve was an epic instructor, a committed boundary tester, and an enthusiastic gender warrior. Lisa Wainwright did a great job memorializing her on our site and this September Iceberg Projects mounted the first exhibition in honor of her legacy. Dr. Dan Berger, David Getsy, Doug Ischar, and our own Duncan MacKenzie gathered to discuss her exhibition, her story, and what made her the force she was.
Yes. Four white men whose names all begin with D got together to discuss a great woman. Yes we know. Take your fingers away from your keyboards.
David Getsy Just dropped a new book and announced another. Check it out…
Our initial Memorial…
Epic Chicago cultural legend Anne Elizabeth Moore joins Duncan’s Columbia College class “the Late, Late Afternoon Show” for an invasive journey through her history. Abigail Satinsky joins Bad at Sports for a farewell Chicago as she confesses her move to Philadelphia.
Moore the warrior of comics, punk rock, anti-capitalism, journalism, and Cambodia’s future, recounts her world.