Allright so my computer is fairly f-ed and therefore this show note will be even less witty than usual. A bunch of post-its are wedged between the keyboard and the video processor to hold it in place. Curse you IBM.
Duncan and Marc LeBlanc talk to Caleb Lyons of Old Gold Gallery and formerly of Art Ledge.
Duncan talks to artist Lisa Boumstein-Smalley about her new show at the Alfedena Gallery.
Brian Andrews and Marc LeBlanc talk to Justin Hansch about Justinâ€™s Museum of Contemporary Art. We collectively apologize for the crappy sound quality on this one but we are working to correct the problem.
Sarah corrects BAS on their grammar.
This Week: Guest interviewer Lisa Dorin talks to German artist Jana Gunstheimer (see the blurb shamelessly lifted from the AIC website, below). ALSO we get two different perspectives on the fight over the Public Art Program and how they handle the selection and approval process. Kathryn talks to Olga Stefan Executive Director of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition at Monday’s protest rally, and
Richard spent a lot of time chuckling to himself about the music cues in this weeks show.
German artist Jana Gunstheimer combines her academic training in ethnology with a refined figurative drawing practice to observe and comment on aspects of her own culture. Gunstheimer responds to the transformations she sees taking place in contemporary German society including postindustrial desolation, drastic unemployment, and rising levels of aggression among people of her generation by way of a semi-fictional organization she calls Nova Porta. Complete with a logo, Web site, and an actual membership, the organization offers People without Social Function a semblance of structure through group cohesion and rigid hierarchy.
Adopting impenetrable rituals, tireless evaluation procedures, and managed leisure, the organization’s stated goal is risk management and its activities are driven, if not wholly fabricated, by the artist. Under the conceptual framework of Nova Porta, Gunstheimer effectively parodies hierarchical structures, bureaucracy, and, most importantly, society’s need to define oneÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s worth in terms of work.
Focus: Jana Gunstheimer is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the
This week Michelle Grabner and Duncan interview Gaylen Gerber.
“Gaylen Gerber’s work often incorporates the artwork of other artists in its realization. Gerber asks other artists to cooperate with him and let their work be installed against the ground he provides. In doing so he focuses our attention on a central aspect of perception, which is that to perceive something at all you must first be able to perceive it as distinct from its context or background. By positioning his work as the contextual ground against which we see another work of art, Gerber draws attention to the permeability of the distinctions between object and context and fundamentally questions the stability of perception itself. Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely including recent exhibitions and cooperative projects at the Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Luxembourg; FRAC-Bourgogne and Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Exhibition view of Gaylen Gerber’s 2006 Mudam exhibition featuring Gerber’s work with Kay Rosen, Sam Salisbury and Remy Zaugg. Zaugg’s text roughly translates: and if, as soon as I act, I was not being anymore. Photo: Jean-Noel Lafargue.”
The closing song goes out to Duncan.
Are you tired of all the self obsessed, cynical, angry art thatâ€™s out there today? Well Alex Jovanovich is out there to fix what ails you and point you in the right direction! Terri talks to Alex about his Loveliness Workshops.
Next, Kathryn talks to Paul Klein about the screwed up stuff going on with public art funding in Chicago. Paul is working of some interesting activist stuff and we will post a letter/manifesto on the recent events, on our blog.
Then, Mark Staff Brandl checks in from the Central Europe Bureau!
Last, Mike Benedetto, with another Art Superstar Cinema Spotlight. The Supertsar is Monique Meloche. The movie is Volver directed by Pedro Almodovar. Mike made his own bed music for this bit. Wow.
Wow, what a whole lot of show.
This week Terri talks to Gregg Bordowitz and David Getsy about queer art, queer theory and what it means to be queer in 2007. Duncan and Meg were there too, but it is mostly Terri, Gregg and Davidâ€™s show.
Gregg Bordowitz is a writer, AIDS activist, and film-and videomaker. His work, including Fast Trip, Long Drop (1993) and Habit (2001), documents his personal experiences of testing positive and living with HIV within the context of a personal and global crisis. His writings are collected in The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings:1986-2003. He is currently on faculty in the Film Video and New Media department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
David Getsy is an author, theorist and Assistant Professor of 19th and early 20th Century Art Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago