Episode 564: Caroline Wells Chandler

December 3, 2016 · Print This Article

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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 :

http://www.fieldprojectsgallery.com/springbreak2016/

 

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.

Amanda Browder

www.amandabrowder.com

 

ALSO: Go see Richard’s show!

OPENS SUNDAY DECEMBER 4th! 3-6PM

Riverside Arts Center

32 East Quincy St

Riverside, IL  60302

www.riversideartscenter.com

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm

 

Good Machines

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:

http://www.riversideartscenter.com/good-machines/




Episode 544: Spring Break!

March 24, 2016 · Print This Article

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This week: Bad at Sports goes to SPRING BREAK Art Fair in the burned out section of the Post Office building on the Westside of Manhattan. Sadly we did not get loopy with jello shots and beach balls, but instead nerded out with some killer art conversations with some fantastic work! Joining Amanda this week is her co-host artist Caroline Burghardt, a Brooklyn based artists who looks at the relationship between humans and nature. Check out her site at www.carolineburghardt.com.

At the fair we first chatted with artist David B. Smith about his installation of fabric based sculptures. Then headed over to the curated exhibition “Doppelnamer” that is curated by and Elisabeth Smolarz, Lauren Silberman and Jamie Diamond. We chatted with Elisabeth and Lauren about the artists in the show, and their doppelnamers. The artists featured in the room were: Daniel Bejar, Vince Contarino, Andrew Ross, Jonathan Allen, Brent Birnbaum, Jamie Diamond, Lauren Silberman and Elisabeth Smolarz… and all of their doppelnamers.

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Top: David B. Smith installation at Spring Break

Bottom: Brent Birnbaum and his Doppelnamer + Elisabeth Smolarz and Lauren Silberman chatting with Caroline Burghardt and Amanda Browder in the Doppelnamer booth at Spring Break.

Part I:
David B. Smith : artist
http://www.thedavidsmith.com/

Part II:
Elisabeth Smolarz and Lauren Silberman and Jamie Diamond curators and artists part of the booth “Dopplenamer”
Artists in the show: Daniel Bejar, Vince Contarino, Andrew Ross, Jonathan Allen, Brent Birnbaum and all of their doppelnamers.




Episode 445: Katy Hamer Fair Roundup!(TM)

March 11, 2014 · Print This Article

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This week: Katy Hamer, who in addition to her superior intellect and charm ALSO has stamina. So she demonstrates that stamina in our bed… and by bed we mean our bed booth at VOLTA in NYC this past weekend during which she tells us all about the art fairs.

What did you think we meant? What the hell is wrong with you, we don’t roll like that. Well, okay there was that time at a certain campingy art residency but I was drunk and I didn’t know it was a sheep. But Katy should have her good name sullied by associationw with us! She is a talented writer and critic, how dare you.

Read her wildly impressive blog:

http://eyes-towards-the-dove.com

Update:

B@S would like to acknowledge that Mr. Holland’s discussion announcing the death of Christine ‘Moose’ McGlade was in error. Moose is alive and well. Mikey didn’t die from pop rocks and soda, Paul is not dead but he is embarrassing himself by trying to get the credits changed, Richard Gere does not “gerbil” although he did make a movie completely abhorrent to his Buddhist beliefs romanticizing a prostitute’s life into the Cinderella story which is super creepy despite the fact we all saw the movie and were charmed by “Guido the killer pimp”, Jamie Lee Curtis nor Lady Gaga are hermaphrodites, and the US really did land on the moon. Are we okay now?



EDITION #20

November 18, 2013 · Print This Article

Two buses, Two shows

The Central Techno Authority really came through this past Friday as perpetually late but perfectly on time for not one, but two rounds of seriously heady electronic music. First off, I just want to say that I had been excited for this Oneohtrix Point Never show at Constellation for-ever. I heard from a murky internet source that the show was to be opened by Chicago’s Brett Naucke. However, it later surfaced that Naucke was premiering a quadrophonic composition at Experimental Sound Studio. For this iteration of ESS’s Oscillations Series, Naucke was going cultural with a piece based on Richard Serra’s sculpture Reading Cones. Obviously, I had to go to both.

OPN at Constellation.

I headed off on the long journey north to ESS on first the 74 east and then the 50 northbound to wherever Edgewater is. Despite the two buses, I arrived right on time to get a seat for Naucke’s set. I closed my eyes and felt like my brain was unraveling, in a pleasant way. Naucke’s 30 minute set was distinctly metallic, and gave off the aural vibe of the sculpture, which itself appears to be some sort of Staregate-like vortex propelling industrial wavelengths into the atmosphere. The sounds were given life and movement through the quadrophonic experience, which immersed the audience who were also fully zoned. The piece culminated with a twinkly modulation that echoed into silence and eased the audience back to reality. My reality was that I needed to get to Oneohtrix Point Never stat!

Bootleg of Naucke’s Composition for Richard Serra’s Reading Cones.

I unfortunately had to skip out on Alex Barnett & Ken Camden as I boarded the 50 southbound to the 77 back west to Constellation. To be honest, I was a little panicked– I had spaced out and forgot to buy tickets. The show had sold out, but reality wasn’t going to get in the way of my destiny. After another endless bus ride, I arrived at the venue ready to scheme my way inside. Shout out to the slackers who bought tickets and didn’t show up cause I got into the shit no problem. Sat down three rows back, right in front of point never’s Daniel Lopatin right as he began to play.

Oneohtrix Point Never’s encore at Constellation.

Lopatin’s sound has noticeably evolved with his most recent release on Warp Records and I was really curious to see how his new sound would translate live. Oneohtrix Point Never was initially known for the mellow post-apocalyptic feel he achieved by looping his Juno 60 and pitched down samples. His set reflected this change. Instead of his trusty Juno 60 dominating his rig, Lopatin’s faced glowed angelically under the ambient light of his Mac laptop. Although the method has changed, the vibe remains the same. The audience was treated to a series of electronic compositions incorporating many of his new techniques including melodious chopped up vocal samples and pulsing synthesizers and a surprising amount of bass and percussion. The pulsating live visuals played off the hyper modern digital Wabi-sabi design of his most recent album covers. The pairing of music and visuals created a polysensorial glimpse into our inevitable cold futures wandering aimlessly in small pods across space time into nothingness. As the set came to close, I felt uplifted. That night the impossible became possible.

On the CTA, time is not linear. Manifest your own reality.

Brandon Warren Alvendia (Chicago, IL) 36 y.o. male Filipino-American is a suspect in the petty theft of 2.5 sentences of a press release text from an undisclosed New York City Art Gallery. The perpetrator attempted to invoke Fair Use Doctrine and thus waived the use of the cryptomnesia defense. The victims will remain unidentified to protect the privacy of their families. Alvendia is expected to plead guilty and accept his sentence of a lifetime of community service.

Installation at Women Weed & Weather.

The Weatherman Report

Gerhard Richter, Rain, 1988 (oil on canvas, 67 cm x 92 cm).

Cement Obstacle Foils Cyclists on Damen

Tired of the conventional potholes and run-of-the-mill cracks that dot and line every block of the city? Bike commuters were no doubt asking for a new kind of obstacle, and Chicago has answered the call. Introducing an impressive, and hopefully temporary, cement addition to the already difficult cycling conditions at Damen and Walnut.

It’s existed long enough to earn some traffic cones and warning signs, though the majority of the safety equipment has fallen over and drifted into the bike lane. Other rough-riding winners of the week include the nearly bike-proof eastbound stretch of Grand, between Pulaski and Central Park, and the viaduct on 23rd street, between Western and Rockwell, which last month featured a white loveseat that was perfectly situated in the middle of the craggy westbound lane. Keep reading the Traffic Report for more roadway gossip and Chicago street surprises in the future!

From Emerald City to blue painted beans, Saturday Night Openings Pop

A gem by Annie Strachan. at LVL3’s Emerald City.

LVL3 directors, Vincent Uribe and Anna Mort showing emerald solidarity at the exhibition’s opening.

Cutris Mann’s new cutout images of his studio are to die for.

A detail of Daniel Luedtke’s large scale mixed media sculptural work at the opening for Secound Primary at 3433.

Carson Fisk-Vittori and Derek Fretch during their triumphiant return to Chicago for the opening of Women Weed & Weather at Carrie Secrist Gallery.

WTT? visits New York, Gets Killer Mani

SO, here’s the T. Last week I was in NY for a wedding at Bryant Park.* The affair was black tie and I arrived in NY in desperate need of a manicure. In an usually unusual turn of events, I ended up in the East Village apartment of Miss Pop Nails, fashion manicurist to all my favorite drag queens, celebrities and designers. Being the So Fla yentas that we both are we totes hit it off, and Miss Pop gave me the most to die for manicure I’ve ever had.

Photo by Spencer J. LaFrandré.

Since I can’t keep anything to myself, here are some masterpieces nails that Ms. P created for the Guggenheim before the project was unfortunately scraped due to some “other” museums nail salon.

Masterpieces of nail couture.

If you’re like me, and can’t get enough of fly nails, follow Miss Pop Nails on tumblr/instagram and check out her tutorials. Here’s how to do my wedding nails on Cosmo. Living for her Warhol-inspired flower mani and the project with KAWS!

I died.

*A shooting went down on the ice rink the same night as the wedding! That was it’s whole own crazy story.




Episode 259: Aaron Johnson and Ryan Schneider

August 19, 2010 · Print This Article

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Aaron Johnson in front of his painting

Aaron Johnson in front of his painting


This week: Tom and Amanda talk to NYC based painters Aaron Johnson and Ryan Schneider.

BAS sends mucho congratulations to the MacKenzie family.

Ryan Schneider Install

Ryan Schneider Install