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 :
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.
ALSO: Go see Richard’s show!
OPENS SUNDAY DECEMBER 4th! 3-6PM
Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy St
Riverside, IL 60302
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm
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:
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.
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.
David B. Smith : artist
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.
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:
B@S would like to acknowledge that Mr. Holland’s discussion announcing the death ofÂ Christine ‘Moose’ McGladeÂ 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?
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