Episode 247: ILSSA

May 23, 2010 · Print This Article

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This week: The third in the lecture series that was in conjunction with the Bad at Sports organized exhibition “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining”. Tom and Amanda talk to Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts.

Founded by two letterpress printers, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA). ILSSA is a membership organization for those who make conceptual or experimental work with obsolete technology. Consisting of a Union and a Research Institute, ILSSA seeks to build community and create resources, promoting the creative re-use of discarded innovations and the values embedded within them. Since its inception in 2008, ILSSA has grown to over 100 members, including a social sculpture weaver, a clip art librarian, a blogger who posts in needlepoint, a designer/builder of vacuum tube electronics, and an heirloom farmer.

On this evening with the use of an overhead projector and a portable anachronistic sound system, the ILSSA co-operators will provide an overview of the organization, its activities and members, and the philosophy behind their collective interests.

Episode 246: Steven Rand

May 17, 2010 · Print This Article

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This week, Duncan, Amanda and Tom talk to artist Steven Rand, who is the founder and Executive Director of apexart in New York.

If you are in or around NYC this is the last week of “Don’t Piss On Me and Tell Me It’s Raining” the Bad at Sports organized show, go check it out while you still can!

Painters/Painting Panel Tonight at apexart!

April 28, 2010 · Print This Article

Dike Blair. Untitled, 1990, gouache, pencil, and spray paint on paper, 9 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Feature Inc., New York.

Tonight – Wednesday April 28th at 6pm Bad at Sports’ own Tom Sanford moderates a multi-generational panel on painting. The discussion takes place at apexart in New York and is the second live event presented in conjunction with the exhibition Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining, organized by Bad at Sports. Full details below….

Moderated by Tom Sanford, painter and Bad at Sports correspondent

Kamrooz Aram
Dike Blair
Holly Coulis
David Humphrey
Deborah Kass

These “Painters of Painting,” representing various generations of New
York painters, are all prominent voices among their cohort who enlist
a wide variety of approaches to the medium. They will discuss the
current concerns in painting as well as painting’s enduring relevance
as a humanistic and idiosyncratic antidote to the prevailing corporate
culture of consensus and commodification.

In conjunction with the exhibition Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s
Raining curated by Bad at Sports & will be recorded for podcast on an
upcoming edition of the Bad at Sports Podcast (AKA the Amanda Browder

Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1978, and received his MFA
from Columbia University in 2003. Aram’s works bring together
traditional, modern and contemporary cultural references to create
images reflecting the complexity of contemporary life. His work has
been shown in museums and galleries around the world and featured and
reviewed in numerous publications. In spring 2010 his work will be
featured in the group exhibition Self-Consciousness in Berlin at
VeneKlasen Werner, co-curated by Peter Doig and Hilton Als. Aram lives
and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Dike Blair is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in NYC and
Hortonville, NY. He teaches painting at RISD and has contributed
articles to a number of magazines.

Holly Coulis lives and works in Brooklyn. She was born in Canada and
received her MFA in Boston. Her work can be seen at Cherry and Martin
Gallery in LA.

David Humphrey is a New York artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins &
Co. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was released by
Periscope Publishing this year.

Deborah Kass’ paintings examine the intersection of art history,
popular culture and the self. She received her BFA in Painting at
Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the Whitney Museum Independent
Study Program, and the Art Students’ League. Her work is in museum
collections throughout the U.S. and numerous public and private
collections and has been shown nationally and internationally. She is
a Senior Critic in the Yale University MFA Painting Program and is
represented by Vincent Fremont and the Paul Kasmin Gallery.

ArtReview Reports on BaS NYC Gallery Show

April 27, 2010 · Print This Article

Chris Bors of ArtReview reports in on the Bad at Sports gallery show “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining” which has been up at Apexart Gallery in NYC since April 7th & will continue till May 22nd. In the review Mr. Bors comments on the relationship of the Art world to the internet & blogging especially. Pointing out Richard Flood’s recent statement at the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum about bloggers being prairie dogs; popping up one after another with no communication between themselves & no (editorial) oversight. A statement that one can debate the merits of but also one that Bad at Sports for over five years has been working to prove false.

In the review Mr. Bors recounts the history of Bad at Sports, the artists it has been lucky enough to work with over the years and the work they donated to be part of the gallery show. While also commenting on one piece in particular saying:

The liveliest work on view, however, is in apexart’s window, where a monitor shows animated credits listing Bad at Sports’s contributors. Created by B@S member Christopher Hudgens in the style of designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, well known for his masterful film titles, the retro graphics, limited animation and jazz soundtrack mesh seamlessly, while managing to get in a dig at Flood for good measure.

Bad at Sports would like to thank Mr. Bors for coming out to see the show and taking the time to review it. More so we want to thank every artist that was involved in the opening which in reality is nothing but an extention of the generous giving of time, ideas & energy those same people have shared with us for over 250 hours of interviews, talks, laughs & drinking since Bad at Sports first aired in 2005.

apexart Recap | Installation

April 13, 2010 · Print This Article

Last week Duncan, Richard and I traveled to New York City to install Bad at Sport’s first NYC exhibition entitled  Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining at apexart. Although stressful at times, as any exhibition can be, I can safely say that we were all excited to work with the lovely team at Apex and exhibit work from 180+ artists that have been on the show. This week I will be posting mostly photo recaps of our experience putting together the show and some photographs of work I saw when traveling around New York city. Our first group of photographs encompass the beginning install.

When we were first asked by apexart if we would like to have an exhibition in their space one of the first concerns was, “how do you take a web project and create an exhibition?” Many of us have thought of Bad at Sports as an archive of what is currently happening in our communities. With that in mind we decided to ask participants of the show to send in a piece that would create a physical archive. Receiving the work was not an issue but properly cataloging it became a task of its own. The first couple of days we archived, well, the archive with photographs and a numbering system. Once that was finished we began arranging the works in clusters.


Unpacking all of the work


Duncan and Tom documenting some work

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