April 15, 2013 · Print This Article

Super pro-fesh and stylin’ rope jumper, artist, Miami native and three-time SAIC freshman, Walter Latimer after his mind blowing performance at this year’s Art Bash.

Say what!?

News broke this weekend that artist, Walter Latimer, is a former Junior Olympics jump rope record holder! Check out the soon to be viral video of his performance at the SAIC Art Bash.

Video courtesy of Jack Schneider.

T of the Town

Spotted: Matt Austin at the opening for Todd Diederich’s Luminous Flux opening at Johalla Projects with a proof of Diederich’s forthcoming book printed by LATITUDE and available through The Perch.

Spotted at the Katelyn Farstad opening: Julius Ceasar throwing shade at The Propeller Fund in their half-hearted donation appeal.

  • We heard there’s going to be a secret (not anymore!) extension of ACRE Residency’s April 15th Application deadline. So there’s really no excuse, APPLY TODAY! You won’t regret it. (Disclaimer: I didn’t.)
  • In a characteristic move, Pedro Velez calls out an unsuspecting Ryan Coffey on twitter. #RUDE
  • Chicago closet-cum-gallery, Queer Thoughts, holds successful benefit auction, city continues to wonder why?
  • Spotted: Independent Art Champion and Champion of the Arts, Anthony Stepter at the opening of Has the World Already Been Made? x4 by Daniel G. Baird & Haseeb Ahmed at Roots & Culture.

The Weatherman Report

Joan Mitchell, Minnesota, 1980 Oil on canvas (four panels), 102 1/2 x 243 inches (260.4 x 617.2 cm). Collection of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York.

Now on view at The Poetry Foundation.

Reading is Fundamental

  • SAIC Secret Admirers. Looks like SAIC has a crush on Prof. Fleischauer and butts. Also, this is probably the best work from the BFA show. (Courtesy of Sofia Leiby.)
  • You down with OPP? Chicago’s own artist-turned-entreprenuer, Jenny Kendler, is quoted in this fluffy piece about artist’s websites being not websites, but “constructing a narrative”. At least the photo of Kendler is cute.
  • Performing Audiences and Choreographing Coughs. Finally, some real journalism. NPR’s Alva Noë tackles the long-standing question of why audiences cough so damn much during live performances. “They are uncomfortable. They are uncertain. They are, very often, bored out of their minds.” What a surprise. In related news, Rapid Pulse is back for a 2013 installment.

AAM calls out Obama Budget

In an unusual turn of events, everyone is talking about the Obama Administration Budget Proposal for the 2014 Fiscal Year.

The American Alliance of Museums analysis of Obama’s proposed budget is less sexy than a big schmoozy gala, but actually worth reading. As is CultureGrrls somewhat-matter-of-fact budget post.

The AAM calls the proposed limit on charitable deductions “harmful,” but Bloomington’s Michael Ruston disagrees. Notable is his alternative suggestion of an equitable tax credit that would apply across donors, begging the question: should people in higher tax brackers really recieve more credit than those in a lower tax bracket if they are donating the same amount of money?

Ed Ruscha, We the People, 2 color lithograph, 14 x 14”, Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L. and “Artists for Obama.”

Surprisngly absent from the AAM document is a mention of the $59 million dollar increase to the Smithsonian Institution to fund, amongst many other initatives, The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

We’re most excited about the $500,000 proposed for building a telescope in Greenland to scope some black holes, but with a riveting 230 pages of FY14 Budget Proposal, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Right?

Artist Creates Black Hole in Roger’s Park

Abigal Deville’s opening at Iceberg Projects this weekend was TO DIE FOR. Iceberg’s normally crisp gallery was lost to a literal whirlwind of materials collected from Roger’s Avenue and transformed by the artist. More than worth the trip to Roger’s Park.

See XXXXXX now so you can say you knew Deville’s work before it was in Venice.

April 27th, 11am– 9pm. At Roots & Cul­ture 1034 N Mil­wau­kee Ave.

Serv­ing a menu of brunch, lunch all day, and dinner.Brunch 11am-2pm. Din­ner 6pm-8pm. Kitchen closes at 8. 10 seats avail­able at a time. First come, first serve. BYOB. Veg­e­tar­i­ans, of course, are welcome!

Other People’s Pixels (OPP) Responds to a Post on Artist’s Websites

February 1, 2011 · Print This Article

We received this email from Jenny Kendler and Brian Kirkbride, the owners of Other People’s Pixels, in response to a recent post written by one of our regular bloggers, Martine Syms. We welcome Jenny Kendler and Brian Kirkbride’s response, and those of any other readers who wish to comment on our posts. Bad at Sports does not have an editorial mandate or even an “editor” proper; we are a loose network of individuals who pursue our interests relatively independently of one another. Our blog offers a platform to writers who provide interesting points of view on their areas of specialty, but Bad at Sports does not collectively edit or vet those posts. It is understood among all of our writers that they as individuals must take personal responsibility for what they write. In turn, we will enthusiastically publish thoughtful responses to our posts here on the blog, and we encourage readers who have differing  points of view or who simply wish to comment, to do so via email.


Dear Bad at Sports,

Jenny Kendler here. A friend pointed us towards Martine Syms’ recently published article on OtherPeoplesPixels, which is the portfolio website service that I run with my husband, Brian Kirkbride. I’ve written an article for you in the past, for Off-Topic, and really like and admire what you do at Bad at Sports.

Brian and I started OPP as a project for our friends who had asked us for help making a website, while I was in grad school at SAIC. We were pleased and surprised when they told their friends, who told their friends, and 5 years later we have happy customers all over the world. We’ve continued to work to improve OPP, tailoring it specifically to the needs of artists and incorporating many, many suggestions from our customers.

Undoubtedly, there will be people for whom OPP is not a good fit, but for us it was and is a way to help artists (who too often get the short stick in the economy) to share and promote their work online, in a flexible, friendly, and inexpensive way. Again, what is (or is not) considered inexpensive will no doubt be a individual issue.  Unfortunately, the alternative is often a free generic website that offers no customer support and requires a lot of making-do, or a an expensive custom site from a designer, which many working artists cannot afford. We feel that for super-friendly customer support, a domain name, email, hosting, no worries about the tech-stuff, and a customizable site that can be updated for free at any time, $160 a year is a fair price. It ends up being the cost of just a couple beers a month. In addition, we try to always offer free websites to non-profits, and work with people if they are having a hard time in this economy.

Our slogan “Spend time on your artwork, not on your website” does not suggest that people should not care about their websites, but quite the opposite: that people can set up and maintain a website that they can be proud of in a minimum of time — spending more of their hours making art, instead of resizing .jpgs, tweaking code or yelling at their computers. Although some designers may want to spend more time on their websites, we’ve found that most artists don’t.

OtherPeoplesPixels is also dedicated to supporting the art community that supports us. At the end of 2010, we started The OtherPeoplesPixels Fund which provides grants to non-profits working for the arts, the environment, and social justice around the world.

And since the Chicago art-scene in particular is home base for us, we’re involved in many efforts to support artists locally. I work and show as an artist in Chicago, and serve as a member of the Board at both threewalls Gallery and the ACRE Residency. OPP is also co-sponsoring threewalls’ upcoming art CSA, and we routinely speak around the city to encourage artists to start their own businesses. Upcoming plans for OPP include starting an art space to promote socially and environmentally engaged art — and we’d love to start a grant program for individual OPP and Chicago artists.

We would have been interested to see a candid discussion about where OPP could improve, and in fact are always soliciting constructive criticism to improve our service — but I didn’t find Martine Syms’ article to have much basis for it’s position — especially her public call “for a moratorium on OtherPeoplesPixels websites.” Though OPP may not be right for everyone, we work hard to help our customers get what they want and need from a portfolio website. From manning the support desk, I can report that we get a ginormous amount of emails from people who are absolutely thrilled about, and proud of, their websites.

Thanks for the chance for us to offer a response to this article, and we welcome comments from anyone at: support@otherpeoplespixels.com

-Jenny Kendler & Brian Kirkbride