Delightful Thing #1

March 2, 2013 · Print This Article

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by Richard Holland


I had kids for many reasons, they are wonderful. One of the fringe benefits is that they enable me to spend lots of time rediscovering cartoons I’ve loved in the past and exploring the current crop of offerings. I was always more Warner Brothers than Disney, but Disney has some excellent and at times charmingly subversive offerings. The best of which is today’s delightful thing: Phineas and Ferb. It is a thoroughly entertaining mix silliness, fun, with plenty of allusions and clever asides to keep adults on board. The premise is simple as laid out in the ska-power-pop-punk theme song, Phineas and his half brother Ferb are going to maximize every moment of their summer vacation, usually in the form of building something outrageous, as their disgruntled sister tries and fails to out their mischief to Mom. There is a side plot every episode pitting their pet platypus (in his closeted secret life) against his nemesis Doctor Heinz Doofenshmirtz. It is pleasantly formulaic and never becomes rote or unimaginative. Bonus in that the line “and giving a monkey a shower” in the theme makes Hank laugh every time without fail.

So, having a lousy day, bored, disgruntled. Here you go, and this episode even has a contemporary art theme:


Bad at Sports Interviews YOU at Sullivan Gallery’s ‘Summer Studio’ Tonight!

July 28, 2010 · Print This Article

Ever fantasized about being interviewed by the venerable Richard Holland and Duncan Mackenzie of Bad at Sports? No? Well….maybe you’re feeling bored and just need something to do tonight? Okay, good enough! Come hang out with Duncan and Richard from 5-7pm tonight at the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, where our podcasters-in-chief will be ready and willing to interview all comers. So come! Talk to Richard and Duncan about your art, your life, your secret hopes and most shameful desires. Get it all out there and off your chest. Interviews may be broadcast on a future episode of the podcast…you never know.  This is part of the Summer Studio program taking place right now at the Sullivan Galleries, and there are a bunch of other acts, I mean artists, who are opening up their on-site spaces for you to check out as well. The full lineup includes the aforementioned Bad at Sports along with Elise Goldstein, Georgia Kotretsos, Diego Leclery, Adia Millet, Jennifer Mills, Libby O’Bryan & Elissa Papendick, John Riepenhoff, Miller & Shellabarger, Cauleen Smith, and Marjorie Welish. Hope to see you there!

Bad at Sports exhibition at apexart opens this week! With extra special guests!

April 3, 2010 · Print This Article

Over the past two months everyone at Bad at Sports has been in a frenzy preparing for the exhibition, “Don’t Piss On Me And Tell Me It’s Raining” at apexart in New York. The show was a bit of a last-minute golden opportunity, so details have been scarce, but we now have the full scoop on what’s in store, and it’s pretty awesome. (You can keep up with Meg, Duncan, Amanda, Tom and Richard throughout the show’s installation and opening events by following Bad at Sports on Twitter and the hashtag #basapex.) The exhibition features over 100 objects, images and ephemera that will serve as a visual complement to Bad at Sports’ considerable audio archives, submitted by Bad at Sports contributors and guests of the show, including:

Carol Becker, Britton Bertran, Temporary Services, Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, Ivan Brunetti, Tom Burtonwood, David Coyle, Death by Design, Elizabeth Chodos, Miguel Cortez, Tony Fitzpatrick, Rob Davis and Michael Langlois, Jeremy Deller, Lisa Dorin, Jim Duignan, Dan Devening, Cody Hudson, Jason Dunda, Fendry Ekel, James Elkins, Anthony Elms, Pete Fagundo, Mary Rachel Fanning,Tony Feher, Rochelle Feinstein, Pamela Fraser, Liam Gillick, Helidon Gjergji, Michelle Grabner, Dylan Graham, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Sarah Guernsey, Terence Hannum, Anni Holm, Brian Holmes, Astrid Honold, Christopher Hudgens, Meg Onli, Amanda Browder, Tom Sanford, Duncan MacKenzie, Christian Kuras, Ben Tanner, Scott Hug, Richard Holland, Carol Jackson, Paddy Johnson, David Jones, Alex Jovanovic, Atsushi Kaga, Mark Staff Brandl, Vera Klement, Peter Saul, Gregory Knight, Monique Meloche, Leo Koenig, Chad Kouri, Steve Lacy, Caroline Picard, Jose Lerma, Laura Letinsky, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Marszewski, Eric May, Dominic Molon, Anne Elizabeth Moore, David Morgan, Julian Myers, Gavin Turk, Liz Nofziger, Jamisen Ogg, Neysa Page-Lieberman, Trevor Paglan, Raymond Pettibon, John Phillips, Allison Peters Quinn, Lane Relyea, Lawrence Rinder, David Robbins, Thomas Robertello, Julie Rodriguez Widholm, Elvia Rodriguez, Nathan Rogers-Madsen, James Rondeau, Marlene Russum Scott, Alison Ruttan, Dan S. Wang, Stephanie Smith, Deb Sokolow, Scott Speh, Chris Sperandio, Lisa Stone, Shannon Stratton, Randall Szott, Christine Tarkowski, Tony Tasset, Tracy Marie Taylor, Ron Terada, Philip von Zweck, Hamza Walker, Chris Walla, John Wanzel, Chris Ware, Oli Watt, Tony Wight, Anne Wilson, Jay Wolke, InCubate, Curtis Mann, Michael Velliquette, Clare Britt, Shannon Stratton, Damian Duffy, William Conger, M N Hutchinson, Mark Francis, Annika Marie, the artists of Blunt Art Text, and more.

The exhibition also features three related exhibition talks, all of which are free and open to the public.  They’ll all be rebroadcast on upcoming episodes of Bad at Sports’ podcast, for those of you not able to catch the events in NYC.

Jeffrey Deitch in conversation with Carlo McCormick

Thursday, April 8, 6pm. On the eve of Deitch’s departure from New York, Carlo McCormick will talk to Jeffrey Deitch about his time and legacy as one of the most visible, dynamic and controversial players in the New York art world.


Wednesday April 28th, 6pm. Tom Sanford will moderate a panel of five other painters who will talk about painting, including: Kamrooz Aram, Holly Coulis, David Humphrey, Dike Blair and Deborah Kass.

Emily Larned Introduces Ilssa

Tuesday, May 18th, 6pm. Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology.

You can download the exhibition brochure, which features a conversation between co-founders Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland about the history of Bad at Sports, here.

Last but not least, the all-important details on the opening reception! This Wednesday night!

Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining

Organized by Bad at Sports

Opening: Wednesday, April 7th 6-8pm

291 Church Street
New York, NY 10013

2-Day Chicago Comics Symposium Starts Tomorrow – Duncan and Richard Moderate Thursday’s Panel

March 10, 2010 · Print This Article

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday March 11th), our own Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland will moderate a roundtable discussion at the Chicago Comics Symposium, hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The evening’s events start at 4:30 pm and go on ’till 7:00. The event is FREE and is located in the SAIC Ballroom at 112 S. Michigan Ave. But wait, there’s more! This is a two-day symposium exploring Chicago’s place in the comic book scene so there’s another round of events taking place on Friday March 12th, also from 4:30-7pm.

Full information can be found below. It’s free, it’s (mostly) in the evening, so nothing should stop you from going on over and soaking it all in!

The stubborn work ethic of Chicago’s comic scene will be explored in the first ever Chicago Comics Symposium, hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) on March 11th and 12th 2010. Through panel discussions with over fifteen local comic makers, the Symposium will investigate the city’s influence on the comic making process, tackling the sad, serious, and silly topics that reign supreme in the realm of sequential art. All events are free and open to the public.

CCS will be comprised of four separate panel discussions with multiple artists on each and will be moderated by some of Chicago’s greatest thinkers, critics and (of course) readers of comics. The questions posed to the Windy City makers will address many issues including: the tasks of self-publication, the changing cultural status of comics and the difficulty of representing identity. The queries will oscillate between common knowledge and the complexity of the nitty-gritty details, giving equal enjoyment opportunity to new readers as well as true-blue comic connoisseurs.

Comics are infiltrating movie-theaters and chain book stores, sustaining independent comic shops and edging their way into academia. Comics are made any and every where, but Chicago has a distinct community of hard working doers, makers and shakers. The event will attempt to unite and uncover the inner workings of Chicago’s comics.

Attracting artists who currently live and work in the city, as well as former Chicago residents, the Symposium will bring together the old, new, big and small. Attendees include: Sarah Becan, Jeffrey Brown, Christa Donner, Surabhi Ghosh, Beth Hetland, Nicole Hollander, Paul Hornschemeier, Joey Jacks, Lucy Knisley, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Anders Nilsen, Laura Park, John Porcellino, and Jeremy Tinder.

The Chicago Comics Symposium
Hosted by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Thursday-Friday, March 11-12, 4:30-7pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

See Duncan and Richard at CAA on Friday!

February 10, 2010 · Print This Article

Today marks the start of the 2010 College Art Association (CAA) Conference, the annual conference for college professionals working in the field of visual arts. If you’re in town for the event, don’t miss Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland presenting in person on Friday on the topic of “meta-mentors” and the role they play as producers/founders/meta-mentors of the entire Bad at Sports universe! Their panel, titled Meta-Mentoring: Opt Out of Obscurity, will take place on Friday February 12th at 12:30 pm at Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago. Duncan and Richard will be talking about the history of Bad at Sports, the process of putting the show together, the role they play as artists and cultural producers, and so! much! more! So come armed with your questions, your autograph books and 8 x 10 black and white glossies…and get ready to be meta-mentored by Bad at Sports!

Be sure and check out some of the panels listed below, featuring B@S’ fellow contributors, friends, and other groovy folks of note. (For the full schedule of panels at CAA, click here.) PLUS: Students at Columbia College are blogging the entire conference! So we don’t have to! Thank you Columbia College Students!  Without further ado, let the academic hob-nobbing commence!

On Thursday:

Futures of Criticism
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Lane Relyea, Northwestern University

Criticality, Critique, Critical Practice
Gail Day, University of Leeds
The Critique of the Incitement to Discourse and the Basic Problems of Phenomenology: Two or Three Critical Models in/around Tino Sehgal
David Lewis, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Who Needs an Art Critic: Law and the Space of Writing
Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, Clancco: Art and Law
Historicizing Contemporary Art: The Living, the Dead, and the Undead
Simone Osthoff, Pennsylvania State University
Criticisms, Publics, Communities
Frazer Ward, Smith College

Recent Research in Chicago Architecture
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand A, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: David Theodore Van Zanten, Northwestern University
The Skyscraper Street and Design for the Crowd ca. 1900
Joanna Merwood, Parsons the New School for Design
Marketing the Movies: Chicago Picture Palace Movie Theaters
Rachel Remmel, University of Rochester
A Preliminary Survey of the Chicago Courtyard Apartment Building: The North and West Sides
Michael Rabens, Oklahoma State University
From PWA to CHA: Chicago Architecture and the American Public-Housing Debate
Alison Fisher, Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
The Inland Steel Building Inside Out
Amanda Douberley, University of Texas at Austin
Aspects of the Civic: Chicago’s Daley Center and Plaza
Sharon Irish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

New Challenges for Art Criticism: Relational Aesthetics, Social Collaborations, and Public Interactivity
Thursday, February 11, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Kathryn Hixson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Grigely, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joao Ribas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Object of Nostalgia
Thursday, February 11, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Rene J. Marquez, University of Delaware; Lance Winn, University of Delaware
Installation and Nostalgia: Landscape of Desire

Marlene Alt, Southern Oregon University

Try a Little Tenderness

Pamela L. Fraser, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ah, but It Was Good

Elaine B. Rutherford, College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University

The Interstice between the Sentimental and Cynical Act of Painting
Brian Bishop, Framingham State College
***There is an exhibition titled The Object of Nostalgia running concurrently at Columbia College’s A+D Gallery, curator’s talk and reception on Thursday night at 5:30pm.
On Friday:

***Meta-Mentors: Opt Out of Obscurity***
Friday, February 12, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University
Curator’s Perspective
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Suburban
Critic’s Perspective
Corey Postiglione, Columbia College Chicago and “Artforum”
Gallerist’s Perspective
Gosia Koscielak, Koscielak Gallery
Producer’s Perspective
Duncan MacKenzie, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
Richard Holland, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
On Saturday:

Comics in Art History, Part I
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand CD South, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency ChicagoChairs: Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington; Patricia Mainardi, Graduate Center, City University of New York

James Boaden, University of York: Dick Racy and Nance: The Comic Collages of Jess

Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington: Kirby after Lichtenstein

John P. Hogan, independent artist, Los Angeles: Comic Conceptualism and Critical Comedians: Two Sides of a Wooden Nickel

Simon Grennan, University of the Arts London: Reading Seth through Appropriation Theory

Mark Staff Brandl, University of Zurich: Posthysterical: The Study of Comics Advances a Plurogenic View of Art History