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.
Painter and Bad @ Sports NYC correspondent, Tom Sanford will moderate a panel of 5 other painters who will talk about painting. Kamrooz Aram, Holly Coulis, David Humphrey, Dike Blair and Deborah Kass not only represent three or four generations of New York painters and are all prominent voices among their cohort, but also represent a wide variety of approaches to the medium.
These, “the Painters of Painting”, 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.
Tom’s wrap up e-mail sent to all involved afterwards-
-----Original Message----- From: Tom Sanford Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 7:13 AM To: Tom Sanford Subject: Thanks from PAINTERS/PAINTING Hi Guys I just wanted to send y'all a note to thank the many many of you who came out to the panel and offer my apologies to those who weren't able to get in! I am so sorry that a super turnout put apexart in the position that they had no choice but to not allow a few people in. It was totally packed inside - i actually had an audience member sitting on my lap for most of the talk. But thank you all ever so much for making the effort, i sincerely appreciate the overwhelming show of interest! The incredible turn out certainly speaks to the great enthusiasm for painting in the medium's global capitol city and I think the talk was a success. The panelists (David, Deb, Holly, Dike & Kamroos) were charming and interesting and insightful, i did my best to keep us on course, and Steven Rand and the apexart crew (Cybele, Julia & Julien) were gracious and generous hosts. Best of all the audience has plenty of great questions comments and the occasional well timed out-burst! Special thanks to for really great questions and comments from Daniel Davidson, Alfred Steiner, Michael Anderson, Carlos Fragoso, and George Rodart among others whose names I didn't know - great hustle guys! Anyway, thanks a million for all of your support and interest and remember the most important thing is to keep those brushes wet - and Michael Anderson pointed out with the optimism that we all share for painting and picture making "There are about 9 million new kinds of paintings yet to be made!!" Cheers Tom
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Bad at Sports’ own Tom Sanford, along with Guillermo Creus, Marcel Hüppauff , and Photios Giovanis, have put together a giant, grand-slam of a two-day only Pop Up painting show in Brooklyn, NY! The details:
BUSHWICK SCHLACHT! Half Germans, Half Americans – a battle royal of painters to see once and for all which country is the super power of contemporary painting.
The is no better place to do this than the urban war zone that is Bushwick Brooklyn, SATURDAY APRIL 3RD, 6-10PM, 245 Boerum Street, Brooklyn NY.
Exhibition hours: Sunday April 4th, 12-7pm and Monday April 5th, by appointment.
Gregory Amenoff, Axel Anklam, Kamrooz Aram, Abel Auer, Josh Blackwell, Christophe Boursault, Nicholas Buffon, André Butzer, Brendan Cass, Amanda Church, Elizabeth Cooper, Holly Coulis, Ariel Dill, Hannah Dougherty, Raynald Driez, Sven Drühl, Dawn Frasch, Sven Drühl, Brian Faucette, Bella Forster, Tine Furler, Rico Gatson, Alicia Gibson, Torben Giehler, Andrew Gilbert, Tamara Gonzales, Sebastian Gross-Ossa, Stefanie Gutheil, Michelle Hailey, Daniel Heidkamp, Andreas Hofer, Richard Holland, Ridley Howard, Alexa Hoyer, Marcel Hüppauff, Eric Jahnker, Aaron Johnson, Dorota Jurczak, Benjamin King, Henning Kles, Shawn Kuruneru, Molly Larkey, Christopher Lee, Erik Lindman, Brett Lund, Duncan MacKenzie, Chris Martin, Eddie Martinez, Stefan Marx, Paul-Aymar Mourgue d’Algue, Brian Montuori, Jan Muche, Jeanette Mundt, Aakash Nihalani, Richard Phillips, Humberto Poblete-Bustamente, William Powhida, Orlando Mostyn-Owen, Aaron Ribeiro, Benedikt Richert, Ted Riederer, Les Rogers, Daniel Rosenbaum, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Adam Saks, Sam Salisbury, Christian Sampson, Tom Sanford, Ryan Schneider, Thomas Schumann, Markus Selg, Astrid Sourkova, Juli Susin, Mamie Tinkler, Maria Walker, Wendy White, Jeremy Willis, Thomas Winkler, Ulrich Wulff, Michael Wutz.