Episode 805: Maryam Taghavi

Episode 805: Maryam Taghavi


This week Maryam Taghavi casts a spell over Brian and Duncan. Will they recover? We don’t know. What we know is this… Taghavi plays and pulls codes at the edge of beauty and language. What about languages beyond languages?

In her work she uses and recreates a language of the occult practices derived from Islamic mysticism. Her sigils promise to evoke real and active metaphysical powers. These forms become channels, lovely and beyond form itself – concept to volition, presence to absence. The works are a wish invoked. The conversation a wish fulfilled. Will Brian and Duncan ever be the same?

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1. OUTS July 1-August 19, 2022 Filter Photo: 1821 W Hubbard St Participating Artists: Alec Soth, Alex Prager, Alex Webb, Amy Elkins, Amy Stein, Andrea Modica, Andres Gonzalez, Barbara Diener, Birthe Piontek, Bob Thall, Brian Ulrich, Bryan Schutmaat, Carlos Javier...

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Episode 804: Azadeh Gholizadeh


The Bad at Sports crew is joined by Azadeh Gholizadeh. Her works explore the body, landscape, and the fragmentation of memory. Her works use weaving and needle work to generate and worry her images and objects. The works call to mind a powerful connection to place and dismantle that connection through a glitchy digital memory and build towards a reassembled experience. Azadeh Gholizadeh is a Chicago-based artist and educator, and a 2022 Artadia awardee.

Episode 803: Selva Aparico


Splitting her time between Spain and Chicago, Selva Aparicio is a research based interdisciplinary artist, whose work includes sculpture, installation and performance. On today’s episode of Bad at Sports Center, Jesse and Ryan speak with Selva following the announcement of her 2022 Artadia Award. We discuss the origins of her medical research, the ethical means by which she sources her materials, and the context of community and place in her practice.


Episode 802: Inga Danysz and Haynes Riley


On today’s harrowing episode of Bad at Sports Center we are back in the WLPN studio (and we brought our old mixing board bumbles with us)! Polish-born artist, Inga Danysz, and gallerist, Hayes Riley, join Jesse and Ryan to discuss Danysz’s solo exhibition In Ancient Rome at Good Weather. We discuss the materiality and ontology of Danysz’s sculptural sarcophagi, and our orientation to the physical and metaphysical space they delineate. We also accept the fact that puns have been and will continue to be a part of our process.

Episode 801: Jeffrey Michael Austin

Everything Must Go, so let’s. Jeffrey Michael Austin — interdisciplinary artist and musician — joins Ryan Peter Miller and Jesse Something Malmed to talk about their reflective new exhibition at the Chicago Art Department. Hope in the dark, illusion, allusion, elusiveness, late capitalism, climate crisis, the collective, the needing-tending, the tenderness of a phrase like *help wanted* and enduring questions of scale and capacity guide our winding conversation. What else?

Episode 800: Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck


Bad at Sports welcomes Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck from LatchKey Gallery and their exhibition “CROWN” at Expo Chicago 2022.

Working from a place of healing, “CROWN”  explores and rejoices in the legacy of Black hair. The exhibition, named after the CROWN Act – a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots – luxuriates in the scope, range, beauty, and legacy that is black hair.

Bad at Art Forum #8: Not Retweeting Documenta Fifteen

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