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Odd Jobs: Neha Choksi

Neha Choksi. The Sun’s Rehearsal, 2016; performance still and installation view (2016) at Carriageworks for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai. Photo: Neha Choksi.

Welcome back to Odd Jobs, an exploration of artists’ varied and untraditional career arcs. For this edition, I spoke with Neha Choksi in the Otis College of Art and Design cafeteria. Choksi was born in 1973 in Belleville, New Jersey, raised in Bombay, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Bombay. She employs sculpture, video, photography, sound, painting, and performance in her work,[…..]

Odd Jobs: Lenka Clayton

Lenka Clayton. Sculpture For The Blind, By The Blind, 2017; plaster, linen, wood, Braille sign, mounted digital photograph, portfolio of photographs. Courtesy of the artist. Photos: Carlos Avendano

Welcome back to Odd Jobs, where I interview artists about their varied and non-traditional career arcs. For this installment I spoke with Lenka Clayton, whose works include hand-numbering 7,000 stones, searching for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper, and reconstituting a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. Her practice exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of[…..]

Odd Jobs: Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah. Moment of reflection. 2016; acrylic and collage on paper mounted to canvas; 48"x48". Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian Los Angeles.

Welcome to Odd Jobs, where I interview artists about their varied and untraditional career arcs. For this installment I spoke on the telephone with Amir H. Fallah, whose work examines the conceits of portraiture, making its tropes the objects of manipulation and obfuscation. Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, he received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in painting[…..]

Odd Jobs: Conor Fields

Conor Fields. Achaemedis Screw. 2014; cooler, 55 gallon drum, PVC, motor, charcoal, water, nylon tubing, water jug, step stool, bucket, wheel rim, bicycle tube; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Welcome back to Odd Jobs, where I interview artists about their varied and untraditional career arcs. For this installment I spoke with Conor Fields. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2008 and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2013. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Rome. Fields lives and works[…..]

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World at the Hammer Museum

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World, installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, January 29 – May 7, 2017. Photo: Brian Forrest.

Among obsidian stones, an upturned police barricade, a beat-up refrigerator, and cow vertebrae, the detail that lingers longest in Jimmie Durham’s retrospective, on view at the Hammer Museum, is Durham’s absence. Born in Arkansas in 1940, Durham left the United States thirty years ago for Europe and has largely refrained from exhibiting in the U.S. since, giving a provocative tone to the retrospective’s title, At[…..]

Odd Jobs: Jade Gordon/My Barbarian

Odd Jobs is a column exploring artists’ varied and untraditional career arcs. For this installment, I spoke with Jade Gordon. She earned an MA in Applied Theater from University of Southern California (USC), has taught at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the Stella Adler Academy, and is a co-owner of Wombleton Records. In 2000, with Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, she formed My[…..]

Odd Jobs: Mary Reid Kelley

Mary Reid Kelley. Sisyphus as Bride. 2013; Collage, watercolor, charcoal and acrylic on paper 31.5 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Projects.

Odd Jobs is a column exploring artists’ varied and untraditional career arcs. For this installment I spoke with Mary Reid Kelley, whose videos explore the condition of women throughout history by reassessing canonical literary and historical narratives. Reid Kelley writes the scripts, designs the sets, props, and costumes, and performs the leading roles. She and her partner, Patrick Kelley, produce all of the videos. Her videos[…..]