Interviews

Talking About 100 Days Action, Part 2

Ricki Dwyer. Shred and Re-weave the American Flag, 2017; participatory action, performed on January 27, 2017, at Open Windows Cooperative in San Francisco, as part of 100 Days Action. Courtesy of the Artist.

April 30 is the last of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. To mark that inauspicious event, I spoke with Kenneth Lo, artist and social media manager for 100 Days Action, and artist Ricki Dwyer, who contributed the intervention Shred and Re-weave the American Flag. Our discussion ranged from how resistance efforts have changed since the inauguration, to the role artist–activists play in those efforts[…..]

Talking About 100 Days Action, Part 1

Jenifer K Wofford. No Scrubs, 2017; participatory action, performed on January 21, 2017, at the Women's Marches in San Francisco and Oakland, as part of 100 Days Action. Courtesy of 100.

On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump reached the nation’s highest political office after a long and brutal election cycle. In response, artists throughout the United States mobilized to resist regressive policy changes that would set progressive efforts back by at least fifty years. Writer and activist Ingrid Rojas Contreras collaborated with numerous Bay Area artists to form 100 Days Action, a creative affiliation described as[…..]

Interview with Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas. Question Bridge, 2013 at the Missouri History Museum.

Hank Willis Thomas has long illuminated the histories of racialized labor, Black cultural economies, politically crafted imagery, and their cumulative roads to revolution. His keen examinations of political gesture are steadily outgrowing their categorization as visual art and becoming increasingly discursive projects rooted in actualization. On the heels of his recent exhibition at Savannah College of Art and Design, Willis Thomas offers new avenues for[…..]

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[…..]

Interview with Wendy Red Star

Beatrice Red Star Fletcher and Wendy Red Star​. Apsáalooke Feminist #3, 2016. Press image. Courtesy of the Artist.​

Wendy Red Star produces photographs, textile-based works, and performances that situate her womanhood and Crow heritage as ontologically intertwined. Collaborating with fellow Indigenous artists, performers of other disciplines, and her daughter, Red Star documents her various achievements in the contemporary art world through strategies that have historical ties. Ashley Stull Meyers: You have roots in Montana and Colorado. What influenced you to settle in Portland, Oregon,[…..]

Ho Tzu Nyen

Today, from our friends at Kadist, we bring you a video interview with Singapore-based artist Ho Tzu Nyen. The artist speaks about their interest in transience, metamorphosis, migration, and the correlation between renaissance painting and their contemporary video work. He reflects on his interest in tracking clouds, stating “this, for me, is a way of tracking an art-historical motif which migrates from the East to the West or[…..]

From the Archives: Interview with Judith Bernstein

QUATTRO CUNTS 2015 Oil on Canvas 84 x 84 Inches

In our current age of doublespeak and “alternative facts,” Elspeth Walker’s candid interview with artist Judith Bernstein stands as a paragon of direct communication. As Bernstein says: “[I]t’s important to be true to what you want to say and how you want to handle that. You have to keep moving forward. You can’t just stay where you are. You really have to constantly keep moving in terms of[…..]