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Michelle Segre with Irena Jurek: On the Uncertain Impermanence of Driftloaf

by Irena Jurek on December 15, 2015
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Last month, Michelle Segre’s show Driftloaf closed at Derek Eller Gallery. The exhibition comprised brightly-painted loaves or slices of bread suspended on pediment-like found objects. They’re familiar but strange, and certainly pique one’s curiosity.

Irena Jurek sat down with Segre, and discussed the show.

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Rebecca Goyette With Irena Jurek: The Terrifying Experience of Ghost Bitch

by Irena Jurek on November 24, 2015
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Between 1692 and 1693, more than twenty people were executed in Massachusetts. They were the victims of a series of trials and persecutions against people accused of witchcraft. Most were women. All but one died of by hanging. During that time, Rebecca Nurse, a 71 year old grandmother known piousness and stature in the community was hung for witchcraft.

Years later, her great, great grandchild, Rebecca Goyette tells a new story, inspired by the events that killed her grandmother. I was lucky enough to be part of the live studio audience for the the filming of her new work “Ghost Bitch: Arise From the Gallows”, which imagines the life of a character by the same name doing historical reenactments by day and dominatrix work by night. She is a modern day witch who works hard to fulfill the expectations of thrill-seeking tourists—and art audiences.

The result was improvisational work of theatre and film that so thoroughly impressed and terrified me I reached out to Goyette to discuss the work. It premieres at the Satellite Art Show in a bandshell on Miami Beach next week, as part of her curatorial project “Extra Teats: A Screening of Bad Ass Puritan-Purging Digital Artwork”. The screening includes works by Katie Cercone, Kerry Downey, Dawn Frasch, Faith Holland, Narcissister, Kenya Robinson. We discuss gender dynamics and power struggles, Ghost Bitch, and the filming of that project and the most frightening art I have ever paid witness to.

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Launching the Largest Digital Biennale in the World on Shoestring Budget: An interview with David Quiles Guillo

by Paddy Johnson on October 29, 2015
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This Sunday, the new digital art biennale known as “The Wrong” (again) will officially go online. It’s so large, I’m not sure how we’re going to see it all, but in preparation for the day, I spoke to the Wrong founder and organizer David Quiles Guillo.

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The Blockchain and Digital Art: On ascribe, and its New Form of Art Authentication

by Paddy Johnson and Rea McNamara on October 22, 2015
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Trying to understand blockchain technology is a bit like trying to wrap your head around the subprime mortgage crisis: It may take more than a lifetime to fully grasp the concepts. In a nutshell, the blockchain is a distributed database—think a living, breathing spreadsheet operating in real-time—that audits itself every ten minutes and can’t be tampered with. An entire bitcoin network, for instance, relies on the blockchain as a shared public ledger. Every transaction of the cryptocurrency then is unalterably recorded.

Turns out this is the equivalent of digital provenance, so it’s very important to art. We talked to ascribe, a company that is using Blockchain technology for art authentication and contracts.

While in Berlin, we had the chance to speak with their creative team—including co-founders Trent and Masha McConaghy—to get a better sense as to what exactly ascribe offers to artists, and delve further into how it plans to specifically address the ongoing issues around the ownership, loaning and consigning of digital art.

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Transforming a Foundation into an Institution: An Interview with Creative Capital’s Ruby Lerner

by Paddy Johnson on October 14, 2015
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Every summer, when Creative Capital grantees and consultants arrive at the annual Creative Capital Retreat, President and Executive Director Ruby Lerner is there to meet them. It’s a small gesture, but I always thought it reflected the spirit of the organization and Ruby herself: warm, generous, and there for you when you want to get down to work. (Nobody goes to the retreat expecting not to work.)

This year, Ruby announced that she will step down from the helm of Creative Capital.

Given all the accomplishments of the foundation under her lead, I wanted to get a better sense of that history. With the organization hosting its fall benefit tomorrow—a homecoming ball in honour of Ruby—the timing couldn’t be better.

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An Interview with Art Handler Magazine Founder Clynton Lowry: Looking at Labor, Trade and Kickstarter

by Paddy Johnson on September 24, 2015
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The first issue of Art Handler Magazine looks different than any trade magazine I’ve seen. It includes an interview with Britton Bertran, the man behind Installator, a widely popular tumblr focused on images documenting the art installation process; a photo essay by Victor Hugo in which the tools of art installation become the work itself; and a how to article by Inball Straus that describes how a custom made clamshell shaped pouch helps protect irregularly shaped objects.

All of these articles focus on art handling in some way, but more broadly, labor as it exists in the market. These are great successes, but as a new independent publication, they still have many hurdles to clear. Number one is funding. I talk to Art Handler Magazine Founder and Editor in Chief Clynton Lowry about his new Kickstarter Campaign and the magazine itself.

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Changes at Contemporary Art Daily: A Conversation with Founder Forrest Nash

by Paddy Johnson on July 22, 2015
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When I first met Forrest Nash he was wearing khakis. It was June 2009 in Venice, four months before Hyperallergic declared Khaki pant wearers amongst the most powerless—at least in the Lower East Side. I liked Nash immediately. He was smart, had a great eye, and was almost completely lacking in pretension. His knowledge of art was encyclopedic and at that point he’d only been running his blog Contemporary Art Daily for a year.

Contemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a curated website featuring extensive documentation of selected art exhibitions from around the world. There’s no one style the site gravitates towards, but the photographs on the site typically show art deliberately hung and arranged in interiors like gallery and museum spaces and include a range of installation and individual shots of the work.

Now updated 10 times a week and religiously followed by art professionals across the globe, the blog began with Nash in 2008, while he was still a student at The Contemporary Art Institute in Chicago. It has since grown. In addition to CAD site now includes Contemporary Art Venues, (a venue listing service) and Contemporary Art Quarterly (comprehensive documentation of an artist’s career). To make all this happen CAD now employs four full-timers including Nash. In 2012 the blog became a non-profit.

In short, a lot has happened over the past seven years, and a lot of his happened relatively recently.. Contemporary Art Quarterly was launched earlier this year and Nash moved from Chicago to California this summer. I wanted to get the full history on the site, so we sat down to talk.

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What’s in Store for Patron, Chicago’s Newest Gallery

by Robin Dluzen on June 5, 2015
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An interview with dealers Emanuel Aguilar and Julia Fischbach on their new venture.

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The Anarchist Flâneur: Graham Coreil-Allen’s Critical Urbanism

by Michael Anthony Farley on May 11, 2015
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Graham Coreil-Allen is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and resolute pedestrian. He’s an anarchist who wears a chipper pastel uniform and knows his way around Adobe CS. His works range in scope from redesigning crosswalks with hopscotch patterns to showing in the US pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. His current project with the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore SiteLines features a series of walking tours and an installation that’s transformed Current Gallery into something resembling an alternative tourist information center. We sat down to discuss the perils of cycling, the Situationist International, and the challenges of making work in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.

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Two Experts On Renaissance Cosmetics: Jackie Spicer and Dr. Jill Burke

by Jacqueline Spicer on February 3, 2015
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“Right, so let’s talk about body hair removal.”

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