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Thread 5:Vidisha Saini

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Vidisha Saini is an artist who grew up in the 90s in India. She likes to queer utopia, colonialism, gender, and history. Saini works with alter-egos (Fadescha), satire, tourism, memory, hyper-text and other performative mediums. She social as well as anti-social. Vidisha‘s recent works include “You Might Be Discorvered”, LAST Projects (LA), ‘Building On Ruins’, Cirrus Gallery (LA), ‘A Bomb With Ribbon Around It’, Queens Museum of Art (NY). Saini holds a MFA in Photography & Media, and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, CA.

 

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Hotel El Dorado

“Hotel El Dorado”, 2013
Gold Balloon (Record Object) found in the hundred-year old lobby
of the “El Dorado Loft Building” on Spring Street.

 

 

 

Eldorado to Eldorado

Eldorado to Eldorado,
Episode 2 from “Of Eldorado” Performance, 2014

 

 

 

Tourist, Pratibimb

Tourist, Pratibimb, 2010-11

 

 

 

You Like Mr. Shekhar, Of Eldorado from Vidisha Saini on Vimeo.
Performance, CA, 2013

 

 

 

You Like Mr. Shekhar

Record Objects, Museum Vitrines
You Like Mr. Shekhar, 2013

 

 

 

Thread 4: Kay Walkowiak

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Kay Walkowiak lives and works in Vienna. He studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna, photography and video art at the Academy of fine Arts, Vienna and art & communication and sculture & multimedia art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He has received several grants and awards such as Artist in Residence Grant Banff(2014), Beijing(2013), Varaansi (2013), Theodor Körner Preis (2010), Otto Prutscher award (2008), Fred Adlmüller scholarship (2006).

 

 

 

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Kay Walkowiak Flat Tyre (#1), 2013

 Flat Tyre (#1), 2013

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Flat Tyre (#2), 2013

 Flat Tyre (#2), 2013

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Flat Tyre (#6), 2013

 Flat Tyre (#6), 2013

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Rotkehlchen, 2006

 Rotkehlchen, 2006
Steel, varnish, plastic

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Worship (#1), 2013

 Worship (#1), 2013

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Minimal Vandalism, 2013

 Minimal Vandalism, 2013
HD Video | 3 min. 49 sec.
In collaboration with Kilian Martin and Brett Novak

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Minimal Vandalism, 2013

 Minimal Vandalism, 2013
HD Video | 3 min. 49 sec.
In collaboration with Kilian Martin and Brett Novak

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Minimal Vandalism, 2013

 Minimal Vandalism, 2013
HD Video | 3 min. 49 sec.
In collaboration with Kilian Martin and Brett Novak

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Minimal Vandalism, 2013

 Minimal Vandalism, 2013
HD Video | 3 min. 49 sec.
In collaboration with Kilian Martin and Brett Novak

 

 

 

Kay Walkowiak Minimal Vandalism, 2013

 Minimal Vandalism, 2013
HD Video | 3 min. 49 sec.
In collaboration with Kilian Martin and Brett Novak

 

 

Thread 3: Rony Maltz

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Rony Maltz is a photographer, writer, bookmaker based in Rio de Janerio. He received a Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography from ICP-Bard program in New York City. Rony recently completed a long term video project on the sinking city of Atafona in Brazil.

 

 

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ATAFONA_Trailer from r_maltz on Vimeo.

 

 

Rony_Maltz_Vandals-1

 

 

 

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Thread 2: David Gagnebin-de Bons

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

David Gagnebin-de Bons is an artist working with images. He lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland and is a graduate of the School of the Applied Arts, Vevey.

 

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Untitled, 2013

 

 

Untitled, 2013

 

Untitled, 2012

 

Untitled, 2012

 

Untitled, 2012

 

My Father In Front Of The Sea of Fertility, 2013 (Projected Image)

Untitled, 2013 (Project Image)

Above two images are projected together along with a description of the image for blind people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation View

 

 

Untitled, 2013

 

Running Conversations With Threads

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Threads can be long and winding, in fact it can be an effort to keep them straight. They tie things together and they also get into perplexing entanglements. Conversations are threads sometimes, where surprising connections are possible. Instead of writing about art, I feel the more urgent question is how to live an examined life as an artist? It’s an old question but hopefully not a redundant one. In the course of two months, I will invite artists to talk about what nurtures them as people. What sort of communities do they seek? How do they support art making? What are their current concerns and challenges? If you’d like to engage in a conversation and wrestle with these questions, please do write to me ramannandita@gmail.com.

 Thread 1: Qiana Mestrich

Qiana Mestrich is a photo-based visual artist and writer from Brooklyn, NY. Founder of the blog Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History, her Namesake Series is on view at the RUSH Arts/Corridor Gallery through May 17, 2014. She graduated from the ICP-Bard’s MFA program in 2013.

 

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Group of Five Mugshots from The Namesake Series (2013)

 

04-Qiana-Mestrich-Mist-in-Mystic

“Untitled” from The Mist in Mystic series (2012)

 

“Tear” from the Trust Your Struggle series (2010) 

 

History of the World (2012), Altered book

“Lets get awkward and make pictures about it” Interview with Tommy Kha

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

When checking out my colleagues web site on the homepage it reads  “Lets get awkward and make pictures about it” and I think that describes Tommy very well ! This Saturday despite the polar vortex weather I went to visit him in his new studio in Dumbo. He was excited to show me his space since he really hasn’t had a “real” studio for a while because he works mostly from his own life experiences. I asked him about his studio practice and he said “Well you know ,like over the winter break I travelled home to Memphis, spent some time there. Mediated. Smoked at the bar, had a drink, and during the day I go out and walk. I take everything in and then figure out what I need to do”.  That’s what is so great about Tommy’s work is that his life … this life of taking things in from everyday existence is filled with complex moments and awkward encounters. Whats so great about Tommy’s work is that his life … this life of taking things in from everyday existence is filled with complex moments and awkward encounters. Tommy went to Memphis Collage of Art  which was more fine art based, and directly got into Yale for his Masters. When asked about how he got into photography, he exclaimed that the “story always changes”. It could have been when his sister asked him to do head shots for her modeling career. Or when his sisters boyfriend had a camera Tommy liked; so he got one too and then realized that he “liked” the guy. Whatever the story is he just liked taking pictures, a lot of bad pictures (which he claims he still does) but he just had to take them. He remembers taking a series of images in which he got all his friends naked, the accomplishment was that they actually didn’t mind him taking the nude pictures with him not so much the pictures themselves. And that’s what I enjoy about Tommy, that fearless way of approaching his subjects, there is no fear of making that “perfect” image its the experience and the nuances that count. He finds that sometimes the best images happen when you are not expecting them. Most of the time he has an idea, sets things up , the model, location, only to find that the best shot was the one that was unexpected.  We talked a lot about editing and sequencing while looking at his various series on his web page and some small images on his studio wall. Each individual image is strong enough to stand on its own yet the way his “gut” tells him to arrange them feels almost like a entering a lavish novel filled with antiheroes and shady bedrooms. Tommy uses appropriating videos as a strategy to talk about Asian male stereo types . Looking at the body and how the media can easily disregard the asian body especially the gay asian body. He addressed the issue of the lack of representation of the LGBT community in the media and how that even when there are represented there is a lack of diversity in race. It’s always white male that is standing in for roles that perhaps could be better represented, and that the characters could be more developed. The best asian representative is the guy from Walking Dead “Glen” who is a male Asian. His character in the show is  treated the same way as all the other characters he shoots a gun and that invalidates the Asian mystique. I asked him about how he felt about Jackie Chan.  Tommy said that “ it doesn’t work either, because it’s still seen more as comedy and although he may be a main character he is still marginalized by humor. He likes to insert himself in the videos and challenge these “roles” that are portrayed. As you can see in “How to Quit Me” 2013 he inserts himself into the movie “Brokeback Mountain”. How to Quit Me In one of his videos Tommy actually shoots a gun. This piece was right after the Sandy hook massacre and obviously him being from the south this was a big conversation in his home town of  Tennessee . “They are really about their gun laws and they want to keep their guns. I wanted to get bullets and they were sold out, so had to borrow some from a friend. It was the first time for me to shoot a gun and it was me just documenting it and what the experience brought to that. Just having this experience with them and hearing them say things that perhaps were not politically correct,just the state of things. Being from the South you have to have a thick skin, they are really open about racism” (quote from interview). Borrowed Bullets Not only does he like to insert himself in videos but Tommy likes to insert centerfolds into his new project that are Photo zines. These are a color copy pictures that are placed together that really aren’t “part of anything”. Re contextualizing the past photographs and a different practice of sequencing. (Please visit website for more info coming soon).His first one is called “Fathers and other Strangers” because we all know we have daddy issues.  He wanted to make sure I knew these were not black and white images because they are COLOR prints of his work. His obsession with color can be seen in each of his pieces. He loves color just in case you didn’t know!! When getting one of these zines he wants to have the centerfold not have to do with anything in the series of the zine, just an amazing disposable insert that can be taken out and placed on your wall. There are a lot of things Tommy is working on but he can’t really say much, because, well….. its a secret. So make sure to check out his website for updates for more info on his work. www.tommykha.com

The Art of the Every Day – Review of Israel Martinez at the MUCA

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Part 1

MUCA Roma – insurgentes Sur 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario, Delegación Coyoacán,C.P. 04510, Ciudad de México. TEL: 5622 6972 Exhibition dates through end of January

When walking around the bustle and hustle of Mexico City it is easy to forget to stop and look around. This city with 9 million inhabitants is filled with subtle human moments that just pass us buy. Israel Martinez born in 1979 a photographer and video artist originally from Guadalajara Jalisco, capture moments of human existence in a simple, poetic and reflective way. “Dislocation” which is on show now at the MUCA (Museo Universitario de Ciencia y Arte) curated by Ivan Edeza, is a