GOOD PEOPLE & GOOD PROJECTS
Super pumped that I've finally compiled all my writings about art in one spot: Open From Above! My work with Art in America as well as my SVA Underexposed interviews from SVA's MFA Photo, Video and Related Media department are reposted – take a look!
"Raised in 1960s Chicago on a steady diet of gleefully lewd Zap Comix, Williams often mixes grim subjects with hidden messages, witty juxtapositions and the inescapable humor of bodily functions." I interviewed Sue Williams about her new show at 303 Gallery. Read the interview over at Art in America: The Sum of Its Parts.
"They'll see snappy whores, smell baked beans and sea horses, watch a rattlesnake-bitten cowboy fall in love with a black cat. There is fighting, crying, hallucination and the brilliant musical compositions of Mike Stroud [half of the Brooklyn musical duo Ratatat], which at times make you feel like you're floating amongst the collision of an underground aquarium, underwater amusement park and a western beef symphony." I talked with artist Marianne Vitale about her Performa13 commission for Art in America. Read: The Wild, Wild West.
"A mother's final, clutching embrace of her son before he leaves for war; the bug-eyed stare of a drill sergeant; a torpedoed and sinking ship; a bandaged soldier praying on his cot; deep slashes across the face of a death camp survivor." The Brooklyn Museum is the fourth and final destination for War/Photography, a touching and brutal look at the history of how wars are recorded. Read my preview for Art in America: The Arc of War.
The videos Learning to Balance, Learning to Incorporate and The Insurmountability of Distance from my Masters thesis The Pattern of Your Ways were shown in the screening Finishing School in Miami, FL.
Eggs Any Style !, a new performance, premiered during The Wassaic Project Summer Festival on Saturday, August 3 in the Kitchenette in Luther Barn. Check out their annual summer exhibition dancing, film, music.
I am excited to be on The Wassaic Project's Residency Program Jury, helping choose the next year of residents!
"Michelle Stuart has been grappling with ideas of land and space, history and myth, the atomic and the cosmic for more than four decades." I spoke with land artist Michelle Stuart about her new show at the Parrish Art Museum. Read the interview over at Art in America: Earth Tones.
Check out New Order: Interview with ICP Triennial Co-Curator Carol Squiers, my newest article for Art in America. The International Center of Photography's Triennial A Different Kind of Order is up until September 22. Go see it!
I was a visiting critic for this month's The Wassaic Project residents.
One of the silkscreens that I made during my residency at The Wassaic Project was up for auction during their Winter Benefit. Big ups to Breanne Trammell for teaching me how how to silkscreen in a barn!
I was a visiting critic for Kenya (Robinson), a MFA-candidate in Yale's School of Art Sculpture program.
A print of a silkscreen I made during my residency at The Wassaic Project was sold during this year's Postcards from the Edge show and benefit held at Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery in New York, NY.
September & October 2012
I am thrilled to be a resident at The Wassaic Project for two months this fall. It'll be the first time since grad school that I can focus completely on my art practice again. I can't wait have a studio in Luther Barn, learn how to silkscreen, be part of a tight-knit art community again and eat delicious organic food.
My thesis work, "The Pattern of Your Ways," was a featured video work in the MFA VIP Art Fair. This fair is unique – it showcases work from artists who have graduated with their MFA in the last three years. I am incredibly proud to be able to show my work among so many talented, newly-minted MFAers.
I am thrilled that I got into The Wassaic Project's Artist Residency! For two months at the end of summer, I will be plunged back into full-time art making, and I can't wait. Don't miss out on their annual Summer Festival, this year from August 3-5.
I interviewed my longtime mentor, Joel Sternfeld, about his current show of his early work at Luhring Augustine. Read the article for Art in America here: Color is the Real World: Joel Sternfeld at Luhring Augustine.
I travelled to Genève, Switzerland for a performance festival, Who's Afraid of Performance Art? at the Centre d'Art Contemporain. I was the project manager and photographer for Kate Gilmore's performance She Bangs, She Bangs. See some of the photographs from the festival over at Steadfast Studio.
Open House: The Sender Collection Debuts in Miami, my newest article for Art in America, is up!
I launched my professional photography business, Steadfast Studio! My work ranges from portraits (family, kids & headshots) to engagements, weddings & anniversaries and I specialize in fine art documentation. I work for galleries shooting installations and artists documenting work for their archives.
I was a performer in Rob Andrew's sunrise-to-sunset piece, Clean Union Square, which was part of the annual Art in Odd Places Festival. We stood in place, covered in dark robes and people were invited to wash our feet, pray, share and atone.
Anti-ATP is getting around again – it will be in SVA's booth at Aqua Art Miami in December.
Creative Time holds an annual summit exploring some of the biggest art making ideas of today. This year's edition, Living As Form, included a two-day conference and an extensive exhibition. I wrote about the summit and interviewed chief curator Nato Thompson for Art in America, read it here: Creative Time's Political Address.
Lorna Williams' first solo show in New York just opened at DODGEgallery. I interviewed her for Art in America in Tree of Life: Q+A With Lorna Williams. She also gave me one of my favorite artist quotes to date: "I come from a street art place—in New Orleans, everyone is an artist. We know how to take shit and make gold."
PICA (The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) hosts an annual performance festival, TBA (Time-Based Art). This year, I was lucky to participate in Kate Gilmore's performance for the festival, Sudden as a Massacre.
Two videos, Learning to Balance and Catch-Up, were shown in a juried group exhibition Closer To Be Far Away at the Visual Arts Gallery. Here is the reception announcement from SVA, featuring one of my video stills.
I photographed Kate Gilmore's performance Through the Claw (2011) during the opening of The Pace Gallery's Soft Machines. I wrote about the show for Art in America, read it here: Body Conscious: Soft Machines at the Pace Gallery.
The Thesis Exhibition is up! June 10-25, Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor. Reception June 16, 6-8pm. SVA published an overview the exhibition, featuring a video still from my thesis.
My department at SVA collaborated on the project stillspotting nyc with the Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban Planning programs at Columbia University and the Guggenheim Museum exploring aspects of stillness and movement and noise and silence in New York City. My video, Anything Below Chambers, was selected to be presented with the project. For the video, I invited seven New Yorkers to explore the area below Chambers Street to help in my search of silence. Each participant took 20 photographs in an hour. These photos, along with interviews about their experiences, show the ongoing struggle to find stillness in the city.
I graduated with honors and received my Masters of Fine Art in Photography, Video & Related Media with my thesis "The Pattern of Your Ways." I also received the Paula Rhodes Award for Academic Excellence and the Topographical Irregulars Award, which are both given by the department chair to masters candidates whose work is deemed exceptional.
My video Anti-ATP was part of the SVA Exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair.
I am crazy honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Alumni Society Scholarship Awards at SVA. This year my department, MFA Photography, Video & Related Media, had a record number of award recipients: 5! So honored to be in such an incredibly talented class.
SVA's Brian Glaser and I talked about what caused me to start the huge interview project I call SVA Underexposed, the response the blog has received so far, what I love most about running this site (writing awesome interview questions!) and how I am totally in awe of all the amazing work going on in my department. Check out the interview!
For the third year in a row, I donated a postcard-sized photograph to the Visual AIDS annual benefit Postcards From the Edge. "Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving the legacy — because AIDS IS NOT OVER!" This year's exhibition was hosted by CRG Gallery.
My series Hold Still was featured in the Forward Thinking Museum's blog in a post Channel Surfing. The writer Rachel Wolff says that in the work: "Gaebe takes spotty reception and disruptive waves of color and transforms them into lyrical abstract photographs. Some are bursts of Technicolor, others are nearly monochromes, and others yet bear traces of the action trickling in through the airwaves."
Responding to a gap between the first and second year students in my MFA program at the School of Visual Arts I started a website, SVA Underexposed. My goal is to interview and present work for all of SVA's current Photo & Video MFAs so students and the community at large could have access to current work that is being produced by the very talented artists in my program.
This month, I was in two group shows at The Art House Co-op here in Brooklyn. The Things I Dream About exhibition included my image Fixing the Unfixable (2004) and a still from a new video Anti-ATP was shown in The Starving Artist Project.
One of my Polaroids was shown in One Hour Photo at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in D.C. Each photograph in the show was projected for only one hour, with written agreements from each artist that the image would never be shown again. Larrisa Leclair interviewed each photographer about the show. We got write ups/shout outs in Hey, Hot Shot!, The Washington Post, on BOOOOOOOM!, and the front page feature of The Washington Post Express.
Volume Loves: New York Based Photographers — Volume Magazine's blog featured my Polaroids from The Upper Air.
The Humble Arts Foundation Group Show 34 included an image from my Hold Still series.
Kristen Whalen, PhD from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology published research that I assisted on at the Perry Institute for Marine Science in the Bahamas: Biochemical Warfare on the Reef: The Role of Glutathione Transferases in Consumer Tolerance of Dietary Prostaglandins.
Visual AIDS held its 12th annual Postcards From the Edge benefit. Each artist submits a postcard-sized piece of work, all of which are sold anonymously. This was my third year participating. All the proceeds go to help fight AIDS and support artists with HIV/AIDS.
One of my images was included in the group show Intersection which was exhibited at The School of Visual Arts. Robert Stevens, art historian and professor at SVA, curated.
I've started my Masters of Fine Art in Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I exhibited work in the The Art House Co-op's A Million Little Pictures Project. Every participant took 24 images with the same kind of point and shoot film camera recording an aspect of their lives. The show was exhibited both at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and at the Art House Co-op's former location in Atlanta. Check out the flickr set of the exhibition installation.
I joined the Brooklyn Art Project. It's free and an easy way to get work out on the internet.
The Brooklyn Art Alternative's exhibition Terminal Signal included images from my series Hold Still. The show exhibited work that dealt with the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting and its possible effects.