This week on Book Talk DJ Kory takes you through his highlights from 2011. We will hear some of the best moments, wittiest responses and most entertaining readings from the last 52 episodes of Book Talk.
In 2001, after 9/11, U.S. politicians instructed Americans to grieve and mourn the national tragedy in the most American of ways: They told us to go shopping. This call for consumption as a patriotic response to the 9/11 attacks baffled my guest, photographer Brian Ulrich, and inspired him to start what became a ten-year project investigating the phenomenon of American consumerism.
This week on Art Uncovered: Brooklyn-based painter Jamie Powell. In her paintings Jamie takes advantage of everything her canvas has to offer, painting on both the front and back sides and then cutting into the canvases to expose colored strips of canvas that would usually be facing the wall. The results are playful abstractions inspired by the colors of cartoons and sugary children's breakfast cereals. Jamie has shown her work at FLUXspace in Philadelphia, the 92nd St Y in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
This week on the show I'm joined by Bushwick-based painter Rebecca Litt. Rebecca's paintings filter bits of autobiography and vignettes from everyday life into surreal scenes set on Brooklyn rooftops, in swimming pools and around vacant lots. Among these scenes Rebecca paints male and female characters who seem to externalize their inner frustrations and anxieties, sometimes hiding among large nests of bright orange construction netting or a wind blown mass of bubble wrap. Rebecca describes her work as a kind of fictionalized autobiography -- and i sat down with her in her studio in Bushwick to find out more.
This week I spoke with Andrea Polli, a digital media artist who works with science and technology to create public  installations, video and sound works called "sonifications".  Andrea's work deals heavily with climate and weather, so for her projects she frequently collaborates with atmospheric and other scientists to collect data, conduct interviews and make field recordings that she turns into her work. Andrea is an associate professor of fine arts and engineering at the University of New Mexico, and the co-author of Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles which will be published in September. I spoke with Andrea over the phone about the intersections of science and art, the seven weeks she  spent in Antarctica, and the projects she has on the horizon. Particle Falls from Andrea Polli on Vimeo.
This week on Book Talk we have illustrator/artist Ricardo Cortes who collaborated with Adam Mansbach to be the first ever children's book to go “viral” before ever being released.
New music from Okkervil River, Bill Callahan, and Son Lux
It's Friday again on BTR, and you know what that means... time for fashion! This week, BreakThru Radio is hosting Charity Week, and we've been featuring articles, interviews, and video pieces that highlight various charitable organizations, and ideas for giving back. Joining us on today's Sew & Tell is Elizabeth Carlock, who works with three different non-profit organizations in Uganda, Peru, and Texas, to better womens' lives through craft work. Elizabeth is a designer in her own right, and has a beautiful jewelry line of both for-profit and non-profit collections. On today's show, she'll talk about how a high school project became her life-long passion and company, her role with each of the three non-profits, and her future plans for Elizabeth Carlock Designs. Plus, an awesome music mix today with new tunes from The Ladybug Transistor, Junior Boys, and Fool's Gold, mixed in with some older-but-goodies from Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, and Yeasayer. So stick around... it'll do you good!
New music from Fort Lean, Serengeti, and Dinah Washington