This week on Art Uncovered I speak with artist Allison Sommers. Her new show, Ellipsis, includes videos, an installation and photographs inspired by her travels in Cypress and Tuscany. The exhibition is on view through December 17th at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn.
Wendy Klemperer makes sculptures of animals. the creatures in her work are amazingly expressive and convey complex movement and emotion that reflects the hours wendy has spent observing animals in the wild, in nature films and in the works of other artists like the painter Eugène Delacroix and photographer Eadward Muybridge.
This week on the show painter and community advocate Peter Krashes joins me to talk about his new exhibition Make It Work In Brooklyn! He tells me some of the stories behind the paintings in his show, talks about the relationship between painting and community organizing, and explains how to make “seed bombs.” His show is on view at Theodore Art in Bushwick through October 14th.
For the last eight months San Francisco based painter Michelle Blade has been working on a project called 366 Days of the Apocalypse. The premise of the project is simple: Each day for all of 2012’s 366 days (it’s a leap year), Michelle is going to make a painting. One painting a day, every day, until the end of the world. If you haven’t heard 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, which some have interpreted as a prophecy that this is the year of the apocalypse. Now, Michelle doesn’t really believe that Earth as we know it is going to be snuffed out at the end of December, but the prophecy provided an interesting structure for a series of painting exploring how we struggle to comprehend cultural shifts in our lives
Matt Jones is an artist working in Brooklyn NY. He may not be an particle physicist, but his paintings and drawings are deeply influenced by the big mysteries of the universe — from string theory to ghosts, spirits and the paranormal
My guest this week is curator Jamie Sterns. She’s put together an exhibition at Interstate Projects in Bushwick called Bad Girls of 2012.
My guest on the show this week is painter Jane Dickson. Jane has a show up at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood Queens called Eat Slots, Play Free. The paintings are based on photographs Jane took during a visit to Las Vegas in 2009, right at the height of the housing bust. Instead of packed casino floors, Jane found desolate rows of video slots and gaming table. Her paintings juxtapose the hyper-saturated casino interiors with lone figures feeding change into slots.
This is a sad day for Overnight Sensation… a sad day indeed. Try not to cry too hard when you listen to this one. Don’t want to wake up the neighbors!
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Football Kick, 1938 Today on the show we are going to be talking about sports. My guest, curator David Little, has just put together an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts called The Sports Show: Athletics As Image and Spectacle. The show charts the cultural significance of sports media from the early days of photography to the present day. It includes work from well known artists like Andy Warhol, Andreas Gursky and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as  news photographs, television footage, film and video. This range of media sheds light on the myriad ways that our politics, racial tensions, national identities and cultural values are reflected in sports. The Sports Show also reveals some of the surprising artistic per-cursors to the way we visually experience sports today. For example, the concept behind instant replay, David suggests, was developed back in the 1890s by a photographer named Eadweard Muybridge who made stop-action photographs of bodies in motion. Other visual conventions that we take for granted in modern sports broadcasts — telephoto close ups, on the field shots, aerial views from the Goodyear blimp — were pioneered in photographs and films by artists Alexander Rodchenko and Leni Reifenstahl, Hitler’s infamous propagandist. David recently spoke with me over the phone from Minneapolis about the history of sports images and why he thinks sports have been largely absent from critical discussion in visual art. `Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887 Paul Pfeiffer, The Saints, 2007 Martin Munkacsi, Spectators at a Sports Event, from the series “Crowd,” 1933 Unknown photographer, Babe Ruth, 1919 Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935 Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936 Roger Welch, O.J. Simpson Project, 1977 Kota Ezawa, Brawl, 2008 Frank Lloyd Wright, Girls Gym Class, 1900 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:49 David Little Interview pt. 1 04:32 Final Day – Young Marble Giants 05:36 David Little Interview pt. 2 10:22 Take a Trip – Utah Smith 13:02 David Little Interview pt. 3 17:27 Telephoto Lens – The Bongos 19:43 David Little Interview pt. 4 23:40 Cheerleader – St. Vincent 25:18 David Little Interview pt. 5 34:16 Bass Drum Dream – The Microphones 34:50 David Little Interview pt. 6 38:02 Wrong Time Capsule – Deerhoof 39:26 David Little Interview pt. 7 42:55 I Don’t Want to Play Football – Belle and Sebastian 43:49 David Little Interview pt. 8 47:07 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop – Yo La Tengo 47:38 Finish