This week on the show I’m joined by photographer Edie Winograde. Edie is based in Denver, and over the last few years she’s been making photographs about how we experience history in the landscape. Her latest body of work is called Sight Seen, and it’s a collection of photographs Edie made while traveling through National Parks and National Monuments, places like Monument Valley, Niagara Falls and Scott’s Bluff. The photos show not only the landscape, but way it’s packaged and served up for the eyes of tourists and travelers. Edie’s Sight Seen photographs are currently on view at Front Room gallery in Brooklyn. Last week I got a chance to talk with Edie about the show.
Justine Frischmann is a California-based painter. This month she’s got a new solo show of her abstract paintings opening at Unspeakable Projects in San Francisco. The show is called The Battle of Faith and Doubt. Recently I spoke with Justine over the phone about her upcoming exhibition, her painting process and making the transition from successful rock musician to abstract painter.
Suzan Hoeltzel and Yuni Villalonga are the curators of Contemporary Cartographies, an exhibition at the Lehman College Art Gallery, that looks at the ways artists are using the visual language of maps to explore their ideas. For some of the artists in the show, maps are a format to organize information, while others use the concepts of mapping to tell a personal narrative or invent imaginary places. Others use maps themselves as the materials for their artwork.
Photographer Tessa Traeger’s newest project is based on a collection of 19th century glass plate negatives given to her by a great uncle. For the project, she rephotographed these old plate negatives as still lives, using natural light and mirrors to highlight the dramatic forms of chemical decay that have transformed the negatives over their hundred plus years in storage.The results are ghostly, dreamlike views of Victorian England. Some of Tessa’s photographs show everyday scenes, like a crowd at the beach. Other images are abstractions in which the negative’s curled or damaged emulation creates rainbows of color and folds of texture that nearly obscure the photograph’s subject.
This week on the show U.K.-based artist Sig Waller joins me to talk about her collage work and paintings. Through the use of found images and dark humor, Sig says her work explores the “dark corners of cultural excess” and asks the question, “How will future intelligence make sense of our times?”
Joan Hall has been making collages, illustrations and assemblages for over 30 years. In 1984 she collaborated with computer programmer William Chamberlain on The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed, the first book ever written by a computer. Joan’s work has been exhibited internationally and appeared on the cover of Time magazine and the New York Times Book Review. She is also responsible for the Art Uncovered icon at the top of the page. This week, I visited Joan at her studio in Manhattan to talk about her work.