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Elisabeth Smolarz (b. 1976) is a New York-based artist from Poland. Smolarz is a visual artist who often asks strangers to become participants and collaborators in her projects in order to expose collective consciousness and patterns of behavior. Her solo exhibitions include Hein und seine Sippe, Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart, Germany (2016). Her group shows include AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY (2013); The Situation, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2009); In Practice, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2007): and The Shot, Reykjavik Photography Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2006). Her residencies include Guttenberg Arts Residency, Guttenberg, NJ (2015); Homebase Project Residency, Jerusalem, Israel (2014); AIM Artist Residency, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY (2013); and LMCC’s Swing Space, New York, NY (2013). Smolarz holds a B.F.A and an M.F.A from the State Academy for Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Germany. S.T.T.L , 2011, 1 channel video, 4:20 FREUND HEIN, 2007, 6 channel video installation, 5:00  
London-based artist Mary Stephenson creates life-like props for her art pieces. Her work displays themes of delusion, parody, and make-believe, and explores why daydreams are sometimes better than reality.
This Week: Photographer Lynn Saville discusses her new book Dark City: Urban America at Night.
Author, curator and photography historian Gail Buckland talks about her new book and exhibition Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. The show is on view now at the Brooklyn Museum through January 8th, 2017.
 “The Wolves” from Ghost Stepping This Week: Photographer Molly Lamb discusses her work, growing up in the South, and how she uses photography to talk about ideas of home, loss and memory. Molly’s latest exhibition Home and Away opens at Rick Wester Fine Art on September 15th.  “Mumble, Utter, Hum” from Ghost Stepping  “Untitled 9” from Take Care of Your Sister  “Untitled 9” from Let It Go  “Untitled 17” from Take Care of Your Sister
Filmmaker Molly Bernstein talks about her new documentary, a portrait of artist Rosamund Purcell called An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamund Purcell. The film is screening at Film Forum from August 10th to the 16.
Artist Theresa Ganz talks about making her photo-based collages and her interest in 19th and 21st century visions of the landscape. We also discuss how growing up in the city made her curious about nature, the connection between her work and outer space, and the ways that artists’ depictions of the land reflect issues of gender and power.
Laura Israel is the director of Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, a new documentary about the influential artist, photographer and filmmaker. The film follows Frank’s life and art from his seminal book The Americans through his explorations in experimental film to the present day.
Artist Amelia Konow talks about working in the darkroom, gravitational waves, and printing on 50 year old photo paper. In her work, Amelia draws on the both the scientific and spiritual mysteries of outer space as a way to connect the massive scale of the universe to the concrete realities of our every day lives. Her work is on view at SF Camerawork from July 14th to August 20th as part of the group exhibition S P A C E.
Photographer Amy Eckert talks about her collage work and her photography project, Manufacturing Home. For the project Amy photographed the interiors of model mobile homes around the U.S.
Photographer Lisa Elmaleh talks about driving her homemade, portable darkroom through the American Southeast to take photographs of the Florida Everglades and traditional folk musicians in Appalachia.
Denver, Colorado based artist and photographer Edie Winograde talks about her project Sight Seen, which she made while traveling through America’s national parks. Edie is interested in how we experience history in the landscape, and her pictures of places like Niagara Falls, Monument Valley, and Scott’s Bluff showcase the sublime beauty of the landscape as well as the way nature is packaged for tourists and travelers.
In his new photo book, “War is Beautiful,” writer David Shields argues that the New York Times’ front page photographs of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to depict the true horror and destruction of war, instead opting for sanitized pictures that emphasize heroic subjects and beautiful painterly compositions.
Curator Ksenia Nouril talks about her exhibition Dreamworlds and Catastrophes:Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection. The show features artwork made by “unofficial” Soviet artists during the Cold War. These artists turned away from the state-mandated Socialist Realism style, and explored new and exciting forms of self expression in the form of photo-collage, kinetic sculptures, and abstract expressionism.
Photographer Rian Dundon discusses his book FAN, which he photographed over nine months while working as an English tutor to Fan Bingbing, one of the biggest celebrities in China. The book features lots of images of Bingbing herself, but Dundon’s real subject is the artifice of fame itself and the perpetual performance required to keep it intact.
Artist Christine Osinski has a new book of photos called Summer Days Staten Island. The project, shot in the early 1980s, documents the working class neighborhoods of Staten Island, where Christine moved after getting priced out of Manhattan. In this episode Osinski speaks about her Staten Island book, her evolution as a photographer, and what images from 30 years in the past have to tell us about our present.
The fifth annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show, which was held at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, featured work more than 800 artists, interpreting the overarching theme of: ⌘COPY⌘PASTE.
This week we take a close look at how to use Instagram for travel with Jeremy Jones, creator of the travel blog Living The Dream.
This week BTR went to check out Tom Friedman’s “Looking Up,” a recent public art installation that sits between E. 53rd and 54th on Park Avenue.
Carl Corey is a photographer based in River Falls, Wisconsin. Lately, he’s been traveling the country in his small Winnebago documenting the quirks, contradictions, and moments quiet of beauty he finds in small town America.
This week we examine the roots of color photography. It’s a history in which artists, popular magazines, advertisers, and film companies all play major roles in making color photography the ubiquitous medium it is today.
This week we chat with Wright Harvey, co-founder of the Sugarlift Gallery in Brooklyn, and creator of its awesome blog!
How do we maintain our integrity in the age of iPhoneography and the obsessive “like” culture that photo-sharing platforms engender?
This week we’re catching up with the fabulous New York City based fashion blogger Claire Geist, author of De Lune.
In her book, Studio Life, writer and photographer Sarah Trigg documents the studio practices of artists across America, highlighting the spaces, objects, and rituals that inform the artistic process.
North Korea, one of the most oppressive countries in the modern global landscape, harnesses creative means to reinforce its power and nationalistic rhetoric.
For years the subject of photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah’s work has been the people in one particular spot in New York City: the corner of 125th Street and Lexington in Harlem. Late at night Khalik drives down to this spot from his home on Long Island and shoots portraits of the people he finds hanging out on the corner. Khalik shoots on slow film, but doesn’t use flash, so all his lighting comes from the corner itself: bodegas, passing cars, cigarette lighters and traffic lights. As a result, his subjects appear bathed in washes of red and green light, set against near darkness. These dreamlike shots depict homeless people, neighborhood teenagers, drug addicts, cops, kids, and the other local characters who have come to know and respect Khalik enough to pose for his lens.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a handful of artists began leaving New York City to make monumental artworks in the landscape of the American Southwest. Frustrated by the commodity driven structures of museums and galleries and eager to explore new forms of sculpture and drawing, artists like Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer picked up bulldozers and shovels and began to make work from the land. Smithson, for example built Spiral Jetty: a spiraling pathway of stone situated in The Great Salt Lake. Walter DeMaria constructed a grid of steel lightening rods called The Lightning Field in a remote section of the New Mexico Desert. A piece called Double Negative by Michael Heizer resembles a monumental excavation, carved from a mesa in Nevada. These pieces, and many others like them, are known as Land art, and they’re the subject of a fascinating new documentary by director James Crump.
Happy 2016! This week we chat about cat poop coffee, Croatia, and lions with the amazing couple behind the travel blog Bruised Passports!

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