Since the civil war in Syria began two and a half years ago, nearly two million Syrians have fled the country. About half a million of them have fled to Jordan, Syria's neighbor to the south, where they have passed through refugee camps and been absorbed into the Jordanian population.
This week on Art Uncovered I'm joined by Andrew Shea. He's the director of a new film called POW: Portrait of Wally. The film tells the story of one family's efforts to recover a 1912 work by Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally, that was stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
I first came across the work of week's guest Jesse Hulcher's at Interstate Projects here in Brooklyn, where he had a video piece involving the film Jurassic Park. Now, apparently, the newest version of iMovie --Apple's popular video editing software --- has a preset called Jurassic Park trailer, that is supposed to take home video footage and transform it into a blockbuster trailer complete with music, quick cuts and all the rest. So, for his piece, Jesse followed the program's instructions and took clips from the actual Jurassic park to see how well the software could assemble the footage from the film it claimed to mimic.
In 2006, after a year-long journey through space, a NASA probe called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter settled into a circular orbit around the Red Planet. Among the MRO's various scientific instruments was a camera, known as the HiRISE. HiRISE stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, and it's the largest and most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. Over the last 7 years, the HiRISE has sent back stunning images of the Martian surface Photographs of sand dunes and craters, dust devils and ancient riverbeds, frozen water and glaciers of CO2 have helped planetary scientists learn more about the dynamic surface of the Red Planet. The HiRISE images played a key role in choosing the landing site for the Curiosity rover, and they are sure to play an important role in identifying a landing site for humans, if and when NASA decides to plan the mission. Earlier this year Aperture published This Is Mars, a fine art book of beautifully printed black and white photographs taken by the HiRISE camera. Flipping through it's hard not to be sucked in by the almost erie detail in these pictures. Some, like the images of sand dunes and valleys seem almost familiar, reminiscent of desert landscapes on Earth. Others, like the Proctor crater and the abstract formations around the Martian polar regions, are positively alien. According to one of the book's authors, astrophysicist Francis Rocard, "the [HiRISE] camera equals a naked-eye view of the planet at a flight level of approximately one kilometer." So looking at these landscapes you're about ten times closer to the ground than when you're looking out the window of an airplane. The man who helped get the HiRISE camera of the ground and into orbit around Mars, is Dr. Alfred McEwen. He's a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for HiRISE. Last week I got a chance to speak with Dr. McEwen about the Red Planet and the book This is Mars. Also this week, a look at Trevor Paglen's project, The Last Pictures. Playlist 00:00 This Is Mars pt 1 06:48 Track 07 - Cluster 07:03 This Is Mars pt 2 09:54 Bent City I - Phil Yost 10:34 This Is Mars pt 3 12:37 Clockworks - Laurie Spiegel 12:48 This Is Mars pt 4 18:08 Passerine- OK Ikumi 18:26 This Is Mars pt 5 19:35 The Steakout - Sun Araw 19:39 Trevor Paglen - The Last Pictures 27:33 Finish
War/Photography, an expansive new exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker, opened last month at the Brooklyn Museum. The show includes photographs spanning from the Mexican American War in 1848 all the way through the Arab Spring, and features hundreds of images made by dozens of photographers on five continents.
In the new documentary Narco Cultura, filmmaker and photojournalist Shaul Shwarz follows the lives of two men involved with Mexico's drug war. One of these men, a Mexican crime scene investigator named Richi Soto, spends his days picking up bodies in Juarez, a city just a short walk from the U.S border. We learn in the film that being a CSI in Juarez is not a small task. Over the last six years there have been over 10,000 murders in Juarez (the city averages 8 a day), including some of Richi's friends and colleagues. He wears a mask when he's at a crime scene to avoid being identified and targeted by the cartels.
In the new book Art On The Block, writer Ann Fensterstock charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put. Playlist 00:00 Art On The Block pt. 1 06:25 Lizard Watcher's Theme - Phil Yost 07:04 Art On The Block pt. 2 11:02 We Are Him - Angels of Light 11:36 Art On The Block pt. 4 16:45 Bent City I - Phil Yost 17:26 Art On The Block pt. 5 22:11 Crash - Folk Implosion 22:27 Art On The Block pt. 6 28:56 Every Party - Erlend Oye 29:50 Finish
This week on the show my guest is painter Jason Brockert. Jason currently has a show up at Iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles. The show is called American Icons, and features paintings of atari game cartridges, vintage gaming consoles, and toy action figures from the film star wars. The works explore idea of nostalgia and ask us to reflect on the ways our childhood imaginations cascade into our adult lives.
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.
In his new book Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, photographer Tod Seelie documents New York's vibrant D.I.Y. culture and celebrates the people and places that make it possible. Collected from fifteen years of shooting, the photos in the book include junk rafts in the Hudson River, secret parties in abandoned subway tunnels, rooftop punk shows, and many scenes from late night adventures in the city. Tod will be celebrating the release of Bright Nights on November 7th at Silent Barn with Japanther, The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, and Amour Obscur.
Last summer, my guest photographer Benjamin Rasmussen went to Jordan along with photographer Michael Friberg to meet some of these Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With the help of local journalists Benjamin and Michael photographed refugees' daily lives, and recorded interviews with them telling their stories. They're calling the project By the Olive Trees. Benjamin and Michael are currently working on a newsprint publication of their photographs and interviews that will be distributed for free.
This week artist Randal Wilcox talks about his self portraits, painting with saliva, and his experimental band Beat Cops. Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (I) Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and a Child-Solider Playlist 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:03 Digging Up the Bones - Beat Cops 03:10 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 1 04:54 Moonshine Sonata - Beat Cops 06:46 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 2 08:34 The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters - Beat Cops 11:44 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 3 12:50 Clouds Went That Way  - Gary War 16:19 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 4 17:16 Brushing Past the Consequences - Beat Cops 19:20 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 5 20:41 Train Ride - Beat Cops 23:48 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 6 26:35 Kneel to the Boss - Cabaret Voltaire 30:30 Finish
This week Thilde Jensen talks about Canaries, her project that looks at people suffering from Multi Chemical Sensitivity. A book of her Canaries photographs was recently published by LENA Publications.
Martin Waldmeier is a curator based in London. In his new exhibition, Death of a Cameraman, Martin explores the complicated roles that images and image-makers play in conflicts, like the on-going civil war in Syria. Using the flood of anonymous videos coming out of Syria as a starting point, Martin's exhibition poses questions about the power of images to influence events, the high stakes of making images of war, and the ability for images themselves to act as weapons.
This week on the show I speak with Sarah Lasley about her film Eve. The film follows four characters: a celebrity, her confused and obsessed fan, a lonely housewife desperately trying to connect with the world, and her wandering husband who is drawn away from his wife by the beauty of nature. The film contrasts quick cuts with moments of unsettling stillness and Sarah's richly saturated sets reference her days as a figurative painter. Sarah's other films include She She, which Sarah describes as "Thelma and Louise without stakes", and Bitches, a take on the 1988 film Beaches.
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.
This week on the program, painter Brandon Schreck. He talks about getting into painting later in life, the influence of music on his artwork, and why he's attracted to abstract painting.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest came out earlier this summer from Aperture. It's called Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen.
This week on the show my guest is Allison Maletz. Allison's watercolor paintings , installations and sound works examine the  contradictions and sometimes ugliness that lies underneath the surface of the suburban family.  In paintings of bizarre and humorous scenes taken from family photos, and in installations comprised of old furniture and the sounds of disembodied voices, Allison's work reflects a world in which we are simultaneously loved and neglected, out of synch yet still connected to each other by the obligations of family. Allison's work is currently on view at the Florence Griswald Museum in Connecticut as part of the show Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: An Artist's Guide to the World. 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:34 Allison Maletz Interview pt. 1 04:57 Expectations -  Belle and Sebastian 08:21  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 2 11:26 I Have a Secret - Half Japanese 13:57  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 3 18:41 Can You Keep a Secret - The Bitters 21:09  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 4 23:23 Cheek to Cheek - Allison Maletz 24:57  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 5 27:30 Utility Purgatory (excerpt)- Allison Maletz 29:48  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 6 32:11 Smashing Time - Television Personalities 34:51  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 7 37:56 Those Mooney Stars - Butterglory 40:07  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 8 42:09 Springtime (excerpt) - Allison Maletz 44:17  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 9 46:34  You Mean Nothing to Me - Jay Reatard 48:20 Finish
This week on Art Uncovered, we get a tour of the new MoMA exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, from curator Barbara London. The show features 16 sound artists from around the world. Next, we hear from Bill Fontana, one of the pioneering sound artists working today. Bill studied with John Cage in the 1960s and his "sound sculptures" uncover the hidden sounds of massive architectural structures like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Millennium Bridge in London. Bill is currently an artist in residence at CERN, where he's doing sound experiments with the Large Hadron Collider.
Today on the show, my guest is Los Angles-based artist and jack of all trades, Tucker Neel. Tucker's artwork takes the form of site specific installations, photography, drawing, video as well as online and telephone communication. His work draws on images of national monuments, political iconography, and the landscape around LA to examine how individual and cultural memories take material form.
Ilona Gaynor is an artist and designer. Unlike many artists and designers however, Illona isn't interested in producing objects or products. She's interested in designing narratives, plots and schemes. And for her latest art project, she's designing a bank heist. The work is called Under Black Carpets, and the goal is to design a successful robbery of five banks that surround the One Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles.
Ayala Gazit is an Israeli photographer based in Brooklyn. In her work she combines family photographs, old documents and her own images to explore the history of her family. For her project You Don't Say she travelled to Israel, England and Germany to learn the story of her family during World War II. Her newest project, is called "Was it a Dream" and it's being exhibited next month at the The Ballarat Foto Biennale in Victoria, Australia. The project explores Ayala's discovery, when she was twelve, that she had an older brother living in Australia with a family she had never met. Was it a Dream is Ayala's journey to discover her brother, Australia, and a family she didn't know she had.
This week on the show is artist Mary Mattingly. Mary's work combines photography, sculpture, architecture and ecology to bring us visions of a post-apocaliptic future -- as well as, most importantly, some ideas for how we might survive such a future, or avoid it all together. With works like her wearable homes and The Waterpod Project --- a self-sufficient floating artist habitat built on a recycled barge ---- Mary's work offers imaginative and visually stunning experiments in living based on ideas of community, sustainability and individual freedom. Mary's upcoming solo exhibition is called Mary Mattingly: House and Universe, and it opens at Robert Mann gallery on September 6th.
Over the last few years photographer Lisa Elmaleh has been driving her homemade, portable darkroom through the American Southeast making landscape photographs of the Florida Everglades and taking portraits of traditional folk musicians in Appalachia. Lisa makes her images with a process called wet-plate colloidan. It's a mid 19th century photography process that involves making your own negative using a glass plate and a slurry of chemicals. Next the plates are exposed in-camera and immediately developed. For Lisa most of this process takes place in the back of her truck, which doubles as her darkroom. Earlier this year Lisa was selected as one of PDN Magazine's 30 photographers to watch in 2013, and last month Harper's published a series of her photographs taken at a leper colony in Louisiana. Lisa just got back from a shooting trip in Appalachia and last week I got a chance to talk with her about her work at her apartment in Brooklyn. palm in sawgrass, 2010 vultures, 2010 Hogslop String Band. Harpeth River, TN. 2010 Ralph Roberts. Frametown, WV. 2012 Playlist 00:00 Intro 01:24 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 1 04:04 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad  - Etta Baker 06:13 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 2 08:33 Country Blues - Doc Boggs 11:31 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 3 13:54 Cotton Song - Leadbelly 16:04 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 4 20:04 Pardon My Whiskers - Wayne Raney 22:36 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 5 25:00 Louis Collins - Mississippi John Hurt 27:57 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 6 30:47 Black Girl (In the Pines) - Leadbelly 32:54 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 7 36:15 FFV - Townes Van Zandt 39:31 Finish
Mark 2, Stanford Linear Accelerator, California This week on the show: photographer Stanley Greenberg. Stanley has made his career photographing the visible, and invisible, parts of the built world He has photographed the hidden tunnels, aqueducts and tanks of new york's water system, gained access to photograph the construction of buildings by some of the world's most famous architects, and most recently, has been traveling around the world to places like Switzerland, Japan and the North Pole to photograph particle accelerators and other exotic high energy physics experiments. Stanley has published numerous books of his photographs including Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City, and Architecture Under Construction. His most recent book is called Time Machines and features a selection of his particle accelerator photographs.
Last month the Chicago Sun-Times laid off it's entire photo department. Their plan: to replace their 28 staff photographers -- including Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist John White -- with reporters carrying iPhones. So, in addition to their normal reporting duties --- tracking down leads, collecting quotes, interviewing witnesses --- reporters will now have to stop what their doing, whip out their iphones and do the job of a photojournalist.
Joe Gillette is the man behind Party Food, a multimedia art project that according to the project's website is "a story about 2 monsters living in a toilet ... the King who rules them, the dreams that elude them, and the aliens who torment them from above. The project started in 2006 as a series of drawings and short stories, but has expanded to include live performance, video installations, and collage. Joe composes all the music for the project as well.
Eric Lindveit makes work that might be more at home in a natural history museum than a gallery or museum: for the past few years, Eric has been holed up in his Bushwick studio making enlarged hyper-realistic pieces of tree bark. Eric bases his sculptures on New York City street trees as well as drawings he collects from pre-20th century medical and natural history books. He's especially interested in depicting diseased or damaged trees, so many of his large bark sculptures feature strange fungal growths, severed branches or even deep horizontal cuts where it appears an axe has struck the tree.
Like a scientist, artist Aspen Mays' work is about the search for knowledge. However, unlike a scientist, she's much more interested in the search than the knowledge. For her, science is a kind of lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and whether or not we're alone in the cosmos.
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, is a new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian on view now in New York at the NYC Public Library for the Performing Arts. The show focuses on five American cities -- New York, L.A., SF, San Antonio and Miami -- to explore the different ways Latinos have shaped the landscape of popular music in the United States. American Sabor addresses themes of migration, cultural cross pollination, and racial politics and the ways that social and musical intermixing produced musical genre's ranging from from Salsa and the Boogaloo to Chicano punk and Reggaeton.
Curator Elizabeth Armstrong's current exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is all about this slippery slope between truth and fiction in the 21st century. Her show is called More/Real: Art In the Age of Truthiness. The show looks at how artists are responding to a world in which fabrications, fictions or blatant falsehoods are often accepted as truth without regard to logic or reason. A world where news and entertainment are interchangeable and our social relationships and even our wars are conducted in virtual reality.
This week on Art Uncovered a conversation with artist Carrie Mae Rose. I visited her at her Bushwick studio to talk about her interest in fashion, technology and the interactive wearable sculptures she makes from items confiscated at airport security. Carrie Mae has exhibited around the United States, and she is currently a Computational Fashion Fellow at Eyebeam.
This week on the show, a conversation with artist Melissa Brown. Melissa's  kaleidoscopic  prints and collages  draw on  graphics from  lottery tickets, playing cards and currency  to explore questions of value and fantasy. I dropped by her studio to talk about dumpster diving for lottery tickets, something called a"Hexahexaflexagon" and what it's like to make a woodcut print with a steamroller. Hexahexaflexagon, 2009, Two tesselated prints installed, Woodcut on hand dyed paper with stencil,  64 in x 192 in $2485 in Discarded Scratch Off Tickets, 28 in x 28in 00:00 Thomas Intro 00:47 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 1 04:46 Myth - Brilliant Colors 06:41 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 2 11:43 36 Inches High - Nick Lowe 14:26 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 3 11:36 Part Time Punks - Television Personalities 20:13 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 4 23:40 Vacation - Beach Fossils 27:10 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 5 30:50 I Hate The 80s - The Vaselines 34:18 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 6 38:42 Lulu's Lips - Grass Widow 39:10 Finish
The artist Paisley Kang is interested in the messier, baser functions of the human body. According to Paisley, "bleeding, shedding, scabs falling off, ejaculation, sweating ... everything that's a byproduct of human life" are all fair game when it comes to her her artwork. In her new solo show, appropriately titled Baser Functions, Paisley  explores the ways that power relationships, sexual desires and memories reveal themselves through our bodies less than glamourous parts and functions. Along with more traditional oil paintings, Paisley's show also includes installations made from a range of  less than traditional materials. There's a wall piece made from the clothing of an ex-lover, semen displayed in petri-dishes below a painting, and even an installation that incorporates sixty-dozen live leeches. Last week, I met up with Paisley at Associated Gallery in Bushwick where Baser Functions is on view. We talked about her interest in bodily fluids, her painting style, and the relationship between visual art and music.
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.
Artist Luisa Kazanas makes sculptures and prints that explore psychological states of being and draw on the aesthetics of science fiction and imagery from alchemical texts. Luisa sometimes described her work as "A bit of a Victorian plus mid-century modern plus Kubrickian 2001 train wreck." I sat down with Luisa at her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn to talk about her sculpture her transition to printmaking and the time she spent as an art director and production designer on big budget hip hop videos.
Last month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a new exhibition called Great and Mighty Things. The show features the work of twenty seven self-taught or "outsider" artists from the private collection of Philadelphia collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In the show are drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even a piece intended to channel the Earth's electromagnetic energy for healing purposes.
Diamond Head is the new show and collaboration between artists Johannes De Young describing and Natalie Westbrook. The show takes it's name from a famous Hawaiian volcano whose mineral deposits were mistaken for diamonds by British explorers in the 19th century.
Implosions of buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#1] October 6, 2007 In his new book, Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Age, photographer Robert Burley documents the industrial-scale infrastructure that, for nearly 100 years, supported film photography. For the project, Robert was granted access to shuddered film factories to photograph the massive machines and interior spaces where thousands of workers once made film in total darkness.  He visited Dwayne's photo lab in Kansas: the last photo lab in the world to process Kodak's iconic Kodachrome film. And, for the most dramatic pictures in the book, Robert photographed the demolitions of film manufacturing buildings at Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, New York. For Robert, Disappearance of Darkness is not simply a project about the collapse of an industry. It's also a personal project about loss: the loss of the medium he has used to make a living for most of his life. For this reason, Robert decided to shoot all the pictures for his book on film, using a large format view camera. Last week, I spoke with Robert Burley about his new book, teaching photography to digital natives, and how digital images have changed our relationship to photography. Robert Burley will be speaking about Disappearance of Darkness this Wednesday, April 3rd, at the New York Public Library. Implosions of Buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#2], 2007  Dwayne's Photo Lab, Parsons, Kansas December 30, 2010 View of Kodak Head Offices From the Smith Street Bridge, Rochester, NY 2008 Film warehouse, AGFA-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium [#1], 2007  Film Coating Facility, Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel Belgium, #1 2007 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas intro 02:18 Robert Burley: Disappearance of Darkness 07:00 Untitled - Andrew Bird 07:54 Robert Burley: Blowing up Film Factories 10:16 On Parade - Electrelane 12:37 Robert Burley: The Last Roll of Kodachrome 19:14 Cyanide Breath Mint - Beck 20:50 Robert Burley: Double Deja vu 25:12 Sunflower River Blues - John Fahey 26:21 Robert Burley: Post Photographic Age 30:04 New Walk - Liquid Liquid 30:54 Robert Burley: Dematerializing the Photograph 35:45 The Stakeout - Sun Araw 38:52 Finish
Jonathon Keats is an artist and experimental philosopher. In his new book called Forged he makes the case for why forgers are the greatest artists of our age
Artist Joey Parlett is know for drawings that feature a bizarre cast of reoccurring characters and densely drawn battle scenes. Joey is also responsible for a series of comics about a character called Beardman, who, in his adventures, invents an infinite guitar, buys the Tower of Babel and pulls hundreds of thousands of cats into the sunset on his rascal scooter.
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.
Color Rush, the new exhibition at the Milkwalkee Art Museum, that looks at the history of color photography in the United States. The show examines the 75 year period between 1907 and 1981, when color photography took over the American visual landscape and was embraced by culture high and low.
The new exhibition Farfetched: Mad Science Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering features artworks, images and objects that push the edges of known science and technology. Included in the show are a perpetual motion machine, something called a Quack Shock Helmet, a clock the predicts the end of the world, and lots of flying machines, healing devices and other imaginative creations made by unconventional artists, amateur hobbyists and garage tinkerers.
Kelly Anderson ie is the director of the documentary "My Brooklyn." The film examines the forces that are rapidly transforming the neighborhood of downtown brooklyn, an area where Kelly lived. "My Brooklyn" centers around the Fulton Mall, a long-time african american and Caribbean shopping district that in the early 2000s was rezoned by the city to make way for luxury condos and chain retail stores.
San Francisco based photographer Jin Zhu's projects take her to the landscapes of the American West, places like Monument Valley, the Nevada Desert, and California's Central Valley. She's interested in the harsh environments where humans have migrated, passed through or tried to settle in search of a better life.
This week we talk with collage artist Larry Carlson about his work, Big Foot, music and LSD.
Phyllis Baldino is a video artist based in Brooklyn, New York. In her latest exhibition, Baldino brings together pieces that explore her career-long interest in scientific phenomenon. From the multiple dimensions inhabited by sub-atomic particles, to the end of the world and issues of privacy and technology, Baldino translates big ideas into a visual language that takes the form of single-channel videos and photographs.
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?"
We may not realize it now, but for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century, the circus was a really big deal in New York City. So much so that when P.T. Barnum's famous sideshow attraction, a dwarf named Tom Thumb, got married in 1863, it was one of the biggest social and media events of the era. Eclipsing, for a time, coverage of the ongoing Civil War.
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.
This week on the show my guest is painter and illustrator Esther Pearl Watson. Esther's paintings draw on memories from her childhood growing up in the Texas suburbs around Dallas Fort worth where her father had the unusual hobby of building large UFOs out of scrap in her backyard. Encore show from February 2011.