Sophie Stone - Episode 55

Sophie Stone makes work that shifts between painting, sculpture, and domestic floor rugs. Sophie talks about the state of ambiguity in her work, allowing materials to use their own muscles, her installation at NADA House on Governor’s Island, stains as gesture and grungy versus polished surfaces, frustration leading to revelation, letting go in studio, and reinterpreting decorative art and beauty.

Sarah Zapata - Episode 54

Sarah Zapata makes textile-based installations and sculpture. Sarah talks about research, reading and writing as important parts of her process, her sculpture at NADA House on Governor’s Island in NYC, the contentious history of stripes in textiles, writing foot erotica, time as currency, her connection to Evangelicalism, guilt as a driving force and exchanges between craft and contemporary art.

Heather Hubbs - Episode 53

Heather Hubbs is the Executive Director of The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), a non-profit membership organization for art galleries and alternative art spaces. Heather talks about NADA’s history and curatorial vision, the NADA House exhibit on Governor’s Island in NYC, where NADA fits within the landscape of contemporary art fairs, the impact of arts-based social media and online platforms, and a forthcoming NADA fair in Chicago.

Fabienne Lasserre - Episode 52

Fabienne Lasserre makes three-dimensional work that oscillates between sculpture and painting. Fabienne talks about using materials that allow her to change her mind, the process of unthinking and undoing, how color can linger in memory, the indescribable aspects of art, making work that can adapt to its surroundings, a feeling of ease in studio and stubbornness as a guiding principle.

Megan Dickerson - Episode 51

Megan Dickerson is the Senior Exhibitions Manager at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Megan talks about identifying as a “play worker,” working at the intersection of the contemporary art world and children’s museums, how kids explore and find agency through play, art materials as potentially “gnawable,” considering physical and emotional risks within an exhibit, re-balancing the relationships between work and play and finding flow, and believing in the immediate potential of children. This recording was organized and facilitated by artist Matt Rich.

Sean Kelly - Episode 50

Sean Kelly has been a contemporary art dealer for over three decades, establishing a reputation for presenting diverse, intellectually driven and unconventional exhibitions. Sean talks about his role as an Armory Show selection committee member, suggestions on how galleries might prepare a strong and memorable fair application, how his relationship with performance artist Marina Abramovic developed, his podcast Collect Wisely, the profound inequities within the world of art, artist’s studios as sacred spaces and slowing down the process of looking at art. This episode was recorded on location at The Armory Show, as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Sally Tallant - Episode 49

Sally Tallant is the incoming Director of the Queens Museum in New York and curated the Platform section of the 2019 Armory Show. Sally talks about the different stages of her curatorial process, some of the ideas and artists featured in her current project titled “Worlds of Tomorrow”, the exchanges between hope, optimism and action, a meaningful trip to Sri Lanka, being completely moved by the work of Faith Ringgold and connecting people, culture and art through public programs. This episode was recorded on location at The Armory Show, as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Christian Nagel - Episode 48

Christian Nagel is been a contemporary art dealer for over three decades. He is currently operating as Galerie Nagel Draxler, with locations in Berlin and Cologne. Christian talks about the origins of The Armory Show, an important internship he had at the Kaiser Wihelm Museum, a memorable road trip with painter Günther Förg, presenting a commemorative booth that salutes the legacies of fair co-founders Pat Hearn and Colin de Land, a café/studio visit with performance artist Andrea Fraser, and working with a generational range of artists. This episode was recorded on location at The Armory Show, as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Eric Shiner - Episode 47

Eric Shiner is the artistic director for White Cube in New York. He was previously senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s and director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Eric talks about curating past Focus and Platform sections of The Armory Show, galleries as an important part of an artist’s support network, what he looks for during studio visits, Andy Warhol and social media, and artists as powerful agents of change. This episode was recorded on location at The Armory Show, as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Mark Dion - Episode 46

Mark Dion is an American artist whose work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. Mark talks about participating at the first incarnations of The Armory Show during the mid-1990’s, remembering Pat Hearn and Colin de Land, collecting objects and his curiosity cabinet installations, a forthcoming project at Storm King Art Center and working as an artist as a long, complex and ongoing endeavor. This episode was recorded on location at The Armory Show, as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Rachelle Dang - Episode 45

Rachelle Dang makes installation-based work and sculpture that considers the exchanges between colonial legacies, botanical sciences and personal history. Rachelle talks about how audience activates her work, shifting from painting to sculpture, her “Savages of the Pacific” project, breadfruits, finding tremendous happiness through making art and the endless responsibility of dealing with history.

Brian Chippendale - Episode 43 (part 2)

Brian Chippendale is a visual artist, drummer and singer in Lightning Bolt and Black Pus, and a founding member of the seminal work-live-performance venue Fort Thunder. Brian talks about the similarities and distinctions between his different modes of making, mistakes as the living parts of his work, the fury of parenthood, selling artwork outside of the gallery system and enthusiasm as a way to generate new ideas. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode.

To commemorate this episode, a limited set of collaborative prints by Brian Chippendale and Joseph Hart are available for preview and purchase in the SHOP.

Download “ALL FUCKED UP”, a new song by Black Pus.

Brian Chippendale - Episode 43 (part 1)

Brian Chippendale is a visual artist, drummer and singer in Lightning Bolt and Black Pus, and a founding member of the seminal work-live-performance venue Fort Thunder. Brian talks about creating immersive and expansive worlds in his work; handmade masks; playing drums; improvisation as an important tool; and capturing energy, multiplying it and blowing it back out. This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience as part of On Air Fest, at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode.

To commemorate this episode, a limited set of collaborative prints by Brian Chippendale and Joseph Hart are available for preview and purchase in the SHOP.

Download “ALL FUCKED UP”, a brand new song by Black Pus.

Monona Rossol - Episode 42

Monona Rossol is a chemist, sculptor, singer and an industrial hygienist that specializes in visual and performing arts health hazards. Monona talks about how most artist studios fail OSHA safety regulations, her book “The Artists Complete Health & Safety Guide”, kid’s art supplies, being born into a vaudevillian family, scientific facts, human denial and the challenge of being persuasive, and a steadfast desire to contribute to the arts in multiple ways.   

Ryan Travis Christian - Episode 41

Ryan Travis Christian makes graphite drawings on paper that often depict invented cartoon characters immersed in a world of provocative activity and goofball scenarios. RTC talks about processing emotional and political turmoil through his art, making work that transcends scene, seeing a demon and homage as a way to keep ideas alive.  

Butt Johnson - Episode 40

Butt Johnson makes highly rendered and labor intensive drawings. Butt talks about using a pseudonym as part of his artistic identity, his technical process and drafting system, patient execution as a form of peacefulness, looking for rigorousness in art, a love for sub-cultures, biology and gardening, and setting up his own parameters of challenge in art.

Tau Lewis - Episode 39

Tau Lewis makes sculptural work that often utilizes fabrics, industrial debris, plaster and found objects. Tau talks about her admiration for Souls Grown Deep, the history and memory of materials, identifying as a self-taught artist, black geographies, black imagination and black resourcefulness, childhood drawings of Michael Jackson, mermaids, healing and joyfulness through making.

Maia Ruth Lee - Episode 38

Maia Ruth Lee makes paintings, sculpture, jewelry and video-based works. Maia talks about growing up in Nepal, being patient and flexible with her ideas, utilizing source material like vintage clip art books, art education and her role as the director of Wide Rainbow, how motherhood has helped her become a more relaxed artist and her recent solo show at Jack Hanley Gallery.

Ellie Rines - Episode 37

Ellie Rines is the founder and director of 56 Henry and co-director at Ceysson Bénétière’s New York location. Ellie talks about paintings as memory banks, the relationship between gallery and artist, slowing down the discussion of an artwork, shower stalls as storage space, her recipe for ideal studio visits and acting as a conduit for the artists she represents.