Untitled: An interview with Xaviera Simmons

04/06/2014
The following interview was originally published by Artslant on April 6, 2014. Xaviera Simmons is a New York-based artist whose practice manifests in performance, photography, sculpture, installation, sound, video and more. That dynamic interdisciplinary material is fueled by research, contemplation and feeling, three modes that enable Simmons to not only reflect the complexity of the human condition but also empathize with it. No subject would seem unconquerable: she tackles history, the... +

Pulling the Rug Out: An Interview with Lin Hixson

09/16/2013
The following interview was originally published by Artslant on September 16, 2013. When I came to Chicago in 2004, Goat Island was a prominent feature in the performance art landscape. Its reputation extended beyond the Midwest, across the ocean to Europe. The group began in 1987 and, until its ninth and last performance in 2009, conscientiously developed a collaborative body of performance work. Co-founder and Director, Lin Hixson, since went on with Goat Island’s other co-founder,... +

Field Static: A Group Show About the Object

06/27/2013
Field Static: A Group Show About the Object
“Field Static”, Installation view, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL. Photo by Clare Britt.
Field Static: A Group Show About the Object
Stephen Lapthisphon, “Taxonomy of Root Vegetables”, 2012. Installation view, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL. Photo by Clare Britt.
Field Static: A Group Show About the Object
Ellen Rothenberg, “Constellation”, 2012. Installation view, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL. Photo by Ryan Weber.
June 2nd – June 13th, 2012 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere .:. 3219 South Morgan Street  Chicago, IL 60608
Featuring the work of Ellen Rothenberg, Mark Booth, Stephen Lapthisophon, Heather Mekkelson, Christian Kuras and Duncan MacKenzie, Carrie Gundersdorf, Justin Cabrillos, and Rebecca Mir. Field Static examines the possibilities of objects as they engage with each other and thereby embody a network, or constellation of points. What begins to emerge is an... +

Heather Mekkelson: The Flood that Never Came

05/24/2013
Heather Mekkelson: The Flood that Never Came
Heather Mekkelson. “Limited Entry,” 2008. Mixed media (soaked in clay slurry, particulates added, sealed). Old Gold, Chicago, IL. Courtesy of the artist.
The following essay was originally published in Art21 in May, 2013. It was the summer of 2008. It was hot. And humid. Everything was green and/or sweating. People who didn’t sweat stood out. Their reserve both enviable and mysterious—a contrast from everything else. Refuge from the heat was similarly impressive and constantly sought. Most apartment galleries were barely tolerable for... +