Non-Fiction

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,... +

Inverting Expectations: An Interview with Guy Ben-Ner

04/28/2013
The following interview was originally published by Artslant on April 28, 2013 Guy Ben-Ner began with an idea. He wanted to divorce a soundtrack from a film, then make a new film that accommodated the appropriated soundtrack. The idea provided a mechanism, defining the rules of a game which would yield Ben-Ner’s latest work, Soundtrack. He decided to appropriate 11 minutes of sound from Steven Spielberg’s, War of the Worlds. In Ben-Ner’s version the world is not... +

Jessica Stockholder

03/28/2013
Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder, Lift, 2013. Installation view, 1301PE.
The following article was originally published by art ltd., in March 2013. One would never suspect that Jessica Stockholder’s ivy-covered studio was originally a barn. The one-story building on the edge of the University of Chicago’s predominantly Gothic-style campus has high ceilings inside, skylights, windows and clean white walls. While it may be a far cry from those iconic red structures... +

Sorry for Being a Genius: Aida Makoto at the Mori Art Museum

02/28/2013
Sorry for Being a Genius: Aida Makoto at the Mori Art Museum
Aida Makoto, Picture of Waterfall, 2007-10, Acrylic on canvas, 439 x 272 cm.; Collection: The National Museum of Art, Osaka / Courtesy: Mizuma Art Gallery
This article was originally published by Artslant on Feb 28, 2013. "There is no more chastity in the Young-Girl than there is debauchery. The Young-Girl simply lives as a stranger to her desires, whose coherence is governed by her market-driven superego." —Tiqqun,Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, 2012 Aida Makoto's retrospective exhibit, “Monument for Nothing,” is a stunning body of work, taking full advantage of its towering exhibition site. The... +

Kerry James Marshall

09/28/2012
This article was originally published in art ltd., in July, 2012.

Kerry James Marshall’s studio stands two-stories high in the Bronzeville neighborhood, on Chicago’s South Side. From the street, it is non-descript, more like a very tall, brick garage than anything else; there are hardly any windows. It boasts a green lawn and stands near a new crop of condos; down the same street are... +