Writing

Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais

07/03/2014
Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais
Robert Mapplethorpe, Belly Button, 1986.
Originally published by The Seen, July 2014. “…Heva, naked Eve. She had no navel. Gaze. Belly without blemish, bulging big, a buckler of taut vellum, no, whiteheaped corn, orient and immortal, standing from everlasting to everlasting. Wombed in sin darkness I was too, made not begotten. By them, the man with my voice and my eyes and a ghostwoman with ashes on her breath. They clasped and sundered, did the coupler’s will.” — James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode Three,... +

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,... +

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... +