November 17, 2016
Clarity and Kate visit the Brooklyn studio of painter Elizabeth Insogna and discuss finding your tribe, spirituality in art, the Divine Feminine, symbols and dreams.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Insogna's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
November 17, 2016
Clarity and Kate visit the Catskills studio of painter Brenda Goodman, and discuss how she starts a painting, her early influences in 1960s Detroit, figuration vs. abstraction, and why she doesn't consider herself a feminist.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Goodman's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
January 10, 2017
Photographer Nona Faustine asks us to examine what it means to be an American. In her Brooklyn studio, Faustine talks with Kate and Clarity about the importance of paying tribute to under-recognized histories, notably the histories of slavery and of African American lives lost through police violence. Faustine discusses mourning rituals, the challenges of taking nude self-portraits in public spaces, and the lost art of the family album.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Faustine's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
February 1, 2017
Julian Kreimer is a painter who alternates between plein air painting and abstraction. Kate and Clarity talk to him in his Brooklyn studio about the sociology of urban plein air painting, gentrification in New York City, and how being in therapy made him a better artist. Kreimer wrestles with questions of plain air painting's relevance in an art world obsessed with the new, and explores the ways art can engage the visual, the political, and the social.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Kreimer's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
April 7, 2017
Guest host Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, and advocate for artists. Her book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life gathers essays from 40 visual artists, one of whom is Chloë Bass. Bass is a conceptual artist working in the field of social practice. Louden interviews Bass about projects in which she temporarily becomes part of other people's communities, in places such as Greensboro, Omaha, and New Orleans. The artists discuss navigating the art world, social relationships, teaching, the limits of empathy, and sustaining oneself financially. The conversation was recorded at the Center for Book Arts, where Bass is an artist in residence.
For more on this episode, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
May 11, 2017
Jim Butler paints large-scale, detailed images of small glass maquettes he makes himself, which he calls "characters". Kate and Clarity visit him in his Queens studio, where he talks about being a young artist in the '70s, glass blowing, photography as a source for painting, and the allure of the otherworldly.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Butler's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
June 6, 2017
Jenny Dubnau is a painter of portraits. Her uncanny, highly detailed oil paintings are made from the careful study of photographs she takes herself. Kate and Clarity visit the artist in her Long Island City studio, and discuss contemporary vs. historic meanings of portraiture, Barthes' idea of the punctum, and how Dubnau taught herself to paint from photographs of cadavers found in the Yale Medical School library.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Dubnau's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
September 21, 2017
Pinar Yolaçan was born and raised in Turkey, went to fashion school in London, and studied sculpture and photography at Cooper Union in New York City. Her work examines gender, power, and colonialism through a process she likens to anthropology. In this episode, we discuss her various series, such as Like a Stone, Mother Goddess, Maria, and Perishables, and what led her, in each, to create portraits in which subjects are adorned with unconventional garments such as paint, full-body jumpsuits, and slabs of raw meat. Most recently, Yolaçan visited the Kayapó tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, and learned from their most outspoken female leader, Tuire, the example of resistance against all odds.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Yolaçan's work, please visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.
October 14, 2017
Becca Lowry carves intricate wall-mounted sculptures out of wood, which she decorates with painting and weaving. She is interested in ideas of use, architecture, vulnerability and bravery, and has said she thinks of her creations as "shields." In our visit to her Connecticut studio, she discussed why she chose not to go to art school, her experience growing up as the daughter of a builder and a jeweler, and how objects can take on sacred and protective functions.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Lowry's work, visit our website a www.magicpraxis.com.
November 10, 2017
Susan Bee's paintings and collages have been described as "pastoral psychedelia," and "a savage mix of Expressionism and Pop schadenfreude." Born and raised in New York City by artist parents, Bee is a longtime supporter of feminist art and women artists. She spent her student days in the 1970s attending AIR Gallery events; she later joined the historic gallery and is currently a member. Bee is also a co-founder, with fellow artist and writer Mira Schor, of the influential art journal M/E/A/N/I/N/G (1986 - 2016). During our visit to her Cobble Hill, Brooklyn studio, Bee discussed the challenging realities of being a woman artist, the heady days of 1970s feminist activism, and her longtime involvement with the Language Poets, through her husband, Charles Bernstein.
For more on this episode, and to see images of Bee's work, visit our website at www.magicpraxis.com.