Out There Atlanta

Feb 19

Episode 85: Alex Kvares

Out There Atlanta is switching its focus to Atlanta and other Southern transplants living in the New York area. In these interviews, we reestablish connections with these artists and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, what brought them to the South, and what took them away. 

Alex Kvares is an artist who primarily uses drawing in his works. He was born in the Ukraine, studied art in Kansas and Texas, and spent about a decade in Atlanta before moving to Brooklyn, where he currently lives. His current body of work deals with themes of failure and hope, particularly in a political context. In this podcast, we discuss his recent bodies of work and ideas of framing one’s work within personal and global histories.

Topics include: drawing as a finished product versus drawing as a means to an end, stabilizing an art practice, and ideas of political and artistic legacy. 

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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The Day I Became Men, 2011 [Image courtesy of Alex Kvares]

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Hussars’ Picnic 2, 2014 [Image courtesy of Alex Kvares]

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Holy Mountain,2009 [Image courtesy of Alex Kvares]

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66, 2013 [Image courtesy of Alex Kvares]

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Alex Kvares [Image courtesy of Alex Kvares]

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Feb 05

Episode 84: Pablo Gnecco

Out There Atlanta is switching its focus to Atlanta and other Southern transplants living in the New York area. In these interviews, we reestablish connections with these artists and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, what brought them to the South, and what took them away. 

Pablo Gnecco is a motion designer, digital sculptor, and experiential artist. This bundle of titles is an attempt to parse the new artistic field to which he’s been drawn, in which the lines between code, hacking, and visual arts are blurred and the result is a highly technological experience. Gnecco is originally from Bogotá, Colombia but has spent most of his life in Georgia. He recently moved to Brooklyn, NY to find a greater community for this burgeoning art form. Listen to the podcast to hear about his background as an artist and his reflections on his first year and a half in NYC. 

Topics include: how the 1996 Olympics changed his family’s life, Saul Bass, making the jump from motion design to art, and creative coding.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Portrait of Pablo Gnecco by Ignacio Linares [image courtesy of Ignacio Linares and Pablo Gnecco]

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Pablo’s inspiration wall in Brooklyn [Image courtesy of Lilly Lampe]

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Array, 2013, installation in Castleberry Hill in Atlanta [Image courtesy of Pablo Gnecco]

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Self Fifty-Six, 2013, part of Dashboard Co-op group exhibition in Atlanta [Image courtesy of Pablo Gnecco]

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Womb, 2012, for WonderGlo fundraiser in Atlanta [Image courtesy Pablo Gnecco]

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Transient, 2013, at Nelson Street Gallery in Atlanta [Image courtesy of Pablo Gnecco]

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Jan 22

Episode 83: Beau Torres

Out There Atlanta is switching its focus to Atlanta and other Southern transplants living in the New York area. In these interviews, we reestablish connections with these artists and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, what brought them to the South, and what took them away. 

This podcast features an interview with Beau Torres. Torres is a photographer who was born and raised in Georgia. Torres graduated from Georgia State University last spring with a BFA in photography and is currently in the MFA program at the International Center for Photography in New York City. 

Topics include: a specialized art school versus a liberal arts environment, utilizing opportunities in Atlanta, making the move to New York City, projects in progress, and aspirations to work with The Impossible Project, New 55, and 20x24 studio.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Beau Torres

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art / studio practice or walking on eggshells, still from VHS, 1:19 [Image courtesy of Beau Torres]

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gaze on gays or gays on gaze, still from VHS, 30:53 [Image courtesy of Beau Torres]

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LIFSGUD, 2013 [Image courtesy of Beau Torres]

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BADDEST, 2013 [Image courtesy of Beau Torres]

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Dec 11

Episode 82: Brian Dettmer

Out There Atlanta is switching its focus to Atlanta and other Southern transplants living in the New York area. In these interviews, we reestablish connections with these artists and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, what brought them to the South, and what took them away. 

Brian Dettmer is an artist working primarily in sculpture with an emphasis on books. He’s originally from the Chicago-area and moved to Atlanta in 2006. A few months ago he relocated to New York. Dettmer has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications including The New York Times and Modern Painters. In this podcast he discusses how an early job at a sign shop influenced his current work, making the switch in college from design to sculpture, and stumbling upon books as a medium.

Topics include: the idea of a universal language, the guilt of ripping up books, and suggesting erasure without actually erasing.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Brian Dettmer working in his former studio [image courtesy of the artist]

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Deutsche Litteraturgeschichte, 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 9-1/2” x 7” x 2-1/8” [Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art]

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Absolute Authority, 2011, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 9-3/4” x 7-3/4” x 4” [Image Courtesy of the Artist and Wexler Gallery]

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Webster Two Point Oh, 2008, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 11-1/2” x 19” x 11” [Image Courtesy of the Artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art]

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You Can Do Nothing, 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 10-1/4” x 11-1/2” x 6-3/4” [Image Courtesy of the Artist and Saltworks]

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Nov 27

Episode 81: Laura Mosquera

Out There Atlanta is switching its focus to Atlanta transplants in the New York area. In these interviews, we aim to reestablish connections with these transplanted artists, and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, and what brought them into and out of Atlanta. 

Laura Mosquera is a painter who has spent significant time in Chicago, Savannah, and is now based in Brooklyn. She’s worked in art departments in the aforementioned cities and has shifted her painting practice from figurative to abstract over the years. These days she holds down a day job at Columbia University and is transitioning to life in Brooklyn. Listen to the podcast to find out more about Laura and her work.

Topics include: Excavating space through drawing and painting, working in relation to your environment, and thinking about Haruki Murakami, writing, running, and painting. 

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Laura Mosquera in her Brooklyn apartment [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Mosquera’s sketches in her apartment [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Triple Color Reverb, 2012 by Laura Mosquera [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Painting in progress [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Paintings in progress in Mosquera’s studio [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Nov 13

Episode 80: Jef Bourgeau of MONA

While traveling this summer we met a few people working with curatorial and exhibition spaces with unusual challenges. In this mini-Out There Atlanta series, we bring you interviews with curators and space organizers in Chicago, Detroit, and Raleigh. 

Artist, curator, and writer Jef Bourgeau started the Museum of New Art [MONA] in Detroit as a writing project in 1996. Since then, MONA has transitioned from a fictional to real project, shifted scale and location numerous times, and constituted everything from a Christo & Jeanne-Claude exhibition to a show on the history of sex. MONA was most recently based in Pontiac, MI and is moving to Armada, MI. The podcast offers a glimpse into the history of this fascinating institution.

Topics include: curating closet-size shows, censorship and Courbet’s Origin of the World, the tricky nature of art projects in Detroit, and the importance of a space for contemporary art.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Jef Bourgeau at MONA’s Pontiac space [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude box for the recent MONA auction [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Part of the Pontiac-MONA space [photo by Lilly Lampe]

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Oct 30

Episode 79: Bill Thelen of Lump Gallery

While traveling this summer we met a few people working with curatorial and exhibition spaces with unusual challenges. In this mini-Out There Atlanta series, we bring you interviews with curators and space organizers in Chicago, Detroit, and Raleigh. 

Bill Thelen founded Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC in 1996. Thelen’s partner got a job in the area prompting Thelen to leave San Francisco and move to the area. While looking for studio space he found an inexpensive building at the edge of downtown Raleigh, and Team Lump was born. Over the years the mission of Lump has evolved but studio space has been a constant. Listen to the podcast to hear about the history of Lump. 

Topics include: Evolving into a project space, the reach of an arts space, and Lump as an extension of a studio.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Bill Thelen at the Berlin Biennale

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Exterior of Lump [image courtesy of Bill Thelen]

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Installation shot of Tyson Reeder exhibition [image courtesy of Lump Gallery]

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Installation shot of exhibition featuring Mark Jackson, Tony Lewis, and John Neff [image courtesy of Lump Gallery]

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Installation shot of collaboration by Elijah Burgher and Steve Reinke [image courtesy of Lump Gallery]

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connect up to me, by Bill Thelen. Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA [image courtesy of Bill Thelen]

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Oct 16

Episode 78: Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin on the Poetry Foundation

While traveling this summer we met a few people working with curatorial and exhibition spaces with unusual challenges. In this mini-Out There Atlanta series, we bring you interviews with curators and space organizers in Chicago, Detroit, and Raleigh. 

Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin are Art Director and Library Director respectively at Poetry Foundation and Magazine based in Chicago, IL. After over 100 years of the magazine, the organization has moved into a stunning new public building. This move has created the opportunity for exhibitions and public programming. Sasaki and Litwin curated an exhibition this past summer called Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan to coordinate with the magazine’s Landlays issue. We sat down to discuss the new challenges of adding an exhibition component as well as the history of Poetry and past exhibitions, including one on a little-known poet and well-known painter named Joan Mitchell

Topics include: How a public space can redefine the mission of an organization, turning a haphazard collection into a working library, and the audacity of Poetry-founder Harriet Munroe.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Architectural rendering of the new Poetry Foundation building in Chicago, IL, courtesy of the Poetry Foundation

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Installation image from Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistancurated by Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin. Image courtesy of Poetry Foundation.

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Installation image from Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistancurated by Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin. Photo taken by Lilly Lampe.

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Oct 02

Episode 77: Al Matthews on Sound

This fall, Out There Atlanta presents a continuation of “Summer Sound Series,” a collection of interviews with artists who find inspiration in sound or directly use it in their works. 

Our last summer sound series is with Al Matthews. Al Matthews is digital sound and video artist whose work has led him to projects with Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator and an installation curated by Robin Bernat of Poem88. Listen to the podcast to find out more about his inspirations. To hear the works discussed on this podcast, head to Matthews’s Soundcloud page or his website, http://fatmilktv.com/.

Topics include: His work with Sonic Generator, the tradition of computer music, the post-war German and Japanese aesthetic, and celestial music.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Al Matthews, photo credit: Oscar Daniel

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Site-specific installation at Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion in Atlanta. Photo credit: Jon Ciliberto.

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Pi Day 2012, image credit: Al Matthews. 

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Sep 18

Episode 76: Arkia on Sound

This fall, Out There Atlanta presents a continuation of “Summer Sound Series,” a collection of interviews with artists who find inspiration in sound or directly use it in their works. 

 Arkia Jahani is a musician and visual artist. Arkia recently released The Science of Colors: Visionary Compositions for Contemplation Vol. 1, an album that combines field recordings taken in the Georgia woods with electronic manipulation. He’s currently working with producers in the Netherlands, as well as on a project with gloATL. Listen to the podcast to find out more.

Topics include: Finding your instrument, the sounds of different countries, and mustering the nerve to share the album.

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 Out There Atlanta is sponsored by BurnAway.organ online art magazine for engaged dialogue about the arts.

Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.

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Album cover for The Science of Colors: Visionary Compositions for Contemplation Vol. 1

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Arkia Jahani recording a waterfall for The Science of Color

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Arkia Jahani recording a waterfall for The Science of Color

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