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Destination American Southwest

August 12th, 2019 · Comments

Today, we take you back to the month of April, in the year 2012. That’s when we set out on a road trip from Austin, Texas. We’re aiming to find out how remote wide open spaces of the American Southwest inform and inspire art and design, curating and filmmaking.

 

Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of musician songwriter Buddy Holly, is our first stop. In a warehouse at the edge of town, we meet architecture professor Chris Taylor. He introduces us to students from Texas Tech University who took his course in Land Arts of the American West. The course involves a 6,000-mile road trip that culminates each time in an exhibition such as the one on view during our visit.

We drive on to Roswell, New Mexico, home to the Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Museum, to spend the night in one of the ranch-style houses that accommodate the Roswell Artists in Residence Program, known as RAIR. Established in 1967 by artist and art collector Don Anderson, the program is off the beaten path for residencies, offering visual artists the unique opportunity to spend an entire year concentrating on their work. The voices you’ll hear are five of the current residents at the time of our visit:  Sarah Bostwick, Jon-Paul Villegas, Brian Villegas, Brian Kluge, and Sioban McBride.

A three hour drive from El Paso, Texas, Marfa has become a destination for art tourism. Home of the ghostly Marfa Lights (unexplained lights sometimes seen along the horizon in the night sky), the tiny town sits in the high desert, between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park.

Renowned minimalist artist Donald Judd came here in the 1970s to escape New York City’s commercial art scene. With the help of the DIA Foundation, he acquired a former Army base. Before Judd died in 1994, he transformed the 400-acre expanse into a faceted art experience. The Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum designed to connect art to the surrounding landscape. Year round, visitors can explore Judd's signature boxes and installations by Dan Flavin, Rebecca Horn, Ilya Kabakov and more. We spend a few days to track down some of the artists, curators, designers and producers expanding on Judd’s singular vision.

 

Professional filmmakers Jennifer Lane and David Hollander moved to Marfa from Los Angeles. CineMarfa, the film festival they founded there, will celebrate its tenth year in 2020. We visit their home for a conversation about the genesis of CineMarfa and plans for the second annual event.

 

Ballroom Marfa is a key site of cultural production in this remote art mecca. Arts pioneers Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Leh-bermann founded the contemporary cultural arts space in 2003. Ballroom’s gallery is a converted dancehall that dates to 1927. We sit down with Ballroom’s creative team to learn more.

 

In 2019, we reach out to curator Laura Copelin to find out what happened next. Ballroom Marfa continues commissioning site specific artworks and installations—responding to the environmental, social and political ecology of the landscape that extends to the border of Mexico. One recent example is Haroon Mirza’s massive Stone Circle in the grasslands east of town. This is Ballroom’s most ambitious public commission since Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa was completed in 2005. The stone circle will remain in the landscape for the next several years.

 

Leaving the high desert, we drive northeast through the Texas hill country, passing endless fields of bluebonnets. In East Austin, we meet designer architect Jack Sanders in his studio. Sanders talks about how the legendary architect Sam Mockbee influenced the evolution of his own life’s work.

 

Sound Editing and Special Audio Credits:

 

Destination American Southwest Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio

 

Land Arts of the American West Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | Special Audio: 45 rpm record found by Land Art 2011 participants

 

Program Director: Chris Taylor

Students: Alexander Bingham, Luis Bustamante III, Will Cotton, Winston Holloway, Richard Klaja, Celeste Martinez, Zachary Mitchell, Carl Spartz, Rachael Wilson, Bethany Wood. Program Assistant: Adrian Larriva

 

Roswell Artists in Residence Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | RAiR acoustics: Sarah Bostwick

 

CineMarfa Sound Editor: Jay Agoglia | Sound Track: Harmony Korine, TRASH HUMPERS, 2009

 

Ballroom Marfa Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | Special Audio: Brian LeBarton, The Wind, 2010. New Year’s Film/Score Series. January 2, 2010. The Crowley Theater, Marfa

 

Jack Sanders Sound Editor: Leo Madriz | Music: Ross Cashiola, “Trains in the Grass”

Related Episodes: Fresh Talk: Joan Jonas, Fresh VUE: Austin, Land Arts of the American West, Roswell Artists in Residence, CineMarfa 2012, Ballroom Marfa Imagines a Drive-In, Jack Sanders on Slow Architecture

 

Related Links: Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Sarah BostwickJon-Paul VillegasBrian KlugeCorwin Levi, Sioban McBride, Chinati Foundation, CineMarfa, Jack Sanders, Sam Mockbee/Rural Studio

 

Tags: architectureAustin,, Design Build AdventureEl CosmicoJack SandersMarfaRural StudioSam MockbeeTexas, New Mexico, art podcast, Fairfax Dorn, Virginia Lebermann, Roswell, artists in residence, Chinati Foundation, Texas Tech University, Donald Judd

 

Tags: contemporary art · artist residency · New Mexico · Artist · Austin · Texas · art collection · collection · environment · community · educator · environmental installation · art podcast

Art with a Sense of Place - Part Two

February 11th, 2019 · Comments

Art with a Sense of Place considers creative projects that respond to a physical space and those that react to or embrace a historic moment, a cultural environment, a socio-political tension, or a psychological space.

Emerging in the 1960s, site-specific art sought to transcend what was perceived as the over-curated, almost clinical context of the art museum. Artists rebelled by creating their own exhibition sites (Agnes Denes brought a Wheatfield to a New York City landfill). Some flaunted the rules of museum installation with live interventions (Joseph Beuys lived in a Soho gallery with a live coyote).

Our series of episodes on site sensitivity brings a broader range of cultural production into the conversation, exposing new ways of seeing place, space, and site in contemporary art.

Art with a Sense of Place, Part II, highlights conversations featured in the second issue of the Fresh Art International Smart Guide. We produce the guide as a series of downloadable pdfs. Each issue delves into a different theme—through select episodes, transcriptions and links to research that informs our podcast.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio

Related episodes: Agustina Woodgate, Louis Grachos, Adam Schreiber, Tania Bruguera

Related link: Smart Guide, Issue 02 Art with a Sense of Place

Tags: contemporary art · Cuba · artist residency · public art · photography · internet · activism · Havana · performance art · Tania Bruguera · Artist · invisible communities · Austin · Texas · podcast · installation · environment · performance · community · political art · political performance art · art podcast · exhibition

Fresh Talk: Shadow Healer

July 28th, 2013 · Comments

What does it mean for a story to be new age noir? At KUT 90.5 studios in Austin, Texas, Cathy Byrd meets local authors Morgan Coy and Karen Davidson to find out. They talk about about Shadow Healer, the four-part graphic novel the two Austinites created with London-based artist Chris Chalik. Here's their free five page preview.

Sound Editor: Eric Schwartz | Episode sound: Morgan Coy

Tags: Fresh Talk · Austin · comic book · KUT News · new age · noir · Texas

Fresh Talk: Ballroom Marfa

October 8th, 2012 · Comments

On a Spring 2012 road trip in the American Southwest, Cathy Byrd meets members of Ballroom Marfa’s creative team. Director Fairfax Dorn, project manager Melissa McDonnell, and architect Michael Meredith talk about why Ballroom came to West Texas and what they envision for Marfa's near future Drive-In theater.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz

Photography credits as noted

Episode Sound: Brian LeBarton, The Wind, 2010. New Year’s Film/Score Series. January 2, 2010. The Crowley Theater, Marfa.

Tags: Fresh Talk · video · public art · project · video art · Texas

Fresh Talk: Artpace San Antonio Artists in Residence

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments

This episode features participants in the most recent International Artist in Residence Program at Artpace San Antonio. Cathy Byrd speaks with Leslie Hewitt, Jacco Olivier and Mike Osborne, artists selected by curator Sarah Lewis, about their residency experiences. The projects they created are on view at Artpace in New Works: 12.2 through September 23, 2012.

Listen to Cathy's conversation with Sarah Lewis on Fresh TALK, August 27, 2012.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz

Photo credits noted in captions

Episode Sound: Soundtrack of a video work by Juan Miguel Ramos titled Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros, 2012

Tags: Fresh Talk · artist residency · Artist · curator · Texas

Fresh Talk: Red Swing Project

August 20th, 2012 · Comments

Cathy Byrd meets Andrew, creator of the anonymous red swing project, under the 7th Street bridge in East Austin. Andrew invented his spatial intervention as an undergraduate while studying architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. Since 2007, his open-source project has grown to encompass a volunteer corps whose members have installed close to 200 swings in the U.S. and abroad. Andrew takes his swings to the Biennale Architectura 2012 this August.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz 
Photos: Cathy Byrd unless otherwise noted in captions 
Music: Eden Gass, Little Red Swing

Tags: · Fresh Talk · Artist · Texas

Fresh Talk: Tolly Moseley

August 13th, 2012 · Comments

Cathy Byrd meets Tolly Moseley in Austin to learn about her faceted creative practice. A book publicist by day, Tolly spends evenings writing for her blog AustinEavesdropper.com. She’s also a passionate aerial silks dancer who keeps a vivid blue silk hanging from a tree outside her back door. Earlier this year, Tolly started producing and hosting a series of webisodes for "Austin Eavesdropper TV" in which she interviews a certain quirky character and shares insider tips about Austin. In this episode, Cathy gets a sneak peek at Tolly's brand new project for youtube.com/hungry.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz

Photo credits noted in captions

Music: Tolly Moseley, AETV intro by Jason Silverberg

Tags: Fresh Talk · public art · performance art · Artist · project · Texas

Fresh Talk: Christopher Eamon

July 29th, 2012 · Comments

Cathy Byrd meets independent curator Christopher Eamon at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, to talk about his latest project, Manscape: Male as Subject and Object, on view at the gallery through August 11, 2012. Christopher explains how he discovered the artists whose work was featured in Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe (2011) at The Power Plant, Toronto, and talks about the challenges and rewards of working solo. Christopher has curated exhibitions at institutions internationally, including at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, MoMA PS1, NY, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz

Photo credits noted in captions

Sound: excerpt from Adina Popescu, Jeremiah, 2011

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Canada · curator · MoMA · Texas

Fresh Talk: Jack Sanders

July 16th, 2012 · Comments

Cathy Byrd meets artist Jack Sanders at his studio in East Austin. From Cleburne, Texas, Jack studied at Auburn University and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas before he founded his company DesignBuild Adventure. Hear Jack talk about his muse Sam Mockbee and the late architect's Rural Studio program, El Cosmico, and his commitment to slow architecture, storytelling and dreaming.

Sound Editor: Leo Madriz 
Photo credits noted in captions 
Music: Ross Cashiola, Trains in the Grass

Tags: · Fresh Talk · Artist · project · Texas

Fresh Talk: Land Arts 2011

July 9th, 2012 · Comments

Cathy Byrd drives to Lubbock, Texas, to meet with Chris Taylor and students who participated in Land Arts of the American West 2011, an experiential program taught in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. An amazing road trip of some 6,000 miles culminated in the exhibition that was on view this spring.Students: Alexander Bingham, Luis Bustamante III, Will Cotton, Winston Holloway, Richard Klaja, Celeste Martinez, Zachary Mitchell, Carl Spartz, Rachael Wilson, Bethany Wood. Program Assistant: Adrian Larriva. Program Director: Chris Taylor.


Sound Editor: Leo Madriz Photos: Chris Taylor, Cathy Byrd and Joe DeMarco Episode Sound: 45 rpm record found by Land Arts 2011 participants

Tags: Fresh Talk · public art · photography · project · Texas