Frank Prattle with Zefrey Throwell


Alicia Framis, November 14, 2009
November 14, 2009, 4:36 am
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Artist Alicia Framis, The Lost Astronaut

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That giant disk in the sky that alternates between a bloated thick
deep-yellow splotchy mass and at other times  a fine white fingernail
floating in the ether, the nocturnal lighthouse guiding lovers hands
and military sneak attacks as well…. ahhhhhh…. the moon.
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Unbeknownst to myself, the moon is also one of the last stalwart
strongholds of sexism in modern life. Artist Alicia Framis, aka the
Lost Astronaut, informed me that a woman has never set foot on the
moon. Tackling this issue with equal parts beauty and insanity, Framis
has chosen to protest this sad fact by purchasing a used cosmonaut
suit from Russia and roam the streets of New York for the duration of
Performa.

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Artist Alicia Framis

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Listen along as she relates stories of dealing with the NYPD, NASA
employees, Marina Abramovic, and even gets 86ed from the NY public
library.

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Arto Lindsay Parade “Somewhere I Read”, November 1, 2009
November 1, 2009, 4:07 am
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Arto Lindsay and son
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Nestled amidst the chaos of neon, deep within the belly of bustling tourism and rampant capitalism, Arto Lindsay, famed musician and artist, pierced the goliath of Times Square with a  quiet bullet. As the starting bell for Performa this year, Lindsay organized a parade quite unlike those that typically adorn the buzzing hive on Broadway.
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I saw Lindsay’s parade in Venice this year; dancers clad in black, wailing noise, a slow towing processional in the pissing rain that wove down the cobbled canal-front of the ancient city… something along these lines is what I expected upon showing up this time, nay.  50 people, almost all women, dressed in tan trench coats cinched tight, holding cellphones above their head materialized out of the mist and suddenly became an almost silent parade. Then, on cue, flipping open cell phones, a cacophony of noise starting spilling out into the dense night. Accompanying this low din, the parade marchers starting twisting their bodies in jerky mechanical gestures and made their way south through the square whilst being heckled, jostled, and cheered by the surrounding masses.

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Arto Lindsay and son in the eye of the trenchacane
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Intensely odd and curiously endearing, I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Listen along as a I interview various passerbys, artist Cindy Sherman, artist Ryan McNamara, curator Mark Beasely, and of course, Arto Lindsay.



Liam Gillick, October 24th, 2009
October 24, 2009, 1:50 am
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Liam Gillick (artist and cat fancier)

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In the backstage green room of Creative Time’s Summit: Revolutions in Public Practice (which was a bright yellow), as a semi-fascist performance warmed up outside with stomping shovels and chanted power slogans, Liam Gillick and I stole away for a few moments over some free snacks and wrangled through the beautifully sticky morass of what it means to be an artist today.

The territory we covered was vast and yet focused, theoretical and yet personal, starting with progressive working practices and how the car company Volvo has indirectly/directly effected art production today and moving to the “hypocrsy equation” in social projects and even straying into Sabrina the Teenage Witch and monkey-wrenching talking cat toys.

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Liam Gillick presenting at the Creative Time Summit in the NY Public Library

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One of my favorite moments of the conversation came when discussing a question that Liam puts to his students, “What is your hobby going to be?”. In a world so focused on productivity and maximizing the multi-tasking potential of every nanosecond, the idea of a hobby has a slight smack of slander, especially in the high octane New York art world today. Precisely because of that and because eventually one will have some inbetween moments where their quotient of product will fall below the bar, “the hobby” is a vital question.

Find out what Liam Gillick’s hobby is, hear him say the words, “unicorns, planets, and falling down” and much more!  For full knowledge, listen to the titillating tell-all in it’s entirety!



Lars Bang Larsen, October 21, 2009
October 21, 2009, 8:45 am
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Lars Bang Larsen and I sat down across from each other at the bustling Japonica lunch, his demeanor was precise and yet friendly. I had heard much about this young curator and with such a striking name one hoped for some exotic sword swallower with a flashy orange head scraf and a missing arm. While the package proved to be fairly standard, the goods inside were anything but.

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Lars Bang Larsen (curator and writer)

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From the starting gun this interview was a dilly. I have done many interviews in my life and the rule is generally the subject of the interview does all the talking. It is a rare day when the interviewee flips it back on the interviewer and I end up doing most of the talking, but such was the case at first with Lars.

Just to give you a taste, our conversation ranged from hippy communes, organized unions for bands with light shows, food fights, Jacob Holdt, the most dangerous part of town, the weight of Såo Paolo, Sweet Movie, and even touch on social justice in the arts.

This one is dynamite! Not to be missed.



Morris Dickstein, October 20, 2009
October 20, 2009, 3:33 am
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Morris Dickstein, author and professor

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Morris Dickstein, distinguished author and professor, is one of the most understated and humble people that I have had the pleasure of speaking to. While his books are world renowned, his demeanor is down to earth and straight forward. I chatted with him over the phone this evening about his new book, Dancing In the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression as well as what he plans on presenting at the Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public Practice.

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One of the primary issues that Dickstein touched upon was the depth with which the Great Depression relates to the current state of affairs. Chronicling the lives of artists who survived and produced during the 1930’s, Dickstein shows the lessons that we can learn from those who came before us. Following such greats at the Gershwin brothers, Walker Evans, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Dorothea Lange, Dickstein offers a glimpse at the coping skills of these artists amidst the storm of poverty and misery.

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Creative Time Summit and Dara Greenwald, October 18, 2009
October 18, 2009, 2:31 am
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This week is the lead up to one of the hottest events happening this year, the Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public Practice. Collaborating with the New York Public Library, the arts organization Creative Time has put together a zinger of a conference. 35 cultural producers will present their work in a rapid fire format of 7 minute information blasts, making “short, pointed, and dynamic presentations on their work and art and social justice in the public sphere.”

While many conversations of the what art can do for society and vice versa, get bogged down in stuffy academic jargon and seem to fruitlessly wander without results, this summit has been organized as a tight and pointed springboard, reigning in the great minds of public art and action to 7 minutes and forcing them to focus on a point.

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Dara Greenwald, artist

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The list of participants is vast and varied from the Yes Men, to Thomas Hirschorn, Suzanne Lacy, Dara Greenwald, Temporary Services, Okwui Enwezor, Liam Gillick, Harrell Fletcher, and many many more. (For a complete list of presenters visit: here).

This column will be highlighting some of the artists that will be participating in the summit. With such a short span of time to present their work at the conference, this blog will be augmenting the summit by giving background history, context, and anecdotes as a well as interviews and photos for those involved.

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Spectre of Liberty by Dara Greenwald on Frank Prattle with Zefrey Throwell
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I caught up with Dara Greenwald at Bluestockings, an activist bookstore in the Lower East Side. She was attending a conversation on the current state of anarchism in NYC today.
We ducked outside amidst raised voices about whether sustainable business model anarchism wasn’t just capitalism in a different cloak. Leaning against an abandoned storefront, more reminiscent of different times in the LES, we got down to the business of the upcoming summit.

Greenwald will be presenting a project that she collaborated with artists Josh MacPhee and Olivia Robinson called “Spectres of Liberty”. In this action they “set out imagining ghosts of demolished buildings and structures” in Troy, NY. This took the form of large translucent structures which were “inflatable sculptural extensions to buildings whose facades have been destroyed to thinking about recreating vanished historic sites.”

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To hear more about this and other amazing projects as well as a candid, on the spot interview with Dara Greenwald:

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James Fuentes, May 13th, 2009
May 13, 2009, 4:27 am
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James Fuentes (James Fuentes LLC)

Down on St. James Place, at the edge of Chinatown, James Fuentes has carved out an amazing space for himself. Showing some of the most exciting new artists in NYC, Fuentes is a real life embodiement of the American Dream. Growing up mere blocks from the gallery and then moving to the South Bronx, he has risen to be one of the more interesting gallerists working today. Listen along as we discuss being chewed up and spit out by collaborators who get busted for faking Basquiats, the voracious appetite for youth that consumes modern collectors, Agathe Snow, Deitch Projects and Lombard Freid Projects, Art Star television, and much much more.

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