Artist to Artist: Queen GodIs Interviews Tracie Morris about Poetry, Performance and East New York

Tracie Morris (left) and Queen GodIs (right)

Tracie Morris (left) and Queen GodIs (right)

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Queen GodIs (2013 Performing Arts) and Tracie Morris (2000 Performing Arts) met up at the Brooklyn Museum to discuss commonalities in their work. The following is an excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Queen GodIs: This is Queen GodIs, Creative Capital grantee, 2013, with the honor of being with Tracie Morris, a Creative Capital grantee from…

Tracie Morris: The first class of Creative Capital—2000.

Queen: I’m excited. I think there are a lot of parallels that I’m interested in discovering between our work, and some new things. I’m excited to see what she’s up to in this time and figuring out what we’re doing now. I’m going to start with what I call a “check-in.” I think that before you start an interview and start with asking people questions about their business, you want to see what’s on their brain for the day. This check-in is actually inspired by a quote of yours that I heard in an interview that you did with Charles Bernstein. You said: “Our subconscious says things that our consciousness has to catch up to.” I thought that was an awesome statement—a profound statement—and one that rings true in so many ways. So for this check-in, it’s just a quick thought, word-association based on this year in America. So I’m going to throw out some words, and you just give me one or two words—short, simple, off-the-top, first things that come to mind.

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Artist to Artist: Miwa Matreyek and Janie Geiser on Collaboration, Wonder and the Importance of Tinkering

Miwa Matreyek (left) and Janie Geiser (right)

Janie Geiser (left) and Miwa Matreyek (right)

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Miwa Matreyek (2013 Performing Arts) and Janie Geiser (2000 Performing Arts) sat down to discuss commonalities in their work. The following is an excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Miwa: We’re here talking about our work for Creative Capital. I just showed Janie my Creative Capital project, This World Made Itself, and I’ve seen a lot of Janie’s puppetry work as well as her films, and Janie’s seen my work. We’ve been in each others’ worlds for a few years. Janie was one of my mentors from CalArts who really inspired me to do performance, so it’s really thrilling to have this conversation.

Janie: Yeah, I’m very happy to be here talking with you in your apartment, where I can feel the presence. I see the collages that I’ve seen on your website. It’s really amazing. So, it might be a good starting place, thinking about your work as collage and how you combine images and how you went from still collages into performance and film.

Miwa: I actually consider the performances as a collage. Continue reading

Artist to Artist: Neal Medlyn and Jessica Almasy Discuss America

Neal Medlyn and Jessica Almasy

Neal Medlyn and Jessica Almasy

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Neal Medlyn: Hey everybody. It’s me, Neal Medlyn. I’m here with Jessica Almasy from The TEAM at the Grey Dog and we’re going to talk to you about America for Creative Capital.

Jessica Almasy: Helloooo!

Neal: I was just thinking that we would get together because Jessica’s work is somewhat about America and I think that my work is about America, too. I don’t get asked about that very much. So, I wanted to talk about what it’s like to make work about America and have various experiences of people responding or not responding to it. I just wanted to have a wide-ranging and thought-provoking conversation about making work about America. [Laughs]

Jessica: Awesome. I’d like to start by giving a little context for where The Team is coming from. I’m part of the collaborative theater ensemble The Team, and we created a mission statement about ten years ago, which states that we make plays about America. So, if we’re succeeding, then that’s what we’re doing. Also, we had to create an acronym for legal purposes back in the day when we incorporated, so Team stands for Theater of the Emerging American Moment; so again, it’s right in the title. Our job is to think about what is happening right now. We gained our first traction in the UK at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so people really read our work as information from America being made by young Americans. We were like a specimen for them. I think there’s a really big difference when you’re out of context than when you’re ensconced in your own culture. Continue reading

Podcast: Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy

At our 2013 Artist Orientation Weekend, Creative Capital Literature Consultant Ethan Nosowsky led a focus session entitled “Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy.” It offers general advice for artists in all disciplines who will be working with a publisher and outlines key moments in the publication timeline.

LISTEN: Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy
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Ethan NosowskyAbout Ethan Nosowsky
Ethan Nosowsky is Editorial Director at Graywolf Press and Literature Consultant for Creative Capital. He began his career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, served as Graywolf’s editor-at-large from 2007–2011, and was most recently Editorial Director at McSweeney’s. He has edited books by Jeffery Renard Allen, Emily Barton, Elias Canetti, Geoff Dyer, Stephen Elliott, John Haskell, J. Robert Lennon and Isaac Bashevis Singer, among many others. He has taught in the Creative Writing program at Columbia University and has written for Bookforum, the San Francisco Chronicle and Threepenny Review.

Want to learn more from Ethan? Attend his webinar “Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers” on Monday, June 17 at 7:00pm EST.

Podcasts: Artist-to-Artist Advice from our 2012 Grantee Orientation

We’re planning the Orientation Weekend for our 2013 class of grantees and revisiting some of the presentations from last year’s sessions. We wanted to share a couple of excerpts, in which our previously-funded grantees offered great advice to the new group.

In the first podcast, Pablo Helguera (2005 Visual Arts) talks about unexpected setbacks he encountered while traveling with his School of Panamerican Unrest project. In 2006, Helguera drove with a portable schoolhouse from Alaska to Argentina, exploring the historical ideals of Pan-Americanism. In this 10-minute excerpt, he talks about that journey and what he learned about the importance of staying flexible and fluid in your expectations for ambitious, community-engaged projects.

In the second podcast, Sandi DuBowski (2000 Film/Video), Jennifer Fox (2005 Film/Video) and Braden King (2005 Film/Video) discuss their past experiences in raising funds for their film projects. Each of these three filmmakers have tried different approaches to raise the funds needed to make and distribute their work.

LISTEN: Pablo Helguera on Planning and Flexibility
LISTEN: Sandi DuBowski, Jennifer Fox and Braden King on Funding Your Work
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Podcast: Working With Institutions & Galleries


Stuart Horodner moderated the focus session “Working with Institutions & Galleries” at the 2012 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.

Navigating the logistics of exhibiting artwork with a gallery or museum can be daunting. How do you choose a gallery or museum that might show your work? What’s the best way to propose your project? Once you’ve found an institutional partner, how do you talk about things like money, promotion, labor and other kinds of support? Should you even bother engaging with the market or commercial art scene?

At Creative Capital’s Artist Retreat in July, we convened a focus session to explore the complexities of this topic. This session was an open roundtable discussion facilitated by Stuart Horodner, Artistic Director at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, with Lisa Sigal (2012 Visual Arts grantee); Meg Malloy, a director at the contemporary art gallery Sikkema Jenkins & Co; and Paul Rucker (2012 Visual Arts grantee). We recorded the conversation so that we could share it as a podcast with our larger network. (A note about the recording: There was some ambient noise in the classroom where this conversation took place.)

LISTEN: Working with Institutions and Galleries
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Creative Capital Presents “Embedded: A Social Practice in the Neighborhood” at CAA 2012

On February 23, Creative Capital’s Director of Programs & Initiatives, Sean Elwood, moderated a program session with three Creative Capital grantees at the College Art Association’s 2012 Conference in Los Angeles. Embedded: A Social Practice in the Neighborhood included presentations and discussion with Cesar Cornejo (2009 Emerging Fields), Mario Ybarra, Jr. (2008 Film/Video) and Ted Purves (2005 Visual Arts). The artists each talked about their practices using their Creative Capital-supported projects (and others) to illustrate their experiences in working closely with communities to bring about change through creative engagement, embedding themselves in particular neighborhoods to realize social goals, build networks and affect cultural practices.

Listen to podcasts from this session:
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Podcast: New Media in the Marketplace


Jason Salavon, Karolina Sobecka, Stephen Vitiello, Marina Zurkow

Over the years, we’ve found that a number of the artists we support in our Emerging Fields category have questions about how they can better market and exhibit their work. They have questions about pricing and editioning; changing formats; what it is that they are actually selling when they offer a work for sale; what their obligations to representatives and collectors are after a sale; and whether or not they should even participate in an art market that is, in their eyes, more sympathetic and better able to represent works in more conventional or established media.

On November 2, Creative Capital hosted a webinar for grantees to explore some of these issues and answer specific questions from artists working in new media. The panelists were Jason Salavon (2000 Visual Arts), Karolina Sobecka (2009 Emerging Fields), Stephen Vitiello (2006 Emerging Fields) and Marina Zurkow (2001 Visual Arts). Sean Elwood, Creative Capital’s Director of Programs & Initiatives, served as the facilitator.

LISTEN: New Media in the Marketplace
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