Pro Arts 2×2 Solos: Wafaa Yasin

I was invited to write a catalog essay about my dear friend and colleague, the talented artist Wafaa Yasin. Wafaa was selected to participate in Pro Arts’ 2×2 Solos series, which is a yearly pairing of emerging artists and curators. The exhibition was an ambitious example of Wafaa’s poignant political video work. You can download a pdf of the catalog here.

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Chris Vargas

In March, I was invited to write a profile of Chris E. Vargas who was named Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s inaugural Community Engagement Artist-in-Resident. I also got to be on the jury panel for this amazing award. Chris’ project and work in general is so smart and relevant. It was such a pleasure to be able to spend some time with him in his studio before he, sadly, moved from the Bay. Chris’ work can be seen here and you can read the piece here.

Only A Signal Shown

In the summer of 2012 I joined the Southern Exposure Curatorial Committee. Souther Exposure is a fantastic alternative arts organization in San Francisco and the curatorial committee consists of a rotating crew of around eight artists.
I had an excellent time organizing my first program at SOEX called Only a Signal Shown. A handful of the curators each programmed a one week video exhibition as a part of a month and half long exhibition focusing on video

My portion of the exhibition (Feb 15-21), to my great honor, included the fantastic work of Weston Teruya, Ranu Mukherjee, Skye Thorstenson and Mik Gaspay.

Inside the Artist’s Studio

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the great pleasure of writing a profile series called Inside the Artist’s Studio focused on the practices of interdisciplinary artists, for Art Practical. These artists have been generous enough to invite me into their studios and give hours of their time as I poke and prod into their lives and work.  These sorts of interviews have been immeasurably fulfilling for me as it affords me the opportunity to see more than just what an artist makes but why, how and who is behind the work.

We also get to talk about all the other things that make up an artistic practice, from day jobs and families to the works that never make it to the gallery or that aren’t art at all.

Matthew Gordon is a sheer force when it comes to prioritizing his art and writing practice in the face of day jobs and distractions of life.

Jackie Im curator-artist-writer-editor extraordinaire may singlehandedly recreate the art world.

And Jaime Cortez whose commitment to non-profit arts funding is as inspiring as his art and writing practice.

Review of Zombie-Proof House for Art Practical

Here’s a link to my recent review of Zombie-Proof House at di Rosa. It’s so beautiful up there and this was such an excellent show to have against the Napa hills, put together by the new curator Robert Wuilfe. Great group of artists! I was sorry not to be able to write about all the artists in the show, but go check it out if you can, the full list of artists include Anthony Discenza, HalfLifers (Torsten Z. Burns and Anthony Discenza), Suzanne Husky, Inka Hoots (Joshua Short and Joel Dean Stockdill), Packard Jennings, Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao, Whitney Lynn, Julio Cesar Morales, Lucy Puls, and Carol Selter. Read it here!