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Surviving Sandy, Artist Interviews



Artist Frances Cape spoke with Willis Arnold about his work featured at the exhibition Come Together: Surviving Sandy. Cape has a strong attention to craft and solid wood sculpture constructions. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail. Cape's piece for Come Together: Surviving Sandy, is an installation of photographs taken during his time volunteering in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The installation creates a dialogue between these two natural disasters and their affects on different communities. Cape also discussed his recently exhibited work, Utopian Benches, and the turn away from producing hermetic art, toward socially and politically charged work, a turn that unites both his work at Come Together: Surviving Sandy, and Utopian Benches.

C. Finley is an artist known for her vibrant geometric paintings and habit of wallpapering dumpsters. She lives on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, splitting her time between Rome and New York. The artist spoke with about the sculpture she exhibited at Come Together: Surviving Sandy. During the interview, C. Finley explained the transition from collecting massive quantities of costume jewelry, using that jewelry construct mandalas during live performances, and having that mandala frozen within resin. Additionally she discusses her growth as an artist and the desire to situate more positivity in the world.
 

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Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.

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