Ohio Interviews: Artist Johanna Jackson

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So many of us have been to art school and graduate school now and there's a lot of investment in a parochial way of looking at art. I think it's good to try to keep that out of the studio. Artmaking is not a good place to be dancing for judges. No one really knows anything about art! Rather than a conversation or a game, I like to think of art as a totally random collection of heavily cathectic matter-poems thrown up by regenerating but definitely dying spiritual-biological animals on a planet in space.

The Charts and Scores of Annie-B Parson

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When I finish a chart,  I feel a great sense of closure that dance never gives. Because in dance there are so many mitigating factors for anyone to see your work and for the work to be seen as it was intended to be performed: a dancer can be injured, a dancer can turn away from your work, a new production is usually out of reach, things can go wrong on any given night and make the piece not the piece, the house can be empty, the house can be full, the tickets are priced out of reach of your audience, etc.

An Interview about Video Game Puppetry with Eddie Kim of EK Theater

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We didn’t always refer to our work as “video game puppetry.” We used to call it “live machinima theater.” Our work has much in common with traditional puppetry. Video game characters, like puppets, have limited actions, and performers speak lines for both. The ultimate goal is the same too–to convey the story to the audience

An Interview with Comedian Marcia Belsky of the Feminist Comedy Duo “Free the Mind”

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Before that, my comedy had become increasingly feminist (I’ve been performing stand-up for about 7 years) – and I was beginning to try and see if I could center women and my POV as distinctly female by joking publicly about the types of things women laugh about when men aren’t around (Kill All Men, etc.). I found it very therapeutic. And also got to throw some of the sexist rhetoric we’re just supposed to swallow back in the faces of the men who told me I “didn’t have a sense of humor” just because I thought they were assholes.

An Interview with Walter Robinson in Advance of his Retrospective at Deitch

Amy's Journal by Amy Fusselman, Ohio Interviews, Prose

I can tell you that loafing in my studio is lots more fun than clocking into an office every day. Amy, you want a serious answer? It is interesting. Critics are the only honest people left in the art world, yet they're immersed in ontological doubt -- as my kid once said to me, "you get paid for looking at art?!" Artists labor under their own kind of contradiction, in that they embody creative freedom yet are all but required to produce the same kind of thing over and over.

An Interview with Alabaster Pizzo, Cartoonist

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Being a woman in any industry is tough, especially one that is typically dominated by men, like comics. Last year the Angloueme Comics Festival in France made a list of 30 "lifetime achievement" cartoonists which didn't include a single woman. On the extreme end you have to worry if the male strangers who are super-involved in your social media are stalking you, on the low end you have to hear your work compared to that show "Girls."

Ohio Interviews: Teresa Deborah Ryle

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What I would like to see is for more opportunity for artists who have not had formal art education..to be accepted on their own merit and ability. For the art world to be more broad minded in that respect and maybe not so elitist.

Ohio Interviews: Frances Waite

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And all of the sudden the characters' heads became bowls, and there was a dick in the bowl. Somehow these moments always make a lot of sense, I’ll be drawing and something will happen and I’ll think-- of course their head is a bowl and there is a dick in it!

Ohio Interviews: Xander Marro

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We're all here living in the material world and have a variety of emotional relationships to what can loosely be canopied under the term "stuff." I think that we, as a culture, are very attuned to specific types of psychological relationships to "things," for example materialism, hoarding, or wastefulness, but there are other kinds of relationships where matter and ideas, tangible objects and spiritual notions, mingle with lots of nuance and complexity. Animation and puppetry are two art forms that very literally inject "life" into static objects. I'm concerned with what happens in that transference; I don't think that it's just about artifice or deception.

Ohio Interviews: Caroline Wells Chandler

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Santa likes to make things by hand and is the ultimate crunchy-granola. He lives at the North Pole (the axis mundi), communes with flying reindeer (mushroom junkies), and works with magical elves (creators of language) to bestow gifts of liberation to those who are pure in heart. Santa sees the world through honey comb specs which are a secret tool for weighing the heart(s) of humanity. Chimneys are his preferred portal to distribute the sacrament for trans-dimensional travel. Cookies are strange attractors at the end of time. In the off season, Santa hangs up his red suit to don an electric blue fur and moonlights as Cookie Monster in a state of eye rolling ecstasy.

Make Gold In: An Interview with Jon-Michael Frank

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Jon-Michael Frank’s new book, Here It Is My Beautiful Fucking Heart is out now and available here!! Here’s the beautiful fucking trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUAvWvQPUrg&feature=youtu.be Interview by Gillian Bradshaw When did you start making illustrations? Where did you draw your inspiration from then, and where do you draw it from now? I think I started forever ago. Like even in the womb,...
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An Interview with Mijk Renaux of with NYC-based Eclectronica Duo Umuvova

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Where does the name UMUVOVA come from? It comes from a combination of trying to negotiate individualistic space as a team. Your debut EP, Matter and Masks, is “inspired by the religious ceremonial preparation of a Virgo Supercluster sub-culture in the common-era year 2793.” Could you expand on this? We channeled part of an alien society’s attempt to commune...
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Ohio Interviews: Painter John Brosio

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How old are you? I’m 46. I want to know if you possibly see yourself as part of the “Transrealism” movement as detailed here. Wow. I had not yet heard the term “Transrealism” but I would definitely say that my sensibilities are right in the middle of it. And very appropriately they mention the transitional work of Phillip K. Dick...
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Ohio Interviews: Dinosaur Special Cassette

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OE intern Gillian Bradshaw interviews Billy A-B of the London based art and fashion collective Dinosaur Special Cassette:  Dinosaur Special Cassette is a self-described art and fashion collective but its scope seems to transcend these parameters.  Is there a central notion that holds all your work together?  Is there any medium you wouldn’t consider using? Art is magic, a key to a different world. There’s no...
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“I’m Just Doing Me” : Contron, Connection and Disconnection, and Why I Love The Internet

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by Robert Wilder Here’s the way the internet works for me: My seventeen-year-old daughter Poppy, who lives in Seattle, sees a Bill Murray reference on her Tumblr feed, follows it to Contron, a twenty-year-old, low-fi bedroom singer-songwriter living in Pensacola, Florida. Poppy becomes obsessed with Contron’s music, so she turns me onto it as is the custom in our relationship....
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Interviewing Our New Intern, Gillian Bradshaw!! By Josh the Intern!!

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Hi Gillian, so you are going to be working for “Dr.” Fusselman while I leave to pursue my real estate dreams in Hollywood. Buh-bye!! Seriously, though: are you good with kids? Because odds are she’ll be asking you to do some babysitting! Hi, “Josh!” I love kids!  Like so many others, I spent much of my teenage years babysitting.  I also...
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Ohio Interviews: Parry Gripp

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Ok, kids, now that you have had your Parry Gripp video tutorial, let’s go to the man himself! Can you tell us a little bit about the state of mind you were in when you wrote the songs on For Those About To Shop…We Salute You? What was your life like during that period? It was a really terrible time...
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Ohio Interviews: Lullatone

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrAOsuVWxoI Lullatone is the Nagoya, Japan-based, husband and wife creative team of Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida. They’ve put out 14 musical releases since 2003, including their latest, “Falling for Autumn,” which is the second in a 4-EP project of one release per season. The productive pair have made music for films, commercials, apps, and museums, and serve as the...
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Ohio Interviews: Isabella Huffington

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Isabella Huffington’s solo show of “Sharpie paintings” opens this Thursday, November 7, at the Ports 1961 pop-up gallery, 3 Ninth Avenue, in Manhattan. The shows closes November 14.  Isabella, tell us a little about the evolution of this work. You were working in collage before this, correct? How did you make the choice to begin to work with Sharpie? I began working in collage...
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Ohio Interviews: Misaki Kawai

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Misaki, how are you?! We are so excited about your new solo show, “Hair Show,” which is running through Saturday, November 2 at The Hole, 312 Bowery. How was the opening? What was a fun moment for you?  I am nice & steamy red bean buns:-) Thank you! The opening was so hairy! I like people are relaxing on the smashed bubbles and...
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“When You Know What You’re Doing It’s Not Hard”: Eli Rarey Interviews the Auteur of the Film “Sassypoop$$”

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“Sassypoop$$” is an animated film by Mitsensens,  a 9-year-old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wONnWTQMHo&feature=youtu.be Hi Mitsensens, I watched your film, “Sassypoop$$.” How did you make the film?  It looks like it was made on a phone. The film was made on my Dad’s iPhone 3. The app is Animation Creator, I think. How long did it take?  Was it hard? It took 15-20 minutes...
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Ohio Interviews: Jen May

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You’re probably noticed Jen May’s spare, elegant collages on Ohio Edit, illustrating poetry as well as Jessa Crispin’s terrific “Reading the Tarot” column. Jen also illustrates Madame Clairevoyant’s horoscopes for The Rumpus as well as the blog StrawberryFieldsWhatever.com.  Jen, your collages are amazing! We feel very lucky to have your work on Ohio. Can you tell us a little about the evolution of...
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Ohio Interviews: Jim Oliveira

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Jim, you are not only making art, you are making the material you make art from. So please explain the process of creating this ink/raw pigment material you are working with: what do you call this stuff? How did you end up making it? OK, here goes:  The material I use is an acrylic gloss medium into which I mix...
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Ohio Interviews: Choreographer Jody Oberfelder

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Jody, tell us about “4 Chambers,” which you are performing in Officers House #15 on Govenor’s Island for audiences of 12 at a time in July. Did you create the work specifically for this space? What is your hope for how audience members will experience the piece? I knew that this piece was not meant to be sited in  traditional performance...
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Ohio Interviews: Bones Rodriguez!!

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Bones, your oeuvre covers a lot of ground. You are an actor, author and entreperformer. Among your literary works are Captain Kirk’s Guide to Women; The Luckiest Guy: How to Propose, Get Married, and Stay in Love; Half-Assed Health: How to Look Good Naked Without Starving, Suffering or Surgery; and finally, The YouTube Money Machine: How to Make Money Online with YouTube Videos....
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Ohio Interviews: Matt “MD” Schloss

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Matt, you are the musical doctor/director for this new play, “Yahweh’s Follies, the Musical Comedy Extravaganza of Biblical Proportions!” which is opening on June 11 at Ars Nova. How’s it going? What kind of music goes with a “musical comedy of biblical proportions”? Yahweh’s Follies is a caberet/vaudeville style show that tells the story of religion – from the beginning...
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Ohio Interviews: Andrea Mary Marshall

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Andrea Mary Marshall was born in Massachusetts in 1982 and received her BFA from Parsons. A more likely narrative, however, is that the Guerrilla Girls, Karen Finley, Kate Moss (90’s era), and Frida Kahlo had an orgy and Andrea Mary Marshall was the immaculately conceived result. Her smart, enraged, very funny work in film, photography, and painting, can trace its...
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Ohio Interviews: Toni Pizza of Different Games

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Different Games is a conference specifically exploring issues of diversity, representation and inclusiveness in games and highlighting the contributions of women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks. It will be held Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute in downtown Brooklyn. 1. Toni, tell us about your background in game design and how you got to NYU....
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Ohio Interviews: Misaki Kawai

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I was first introduced to Misaki Kawai’s artwork through her 2012 exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Art in NYC, titled “Love from Mt. Pom Pom.” Misaki is an all-purpose artist. She makes paintings, sculptures, photos, books, music, and fashion. If you have 10 extra minutes–and you know you do–poke around her website and store at misakikawai.com. You will have gone...
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Ohio Interviews: Wade Schuman

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WS: “This from the animal class I am teaching… we had a very nice Goat. I have no idea who the guy in the bear suit is!” I once had the terrible luck to follow Wade Schuman at a reading. He wasn’t reading anything; he played harmonica. What he did with the harmonica, though, was so radical and free that...
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Ohio Interviews: Jim Behrle

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Jim Behrle is a poet, essayist, NFL-poem writer, Twitterer, Hairpin-er, Awl-er, feminist, bookseller, very funny man, and one of my favorite people in New York. I tried to catch up with him and what he’s doing now after his old gig writing puns for Victoria’s Secret and his new gig writing ads for a soup aimed at older men....
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Ohio Interviews: Chris Brokaw

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Photo by Kathryn Mitchell Johnson Chris Brokaw is a peripatetic, shapeshifting, musical force!! A grad of Oberlin (that’s in Ohio, friends!), a compadre of Liz Phair in her formative moments (“her “Johnny Sunshine” is rumored to be about him), he is best known for his work in the 1990s with Come and Codeine. Since then, he has been in more...
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