I’ve been tinkering around with my website, completely redesigned! It features a lot of my writing, visual work, project archives, and has a new look. Take a few minutes and check it out at pappas-kelley.com, and then let me know what you think.
Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category
So I was talking about this recently with some of the ‘old timers’ from Don’t Bite the Pavement history, and obviously it is still in the early stages… But we have been thinking about putting together a new instalment of the video and film series over here in the UK. I just sent off a couple proposals, so keep an eye out for a new call for submissions and guidelines in the usual avenues and we’ll keep you posted.
(Update: We had a screening last night in Newcastle, with another one next month in Manchester. More dates coming soon and there are plans to tour it in the US this summer)
From the archives, here’s artist Lauren Steinhardt talking about the series:
“Don’t Bite the Pavement provided a crucial platform for nurturing the talents of emerging film and video artists in the Puget Sound area. Each gathering of Don’t Bite the Pavement was a chance for artists and viewers to gather, interact, and to show and discuss their work both completed and in-progress. In this way, DBTP became an integral and vital part of the arts community.”
Here is an excerpt from an old interview about the origins of Don’t Bite the Pavement.
“At the time we had just finished at university in Olympia, and our friends were all in bands and touring all the time, with K Records and Kill Rock Stars there was just something in the air, or as people say here ‘It’s the water.’ A group of us were making film, video, and performance-based work and some were just starting to get into higher profile exhibitions, so we began putting together programs and screenings called Don’t Bite the Pavement in local galleries and clubs. Armed with newly inexpensive video projectors and DV, it wasn’t long before we followed the example set by friends in bands – we began taking the shows on the road. Recently we finished our second west coast tour at places like the Sweet Tooth and Bluestockings in San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Bulldog in Olympia, the Commencement Art Gallery in Tacoma, CoCA in Seattle, and then up to Vancouver, BC. That’s how projects like Toby Room and the Tollbooth came about, these networks of making art, touring it, and the people we met along the way. We couldn’t have had the Tollbooth without projects like Don’t Bite the Pavement.”
 Society of the Spectacle: Tollbooth Gallery Redefines the Monument. The Internationalist. Aut.
“Bad Habits,” on display at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through Oct. 4, is a far-reaching show and the first since the gallery’s recent re-commitment to highlighting works in its permanent collection.
While I’m not convinced that each piece in the exhibition is naughty enough to fit the theme, it does include a hodgepodge of works from some of the most important artists of the past few decades, showcasing the gallery’s Noah’s Ark approach to art collecting. Loosely organized around the premise of bad habits — taking its name from a series of prints by Lisa Yuskavage — the galleries house such art world heavyweights as Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Gilbert & George, Glenn Ligon, Tony Oursler and Jeff Wall.
Writing is most alive when directly engaged in the experience—as a cartography of an encounter or inner space. Recently I stumbled across an interview with photographer Uta Barth where she was asked why narrative annoyed her. Barth’s response captures a lot of what I’ve been thinking:
Narrative holds out for a certain inevitability, it places deep faith in cause and effect. Narrative is about reconstructing a chain of meaningful events based on a known outcome. I’m curious about visual art that’s about the visual. Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees is the title of Robert Irwin’s biography. Originally, it was a line in a Zen text. Narrative in art makes us think about all sorts of interesting things, but it derails the engagement with a visual experience.
Lizz Brady and Broken Grey Wires:
Broken Grey Wires. It’s an amazing project that she has been working on for a
long time looking at issues of mental health and contemporary art (and growing
from her own struggles) and includes exciting artists like: Jeremy Deller, Ryan Trecartin, David Shrigley, Stuart Semple, Bobby Baker. Here is a feature she got for it over at Dennis Cooper’s the Weaklings. The project will eventually be exhibited in Manchester and probably Glasgow (and might eventually tour if there is enough support).
Funding is very tight around mental health, so this work is very important in the current climate and please pass along. You can find out more information here.
Also add them on twitter to keep up to date on the artists and information as they move forward: @Brokengreywires