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Takao Kawaguchi,
2007

Takao Kawaguchi is a performer who uses his body as his sole medium in collaborations with artists like Fuyuki Yamakawa, known for his creations that utilize medical equipment to isolate bodily functions like the beat of the heart and synchronize them with sound, light and video images in unique forms of expression, and Atsuhiro Ito, who uses a device called “optron” that amplifies the electronic noise of florescent light tubes to create powerful displays of light and sound. In this interview we talk with Kawaguchi about his artistic activities, which include his work as a current member of the legendary 1990s performance/artist group “dumb type.”



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The Speculative Archive,
2007

The Speculative Archive produces videos, photographs, installations, and published texts. From 1999 to 2003, Archive projects centered on state secrecy and the production of the past. Current works address the use of documents—images, texts, objects, bodies, and physical structures—to project and claim visions of the future. The Archive is a collaboration of Los Angeles-based artists Julia Meltzer and David Thorne. Recent projects have been exhibited in the 2006 California Biennial (Orange County Museum of Art), Gallery Akbank Sanat (Istanbul), Kunstmuseum Goteborg (Sweden), Palazzo de la Papesse, (Siena, Italy), Apex Art (New York), Momenta (New York), the Hayward Gallery’s (London) travelling exhibition program, Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany), the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Video Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others.



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Claire Sherman,
2007

Claire Sherman is a painter currently living and working in New York City. Her work is in the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, Kansas), the Margulies Collection (Miami), and other noteworthy public and private collections. She has had solo exhibitions in New York's DC Moore Gallery and DCKT Contemporary, Amsterdam's Galerie Hof & Huyser, London's Houldsworth Gallery, and Chicago's Kavi Gupta Gallery.

Sherman's main body of work consists of landscapes painted with oil on canvas. Their subject matter, more specifically described as icy glaciers, ominous islands, rocky terrain, and foliage, is in line with philosophical discourse on the sublime. Sherman is influenced by the writings of Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-François Lyotard who discussed the sublime and the beauty of the natural world.

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Hamza Walker,
2007

Hamza Walker was born in 1966 in New York City, has spent 22 years as the Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. He was also on the faculty of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has written for TransNew Art ExaminerParkett, and Artforum, and penned catalogue essays on Darren Almond, Rebecca Morris, Giovanni Anselmo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Moshekwa Langa, and Katharina Grosse. He hasl also organized the first United States exhibition of works by Antwerp native Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven in 2010. At the Ren, Hamza has curated numerous group exhibitions that speak to the contemporary moment, including Teen Paranormal Romance (2014); Suicide Narcissus 2013); Black Is, Black Ain’t (2008); and New Video, New Europe (2004). He also worked closely with individual artists on many solo exhibitions, including William J. O’Brien (2011); Kateřina Šedá, It Doesn’t Matter (2008); Mai-Thu Perret, “And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universe” (2006); and Simparch and Kevin Drumm, Spec: An Electro-Acoustic Investigation (2001). Prior to his work at the Renaissance Society, Walker was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. Walker is the Executive Director of Los Angeles nonprofit art space LAXART since late 2016.



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Amanda Ross-Ho,
2008

Ross-Ho’s work brings together seemingly oppositional languages and spaces: personal imagery and autobiographical artifacts are mined for formal qualities; traces and residues from studio practices are meticulously re-created as deliberate gestures; boundaries between private work and public display are collapsed. She revisits images and forms in multiple iterations, creating scale shifts, moving among different media, or using positive and negative structures.

Amanda Ross-Ho was born in Chicago in 1975.  She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  Ross-Ho has exhibited widely in museums and galleries worldwide.  She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (2014); and Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2015). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the 2008 Whitney Biennal, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2010); and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2011); among many other institutions. 



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William J. O’Brien,
2008

The raw, often attitudinal sculptures and paintings of William J. O'Brien reject the sentimentality and preciousness generally associated with the handmade. Working extensively in ceramic, the artist creates highly tactile surfaces—some with bulbous, quasi-organic protrusions, others with hand-carved hatchings or the occasional sardonic grin—and further heightens these grotesque topographies with gestural applications of color and glaze.  O'Brien's mixed-media canvases show a similar interest in textural interplay and an almost obsessive pursuit of pattern; the result is a dense cacophony of disparate elements, conveying a studied messiness. O'Brien's work has been exhibited widely, including at the University of Chicago's Renaissance Society (2011), the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art (2007), the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (2005), and Artists Space in New York (2004).



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Deborah Stratman,
2008

Stratman's work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Witte de With, Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center, ICA London, MCA Chicago, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of the Moving Image NY, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Los Angeles Film Forum, San Francisco Cinemateque, REDCAT Los Angeles, Gene Siskel Film Center, Harvard Film Archives, Her work has screened extensively at Film Festivals such as Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival, and many others. Deborah Stratman is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her MFA from California Institute of the Arts (1995), and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1990).



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Gaylen Gerber,
2008

Gaylen Gerber is an artist and educator known primarily for his gray monochrome paintings, which he refers to as “backdrops” and “supports.” Often foregrounding the works of other artists with his own painted backgrounds, he challenges viewer perceptions of art’s context and neutrality. Gerber has exhibited at Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; FRAC-Bourgogne, Dijon, France; Neues Meuseum Weserburg Bremen, Germany; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Art Institute of Chicago; Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Lisson Gallery, London; Galerie Nachst St. Stephan/Rosemarie Schwarzwalder, Vienna; Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich; Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles; and Donald Young Gallery, Chicago.



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Andrea Bowers,
2008

Born in 1965 in Wilmington, OH, Andrea Bowers lives and works in Los Angeles. Bowers’ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Wiener Secession, Vienna; The Power Plant, Toronto; Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. She recently collaborated with Suzanne Lacy on a 10-day performance and installation at the Drawing Center, New York. 

Bowers’ work was selected for the SITE.lines Biennial 2014 at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; 2014 Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea; and 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Stedeljik Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia. She is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. 



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Dan Graham,
2008

Since the mid-1960s, Dan Graham has produced an important body of art and theory that engages in a highly analytical discourse on the historical, social and ideological functions of contemporary cultural systems. Architecture, popular music, video and television are among the focuses of his provocative investigations, which are articulated in essays, performances, installations, videotapes and architectural/sculptural designs. Graham has published numerous critical essays, and is the author of Video-Architecture-Television (1980).

Graham's work is represented in the collections of numerous major institutions in the United States and Europe, including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Gallery, London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d' Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Kunsthalle, Berne, Switzerland; and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and has been represented internationally in group exhibitions at Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany; Art Institute of Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; P.S. 1, New York; Marion Goodman Gallery, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other institutions.



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