Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
Bad at Sports Episode 805: Maryam Taghavi
54:04This week Maryam Taghavi casts a spell over Brian and Duncan. Will they recover? We don't know. What we know is this... Taghavi plays and pulls codes at the edge of beauty and language. What about languages beyond languages? In her work she uses and recreates a language of the occult practices derived from Islamic mysticism. Her sigils promise to evoke real and active metaphysical powers. These forms become channels, lovely and beyond form itself – concept to volition, presence to absence. The works are a wish invoked. The conversation a wish fulfilled. Will Brian and Duncan ever be the same? https://www.maryamtaghavi.com/ https://artadia.org/
Bad at Sports Episode 804: Azadeh Gholizadeh
57:50The Bad at Sports crew is joined by Azadeh Gholizadeh. Her works explore the body, landscape, and the fragmentation of memory. Her works use weaving and needle work to generate and worry her images and objects. The works call to mind a powerful connection to place and dismantle that connection through a glitchy digital memory and build towards a reassembled experience. Azadeh Gholizadeh is a Chicago-based artist and educator, and a 2022 Artadia awardee. https://www.azadehgholizadeh.com/ https://artadia.org/
Bad at Sports Episode 803: Selva Aparico
54:43Splitting her time between Spain and Chicago, Selva Aparicio is a research based interdisciplinary artist, whose work includes sculpture, installation and performance. On today’s episode of Bad at Sports Center, Jesse and Ryan speak with Selva following the announcement of her 2022 Artadia Award. We discuss the origins of her medical research, the ethical means by which she sources her materials, and the context of community and place in her practice. https://www.selvaaparicio.com/ https://artadia.org/awards/
Bad at Sports Episode 802: Inga Danysz and Haynes Riley
58:06On today’s harrowing episode of Bad at Sports Center the we are back in the WLPN studio (and we brought our old mixing board bumbles with us)! Polish-born artist, Inga Danysz, and gallerist, Hayes Riley, join Jesse and Ryan to discuss Danysz’s solo exhibition In Ancient Rome at Good Weather. We discuss the materiality and ontology of Danysz’s sculptural sarcophagi, and our orientation to the physical and metaphysical space they delineate. We also accept the fact that puns have been and will continue to be a part of our process.
Bad at Sports Episode 801: Jeffrey Michael Austin
57:55Everything Must Go, so let’s. Jeffrey Michael Austin — interdisciplinary artist and musician — joins Ryan Peter Miller and Jesse Something Malmed to talk about their reflective new exhibition at the Chicago Art Department. Hope in the dark, illusion, allusion, elusiveness, late capitalism, climate crisis, the collective, the needing-tending, the tenderness of a phrase like *help wanted* and enduring questions of scale and capacity guide our winding conversation. What else? https://www.jeffreymichaelaustin.com/ https://chicagoartdepartment.org/
Bad at Sports Episode 800: Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck
53:09Bad at Sports welcomes Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck from LatchKey Gallery and their exhibition "CROWN" at Expo Chicago 2022. Working from a place of healing, "CROWN" explores and rejoices in the legacy of Black hair. The exhibition, named after the CROWN Act - a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots - luxuriates in the scope, range, beauty, and legacy that is black hair. https://www.latchkey-gallery.com/ https://www.latchkey-gallery.com/woks-by-ashant-kindle https://www.latchkey-gallery.com/artist-josie-love-roebuck
Bad at Sports Episode 799: Chris Larson
1:00:13This week the Midwest's greatest contemporary art podcast crew have what can only be described as an "encounter" with one of the Midwest's greatest living artists, Chis Larson! Hailing from St. Paul Minnesota, Larson's newest body of work started its life in Tennessee and slowly spun and wove its way to Engage Projects, Chicago. Taking up a former manufacturing space Larson asks that we consider our relationship to labor from the intimate to the global supply chain in a triumph of an exhibition. The Residue of Labor, April 8 - May 21, 2022 http://chrislarsonstudio.com/ https://www.engage-projects.com/
Bad at Sports Episode 798: Gio Swaby
48:59Gio Swaby is a Bahamian Toronto based visual artist whose work explores and celebrates Blackness and womanhood. Her elegant thread based portraits centres on Black joy as a radical act of resistance. Through love as liberation she explores pathways of healing and empowerment through conversation and observational drawing, allowing the strong and soft to coexist beautifully. https://www.gioswaby.com/ https://www.claireoliver.com/artists/giovanna-swaby/
Bad at Sports Episode 797: Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
59:30This week on Bad at Sports, Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, the filmmakers behind Make A Distinction, join Jesse and the Block Museum’s Curator of Media Arts, Mike Metzger. Make A Distinction is an innovative, hybrid non-fiction feature that blends together strains of essayistic, observational and agitprop filmmaking into a blistering montage. Political in a capital P way, it’s urgent for most everyone, especially those of us in the so-called Chicago universe. keramackenzie.com https://www.andrewmausert-mooney.com/ Block Cinema
Bad at Sports Episode 796: Rachel Adams and the Bemis!
59:02Rachel Adams joins us live from the halls of EXPO Chicago to talk about all things Bemis Art Center and the Omaha Art scene! We learn about art, llfe, and a little about love as we bounce across the house of yes, residencies, exhibitions and how your dream job might not be where you thought it would be but it is no less dreamy.