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Conversation with Steve Schepens

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Carla Acevedo-Yates: Hi Steve, it’s a pleasure to speak with you once again! During our last interview, we spoke about the reasons that lead you to depart from painting and move to other mediums such as sculpture and performance. Since 2002, you have titled these works HORROR, but your recent work marks another departure with different and more complex titles, even though they also convey a sense of mystery and irony. Can you explain the reasons for this choice?

Steve Schepens: Dear Carla, the pleasure is completely mine!

Indeed, the HORROR works form a very important and vast cluster within my oeuvre, also the new titles are rooted in there. The sculpture THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE IS A FRAUD which was first presented at the Art in the City exhibition during the ARTBRUSSELS art fair in April and the exhibition BLUE MUSSEL BINGE DRINKING at Marianne Friis Gallery in Copenhagen in June both mark the start of the new period. The art-works can be seen as anchors for future creations.


Interview with Steve Schepens

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

HORROR 1.1, Performance photo- cibachrome, 79 x 119 cm.

I first met Steve Schepens about a year ago, when I wrote a review of one his HORROR shows for Artpulse Magazine. I love works that deal with space, so inevitably I was fascinated with Steve’s works and performances. Space as impenetrable and the invisible are main subjects of his work. For the occasion of his current show at Galerie Baronian_Francey in Brussels, I had a conversation with Steve about his work and a controversial performance that mixes in Tourette’s Syndrome.[...]

A quiet afternoon with Derrick Adams

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Derrick Adams, ‘sometimes i just don’t feel like myself’. Installation and performance. Courtesy of Collette Blanchard, New York.

The first words out of my mouth as I picked up Derrick Adams from the Floridian condo on West Avenue was ‘Man, that shirt is totally Kehinde Wiley!’ He laughed and agreed that the bright, Oriental-type floral pattern reminded us both of his friend’s aristocratic renderings of urban youths amongst Victorian wallpapers. “Yeah! Especially since he just came back from China.” Thus began an afternoon packed with art world theory and rants regarding some of the beauteous and bestial personalities we’d both encountered thus far in the commercial art sphere.[...]

Interview with Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I met Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro at the Americas Society in New York City about ten years ago, where we were both working as a part of the Culture Program; he was the Director of the Visual Arts Program and I was Editorial Assistant for the journal Review. Since his position at the Americas Society, Gabriel has been Curator at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Chief Curator of the Sixth Edition of the Mercosul Biennial and currently Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection in New York.

Since DaWire’s inception, an essential component of the project has been the creation of a forum where issues relevant to curatorship could be discussed. With this idea in mind, I interviewed Gabriel on curating, Latin American art and other tricky topics.[...]

Interview with Ery Cámara

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As a part of a series of interviews with curators and museographers, Alejandro Sordo Guzmán, our Contributing Writer in Mexico City, interviews renowned museographer Ery Cámara, one of the main specialists in the field. Their dialogue sheds light on the role of the museum in society and the importance of the public in the development of its programs. To borrow Ery’s words, “museums are unfinished institutions,” and a dialogue between audiences and these institutions must be established for them to grow and continue to adapt to our needs.[...]

Pablo León de la Barra and his aesthetic revolution

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

For the fifth edition of CIRCA, Artistic Director Celina Nogueras invited renowned curator, gallerist and artist Pablo León de la Barra to conceptualize the CIRCA Labs. Now in its third consecutive edition, the labs presented a completely different concept from previous ones, bringing young galleries from Latin America that offered viewers a quick glance of contemporary artistic production from countries such as Guatemala, Panama and Peru.[...]

Studio Visit: Conversations with Victor Vázquez

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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Living between Old San Juan and Paris, it is unusual to find the artist Victor Vázquez around the streets of Old San Juan. When in San Juan, he spends most of his time at his studio; thinking, musing and creating. Victor welcomed me to his studio at San Sebastian street, to talk about his career as an artist, his work and his upcoming show at Seraphin Gallery.[...]

Interview with Wilfredo Prieto

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Wilfredo Prieto - Apolitico

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Wilfredo Prieto is an artist living in Havana, Cuba. He has shown his work at PSI MoMA, the Louvre Museum, the VII Havana Biennial and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He recently won the 2008 Cartier Foundation Award (Frieze Foundation/Gasworks Residency in London), and was also selected for the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. Amidst a hectic European travel schedule, I had the opportunity to converse with Wilfredo about his work.[...]

Interview with Aggtelek

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Aggtelek - Polymorphous

The work by Aggtelek (Gema Perales and Xandro Vallés, 1978, Barcelona) proposes new ways of looking at sculpture by exploring and playing with the creative process in a very dynamic way. In their videos, their artwork manifests itself as a direct result of the structural development of their performances, creating narratives that question the traditional notions related to sculpture by means of constructing and deconstructing ephemeral objects and scenarios.[...]

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