Ryan Gander - Artists Talk - End of March

The British artist Ryan Gander weaves subtle tapestries of fact and fiction. His idea-based practice, his handling of the details of life and his own biography, art history and the artistic process, even obscure fables and puzzles—all of these he synthesizes into myriad forms, from sculpture to installation, the printed word, performance, and intervention.

Recent solo shows include ‘It’s a Right Heath Robinson Affair’, gb Agency and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); ‘As it Presents Itself’, Picture This, Bristol (2009) and ‘Heralded as the New Black’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and South London Gallery, London (2008). Group shows include ‘The Malady of Writing’, MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona; ‘Younger than Jesus’, New Museum, New York (both 2009) and ‘Wouldn’t It be Nice’, Somerset House, London, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (2008) and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007).

Gander studied Interactive Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by a post-graduate in Fine Art at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Ryan Gander and Aurelien Froment will have a two person solo exhibition at Khastoo Gallery opening Tuesday March 30, 6-8pm http://www.khastoo.com


Philipp Kaiser - Mon March 8

Philipp Kaiser has held the position of Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) since 2007. From 2001 through 2007 he was Curator at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel. He has written numerous contributions on contemporary art and has curated solo-exhibitions with Louise Lawler, Johanna Billing, Christian Philipp Müller, Simon Starling, Amelie von Wulffen, Sterling Ruby amongst others but also large-scale thematic exhibitions like ‘Flashback – Revisiting the Art of the 80s’ and ‘Index – California Conceptualism’. He is currently working on the first American retrospective of Jack Goldstein and is collaborating with Miwon Kwon, professor of art history at the University of California (UCLA), on an ambitious exhibition project about historical Land Art.

Sign ups will be posted Tuesday March 2, 11am

Meetings Monday March 8










Stuart will also be doing studio visits on Monday, Feb 22nd
signup in comments.



STUART BAILEY (of Dexter Sinister) Mon Feb 22, 7pm

About Dexter Sinister:
Opened by David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey in 2006 as a “Just-in-Time Workshop & Occasional Bookstore” in a Ludlow Street basement in New York, the design and publishing collaborative Dexter Sinister collapses categories, functions, and roles. Dexter Sinister combines the characteristically distinct identities of designer, producer, publisher, and distributor. In contrast to the juggernaut of contemporary publishing and its economies of scale, the workshop, according to the artists, “involves avoiding waste by working on demand, utilizing local cheap machinery, considering alternate distribution strategies, and collapsing distinctions of editing, design, production, and distribution into one efficient activity."

For the lecture, Stuart Bailey will be presenting the activities of dexter sinister via a sort of reader, though paraphrased rather than copied or quoted, that concerns art/design education. This reader, used not only because the subject matter is of interest for students, but because it "shows how we regularly channel and rechannel texts through the various activities at dexter sinister, how this is maybe the one constant in our work."

"the last 2 weeks we spent in vancouver programming 5 nights of events, which were, in order, a reading, a film, a talk, a translation, and a lecture. these were all, in turn, taken from the text here, as a kind of 3d version of some of the points. my idea for the talk is to do a compressed version of that. so to talk through and give examples of the 5 things, which kind of correspond to 5 other dexter sinister projects. this is sounding more complicated than it is; it should be quite informal. it'll involve some excerpts from films."

I will be distributing the text in pdf format to the MFA list and will also have a few hard copies in the kitchen. please read them before the lecture but, come regardless. Lecture is at 7pm, Feb 22nd at Warner.

Stuart will also be doing studio visits. Signups will be posted Sat. Feb 13th at 11am. the times are as follows:

More on Dexter Sinister:


Matthew Bakkom Sign Up CLOSED - Friday Feb. 12

Matthew Bakkom was born in Minneapolis in 1968. Starting in the early 1990’s, working as a visual artist in North America and Europe, he has participated in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Queens Museum of Art. Bakkom has received awards of support from the Jerome Foundation, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris. The investigation of civic archives often serves as the basis for his work.

Information on his talk last week is here: http://studioart.arts.uci.edu/2010/02/new-york-city-museum-of-complaint-perfect-lovers.html

More information on Matthew Bakkom's recently published book here:

Sign Ups:

1pm - Job

145pm - Becky

230pm - Abbey

315pm - Jeffery

4pm - junghwa lee


Mika Tajima - Feb 8 Sign Ups - CLOSED

Monday Feb 8

2:00 Jeffery

2;45 Job

3:30 Alexis


4:45 Anton

5:30 David S.

6:15 Kelly

Talk at 7:30


Mika Tajima - Feb 8

Mika Tajima/New Humans
Performance with Vito Acconci

Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Tajima is a New York based artist. Connecting geometric abstraction to the shape of our built environment, she explores activities, form, and performative roles defined by divisive spaces. Tajima received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1997. She later attended Columbia University School of the Arts and received her MFA in 2003.

Select solo exhibitions include Bass Museum, Miami (forthcoming); Seattle Art Museum (forthcoming); X Initiative, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Kitchen, New York; RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Circuit, Switzerland; Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include 2008 Whitney Biennial; Uncertain States of America; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, OH; PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, NY; among others.

Tajima is founding member of New Humans, a moniker for collaborative music, art, and actions. New Humans collaborations include Charles Atlas, Vito Acconci, C. Spencer Yeh, Philippe Decrauzat, United Bamboo, among others. Group and Solo performances include ICA Philadelphia; Artissima, Italy; Ballroom Marfa; Swiss Institute, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum, NY; etc. NH’s recordings continue a working use of physical materials, piercing drones, sheer static, and low bass frequencies. Releases include AKA (Semishigure, 2008) and Undercover (Circuit, 2006) and upcoming LP, Disallow (Planam, 2009).


Sign ups will be posted Friday at 11am:

Monday Feb 8








Talk at 7:30