2MF is a series of community meetings – open and participatory experiences – organized by artists Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio. Collaborating with selected New York City thinkers, 2MF aims to encourage pro-emotive and ante-academic conversation among artists in New York City. All meetings are free and open to the public. Follow us on instagram at 2__m__f
2MF with Sister
This episode of 2MF features a conversation with artists Jenny Lee and Zuriel Waters of Sister Gallery following a meeting at Knockdown Center on November 20, 2016. The artists speaks with hosts Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio about how the structure of the office informs artists practices. We discuss the increasing professionalization, advanced degrees, and bureaucracies in the art world(s), and the benefits and downfalls from internalizing these structures. How do New York City artists, particularly with a studio-based practice, navigate, use, or subvert these systems while maintaining a sense of authenticity and purpose?
Music on this episode is “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
2MF with Nate Heiges
Mr. Heiges speaks with Maria Stabio and Sonya Derman about domestic spaces and living with art over time. Comparing Donald Trump and Jackie Kennedy’s publicized tours of their homes, we reflect on the ways that people’s relationship with objects and interior architecture promote value systems as well as political myth-making.
This special post-election episode of 2MF features a conversation with 2MF alums Amy Beecher and Joshua Smith. The artists speak with hosts Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio about how the election of Trump has affected their outlooks as artists and as political actors. Managing one’s emotional state while maintaining a consistent level of outrage — can it be done? We also revisit the artist Lee Lozano and her words “human first, artist second”. We wrap up with a humorous look at Cathy comics contrasted with Hillary Clinton and how both constantly negotiate with the patriarchy, unsuccessfully.
Music on this episode is That Right Ain’t Shit by The Books.
2MF with Eric Ramos Guerrero
This episode of 2MF features a conversation with artist Eric Ramos Guerrero following a meeting and workshop at Knockdown Center in Queens, NY on September 9, 2016. Guerrero speaks with hosts Maria Stabio and Sonya Derman about the magnetism of New York as bohemian promise land attracting artists worldwide but often fails to deliver. When reality falls short of expectation, is it best to stay or leave and why?
Music on this episode is titled Is it Me You Really Love by Black Velvet and “Disappointed” by Morrisey.
2MF With Kaitlin McDonough
This episode of 2MF features a conversation with artist Kaitlin McDonough following a meeting and workshop at Orgy Park gallery in Brooklyn, NY on June 25th, 2016. McDonough speaks with hosts Maria Stabio and Sonya Derman about what constitutes performative language and how its nuanced definition plays a role in her painting practice. The three also discuss McDonough’s decision to use unconventional presentation materials in the meeting, the writings of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the periperformative, and the water experiments of Dr. Masaru Emoto. The music in this episode is When in Rome's The Promise, chosen by the artist for its lyrics “I promise you I will..” related to the structure of performative language.
2MF with Kerry Downey
This episode of 2MF features a conversation with artist Kerry Downey following a meeting and workshop at Wendy’s Subway in Brooklyn NY, May 28th, 2016. Downey speaks with host Maria Stabio about her recent video piece Fishing with Angela, which begins as a loose narrative of a fishing trip with artist and mentor Angela Dufresne. The two also discuss mimesis and doubling as the scaffolding of Downey’s work, as well as Downey’s decision to include curator Amy Zion as a moderator of the workshop at Wendy’s Subway.
Music for this episode was done by Kerry Downey.