It's astounding how much crossover there is between creative endeavours and how stories circle around the artist's studio practice. 'Art Fictions' is a fortnightly podcast hosted by artist and critical writer Jillian Knipe. For each episode, a guest artist discusses their work through the lens of a piece of fiction of their choosing. We explore the book's themes, context and characters as well as the author's background, which opens up and steers a rich conversation about the artist's work. The podcast bounces back and forth between artworks and text, often meandering around film, television, exhibitions and other inspiring artists.
CULTURE EXCHANGE - Female Resilience and Bodily Playgrounds (INGRID BERTHON-MOINE)
Guest artist INGRID BERTHON-MOINE
joins Elizabeth Fullerton for this special edition of ART FICTIONS | Culture Exchange which is part of the UK/Australia Season, a partnership between the British Council and the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ingrid and Elizabeth discuss the absurdity of male domination within cultural identity via film maker Virginie Despentes' novel 'Kong Kong Theory' published in French in 2006 and English 2010. A mix of memoir, autobiographical essay and manifesto, Despentes shapes outrage and resilience alike, as she introduces her own experience of being gang raped. The novel pitches capitalist patriarchy as the true villian; exploiting both men and women, forcing us into rigidly codified, disempowering roles and behaviours that serve the unending cycle of global capitalism.
The conversation sharpens with painful, frustrated outrage and bubbles with giggles around the flop, juice, willy and boobies of genitalia. Ingrid describes her strongly feminist art practice that includes men as she probes ideas around masculinity including her 'I Lack it, I Like it' is instagram project in response to the stupidity of Freud's concept of penis envy.
EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
'Hand-Held' 2021 co-curated with Holly Stevenson
'Lack It , Like It' ongoing on instagram
'You Tear Us' 2018 solo exhibition at Kelder Projects
'Looking at a Lack of Perspective' 2017
BOOKS, AUTHORS & FURTHER READING
Byung-Chul Han 'The Disappearance of Rituals'
Charlotte Perkins Gilman 'Herland'
Maggie Nelson 'The Argonauts'
Ocean Vuong 'On Earth We are Briefly Gorgeous'
Paul B Preciado 'Testo Junkie'
Sitt Marie Rose
Ursula K Le Guin
Virginie Despentes 'King Kong Theory'
ARTISTS & EXHIBITIONS - mentioned and admired -
'Georgia O'Keefe' Centre Pompidou, Paris
'Life Between Islands' Tate Britain
'Magnus Plessen' White Cube
'Nicola Tyson' Sadie Coles
'On Hannah Arendt' Richard Saltoun Gallery
Wilma Woolf 'Domestic'
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award
CULTURE EXCHANGE - Ghostly Tales and Artistic Lineage (Richard Ayodeji Ikhide)
Guest artist RICHARD AYODEJI IKHIDE
joins Jillian Knipe for this special edition of ART FICTIONS | Culture Exchange which is part of the UK/Australia Season, a partnership between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Richard and I discuss his disjointed cultural story, via Amos Tutuola's second novel 'The Bush of Ghosts', published in 1954. We follow a young boy, separated from his mother and brother, into a forbidden place of ghostly slavers, violators, friends and foe, as he navigates his way through a foreign land, coming to understand his sense of rightfulness and identity.
We go on to discuss Richard's formative years in Nigeria, a country whose name itself is stained with the nasty history of colonial subjugation. He speaks of his paternal lineage, steeped in story telling, from an area of the world, rich with artisans and stolen artworks. His world suddenly changes in his teens when he and his brother arrive in the UK to live with his mother. At this point, his own negotiation in a new land begins.
Our conversation expands on Richard studying drawing and textiles, and researching mythologies, semiotics, rituals, archetypes and visual systems. He describes the courses he's developed at The Royal Drawing School which attempt to inform students about the global lineages of and connections between imagery, representations and artistic practices across different cultures. His observations uncover the unexpected around petroglyphs, nazca lines and stone tablets of the ancient past to glass tablet phones and emojis of the high tech present.
RICHARD AYODEJI IKHIDE
February 2022 - Galerie Bernhard in Zürich
'Awon Osere' 2020 watercolour and ink on paper
'Contemplating with Effigies' 2020 oil on wood
The Compendium Podcast with Dexter Orszagh
BOOKS & WRITERS & SCREEN
Alejandro Jodorowsky & Juan Giménez 'The Metabarons' or 'The Saga of the Metabarons'
Alex Grey 'The Mission of Art'
Amos Tutuola 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts'
Amos Tutuola 'The Palm Wine Drinkard'
Carl Jung 'Man & His Symbols'
Erich Neumann 'The Origins and History of Consciousness'
Joseph Campbell 'Hero with a Thousand Faces'
'Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myths' Netflix
Simon Blackburn, philosopher
'Tales by Moonlight' Nigerian Television Authority
COUNTRIES & CULTURES & HISTORIES
Benin Empire 1440 - 1897
Benin Expedition : Or the Benin Punitive Expedition in February 1897. Invasion of the Kingdom of Benin by the British Empire. After which Benin was absorbed into colonial Nigeria. Approx 2,500 religious artefacts, mnemonics and artworks were taken by Britain, including the Benin Bronzes, then around 40% were given to the British Museum.
Benin Bronzes : A collection of metal plaques and sculptures created by the Edo people from the 13th century onwards, which once decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin. Over 1,000 items were taken by the British as part of the Benin Punitive Expedition.
Biafra War 1967 - 1970 : Civil war between Nigerian government and the Republic of Biafra.
Sabongida-Ora, Edo state
Central Saint Martins
The Royal Drawing School
CULTURE EXCHANGE - Human Vessels and Architectural Fragments (NIKA NEELOVA)
Guest artist NIKA NEELOVA
joins Jillian Knipe on this special edition of ART FICTIONS | Culture Exchange which is part of the UK/Australia Season, a partnership between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Nika and I discuss the flow of her cultural story, via poet Rainer Maria Rilke's only novel 'The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge', first published in 1910. We follow Brigge into the depths of the down and out cityscape as he contemplates his fellow street people, acknowledging his urgency to write while being ill-equipped to do so.
We go on to discuss the constant country hopping of her childhood. Back then, architectural details became more reliable than the passing parade of friends, schools, neighbourhoods and languages. So she now mines these ideas for her studio practice where architectural details are re-purposed and renewed, creating unexpected sculptural forms, drifting back, forth and around in meaning and time.
Our conversation taps into overlapping past and future, finding modes to retrieve, drifting in and out of focus, slipping through time, panic spasms, hypersensitivity, and reality, experience and stories overlapping to become an indiscriminate montage.
2022 '(Everything) is Not What it Seems' NITJA Museum, Oslo
25 Nov 2021 - 7 Jan 2022 'b bl b' Garage off-site project, Moscow
10 Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022 'Not Painting' Copperfield, London
22 Oct 2021 - Dec 2022 'Silt' Brighton CCA
11 Sep 2021 - 20 Nov 2021 'One of Many Fragments : Edward Allington and Nika Neelova' New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
Andrei Tarkovsky (film director)
Jane Hayes Greenwood
Piero della Francesco
BOOKS & WRITERS
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 'The Mushroom at the End of the World'
Annie Ernaux 'The Years'
Donna Haraway 'Staying with the Trouble'
Edmund de Waal 'The Hare with the Amber Eyes'
Henrik Ibsen (playwright)
Maggie Nelson 'The Argonauts'
Manuel DeLanda 'A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History'
Margaret Atwood 'The Testaments'
Martin Heidegger 'The Basic Problems of Phenomenology'
Max Frisch 'Man in the Holocene'
Jean Paul Sartre 'Nausea'
Ocean Vuong 'On Earth We're Briefly Beautiful'
Rainer Maria Rilke 'The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge'
Susan Sontag 'The Volcano Lover'
Tibor Fischer 'The Collector Collector'
Tom McCarthy 'Remainder'
Tom McCarthy 'Satin Island'
Virginia Woolf 'The Waves'
Welcome to Art Fictions CULTURE EXCHANGE !
Welcome and Welcome Back to this special edition of ART FICTIONS | Culture Exchange which is part of the UK/Australia Season, a partnership between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ART FICTIONS | Culture Exchange will run until the end of March 2022. Elizabeth Fullerton and Jillian Knipe will discuss the artistic practices of our guests in the usual way - through the prism of their selected piece of fiction - though, for CULTURE EXCHANGE, there'll be a particular tilt towards cultural identity : the boundaries, hurdles, opportunities and possibilities which both curb and open up the artist's practice, as a result of their sense of culture being upended or especially challenged in a way that is unique to each life story.
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Mechanical Bodies and Dissected Detritus (HOLLY HENDRY)
Guest artist HOLLY HENDRY
joins ELIZABETH FULLERTON to chat about her work via Tom McCarthy's 2005 novel 'Remainder' in which the nameless narrator must re-learn body movements after a debilitating accident. He is awarded a ridiculous sum in compensation which he uses to re-enact past happenings in microscopic detail, increasingly absurd and violent in nature.
Holly is a lot more pleasant. However, she is also compelled to open up the surface of objects to discover what's inside. How things work. And when that cannot be done physically, it is explored as an idea.
Elizabeth and Holly discuss her major recent, current and upcoming exhibitions:
Jan 2022 solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
29 May - 12 Nov 2021 'Invertebrate' De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
May 2021 - Mar 2023 group exhibition 'Breaking The Mould, Sculpture by Women since 1945 An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, for venues refer to artscouncilcollection.org.uk/exhibition/breaking-mould-sculpture-women-1945
Oct - Mar 2022 group exhibition 'Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules' Somerset House, London
19 May - 30 Aug 2021 'Indifferent Deep' De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Sep 2019 - Apr 2020 'The Dump Is Full of Images' Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
Helen Turner, E-Werk Luckenwalde, Berlin
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Albert Camus 'The Stranger'
Beatriz Colomina 'X Rays in Architecture'
Eric Carle 'The Very Hungry Catepillar'
J G Ballard 'The Drowned World'
Miles Orvell 'The Real Thing'
Rebecca Tamas 'Strangers : Essays on the Human and Nonhuman'
Tom McCarthy 'C'
GALLERIES & ASSOCIATES
De La Warr Pavilion
Professor Parick Goswami, University of Huddersfield
Royal College of Art
Stephen Friedman Gallery
The International Necronautical Society
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
FILMS & PERFORMERS
Robert De Niro
'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'
Shadowy Nuance and Colourful Movement (FIONA GRADY)
Guest artist FIONA GRADY
joins me to chat about her work via Jun'ichirō Tanazaki's 1933 essay 'In Praise of Shadows'. The text describes eastern aesthetics being driven by the west, resulting in the loss of Japanese tradition and the loss of the shadow.
Fiona Grady and I discuss her own praise of shadows, working with semi translucent colours on glass, wall murals and watercolours which celebrate subtlety, reflection and the elusiveness of the object of which, I'm quite certain, Tanazaki would approve.
'Close to Home: The Everyday Sublime' JGM Gallery til 25 Sep 2021
'Kaleidoscope Prisms' Canary Wharf til end October 2021
'The Factory Project' October 2021
upcoming at The Foundry Gallery 2022
ARTISTS & CURATORS
Anne Veronica Janssens
Jane Hayes Greenwood
Julie F Hill
Haruki Murakami 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' 1985
Leonard Koren 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers' 1984
Maggie Nelson 'The Argonauts' 2015
GALLERIES & ART ORGANISATIONS
Artist's Support Pledge
Asakura Museum of Sculpture
Derix Glasstudios, Germany
JGM Gallery, London
Kevin Gauld Architecture
Leeds Arts University
'Passengers' Residency, The Brunswick Centre
Sid Motion Gallery
The Art Station, Suffolk
The Foundry Gallery
White Conduit Projects, London
Fascinating and inspiring
I look forward to listening to the Art Fictions podcast. I love hearing artists talk about their work and learning about their motivations and processes, and having the added bonus of the discussion around a book of their choice makes it even more interesting. Jillian is a brilliant host, so engaging, funny and supportive and welcoming to her guests, her passion for art is tangible. The in depth discussions are always fascinating and I’ve learnt so much and discovered many books and artists. It’s a wonderful and inspiring thing to listen to while painting in the studio 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars!
Thoroughly enjoyed this all-encompassing conversation between Elizabeth Fullerton and Lindsay Seers, which provided such great insight into Seers’ fascinating practice and wide-ranging references. Listened twice as it was so rich and enjoyable - a really great dialogue. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the episodes.
I adore Lindsay’s Seer’s work but one often leaves her exhibitions with a head full of questions one might like to put to the artist. So it was fantastic to hear Elizabeth Fullerton so ably hosting a this discussion with Lindsay on her multifaceted works as seen through the prism of her chosen book “Riddley Walker,” also a work of many threads. I’m so pleased to have discovered Art Fictions as I love the whole idea of artists discussing their works through books.