Brian Alfred sits down with artists and musicians in galleries and their studios to discuss their process and inspiration in their creative life.
Episode 330 / Andrew Ross
Andrew Ross received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2011, where he was awarded the Gelman Trust Award for Excellence in Sculpture. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. He’s been a resident and/or fellow of programs including The Triangle Arts Association, The Drawing Center's Open Sessions, LMCC's Swing Space, The Macedonia Institute, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and he is a current awardee of Two Trees’ Cultural Space Subsidy Program. Ross has exhibited in group exhibitions at The Hessel Museum, The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists Space, Center for the Humanities at CUNY, White Columns, and Greene Naftali. He has staged solo exhibitions at Signal (Brooklyn, NY), American Medium (NY, NY), Clima Gallery (Milan, Italy), and False Flag (Long Island City, NY). Ross’ work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Cultured, Flash Art, Mousse, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Ross is a sculptor and new media artist who creates fragmentary constructions with figurative elements and everyday objects. With attention to metaphoric associations that his imagery elicits Ross’ tableau scenes oscillate between speculative fiction and cartoonish satire. His figures are chimeric and mythical in appearance yet typically occupied with some form of work and juxtaposed with commonplace detritus. Joining traditional sculpture, assemblage and digital imaging, Ross’s works capture existential issues regarding the conundrum of representation in our age of many avatars.
Episode 329 / Galen Cheney
Galen Cheney is a painter living and working in North Adams, Massachusetts. Galen received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at David Richard Gallery in NYC, the Aidron-Duckworth Museum in Berlin, NH, the University of Maine at Augusta, The Painting Center in NYC, Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH, and Galerie 1225 in Montreal among many others. Her many group exhibitions include Mark Bettis Gallery in Asheville, Khawam Modern + Contemporary in West Palm Beach, Lockwood Gallery in Kingston, NY, Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams, MA, The Fleming Museum in Burlington, VT, SITE Gallery in Brooklyn, Greenville (SC) Center for the Arts, Gray Contemporary in Houston and the University of Dallas.
She has received fellowships to attend residencies at the Millay Colony, Da Wang Culture Highland in China, and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2020 she received a North Adams Project Grant and in 2019 attended the Studios at MASS MoCA.
Her work has been collected widely and has been featured in many publications, including New American Paintings, Berkshire Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, Art New England, Studio Visit, Tupelo, Mud Season Review, Whitefish Review, and The Laurel of Asheville. The many blogs that have featured her work include Art Spiel, I Like Your Work, The Weird Show, Design Milk, Artsy Forager The Periphery and Pattern Pulp.
Episode 328 / Jean-Pierre Roy
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1974, Jean-Pierre Roy is a Brooklyn- based painter and educator. He received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2002. He is currently represented by Gallery Poulsen in Denmark and Davidson Gallery in NYC. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Asia and has had solo museum exhibitions at the Torrence Art Museum in Los Angeles and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.
His work has been written about in The New York Times, The New York Post, ArtNews, Art in America, New American Painters, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Stranger, The Wall Street Journal, Hi- Fructose, and Juxtapoz amongst others. His work is in collections of Jerry-Ann Cheney, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jean Pigozzi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bjorn Borg amongst others.
Episode 327 / Dana Lok
Dana Lok is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In her paintings and drawings, she aims to capture the magic and unease found in the gap between signs and the things they represent. Her recent work imagines metaphors for how we create knowledge and draw conceptual schemes together. Solo exhibitions include Part and Parse, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (2022) One Second Per Second at PAGE, New York (2020); Words Without Skin at Clima, Milan (2019); Mind’s Mouth at Bianca D’Allessandro, Copenhagen (2018); Soft Fact at Clima, Milan (2017); and The Set of All Sets at Chewday’s, London (2016).
Group shows include Gravity, a proposal at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (2022); Regroup Show at Miguel Abreu Gallery (2021); Fifteen Painters at Andrew Kreps Gallery (2021); PAGE (NYC) at Petzel Gallery (2021), all in New York.
Dana received her MFA from Columbia University (2015) and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2011), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016). In 2018, she was awarded the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Lok’s work has been covered in Hyperallergic, Cura and Frieze.
Episode 326 / Kumasi J. Barnett
Kumasi J. Barnett received his MFA from The Ohio State University, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often timeless genre with a present day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over old copies of comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and more broadly, systemic racism.
Barnett’s works have been exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; City Lore, New York, NY; Con-Artist Collective, New York, NY; The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY; Sulphur Bath Studio, Brooklyn, NY; and The Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY. Museum exhibitions include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa; The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; and most recently the Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA. Barnett presented a solo booth with Lowell Ryan Projects at The Armory Show 2020, in the Focus section curated by Jamillah James. Barnett’s work has been featured in Artforum, Ammo, Vibe, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Autre, Artnet News, and The Guardian, among others.
Episode 325 / Ariel Dill
Ariel Dill is a painter born in Los Angeles, California who received an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY in 2006, and a BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY in 1998. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Her solo exhibitions include, Four O’clocks at Ladies’ Room in Los Angeles, Cosmic Springs at Turn Gallery, NY, Oscillations at Southfirst Gallery in Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include, TEN SENTENCES at Turn Gallery in New York, NY, Safe Gallery in Brooklyn, Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden, Edward Thorp Gallery in New York, NY, Jack Hanley Galleryin New York, NY, Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton, NY (2013), Nicole Klagsbrun in NY Alderman Exhibitions in Chicago, IL (2012) and Southfirst Gallery in Brooklyn.
Her work has been reviewed in publications including, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, The New York Observer, and Modern Painters. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship and is included in the Alex Katz Foundation Collection.
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Its wonderful listening to you speak with artists on their process and work. Inspiring and thought provoking. Thanks.