Centerfold Artist

Mr. August, Bonner Sale

Back in the summer, Trop went on hiatus, and you missed your August Centerfold Artist.

We don’t let things like that go, so, today, we go back in time, to present Mr. August, Bonner Sale. Bonner is a painter who currently lives and works in Washington, DC. He has shown widely in New York City, Baltimore, and the DC area. His next show will be at Project 4 Gallery on March 29th, as part of the Centerfold Artist exhibition. To learn more about his work please visit his website.

And, yes, you read that right. We’re having a Centerfold Artist exhibition. Starting March 29th and running through May 3rd, we’ll be at Project 4 Gallery, showing all our Centerfolds’ work together in one place. The Washington Post’s Museums blog called our lineup “a veritable hipster Who’s Who.” We’re not completely sure what that means, but we think we’re flattered.

As for this last episode, we decided to tear up the rulebook, and we invited Bonner Sale into our studio to discuss his datasheet. Keep an ear out, at the end of the podcast, for special instructions on how to win an original work of art….

The fun didn’t end with the podcast:

Centerfold Artist: You work a lot with narrative, and your characters seem to be going through a lot of struggle or personal transition. The settings seem dark, even medieval.


Ms. December, Nikki Painter

We can’t believe it! It’s been almost a year since we launched the podcast. We’ve now introduced the Trop-i-verse to eleven amazing artists. And there’s no better way to end 2013 than with Nikki Painter, our Ms. December. Nikki lives and works in Richmond, VA and exhibits throughout the U.S. Starting with an opening on December 19th, she will be showing Living Working at Civilian Art Projects in Washington D.C. She will also have work at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, entitled CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art. That show will open on January 22nd with a reception on January 25th. To learn more about Nikki, visit her website.

As we’ve been doing for the past few months, we sent our centerfold a data sheet; she filled it out; we talked amongst ourselves about it; and then we Skyped her to clarify a few things and dig up some specifics.

CENTERFOLD ARTIST: After recording the podcast, we had a lengthy conversation about spirit animals. Why did you choose not to reveal one on your data sheet? Do you not know? Because, if you say you don’t know, that’s a lie. Maybe you’re in between spirit animals?

NIKKI PAINTER: I have one. I feel like it’s kind of personal, though. It’s kind of big deal if you actually have one.


Mr. November, Larry Cook

Centerfold Artist is happy to present Mr. November, Larry Cook. Larry is a DC- and Maryland-based artist who focuses on video and photography portraits. This year, he has been a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize and was awarded the Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship. He currently teaches photography at George Washington University and Project Create, an art development program for impoverished youth in Washington, D.C. And he has a solo exhibition coming up at Hamiltonian Artists Gallery in January 2014. To learn more about his work visit his website.

We wanted to know even more, so we sent Larry a datasheet, recorded ourselves talking about it, and then invited him to our studio to for an interview. Now it’s all right here in this post: audio, images, and text. Enjoy!

CENTERFOLD ARTIST: How did you get started with photography?

LARRY COOK: I was always interested in commercial photography. I would look at magazines and go online, and I liked what I saw. So when it was time to pick a major for college, I knew I had to pick something that would keep me interested. I was always into filmmaking and photography, and the school I went to had photography.


Mr. October, Bradley Chriss

Centerfold Artist’s multimedia format continues, and we are pleased to introduce the one and only Mr. October: Bradley Chriss. We picked Bradley out special for the spooky holiday season. We hope his drawings unnerve you. And we think it’s important to note that Bradley’s work includes meat poems, in which he recites poetry with raw meat in his mouth. His recent shows include sausage hairball at Transformer Gallery in DC and SUPERNOVA in Rosslyn, VA. He currently teaches at Montgomery College in Tacoma Park, Maryland. If you want to know more, listen, read, and visit his website.

CENTERFOLD ARTIST: Bradley, thanks for having us over to your studio, and thanks for sitting down with us to discuss your Centerfold Artist datasheet. Now that our recorder is on I think we are ready to start.

BRADLEY CHRISS: I feel like I’m naked.

CA: Don’t worry. We’ll be gentle. So you were born and raised in Toledo, OH. We don’t really know much about Toledo other than maybe having driven through it at one point. What’s it like?

BC: Well, it’s a blue-collar place. Industry oriented. Manufacturing oriented. Toledo has manufactured everything from General Mills cereals, like Lucky Charms, to things like Jeeps.


Ms. September, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

For this month’s Centerfold Artist, our first since Trop’s post-Labor Day return to glory, we’re trying out a new format. As ever, we’re building our artist interviews around a Playboy-style datasheet; we figure if centerfolds get to answer questions about their favorite colors, artists should too. But while in the past we built a podcast around the unveiling of this datasheet from the secrecy of its big, brown envelope, in the privacy of our studio, without the artist present, now we’re adding an in-person interview to the mix, which we’ll run below in text to complement our podcast.

Our artist for this first edition of our expanded format is Ms. September, Hedieh Javanshir IIchi. Hedieh is a resident at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, and she is currently exhibiting a solo show, A Leaf from My Rose Garden, at the Southern Center for Contemporary Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. Born in Tehran, Hedieh’s paintings depict both American and Iranian culture, and fuse western abstraction with ornamental and traditional Persian art. She confronts feelings of intrusion and invasion in the context of historical and contemporary sociopolitical conflicts. To learn more about her work please visit her website.


Ms. July, Lauren Rice

This month we are excited to present Centerfold Artist of the month, Ms. July, Lauren Rice. Lauren is currently a resident at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, MO. She is also a professor of painting and drawing at Ohio University in Athens, OH. Next summer, Lauren and her collaborator, Brian Barr, will have a solo show in NYC at the Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space. To learn more about Lauren and to see more images of her work, please visit her website. To see this month’s datasheet, click here.

Centerfold Artist is a monthly podcast that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion. To learn more about Centerfold Artist, please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @CenterfoldArt.

 


Mr. June, Igor Pasternak

We are happy to announce Centerfold Artist of the Month, Mr. June, Igor Pasternak. Igor recently exhibited his solo show Means over Ends at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Anchorage, Alaska, and he is a professor of art at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Igor is also the recipient of the NSF Arctic Social Sciences Program EAGER Award, for which he is currently investigating the living aesthetics of ex-Soviet settlers in the interior of Alaska. If you want to learn more about Igor, please visit his website.

To see this month’s datasheet, click here.

Centerfold Artist is a monthly podcast that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion. To learn more about Centerfold Artist, please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @CenterfoldArt.

 


Ms. May, Victoria Fu

We are pleased to introduce Ms. May, Victoria Fu. Victoria has a solo show, A Cloud is Not a Sphere, opening at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC today, and she has a show, Lorem ipsum, running through the end of the month at Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, PA. If you want to learn more about Victoria, please visit her website for more information.

To see this month’s datasheet, click here.

Centerfold Artist is a monthly podcast that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion. To learn more about Centerfold Artist, please visit our Facebook page.


Mr. April, Matthew Mann

We are excited to introduce Mr. April, Matthew Mann. Matthew will exhibit his next solo show, Salon of Little Deaths, at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC in May 2013, and he will be hosting a studio visit that is open to the public at 3 pm on April 27th at 411 New York Avenue NE, also in DC. There is limited space, so please rsvp to info@hamiltonianartist.org. To learn more about his work please visit his blog. 

To see this month’s datasheet, click here.

Centerfold Artist is a series of monthly podcasts that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion. To learn more about Centerfold Artist, please visit our Facebook page.

 


Mr. March, Brian Barr

We are happy to announce Mr. March, Brian Barr. Brian currently has the show No Longer Presidents but Prophets, which he co-curated with Lauren Rice, at Delicious Spectacle in Washington, DC. This summer, he will be a resident artist at the Luminary Center for Contemporary Art in St. Louis. Brian will also be showing at Cuchifritos Gallery in New York, NY with Lauren Rice in June of 2014. If you want to learn more about Brian and his work, please visit his website.

To see this month’s datasheet, click here.

Centerfold Artist is a series of monthly podcasts that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion.

To learn more about Centerfold Artist, visit our Facebook page.

 


Miss February, Bridget Sue Lambert

Centerfold Artist is a series of monthly podcasts that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet, which they fill out and return in a sealed envelope. Zac and Annette then open the envelope and release an improvisational discussion.

We’re excited to introduce Miss February, Bridget Sue Lambert. Bridget’s last show was BEDROOMS at Civilian Art Projects. She is currently a resident artist at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. You can see her work at Arlington Arts Center’s next open studios. To see this month’s datasheet, click here. To learn more about Bridget and her work please visit her website. And to learn more about us, write to centerfoldartist at gmail dot com.

 


Mr. January, Ben Kinsley

Centerfold Artist is a series of monthly podcasts that features actively showing artists from around the country. We ask the tough questions that cut to the heart and expose inner thoughts and feelings. Each featured artist is provided a datasheet that is to be filled out and returned in a sealed envelope. This envelope is then opened for an improvisational discussion.

In this our first installment of Centerfold Artist, we introduce Mr. January, Ben Kinsley. Ben is currently teaching in Washington, DC at American University. He recently had a show called Harry Smith Was So Skinny… a Janks Archive at the Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. To see this month’s datasheet, click here. To learn more about Ben and all of his artwork please visit his website. And to learn more about us, write to centerfoldartist at gmail dot com.