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Expanding the conversation about art in Texas.

Episodes

  • 08 Not A Hobby: Catherine Fairbanks

    08 Not A Hobby: Catherine Fairbanks

    30/07/2017 Duration: 15min

    This episode is about Cathy Fairbanks, an artist living and working in LA who truly sees herself as having a dual career as a nurse. She primarily identifies with working in sculpture, specifically ceramics. But her work doesn’t really look like your traditional ceramics - they kind of morph into wonky yet delicate assemblages with materials like paper mache. You can find out more about her work at http://catherinefairbanks.net.

  • Art Dirt 8: Sex Robots, Scaramuccis Mark Twain Tweet, When Artists Ideas Are Stolen

    Art Dirt 8: Sex Robots, Scaramucci's Mark Twain Tweet, When Artists' Ideas Are Stolen

    23/07/2017 Duration: 27min

    Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss the week's news.

  • Art Dirt 7: McMansion Hell, Dressing Up Like Frida Kahlo, Piss Christ Protest

    Art Dirt 7: McMansion Hell, Dressing Up Like Frida Kahlo, Piss Christ Protest

    09/07/2017 Duration: 23min

    Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss the week's art news. "One of the protest signs said 'When Did Blasphemy Become Art?' and I just had to have a chuckle."

  • 07Not A Hobby: Tommy Gregory

    07Not A Hobby: Tommy Gregory

    16/06/2017 Duration: 17min

    This is Tommy Gregory, an artist living in Houston, TX. And, probably like everyone listening, he’s had his share of good and bad jobs over the years. After getting his MFA from UT San Antonio, he landed a job at the City as their Public Art Specialist. He then moved to Houston to be the Project Manager for Public Art at the Houston Arts Alliance. Currently he’s the public art program curator and interim director at the Houston Airport Systems. Throughout all these jobs, he has kept up his career as an artist and also curated dozens of exhibitions across the state and this is Not A Hobby. photo by Grady Carter.

  • Art Dirt 6: Confederate Statues, Sam Durants Scaffold, and Art That Tells You What to Think

    Art Dirt 6: Confederate Statues, Sam Durant's Scaffold, and Art That Tells You What to Think

    11/06/2017 Duration: 31min

    Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss the recent spate of removals of Confederate statues, and last week's dismantling of a Sam Durant outdoor sculpture at the Walker Art Center. Image of Robert E. Lee statue removal by Matthew Hinton, via the New Orleans Advocate: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_40dccfac-3c91-11e7-8121-83e3757dd400.html

  • Interview: Dixie Friend Gay

    Interview: Dixie Friend Gay

    01/06/2017 Duration: 13min

    This is an interview with Dixie Friend Gay, an artist living and working in Houston. She had grown up in western Oklahoma on a cattle ranch, made her way to New York to be an artist and eventually settled in Houston. Her work focuses on the sacredness of nature, looking specifically at the wild southern native landscape. Her detailed lush paintings have led her to create large mosaic murals and sculptures in the public realm all over the US. We have a video online that documents her most recent installation “Books of a Feather”, which consists of three 15-foot tall mosaic birds in front of the Alice M Young Library in Houston. For this interview, she talks about how to balance being a mother and an artist, advice on how to get involved in public art, and how her first public intervention was taking political action against a series of gates that were put up between affluent and minority neighborhoods in Houston.

  • Art Dirt 5: Celebrities Doing Performance Art + Artists and Gentrification

    Art Dirt 5: Celebrities Doing Performance Art + Artists and Gentrification

    28/05/2017 Duration: 26min

    Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss celebrities doing performance art, and the issue of artists gentrifying poor neighborhoods. Also discussed: killing animals for food + favorite music videos from the 80s!

  • Art Dirt 4: Troll Art, Whether Artists Should Talk, Museums  Galleries Are Still Separate

    Art Dirt 4: Troll Art, Whether Artists Should Talk, Museums & Galleries Are Still Separate

    14/05/2017 Duration: 20min

    Rainey Knudson and Christina Rees on art that's a cry for attention; whether artists should have to talk about their art; and whether it's a good idea to cross over from the nonprofit to the commercial side (or vice versa) of the art world. BONUS: they disagree on John Currin!

  • Off Road: Catherine Opie  Eileen Myles

    Off Road: Catherine Opie & Eileen Myles

    02/05/2017 Duration: 01h23min

    A conversation between the photographer Catherine Opie and Eileen Myles, author of "Chelsea Girls" and numerous volumes of poetry, in Houston on April 29, 2017.

  • 06 Not A Hobby: Rahul Mitra

    06 Not A Hobby: Rahul Mitra

    22/04/2017 Duration: 14min

    The sixth episode of Not A Hobby features Rahul Mitra. He was born in Hyderabad, India, and lives in Houston. His work is heavily drawing based - mostly black ink on paper - through which he’s created his own visual vocabulary. He sees his work much like notes and his drawings like an extension of his handwriting. Rahul is also a scientist. He is the program director at The Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs at the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is one of the three major biological macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life. They are the messenger between our DNA and the ability to produce proteins. A non-coding RNA is a RNA molecule that is not translating between DNA and protein production. So the idea is to introduce non-coding RNA into cells to disrupt production of particular proteins and whatever gene expression they trigger or suppress. Thus non-coding RNA can be targets to treat cancer. All of this is to say that Rahul is prett

  • Art Dirt 3: Texas Art Fairs: the Good, the Bad, and the Dallas

    Art Dirt 3: Texas Art Fairs: the Good, the Bad, and the Dallas

    16/04/2017 Duration: 26min

    Art Dirt 3: Texas Art Fairs: the Good, the Bad, and the Dallas by Glasstire

  • Art Dirt 2: Controversy Over a Painting of Emmett Till in the Whitney Biennial

    Art Dirt 2: Controversy Over a Painting of Emmett Till in the Whitney Biennial

    26/03/2017 Duration: 17min

    In Glasstire's Art Dirt podcast, Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss the controversy over Dana Schutz's painting of Emmett Till in the Whitney Biennial.

  • Art Dirt 1: Political Art, The Moody Center, Party Padre

    Art Dirt 1: Political Art, The Moody Center, Party Padre

    12/03/2017 Duration: 16min

    In Glasstire's new Art Dirt podcast, Christina Rees and Rainey Knudson discuss whether it's too soon for happy art, the new Moody Center at Rice University (and the demise of Rice Art Gallery), and Spring Break plans.

  • TheLegendOfMontieRitchie1

    TheLegendOfMontieRitchie1

    04/03/2017 Duration: 08min

    Dallas artist Thor Johnson weaves a tall tale of international art-crime intrigue in the Panhandle.

  • 05 Not A Hobby: Dirk Rathke

    05 Not A Hobby: Dirk Rathke

    18/02/2017 Duration: 20min

    This episode is a little different than the previous Not A Hobby interviews - our guest is Dirk Rathke, an artist living and working in Berlin, Germany, and he does not have a full time job that he balances with his art career. But I wanted to interview him anyways since I feel like there is a fascination among the artist community in the US that longingly looks to their European colleagues. There is a sense that the funding and general support from the European governments for their artists is much more generous, so that they are able to focus full time on their art career without having to take 2nd or even third jobs. Dirk is a painter and has lived in Berlin quite some time. He was in Houston for an exhibition late last year and I wanted to ask him some frank questions about what the assistance situation is really like in Germany. You’ll be surprised how familiar it all sounds despite some glaring differences.

  • 04 Not A Hobby: Shannon Duncan

    04 Not A Hobby: Shannon Duncan

    30/12/2016 Duration: 13min

    Shannon Duncan, an artist in Houston, does not have a full-time job - she has about 4 part-time jobs that make up her approximately 50 hour work. She certainly isn’t alone in cobbling together various jobs to make ends meet, but through it all she has had a decade-long commitment to working at Starbucks. Listen to Shannon discuss her work, her multiple jobs, the fun of adjunct teaching, and hopes for what will come next after her "coffee break" from Starbucks.

  • Marfa, Texas

    Marfa, Texas

    24/11/2016 Duration: 15min

    Ariane Roesch interviews three artists - Martha Hughes, Julian Mock, and Alyce Santoro - that all live and work in Marfa about what drew them to the city and the logistics of being an artist in the middle of nowhere. This podcast is sponsored by Eric Jarvis and crushpad productions in Houston.

  • 03 Not A Hobby: Heyd Fontenot

    03 Not A Hobby: Heyd Fontenot

    12/11/2016 Duration: 22min

    For its third episode, Not A Hobby interviews Heyd Fontenot who has balanced jobs with his art career over the last 30 years. He has been the wonderful director at Centraltrak in Dallas for the last 5 years. "If you can keep making art, you win."

  • 01 Not A Hobby: Solomon Kane

    01 Not A Hobby: Solomon Kane

    09/09/2016 Duration: 21min

    Being an artist is a lot of work. Not only do you have to continuously come up with good ideas and then execute them, but you also have to deal with the professional side of things, including promoting yourself, which often has no relation to the creative part of making work. And still, most artists don't make their living off of their art work. But they don't stop being artists. So to make ends meet, many artists have another job. Welcome to Not a Hobby, where we interview those artists who balance a full-time job and an art career. For these people, being an artist is not just a something you do in your leisure time. Episode 1 of Not A Hobby interviews Houston artist Solomon Kane.

  • 02 Not A Hobby: Krista Birnbaum

    02 Not A Hobby: Krista Birnbaum

    09/09/2016 Duration: 17min

    In Episode 2 of Not A Hobby, Ariane Roesch interviews Krista Birnbaum. Her work ranges from photographic to sculptural and is somewhat whimsical, very detail oriented, and deals with control over nature.

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