Art Practical | New Takes: Interview with Richard-Jonathan Nelson by Maddie Klett

Friends and fellow California College of the Arts alums artist Richard-Jonathan Nelson and curator Maddie Klett discuss Richard’s current practice + work in Art Practical’s New Takes.


New Takes is a column written by emerging writers on emerging artists as part of the Art Practical Residency. One resident is nominated from a pool of recent graduates from California College of the Arts, who holds the position for one year. Our current New Takes contributor and Art Practical resident is Maddie Klett.


Oakland-based artist Richard-Jonathan Nelson makes digital and fabric works that visualize speculative futures and his presence within them. Collaging images of plants from the herbal, hoodoo traditions of the Deep South set against noxious, neon colors, Nelson creates visions of the future that toe-the-line between emancipating and dire. This conversation took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been edited and shortened for clarity. Still, viewed now through the lens of a crisis that seems to color everything, Nelson’s thoughts on survival in today’s world and in the alternate worlds he creates reveal how survival and crises are not, for many, born out of this pandemic.

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Notes from MoAD: Episode 10 feat. Vincent Miranda in convo w/ PJ Gubatina Policarpio

We recently finished up a 3-month residency (January-March) at The Growlery in San Francisco. As part of our time, we invited two visual artists to join us. Vincent Miranda was our February artist. Check him out in this Art Practical episode where he talks with curator/organizer PJ Gubatina Policarpio about the ideas and influences behind his upcoming exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

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What Is Curatorial Activism? by Maura Riley

Oooooooooooo Maura Riley!! this posted a year ago, but it’s so good and deserves attention.

adapted from Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating, by Maura Reilly (to be published April 2018 by Thames & Hudson). ©2018 Maura Reilly. 

“These curators have committed themselves to insurrectionist initiatives that are leveling hierarchies, challenging assumptions, countering erasure, promoting the margins over the center, the minority over the majority, as well as positing curatorial “strategies of resistance,” provoking intelligent debate, disseminating new knowledge, which, in the end, offers up signs of hope and affirmation.”
and this:
“Theirs is not Affirmative Action curating, it’s intelligent curating.”
and THIS:
“If you don’t believe that the art world is sexist and racist, it’s time for you to come out from under your rock….These are not issues from the past, folks. This is now. We are living and working in an art world that cares little about racism and sexism, a world that appears to pre-date the women’s/civil and LGBTQ rights movements.”
Read in full here.
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Sculptures by Huma Bhabha, paintings by Ellen Gallagher to the sides, Emily Kame Kngwarreye in back, in the 56th Venice Biennale’s central exhibition, “All the World’s Futures,” 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor.


5/5 in residence at CTRL+SHFT Collective: anybody home?


anybody home?
Trudy Bailey Huston 2018 Artists-in-Residence
Exhibition: June 16–June 24, 2018 at CTRL+SHFT Collective
Opening reception: Saturday, June 16 | 5 – 8pm
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, noon–5 pm, or by appointment
lamps and baow baow, a love letter to the (un)dead, born.
a trip to the beauty supply store.  straightening up and straightening out
death. finger waves, in her presence, in his absence

‘Fly Paper’ Kahlil Joseph – Soundscape Score

i’m in New York for the holidays. seeing family, friends, and art. i caught another excerpt from Kahlil Joseph’s Shadow Play at the New Museum. per usual, i was blown away.

having watched Black Mary throughout last month, i am so full off this iteration. i can honestly admit that I have a reverence that borders on jealousy for film artists/makers. where and when the visual and the sonic meet is everything. Kahlil has certainly mastered that space while leaving room for the viewer to float, bounce, rock, melt, soak…to BE in that in between.

i could’ve watched this short film all day. i might go back, before i leave for cali, and take it all in again.

here are the sounds for Fly Paper, currently on view at the New Museum.  read up on the exhibition and more here.