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Perishable Bodies: An Interview with Joshua Vettivelu

Perishable Bodies: An Interview with Joshua Vettivelu

Natasha Chaykowski All images by and courtesy the artist. In this age of biomedical ingenuity, which sees the wholesale embrace of cosmetic procedures staving off bodily wear-and-tear and soaring (Western) life expectancy thanks to remarkable feats in engineering and healthcare, reckoning with ruin is an altogether avoidable endeavour. Joshua Vettivelu takes up such ineffable material in his practice, querying the vulnerability of flesh and the malleability of his materials. What follows is a brief...

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‘Never Perfect, Never Done, Never Resolved’: An Interview with Karl Burkheimer

‘Never Perfect, Never Done, Never Resolved’: An Interview with Karl Burkheimer

Joshua West Smith All images by the artist. To make is a difficult thing. To know why you make is sometimes equally as hard.  And to share your passion for making and to help others in their personal creative journeys is a uniquely querulous thing. As a truly gifted maker and educator Karl embodies all of those roles with rigor, passion and seemingly undying energies. Bit, 2013, Plywood, wood and paint. 48 x 96...

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Peripheral Ruin: An Interview with Heidi Schwegler

Peripheral Ruin: An Interview with Heidi Schwegler

Avantika Bawa Avantika Bawa: How did you get interested in ruins? Heidi Schwegler: In life, I’m compelled by the ruin. In the studio, I’m compelled to ruin things. In 2009, after eleven years spent teaching fulltime in Portland, Oregon, I realized that something drastic needed to happen. I was craving change so profoundly that at times it felt like a personal apocalypse. My studio was feeling claustrophobic, my connection to the work was dead...

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Making Time: A Conversation on Aging Film Costumes

Making Time: A Conversation on Aging Film Costumes

Clare Wilkinson All images courtesy Anthea Mallinson. A critical pre-production function in contemporary drama, fantasy and historical films is the deliberate, and deliberative, aging and breakdown of costumes. The special category of breakdown artists who perform this task often come from backgrounds such as textile arts, and bring to bear on their work a sensibility that responds both to the stories contained within the objects they produce, and the characteristic ways in which materials...

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