Showing posts from May, 2010

An Interview with Brooklyn-based Artist Daina Higgins

 Daina Higgins
Missed Connection (Corona) 2009
oil on panel
30x45 inches

Daina Higgins is a Brooklyn-based painter who is known for her urban landscapes. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Higgins is "continually drawn to schemes that reflect urban loneliness and post-industrial decay." The art critic Roberta Smith wrote that her "process creates a poetic awareness of the passage of light, moving through the world, bouncing off things and making visual experience fleetingly possible." Daina was a 2009 MFA graduate from Queens College, The City University of New York, Queens, New York. She will also be exhibiting at CUE as one of the Joan Mitchell Foundation: 2009 MFA Grant Recipients. Daina does this interview with me via Facebook.

Mario Vasquez    May 5 at 1:39pm
Hi Daina, Thanks for allowing this interview with me.
Tell me how you started as an artist. Was it something you always wanted to do? You grew up in Ohio, so was there anything there that inspired you?


Excerpt from Malcolm McLaren's Paris: Capital of the XXIst Century, 2010

Email Interview with Artist Maya Lujan

From: Mario Vasquez
To: Maya Lujan
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 9:36 PM
Let's start with some background about you. Tell me about where you started and what attracted you to being an artist.

From: Maya Lujan
To: Mario Vasquez
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:46:14 -0700
Well, the term "attracted to be an artist" implies that I made a specific decision at some point to be an artist. Rather, once it became fully apparent to me, I consciously implemented steps and worked hard to make it a reality. I considered doing other things, such as nursing or even acting, but there was just always more of a concentration on doing what I needed to do and learning everything I possibly could about art and art-making. I also realized very early on that I despised being objectified or regarded for reasons other than my ideas and intellect. I tend to spend a lot of focused time alone, either working with my hands or working through ideas via research, reading and writing. So it makes sens…

Changing the World – Group Show at Arndt Berlin

Just in time for the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2010, gallerist Matthias Arndt opened his new premises on Potsdamer Strasse, close to Potsdamer Platz and the New National Gallery.
The opening exhibition features new works by the core gallery artists as well as invited guests: Erik Bulatov, Sophie Calle, William Cordova, Wim Delvoye, Anton Henning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ilya und Emilia Kabakov, Jitish Kallat, Jon Kessler, Karsten Konrad, Julije Knifer, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Josephine Meckseper, Vik Muniz, Muntean Rosenblum, Julian Rosefeldt, Charles Sandison, Dennis Scholl, Nedko Solakov, Hiroshi Sugito, Ena Swansea, Mathilde Ter Heijne, Keith Tyson, Ralf Ziervogel…
The gallery is located on the second floor of the “Wintergarten Varieté”. The new spaces will span almost 400 square meters and include a ballroom that dates from the 19th century with an original wooden coffered ceiling of 5 meter height, serving as main exhibition space. The galley has been designed by Berlin ba…