Rob Fraser

My work has necessarily and naturally evolved through a variety of fields, but the fundamentals have remained the same: press a shutter button, the reflected light from an object passes through a light-tight box and records on light-sensitive material. A fleeting moment frozen in time. In late 1990 I left the Royal Air Force (where …

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Rob Fraser

Rob Fraser

Joint Interview with Harriet and Rob Fraser Through their poetry and photography Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser explore individual and collective feelings about place. Their collaborative practice, called somewhere-nowhere, is based in Cumbria and focuses on their local landscape. Its guiding principles include journeying, reflecting, and responding, with an emphasis on connection. Many of their …

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Rob Fraser

Rob Fraser is a photographer who now lives in Cumbria, UK. Proudly Scottish born, he spent his early years in South West England, where he grew up with the plains and wetlands of the Somerset Levels as his backyard/playground. His young adult years were then spent in Pembrokeshire where he began his work as a …

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Stephen Vitiello

1. World Trade Center Recordings, 1999 Visual: Audio: 2. Yanomami Recordings, 2003 Visual: Audio: 3. Winds of Peters Mountain, 2018 4. Bell of Hope, A Bell for Every Minute, 2010 Visual: Audio: 5. Something Like Firework, Davis Museum, photos by Richard Howard, 2010 Visual: Audio: 6. Fear of High Places, Sculpture Center, NY, 2004 Visual: …

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Stephen Vitiello

Sound artist and electronic musician Stephen Vitiello creates both an aural and a visual experience for viewers/listenters. Vitiello creates sound with analog and digital electronics, traditional and homemade instruments, and incorporates a variety of sounds from field recordings from urban and rural environments. As an installation artist and composer—as well as a prolific collaborator—his works …

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Stephen Vitiello

MISTAKE HOUSE: Many people remain oblivious to the seemingly insignificant vibrations around them, yet you’ve developed a creative practice from these daily sounds. When did you first realize that the act of intentionally perceiving and interacting with vibrations was conducive to the act of creating?   STEPHEN VITIELLO: I wish I could point to some childhood memory and there probably is one buried, …

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Stephen Vitiello

As an artist whose primary focus is listening, field recording has been a central part of my own practice since the late 1990s. As a sound artist, I am interested in what is and what is not heard. This can include making sounds audible that we would never hear without specialized technologies. These are sounds that vibrate at frequencies …

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Rudy Shepherd

Rudy Shepherd is a New York City-based artist who was represented by Mixed Greens Gallery for fourteen years until their closure in 2016. In addition to an upcoming solo exhibition at Goodyear Gallery (Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA), his work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery, Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, …

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Rudy Shepherd

Over the past 10 years I have been making work that explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. I am exploring the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series …

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Rudy Shepherd

Mistake House: You titled your recent exhibition at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn Everything in the Universe is my Brother after the title of a poem by Sun Ra, an American writer and jazz musician who embodied the Afrofuturist movement in his work. You also captured his likeness in your series, The Healers. How does Sun Ra’s “otherworldliness” inspire your work and how do you engage with the movement of Afrofuturism in your practice?   Rudy Shepherd: …

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Rudy Shepherd

In the Summer 2017 issue of Art Papers Magazine, painter and critic Paul Ryan wrote: Recent tragic events and individuals on both sides concerning racial profiling and police brutality—such as Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson riot, Eric Garner—are common subjects for Shepherd…[He] works from a conscious position of neutrality and places his …

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Aurora Robson

On Aurora’s website, her bio explains her work as “the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. In addition she has been working on the development of a college course called “Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream” designed to foster creative stewardship at …

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Aurora Robson

Reviewing Aurora Robson’s work in the May 2015 issue of Sculpture Magazine, critic Barbara Schreiber writes, “[Robson] works with a global nightmare of a material—plastic. Robson was first motivated to work with salvaged material after learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She has an oddly personal attachment to her plastic flotsam, anthropomorphizing it in …

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Aurora Robson

  Aurora Robson is an artist-activist working in wide-ranging media, though she is best known for her work intercepting the waste steam. Robson demonstrates the power of transformation in her work, repurposing plastic debris to create aesthetically powerful sculptures that draw attention to the issue of plastic pollution. Born in Toronto, Robson moved to Maui, …

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Aurora Robson

Mistake House: In your 2013 TedxPeachtree talk, Trash + Love, you explore the idea that every aspect of experience is worthy of appreciation, despite any perceived lack of value.  First, will you speak broadly about this concept of “attentive appreciation”? What is required, for example, to appreciate what seems valueless? What do you see as the …

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Amy Pleasant

Photo by Jason Wallis Photography Amy Pleasant earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art. She currently works from Birmingham, Alabama. Pleasant’s work has been widely exhibited and reviewed, including solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in NY, whitespace gallery in Atlanta, …

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Amy Pleasant

Mistake House: Your work incorporates many media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and cutouts. How does the variation in media correlate to your creative vision? Amy Pleasant: Exploring the work through different materials helps me to understand the work in a more expansive way. I recently started working with clay. I like giving myself a new …

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Amy Pleasant

 

Buzz Spector

1. By way of introduction I offer as my own an explanation of my artistic methods provided by a student attending a lecture I’d just given about my work. “So,” he paused before asking his question, “your art is tearing stuff up or stacking things?” I paused myself before replying, “well . . . basically …

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Buzz Spector

Buzz Spector

MH: You work through multiple media–drawing, painting, the sculptural construction of books and pages, collage, and sometimes end your process with photography. For example, your piece My Fiction begins with a sculptural process and ends in a photographic one. How does the procession of media filter the ideas you wish to convey? Does this metamorphosis …

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Buzz Spector

Buzz Spector was born in Chicago and was educated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and then the University of Chicago, where he received the master of fine arts from the Committee of Art and Design. Internationally recognized as an artist and critic, his work has been exhibited in museums throughout the United States and …

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