Monday, December 29, 2008

Chris Johanson


Chris Johanson

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Chris Johanson is a painter, installation artist, and producer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Before moving to Portland, Chris lived in the mission District of San Francisco where he gained attention with his straight forward depictions of city life and cosmic energy. Among his many achievements in art are inclusion in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2002 SF MOMA SECA Art Award, along with numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Jack Hanley in San Francisco, and Deitch Projects in New York. Chris is also currently operating a music label called "Awesome Vistas," which prodces limited edition vinyl in collaboration with musicians and artists.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hamza Walker


Hamza Walker

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as Director of Education/Associate Curator for The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago - a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. His most recent group exhibitions include Black Is, Black Ain't, 2008; Meanwhile in Baghdad..., 2008; All the Pretty Corpses, 2005; The Here and Now, 2005; A Perfect Union...more or less, 2004; and New Video, New Europe: A Survey of East European Video, 2004.

Monographic exhibitions include Katerina Seda: It Doesn't Matter, 2008; Katharina Grosse: Atoms Inside Balloons, 2007; Scott Short: A Survey, 2007; Mai-Thu Perret, 2006; and Peter Welz, 2005. Walker was the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2005 Walter Hopps Award for curatorial achievement. In addition to serving on numerous panels and juries in Europe and the United States, he has written for numerous catalogues, magazines and journals such as Artforum and Parkett.