Conversation from June 2020 on Syjuco’s recent exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Jim RicksYou told me that your recent exhibition, Rogue States, at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis actually featured seven projects. I’ve seen some of those at different stages and when shown before, so it’s interesting to have them all come together in St. Louis in a different way, combined with new work as well. Stephanie SyjucoIt was a real privilege in that I actually haven’t had a chance to… Read More »
INTERVIEW: Matt Packer
Matt Packer in conversation with Jim Ricks. JR: Ok, just to kick things off… Derry seems to have a combination of street cred and access to the UK and for a city its size it does appear to have remarkable resources, but is there a scene and is it something that can organically grow? And finally, what effect will Brexit have on Derry as an art place? MP: You’re asking a bungle of different questions there. Derry has a remarkable history, which in turn gives… Read More »
What the devil is the Dublin Biennial?
The second Dublin Biennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Art closed its 12 day showing on Sunday. Seemingly coming from ‘nowhere’ (i.e. not from the expected channels of arts production and dissemination) in 2012, it was met by many members of the Visual Arts community almost universally with condemnation. “It’s a scam” was the most common reaction. But why? Actually, the answer is very simple. It’s not a Biennial. Yes, of course it is happening every 2 years, with plans for one in 2016. And in… Read More »
INTERVIEW: Anna O’Sullivan – The Enclave (Part 2)
An interview with Anna O’Sullivan by Jim Ricks, commissioner/curator of The Enclave by Richard Mosse Part 2 of a 3 part series on Ireland at Venice 2013 http://www.marycremin.com/richard-mosse-the-enclave/ Can you tell us a little about the process of selection for you as the commissioner/curator? Were you nominated separately? The Commissioner/Curator and the artist is a team effort with the Commissioner/Curator putting the artist forward. Richard and I came together and worked on an application initially, got shortlisted to one of four teams, which was followed… Read More »