Huffinton Post Arts writer Priscilla Frank talks about:

Writing about art and culture for the Huffington Post, including how her writing and their audience differs from other visual arts hubs like Hyperallergic, and the difference between paid staff writing for the site and blog writing for the site, as well as the realities of click bait; outsider art, including the Outsider Art Fair, and why she’s a fan of the niche and its artists; her piece “F**k Your Idols: What Celebrity Worship Reveals About Female Sexuality,” which deconstructs women’s ambiguous desires to both be and/or f**k a given celebrity hero, in this case Rihanna…she argues her point by contrasting females tendencies with males through the avant garde-ish Is Tropical video “Dancing Anymore” (seen below), as well as John Berger’s Ways on Seeing, and how a woman puts more into how she presents herself is part of that; how, in contrast to what art writer Ben Davis suggested, Frank believes that art does for sure trickle into the popular culture (Beyonce, etc.); how cats have always been associated with femininity and feminine power, but it’s the artist Carolee Schneeman who has really tapped into that connection in her photo and video work; her discovery of the Oakland-based artist Stephanie Sarley, and her crazy-great fruit-sex Instagram videos and anthropomorphized vagina drawings; and how both she and Sarley’s goals are to get more women artists recognized, and how proud Frank is of her record of such a smorgasbord of coverage she does for the Post.


Megaforce Is tropical Dancing Anymore from website on Vimeo.

New York-based artist Alison Kuo talks about:

living in the Financial District of Manhattan–how she came to live there and what it’s like; her performances using food, including her recent Chinese restaurant-inspired New Jin Guang II at Motel in Brooklyn and her piece ‘Serve Me a Drink;’ her being from Texas (Dallas), and the Texas expats that she’s congregated with in New York;  thoughts on molecular gastronomy, including her experience eating at the renowned (and now close) WD-50; her popular photo blog Accidental Chinese Hipsters; her love of tiny old people; her route to performance through teaching ESL to adults; and as a bonus, she and Michael Shaw play a game of name-a-food-artist.

 

Artist Irena Jurek talks about: her blog featuring artist studio visits, her YouTube studio visit interviews for White Hot Magazine, her curating, and how she was known for these other endeavors before she became known as an artist and ultimately all three (artist, curator, writer); the sexual nature of her art, to what degree it describes her life experiences, and how her work has be responded to with a surprisingly moralistic and Puritanical response in New York among a small but vocal part of the art community; the arc of her career and the seven years she’s been in New York, to the point where she’s now making a living from her work, and how that came to be.