Good Weather is an artist run contemporary art space in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The Founder and Curator is Haynes Riley. In this episode as Elliott Earls prepares for his exhibit at Good Weather, we take a close look at this unique space. We examine how family, suburbia and southern living contribute to a truly unique art space. Along with a look at Elliott Earls exhibition, fabrication and construction. We take a quick look at a number of artists who have shown at Good Weather including; Michael Assif, Ezra Tessler, Devin Farrand, Hartmut Austen, Ian Jones, Lauren Cherry & Max Springer, Martha Mysko, Matthew kerkof, Sondra Perry, Tony Hope, Michael Boswell, Anne Vieux, Willie Wayne Smith and Talon Gustafson. Towards the end of the episode the D0TBIZ a free artist’s residency, publishing press, and library located within Cranbrook Academy of Art is profiled.
Original Music for this episode was written by Elliott Earls, and performed by Elliott,, Benjamin Teague, Michael Paradise and Dave Staub and Recorded by Timothy Day.
Brief Artist Bios from the Episode.
Devin Farrand earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, during which time he was awarded the Daisy Soros Prize for Fine Art by the American Austrian Foundation. He was also awarded a project grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs. He has most recently exhibited his work at Ibid Gallery (Los Angeles), Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze New York, and Left Field Gallery (San Luis Obispo). He has attended residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria, and Art 342 in Colorado. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Ezra Tessler lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in painting at Bard College and holds previous degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He has completed residencies at SOMA in Mexico City and Ox-Bow in Michigan. He has been the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, most recently in Painters NYC at Paramo Galeria (Mexico), as part of Zsona Maco, and at Bannerette (Brooklyn), Fjord (Philadelphia), and Hap Gallery (Portland). In addition, his writing has appeared in publications like WOW HUH and the edited volume Roots, Rites, and Sites of Resistance: Banality of Good.
Hartmut Austen studied painting and drawing with H.J. Diehl at Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin. His first arrival in the United States was marked by the 1998 group exhibition VOID at Unfinished gallery in Williamsburg, New York. He has since exhibited widely in the United States and Germany, most recently at Waiting Room (Minneapolis), The Bedfellow’s Club (Chicago), and The Butcher’s Daughter (Detroit). As a member of the Telegraph Art Collective, he has worked and exhibited with artists of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. In 2009, Austen was awarded a prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship and was the Grant Wood Fellow for Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa in 2012/13. He currently divides his time between Minneapolis, where he is teaching at the University of Minnesota, and Detroit. He will start teaching at Boston College this fall.
Ian Jones was born in Cleburne, Texas. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012 and was a resident at Vermont Studio Center in 2011. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. He has exhibited nationally in Pennsylvania, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, New York, and Michigan—most recently in a solo show Dragging Rocks Forge Lifted A-Frame Break at Vox Populi in Philadelphia. He lives and works in New York City.
Lauren Cherry and Max Springer, an artist duo who have been collaborating since 2012, both received their MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Ceramics and Painting respectively. Collectively, they have studied at Brown University, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, McGill University, Naropa University, The Rhode Island School of Design, Santa Barbara City College, Nankai University, University of Colorado, and University of Georgia. They live and work in Los Angeles, California.
Martha Mysko was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1982. She has had two solo exhibitions at MARC STRAUS (2012 and 2014) in New York, New York, and an exhibition Down the Pigeon Hole (in collaboration with Anne Vieux) at Culture Room (2013) in Brooklyn, New York. Recent group exhibitions include The Body Metonymic: International Contemporary Sculpture at Oakland University Art Gallery (2014), On Deck at MARC STRAUS (2013), and Peekskill Project V (2012) at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA). Martha received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where she is the co-founder of Daylight Savings Gallery.
Matthew Kerkhof is an artist based in Vallejo, California. He holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the founder and director of Loss in Translation, a rule-based, collaborative project space and edition publisher in Vallejo, California and online at litprojects.tumblr.com. His work has been shown nationally in California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin, as well as internationally in Germany.
Michael Assiff was born in 1983 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received a AA at St. Petersburg College in 2004 where he studied cultural anthropology and received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 where he studied painting. He has recently shown at Culture Room, Louis B. James, Williamsburg Historical Center, MoMA PS1, and Cumberland Hospital in Fort Green, New York. He lives and works in New York City.
Sondra Perry is an interdisciplinary artist whose works in video, computer-based media, and performance explore what Perry calls the “slippages of identity” that define subjective experience in the digital world. Perry was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1986 and holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. In 2015, the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1. Other exhibitions include A Constellation at The Studio Museum in Harlem; Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Seattle Art Museum, Fowler Museum at UCLA, and Brooklyn Museum; A Curious Blindness at Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (New York); Of Present Bodies at Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA); and Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media at The Camera Club of New York. Perry has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, and the Experimental Television Center. Perry is currently based in Houston, Texas and is an artist-in-residence in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Tony Hope has a BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art. Hope has exhibited his work at Jessica Silverman South (San Fransisco), ASHES/ASHES (Los Angeles), Queer Thoughts (Chicago), COOP (Nashville), S1 (Portland), and Sam’s Space at Yale (New Haven), among others. He has also staged several site-specific installations in Michigan. The artist lives and works in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
Willie Wayne Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in 1984 in Limbe, Haiti where his parents served as a medical missionary and a Peace Corps agriculturalist. He grew up in Limbe and Lakeland, Florida. He received his MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2010) and his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (2006). He has had solo exhibitions at Sadie Halie Projects in Brooklyn, New York (2015) and Cereal Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2008) organized by the artist Mickalene Thomas. He he has been included in group shows in New York City, Baltimore, Maryland, Westchester, New York, and Richmond, Virginia. In 2015, he was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann NYC Emerging Artist Grant.