Artists and Writings: Comic Relief
Organized by Living Content
Hosted by Wendy’s Subway
379 Bushwick Avenue
Friday, February 28, 7pm
Living Content is pleased to present a new monthly series of events hosted by Wendy’s Subway, starting in January of this year and running through April 2020. The series is focused on artists’ writings and expands beyond this, into multimedia interventions, screenings, and performances.
Each month, artists will delve into their own texts or will read from texts that have had a major influence on their practice. Combining both live and virtual presentations, each event will feature a set of readings followed by a discussion with the audience.
This month’s program, “Comic Relief” looks at how artists integrate humor in their writing and in their work, exploring the disarming effects of laughter, awkwardness, and vulnerability, in addressing and confronting personal and socio-political issues. The evening will feature readings by Aki Sasamoto, Kasia Fudakowski with Amy Zion, Jeanine Oleson, and Kenneth Tam.
The series takes place at Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher, with a unique and versatile platform for expanding modes of reading, writing, and publishing.
Living Content is an online curatorial platform that features interviews with artists, exhibition recommendations, as well as collaborative limited editions. LC operates from New York, and it occasionally organizes discursive events and exhibitions.
– Speakers –
Aki Sasamoto works in sculpture, performance, video, and more. In her installation/performance works, Aki moves and talks inside the careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects, activating bizarre emotions behind daily life. Her works appear in gallery spaces, theater spaces, and odd sites. Her works were shown at Danspace Project, SculptureCenter, the Kitchen, Chocolate Factory Theater, Whitney Biennial 2010, MOMA-PS1, New York; National Museum of Art-Osaka, Yokohama Triennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; Shanghai Biennale 2016, China; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, India.
Kasia Fudakowski was born in London, UK in 1985, and currently lives and works in Berlin. Her diverse and playful practice, which includes sculpture, performance, writing and film, explores social riddles through material encounters, surreal logic and comic theory. Her current on-going film project Word Count received the Otto d’Ame award for development as a part of Features Expanded in 2016, and was exhibited as a part of a solo exhibition at 1646 in The Hague in 2019 and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf in 2018. A recipient of the Villa Romana Prize in 2017 as well as the Gunter Peill Stipend for 2018-20, her work has recently been exhibited at The Max Pechstein Museum (Zwickau), Arario Gallery (Seoul); The Palatino, Parco Archeologico del Colosseo (Rome); LOKremise (St. Gallen); The 15th Istanbul Biennial; Sprengel Museum (Hannover); Futura, Contemporary Art Centre Prague, and The Museum Ludwig (Cologne).
Amy Zion is a curator and writer in New York City. Since Fall 2016, she is faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College where she currently leads Practicum class in curating and writing. With Tom Eccles, she is working on exhibitions and publications at the Hessel Museum of Art, including an exhibition Closer to Life, centered on drawing in the Hessel Collection, and co-organizing the talks program at Frieze NY (2018-20). With Ulrike Müller, she will present The Conference of Animals at the Queens Museum in April, a collaborative project comprised of a painting by Ulrike Müller for the Large Wall in the Queens Museum’s atrium and an exhibition of children’s drawings in and of New York City curated by Zion.
Jeanine Oleson is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, instruments, images, videos and performances. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited and performed at venues including: Cubitt Gallery, London; Hammer Museum, LA; Commonwealth & Council, LA; Coreana Museum, Seoul; SculptureCenter, NY; New Museum, NY; Beta-Local, San Juan, PR; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY. Oleson has received a Creative Capital Artist Grant, Franklin Furnace Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant and has been in residence at Macdowell Colony, Hammer Museum, New Museum, Smack Mellon Studio Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Oleson teaches at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Born in Queens, NY, Kenneth Tam is a Brooklyn-based artist. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union, and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Kenneth has had single-person exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Boston; Commonwealth and Council, LA; and most recently at the Visual Arts Center at University of Texas, Austin. On the 8th of March 2020, his work will be screened at the New Museum, and in the Fall of this year, he will be presenting newly commissioned works as part of solo exhibitions at both The Queens Museum and The Kitchen. Kenneth has participated in the Made in LA Biennial, LA, and SculptureCenter as part of their InPractice open-call. He has also been a Fellow at the Core Program Residency in Houston, and has participated in residencies at LMCC and Pioneer Works. Kenneth is currently faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and Princeton University.
This series of events is organized by LC’s Adriana Blidaru and Brian Paul.
– Entry –
Suggested amount: $10 (the total sum goes to the artists)
– Accessibility –
Wendy’s Subway strives to be accessible to all visitors. We are located on the ground floor at 379 Bushwick Avenue. At the entrance, there is a concrete ramp with some uneven surfaces and a raised threshold (measuring 2 1/4” in height). Our single, all-gender bathroom, is not currently ADA-accessible; however, there are several such bathrooms nearby that we would be happy to help direct to. This space is not scent-free, but we ask that attendees come fragrance-free. This event will be recorded and archived for future consultation.
If you have specific questions about access, please write firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days before the event and we will make every effort to provide accommodations for you.