Dear friends and readers,
We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
As we work remotely over the coming weeks, the editors of Burnaway will compile a series of thematic reading lists drawn from the magazine’s archives. We begin today with two reading lists: one collecting artists’ contributions to Burnaway, ranging from essays and critical writing to original artist projects, and another gathering studio visits and conversations between artists.
While we find ways to navigate the new structure of our daily lives, we are doing our best to take advantage of the opportunities for slowness and reflection afforded by isolation. The process of organizing these reading lists has given us an opportunity to view our own recent work in a different context, highlighting previously unseen relationships and suggesting surprising connections. This is part of the beauty of magazines, especially digital ones: the modularity of their structure, their capacity to be rearranged to produce new readings, new feelings.
During this time of necessary physical separation, please keep in touch. If you have a suggestion for a reading list or any other comments you’d like to share, drop a note to email@example.com.
— Logan Lockner
Reading List: Artists Writing and Artist Projects
August 31, 2018
Atlanta artist Paul Stephen Benjamin reflects upon the cultural legacy of singer Aretha Franklin and her impact on “the sound of Blackness.”
April 19, 2019
Artist C. Klockner reviews Women’s History Museum’s Biennial Poupées Gonflabes at Springsteen Gallery in Baltimore.
May 15, 2019
Artist Domingo Castillo reviews a retrospective by Colombian artist Beatriz González, who bears witness to the harsh realities of corruption and civil warfare with a critical yet playful approach. Published in Spanish and English.
June 13, 2019
Artist Yoon Nam considers I-85, the American Dream, and Alex Ito’s God Has No Fingernails at the artist-run space Good Enough in the Duluth, Georgia.
June 25, 2019
In the inaugural installment of our artist column Mood Ring, Brian Hitselberger writes about hate speech, queer hypervisibility, and the drag performance that inspired his current work.
July 10, 2019
Artist Mo Costello offers a lyrical meditation on images of intimacy, tenderness, and loss.
August 1, 2019
Atlanta-based video artist Saige Rowe creates an origial series of GIFs, us on grass on real grass, for Burnaway.
January 23, 2020
Atlanta artist and illustrator FRKO tells a satirical X-rated horror story in a new comic for Burnaway.
Reading List: Studio Visits and Artists in Conversation
September 7, 2018
Erin Jane Nelson visits the Athens studio of artist Katya Tepper ahead of their solo exhibition Hysteric Signs at White Columns in New York to discuss how chronic illness and relocating to the South have affected their practice.
December 19, 2018
In a conversation with Paul Michael Brown, Kentucky-based artist Aaron Skolnick discusses drawing his late partner, artist Louis Zoellar Bickett, and the importance of documenting queer intimacy.
February 6, 2019
Ahead of his solo exhibition at Institute 193 in Lexington, Jasmine Amussen visits the Goat Farm studio of Atlanta-based painter Wihro Kim, discussing memory, embodiment, and suspicions of photography.
February 10, 2019
Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon speaks with Onyew Kim about her recent ceramic works and ongoing explorations of cultural hybridity.
February 13, 2019
Logan Lockner visits the studio of Atlanta-based artist Y. Malik Jalal, where they discuss the influences of religion, political history, and cartoons upon the artist’s work.
March 5, 2019
Joe Nolan visits the studio of Nashville-based artist Marlos E’van to discuss violence, resourcefulness, and what happens when art is confiscated by the TSA.
March 15, 2019
Artists Hasani Sahlehe and Caleb Jamel Brown discuss the cultural importance of food, shared histories of Blackness, and hybridized traditions.
April 27, 2019
Artist Katya Tepper visits Mark Starling’s studio in Warrenton, Georgia. Using casket lids as substrates for paintings and employing imagery of disembodied pelvic bones, Starling’s work directly confronts human mortality.
Find an additional reading list of writing on photography from the magazine’s archives here.