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Reading Lists: Artists Writing and Studio Visits

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 logan@burnaway.org.

— Logan Lockner


Reading List: Artists Writing and Artist Projects

Production still from us on grass on real grass by Saige Rowe, featuring Sheyenne Thompson and Skylar Rowe. Image courtesy of the artist.
God Bless Aretha Franklin: A Letter from Paul Stephen Benjamin

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.”

Inflatable Dolls: Women’s History Museum at Springsteen Gallery

April 19, 2019

Artist C. Klockner reviews Women’s History Museum’s Biennial Poupées Gonflabes at Springsteen Gallery in Baltimore.

Testimonio de la Realidad: Beatriz González at PAMM, Miami

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.

As Far As We Can Go, Happiness Is Always Just Over That Horizon

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.

Mood Ring: Healer

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.

Mood Ring: Mo Costello

July 10, 2019

Artist Mo Costello offers a lyrical meditation on images of intimacy, tenderness, and loss.

Mood Ring: GIFs by Saige Rowe

August 1, 2019

Atlanta-based video artist Saige Rowe creates an origial series of GIFs, us on grass on real grass, for Burnaway.

Mood Ring: FRKO’s Classified Personals

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

Artist Katya Tepper and their work Gaping Candle Tripod. Photograph by Erin Jane Nelson.
Katya Tepper in Athens, Georgia

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.

Aaron Skolnick on Drawing Queer Intimacy

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.

Finding A Secret Place: In Conversation with Wihro Kim

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.

Budae-jjigae: A Conversation with Jiha Moon

February 10, 2019

Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon speaks with Onyew Kim about her recent ceramic works and ongoing explorations of cultural hybridity.

Studio Visit with Y. Malik Jalal

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.

Skull Microwave: A Conversation with Marlos E’van

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.

Freeze the Ham Bone: A Conversation with Hasani Sahlehe

March 15, 2019

Artists Hasani Sahlehe and Caleb Jamel Brown discuss the cultural importance of food, shared histories of Blackness, and hybridized traditions.

Studio Visit with Mark Starling

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.

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