Artists Alice Hope, Bastienne Schmidt, and Toni Ross join Rail contributor David Rhodes for a conversation. We conclude with a reading of Diane di Prima poems.
In this talk
Artist Alice Hope was named New York’s 2018 “Woman to Watch” by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She holds an M.F.A. from Yale University and incorporates binary code, magnetism, reflectivity, and repetition in her compositions and continues her focus on the can tab as her work’s subject and material. Hope’s recent commissions include a monumental installation outside the Queens Museum incorporating more than a million used can tabs, and an installation with marine netting and thousands of used can tabs for the new United States Embassy lobby in Maputo, Mozambique, which she will be installing this summer.
Multimedia artist Bastienne Schmidt works with photography, painting, and large-scale drawings. She was born in Germany, raised in Greece and Italy, and has lived in New York and Bridgehampton for the past 25 years. Schmidt grew up in Greece as the daughter of an archaeologist, which influenced her desire to organize, map, and understand various systems through her artwork. She has exhibited internationally including The International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, among many others. Seven monographs have been published on her work, most recently Typology of Women (2016) and Grids and Threads (2018).
Conceptual artist Toni Ross uses time-honored material and site-responsive installation to explore themes of political and social distress. Born and raised in New York City, Ross attended Wesleyan University where she studied ceramics and fine art, graduating with a B.A. in Film Studies. Her practice embraces fiber, installation, sculpture, and works on paper. Recent works include In Light Of at The Leiber Collection in Springs, NY; Today Cannot Be Tomorrow (2020) at C.A.R.E. Ltd; When (2020) for Drive By Art, Sanctuary Entwined (2017-18) at Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton; and April 13 (2016) at the Parrish Art Museum. Ross is also a member of the artist collective No W here. Ross lives and works in Manhattan and Wainscott, NY.
New York-based artist and writer David Rhodes is originally from Manchester, UK. He is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail and has published reviews in Artforum, artcritical, among other publications. He has paintings in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Huntington Museum, Los Angeles. He published a book on Bernard Frize in 2019, part of the Lund Humphries series on contemporary painting, edited by Barry Schwabsky.