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A Conversation Sangram Majumdar
NFTs on Billboards
Doc Short Tommy Kha
Doc Short Arne Svenson
Doc Short Cornelia Hediger
Interview Sharona Franklin
Interview Heather Benjamin
Interview PHUNG HUYNH
Elusive Beauty Allison Tyler
Offering Jenny Kendler
Made in L.A.  Curators
A Conversation Humaira Abid
Love Doll Series Laurie Simmons
Beautiful Boy Lissa Rivera
“Mama” Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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TBC|Interview takes a deep dive into the minds of today’s most vibrant and enigmatic creators across the world. The series takes a uniquely intimate look at some of the most intriguing voices working outside of the mainstream spotlight. TBC|INT aims to create a uniquely curated mix of artist profiles that will serve as an alternative to other related outlets. We strive to go the extra mile in capturing the individual perspective that drives each artist’s work.

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New Interview Allegra Jones

We sat down with artist Allegra Jones back in 2020 at her home in Highland Park, LA. Allegra is a multidisciplinary artist working with drawing, painting, animation, graphic design, and music. We spoke about her path to finding an artistic voice that weaves through all of these mediums, and how the BLM movement completely altered her creative output and purpose. We also explored the themes surrounding her last painting show at Five Car Garage.

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

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A Conversation Paul Somers

Paul Somers’ playful sculpture, assemblage, and performance pieces use dark humor to reflect the ills of late capitalism. He uses imagery from American culture to satirize masculinity and sports, among other practices, but always with a fervent optimism that we can be saved.

Written By Katherine Harvath

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A Conversation Hannah Givler

Hannah Givler makes sculpture in unexpected ways, often revealing the potential of common fabrication materials. Her thoughtful use of form, interest in myth, and creating puzzles to be solved leads to objects that call for a slow read.

Written By Katherine Harvath

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A Conversation Sangram Majumdar

Sangram Majumdar makes colorful, complex, and cerebral oil paintings. Always considering the layers of meaning attached to the signs and observations he’s folding into his work, recent paintings are built around glimpses of figures and hands. Informed by his experience growing up in India and immigrating to the U.S., Majumdar captures an in-betweenness in his nuanced paintings.

Written By Katherine Harvath

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NFTs on Billboards: Blurring the Lines Between the Tangible and the Digital

Sangram Majumdar makes colorful, complex, and cerebral oil paintings. Always considering the layers of meaning attached to the signs and observations he’s folding into his work, recent paintings are built around glimpses of figures and hands. Informed by his experience growing up in India and immigrating to the U.S., Majumdar captures an in-betweenness in his nuanced paintings.

WRITTEN BY DEVIN MCMAHON

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Interview | Tommy Kha

At Home, I Am A Tourist
Tommy Kha

Written By Katherine Harvath

Tommy Kha's photographs flip the genre of self-portraiture on its head, by substituting the artist's body for 3D printed masks, cardboard cutouts, plaster busts, digital scans, and an endless ensemble of doppelgängers bearing his signature deadpan likeness. "Self-portrait photography has been tied together with identity so much that it's become a synonym for it," he says, "First and foremost, I am interested in how truth is easily dislodged." Growing up queer and Asian in the American South, Kha now uses the camera to control his own representation.”

Neighbors Arne Svenson

DIRECTED BY SAM VLADIMIRSKY

Neighbors is a departure from Svenson’s usual studio-based practice, inspired by the gift of a bird-watching telephoto lens. Applying a reporter’s gaze to the quotidian activities of his downtown Manhattan neighborhood, the images are framed by the grid of Svenson’s own apartment windows. Daily events are thus presented in a theatrical format, cropped and oriented to focus the viewer’s attention.Arne Svenson is a photographer based in New York City. From landscape photographs of Las Vegas to portraits of worn-out toys and medical museum specimens, his work has broached numerous and varied subjects. The common narrative is Svenson’s interest in the inner life or “essence” of humans and inanimate objects alike.

Photomontage Cornelia Hediger

DIRECTED BY SAM VLADIMIRSKY

In the Photomontage series, Hediger explores internal human emotions, notions of the uncanny and the subconscious / conscious mind. Exploring the concept of the “Photomontage” as a ghostly apparition of living person, a feeling of claustrophobia and timelessness permeates the work. The hand of the artist is also readily apparent—in pencil marks, irregular cuts left exposed or hanging strings—drawing further attention to Hediger’s unusual angles and focal planes.

Cornelia Hediger is a conceptual photographer based in NYC. Over the past twenty years, she has turned the lens on herself, creating self-portraits that blur the boundaries between fiction and truth. Her work also reflects an enduring interest in photo collage and montage, combining pigment and gelatin silver prints with such varied sources as scans of household textures from the artist’s studio or photography from her native Switzerland.

Living with disability | Instagram | leveling the playing field  

Sharona Franklin

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

Sharona Franklin’s works in a variety of mediums share a personal and collective connecting thread telling the story of disabled people. Her work includes the making of gelatin molds, woven blankets, graphic design, and writing. These pieces tell the story of a disabled artist, creating her own world from inside her home. It felt particularly synchronous to be speaking on this theme of domesticity now in the age of the coronavirus lockdowns, and was illuminating to get this much-needed perspective. Her gelatin sculptures combine a mysterious collage of ephemera, from both the alchemical/botanical, to the sterile, seemingly mundane/ domestic elements of her life. These sculptures themselves are ephemeral, and subject to a natural decomposition from the moment they are created. Franklin maintains multiple Instagram accounts through which she filters different aspects of her work. She has used multiple avenues of her art and social media to advocate fiercely for the lives of disabled and otherwise marginalized people.
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Talks About being censored on Instagram

Heather Benjamin

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

Heather Benjamin was among the first people who came to mind when the idea came about to curate the series on Instagram artists. Her distinct style has emerged from the New England punk scene, where she began forging her own unique brand of drawing and painting that is simultaneously emotionally introspective, and sometimes, grotesque or viscerally hyperbolic. Her prolific oeuvre of self published zines shows a dedication to producing intricately crafted, and frugally reproduced art objects. Benjamin’s work explores the female body/ experience through a starkly punk lens. We spoke about her commitment to accessibility, and how her work has changed through developing a following and granting herself access to experiment outside her original limitations.
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PHUNG HUYNH

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Her work explores and challenges cultural perceptions of beauty standards and representations of Asian racial identity and culture. Her most current work of drawings on pink donut boxes and cross-stitched, personalized California license plates explores the complexities of the refugee experience in Southeast Asian communities.
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Elusive Beauty Allison Tyler

WRITTEN BY EVE WOOD

Tyler’s sculptures anticipate decay in the best possible way. Their simultaneous fragility and decomposition suggest our own human relationship to the natural world, and her attempt to intercede, to transform, if only for a moment, such a small and limited area be it a tree trunk or a leaf, mimics our all too human desire to control the world around us, or to believe that we have such power as to influence the laws of nature.
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Offering Jenny Kendler

WRITTEN BY EVE WOOD

Jenny Kendler’s performative based artwork entitled “Offering” finds its roots planted firmly in the history of environmentally conscious art practices whose luminaries include Ana Mendieta, Alice Aycock, Lita Albuquerque, and Andy Goldsworthy. Like these artists, Kendler’s interventions into nature are subtle and delicate and derive from a desire to understand our place in the natural world and our responsibility as stewards of the planet. Kendler sets up an alternate reality within the framework of a familiar and manmade natural occurrence, i.e. a hummingbird’s visit to a feeder. Kendler stages her own body as an alternate source of sustenance, having painted her ear a deep and enticing shade of red, and periodically filling her ear canal with sugar water, to attract the birds.
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A conversation with the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A. curators Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

We at The Billboard Creative are delighted to share our collaboration with the Hammer Museum on the production of this year's acclaimed biennial show, Made in L.A. 2020: a version.To take a deeper look at Made in LA 2020: a version, The Billboard Creative arranged an interview with the guest co-curators of the exhibition, Myriam Ben Salah, and Lauren Mackler who organized the biennial with the Hammer’s Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, assistant curator of performance.
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A conversation Humaira Abid

WRITTEN BY  JASPER MCMAHON

Humaira Abid is Pakistan born American artist working with sculpture and miniature painting. Her work challenges women’s roles in Asian and Middle Eastern culture, and pushes the boundaries of taboo in society. With her unique cross-cultural perspective, Abid aims to re-examine the way we see everyday objects, allowing for conversation and stories to unfold around subjects that are often buried under the surface.
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Talks About her Love Doll Series Laurie Simmons

DIRECTED BY SAM VLADIMIRSKY

In 2009, Simmons encountered a hyper-realistic sex doll on a trip to Japan, thus inspiring her Love Doll series. Leaning into orientalist cliches, Simmons positions the doll in unfamiliar all-American settings, much like one would find in a mail order catalog. This juxtaposition underscores the omnipresence of feminine narratives that drive consumer culture and intimate fantasies alike.

Laurie Simmons is a visual artist based in New York. Her work spans collage, photography and film, exploring the representation of women and gender roles in domestic spaces. In particular, her use of dolls, ventriloquists or other miniatures deconstructs and examines idealized representations of the human form.

Beautiful Boy Lissa Rivera

DIRECTED BY SAM VLADIMIRSKY

Beautiful Boy reveals a more intimate perspective on identity and sexuality, featuring Rivera’s own domestic partner as a muse. Reimagining gendered imagery from a vast range of time periods and cultures, the project also reflects the fluidity of collaboration between photographer and subject.

Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture, earning her such honors as the Magnum Photography Award for Portraiture and the Griffin Museums’ Peter Urban Legacy Award. As a curator, she has produced six exhibitions for NYC’s Museum of Sex, notable for their inclusion of traditionally underrepresented voices—regardless of formal education or exhibition history.

“Mama” (Beautiful Skin)Ruben Natal-San Miguel

DIRECTED BY ETHAN CHRISTY / EDITED BY SAM SAROKIN

In “Mama” (Beautiful Skin), Miguel continues to reflect the unique diversity of New York City. Traveling throughout Upper Manhattan by bike, he has spent the past eight summers frequenting neighborhoods that have been historically disenfranchised or ignored by both the government and the rest of society. Yet his portraits do not tell a story of impoverishment or neglect; rather, they display the richness and resilience of these distinctive communities.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel is an architect, fine art photographer, curator, creative director and critic based in New York. Over the past two decades, his photographs of NYC have been celebrated by countless galleries, institutions and publications for their rich, layered perspective and vibrant storytelling.

TBC|Interview takes a deep dive into the minds of today’s most vibrant and enigmatic creators across the world. The series takes a uniquely intimate look at some of the most intriguing voices working outside of the mainstream spotlight. TBC|INT aims to create a uniquely curated mix of artist profiles that will serve as an alternative to other related outlets. We strive to go the extra mile in capturing the individual perspective that drives each artist’s work.

When you subscribe you will only receive TBCinterview notices when we release a new interview or documentary short, which is once a month. You will not receive emails regarding The Billboard Creative. If you would like to be on our general email list to receive information about our shows and calls for entry, you can do that here: Subscribe
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