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Dana Mcknight

Founder/Arts & Performance Director, Dreamland in Buffalo, NY

"Number 1. Be an ornery artist. You're mad. You went to art school. You go to shows in basements and living rooms. You are the poster child of the scurvy-laced bohemia. Your parents can't pay your rent."

In The De-Institution: Or. How to Make A Contemporary Arts Space with no Capital, Networks or Cred from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, artist and founder of Dreamland Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Dana Mcknight, illustrates twenty steps to carving out a cutting-edge, artist-run space outside of the dominant, institutional realm. Mcknight cautions, "To be an institution is to own-- ­­­to place value on possession rather than action. To fixate on conservative contentment rather than Hope and Possibility. Artist-led spaces fizzle out all the time. Let us not leave behind the phoenix eggs to merely touch a tusk in the Elephant graveyard." 

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Reset Reality

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Maximilian Erbacher’s oevre, including installations and interventions in public space, is concerned in one way or another with artistic examinations of subtle shifts, which force us to re-assess the supposedly known. Led by his discerning gaze, we come to places where communication between people and their environment seems no longer possible. Erbacher slightly refocuses the way we usually look at the world and makes us rethink what we consider our true experiences and our knowledge of places and stories.(K. Stremmel, Cologne 2007). 

His works have been previously shown in Mirko Mayer Gallery (Germany 2011), Jonkang Lu Art Shanghai (China 2010), Städtische Skulpturenmuseum Heilbronn (Germany 2009), Zentrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam (Netherlands 2003), Taipei Fine Art Museum (Taiwan 2002) amongst others. With a DAAD stipend he has also taught media arts and performance at the University of Pécs (Hungary 2011).

Erbacher studied graphic arts at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany, Media arts at University of Ulster Belfast, North Ireland followed by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, with Valie Export and Jürgen Klauke. 
Currently he curates the off-space Boutique- Raum für temporäre Kunst he founded in 2011 in Cologne where he lives and works.

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Autistic or Artistic

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 13, 2015

Scott Mayberry shares his personal journey of becoming an artist. He divulges how he came upon a greater understanding of himself and an advanced understanding of others through his artistic exploration and expression.

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@ VOL 9 ON SEP 02, 2015

Artist Kai Syng Tan is so interested in running that she has made a performance series of it. Get inspired of her presentation!

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@ VOL 9 ON SEP 02, 2015

Artist Tristan Meechan have created performance named FUN RUN. He tells more about it and his running habits etc.

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Behavior Art (Arte de Conducta)

@ VOL 36 ON MAR 15, 2018

Aarhus-based artist Beatriz Gonzalez tells us about her experiences with Behavior Art (Arte de Conducta), why to use it and what it can do. Behavior Art is in essence the interaction between people and the creative spaces they move through. As she says: "Be not just consumers, but creators!"

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Art and Audience

@ VOL 7 ON SEP 10, 2016

Mariah McKay discusses the relationship of an artist to their audience and shares her experience as a performance artist. 

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How to Make a Maker

@ VOL 26 ON FEB 08, 2018

Ryan-Ashley Anderson recently made Knoxville her home, and even more recently opened gallery and event space in East Knoxville – Smart + Becker. Her mission is to catch people before they quit, helping artists realize their passion and potential to create a creative AND sustainable future for themselves. 

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Reflections of a Space Cadet’s Artistic Daughter: The Journey from Selling to Commercially Licensing ART

@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Growing up with a physicist father and cowgirl mother, Jennifer Redstreake Geary has had quite the journey coming into her art and finding her place in the world. Her father, the Space Cadet, (having grown up watching anything Sci-Fi) always believed in her and encouraged her to pursue a living doing what she loved to do. Paint. Her mother, a constant stream of inspiration for that art, providing fur kids and gentle beasts to create in every medium she could get her hands on. Today, because of that parent’s love, she is a success. She loves her life. And she paints every day. Her work inspires humor and heart as she licenses her works all around the world. Come listen to her story.

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How I became a Struggling Artist

@ VOL 34 ON NOV 28, 2018

Laura Fraedrich talks about how she became a professional artist and an art teacher.