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d r y j a n s k i thomsondry.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? I keep my refrigerator bare. I’ve never been much of the nesting type.

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? 13. Not because it is the top number, but rather if I have to explain its meaning, I’ll pick a number I like. 13 has a nice shape, it seems inclusive, kinda cuddly. A number I’d want to keep.

describe the worst thing you ever made: I once made Hawaiian Punch explode all over the ceiling when I was startled watching a zombie movie.

what’s your posion? I think it is a toss up between women and whiskey. In the end, they both get trumped by books. I’m sure these will change.

everlasting influences?

Micah Yeager, all nighters, insomnia, morning sun light, frozen grass, people watching, large bodies of water. It goes on.


Untitled 2012


Destroyed 2011


Attempt At A Circle 2011


AC Unit 2012


Bush 2011


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s o t e l o - a v i l a samuelsoteloavila@gmail.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? A picture of my brother

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? 9. Been better. Been Worse. 10 and over seemed too high. 7 and less too low.

describe the worst thing you ever made: A bag

what’s your posion? Women

everlasting influences? Judd, Kitsch, Memory, Tragedies,Passion, Love, Form, Angst, Mexico, Ads, Industrial Materials, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Films, friends and colleagues, the suburbs, the Midwest.


Bulls 2012


Canel’s 2012


Fruitbasket 2012


Ellie 2012


Ribbon 2012


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n i haoishao.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? me and my roommates do not believe in fridge art

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? 9.5, I cant really complain about my current situation right now, things been good, and trying different things out in my studio. But I do have this asshole pet crayfish that keeps on attacking my other two crayfishes, he even castrated them, leaving them clawless, so missing 3.5 on the scale is me wishing that i could find a way to dive into the fish tank so i can punch that asshole crayfish in the face. NATURE YOU SCARY.

describe the worst thing you ever made: The worst thing i have ever made was this ceramic bust of a smoking hipster emerging from a cloud of smoke. The whole thing is glazed in this milky white color. This work was inspired by the act of smoking and my interactions with smokers. I dont know

what’s your posion? beautiful bitches in a bad neighborhood

everlasting influences? trying very hard to make sense of why people do what they do, and fail miserably.


Inthingswetrust 2011 Wood, cast plastic, wax, sponge, glow in the dark paint 13Inx16Inx 36In


Cycle II 2010 Painted wood, steel, plaster, dirt, celluclay, rubber 72Inx30Inx9In


Progression 2012 Graphite, tape, chalkboard paint, and tracing paper on wood 14�x11�


Untitled 2011 Mixed media with reclaimed wood and metal. 10ft x 8ft x 8ft Collaboration Effort with artist Kazuki Guzman. http://www.kazukiguzman.com


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b e r r y alliberry.tk

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? Last Halloween, my mother sent me a 12-inch magnet of Jack Skellington’s face. It is a great way to hide utility bills and other unfavorable bits of paper.

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? 11. The only thing right now that makes me sad are my memories of other places. I miss the mountains but I’m trying not to cling to things that are good or push away things that are bad. Things just are, and I live a very fortunate life.

describe the worst thing you ever made: Oh jeez, just about everything I made in my second year of undergrad at SAIC. That was the peak of my nature worship period. I was making all this heavy handed abstracted imagery of trees and the sun, trippy stuff radiating from central light sources. Like the light at the end of the tunnel, man. What made these things worse was the material choices, a lot of collaged paper and stuccolike effects made with modeling paste. My dad has a bunch of these hanging in his garage, I guess they look pretty fun in that context.

what’s your posion? Last night (it was February 8th) I spent about 35 minutes looking at pictures of alpacas on the internet. Stuff like that. Five minutes of potentially useful research turns into emptyhandedly wondering where the time went. I think this problem is very technology-related.

everlasting influences? The desert in southern Utah. Rumi. My father, the voracious mountain man. Hermann Hesse. Nina Katchadourian. Having to wear Catholic school uniforms for 12 years of my life, and then listening to Bob Dylan when I was fifteen and thinking I was some sort of incendiary. It’s probably why I came to art school.


From the Days When my Elbow was Unreachable 2011


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k n u e crknue@gmail.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? Probably the $1,000 electric bill I received one summer. The electricity company never came out to read the meter and just kept giving us monthly estimations. Luckily it got all worked out, so I didn’t have to pay it.

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? It’s really hard for me to land on a specific number, never could do these whole scale things. I think I’m too indecisive because I don’t know exactly which number means and each number changes per person. But since I just had a bunch of chocolate, I’d say I’m anywhere from 9 to 11, 13 being the happiest, and I’m not a 13 because I just ran out of chocolate.

describe the worst thing you ever made: I took ceramics in middle school and high school and made this tacky cartoon-like “sculpture” of a grey mouse/rat being strangled by two green snakes. It looks a little bit like 10 year old summer camp project. Need I say more? My mom loves it, of course, so now it sits in her garden.

what’s your posion? “Toddlers and Tiaras”, mint chocolate chip ice cream (only when it’s green), and a good ol’ margarita

everlasting influences? Dorothea Lange Doug Dubois Damien Hirst Old Western Movies


Untitled, 2011


The picture of the Virgin Mary my Grandma took 2011


Grandma washing my hair 2011


“...well do you?" 2011


Untitled 2011


d e b o r a h

b o a r d m a n deborahboardman.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? Nothing! sadly it’s not a magnetic surface

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? About 11. Having just been in India which was a very happy time (13 on your scale) and coming down a bit from that high.

describe the worst thing you ever made: I can’t pick out one worst thing. I know that when I force something or try to please someone else or pretend to be something I am not pretty much guarantees that the work does not turn out well.

what’s your posion? Self doubt and overeating.

everlasting influences? A partial list: Morandi, Guston, Manet, Van Gogh, Watteau, Bonnard, Agnes Martin, Giotto


Studio # 18 Oil on canvas 20 x 28


Pattern 16 Gouache on paper 15 x 11


a i m e e

b e a u b i e n aimeebeaubien.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? Feel free to barf but it is a tiny photo of my wedding kiss.

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? Happiness is accessible but numbers cannot measure the volatile environments of feelings.

describe the worst thing you ever made: Where do I start? I regularly practice making messes that are difficult to recuperate.

what’s your posion? If we are talking about booze it is hard to resist Templeton Rye and yummy Manhattans.

everlasting influences? Again, where do I start? I guess with my earliest memories of the inventive collages produced by my great-grandmother.


a l b e r t o

a g u i l a r albertoaguilar.org

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? A magnetic digital timer. I enjoy doing things under a time constraint. A time frame regulates, gives me focus and makes me more efficient.

Oil on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? Bible Father 13!!! Cicero I am always excited to be alive. Mother There is always something to tend to. Mexico Spindle My wife Robocop Milkstone describe the worst thing you ever made: The Giver My children One thing that comes to mind is a performance with a group of elementary school students that was sort of a musi Jorge Lucero cal about the typical school day of a fourth grader. It was titled “I Really, Really Matter” and was performed at the The Summer Hyde Park Art Center in 2008. Rondanini Pietà Old Photographs My time in Spain Every aspect of Jesus what’s your posion? The food I ate in Italy Rehearsing My Choir Too much anything. The paintings of Picasso The Diary of Anne Frank Brother Sun, Sister Moon The voice of Frank Sinatra The Passion of Joan of Arc everlasting influences? The late paintings of Titian The work of Gabriel Orozco The Songs of Daniel Johnston In the Aeroplane Over the Sea The letters of Marcel Duchamp The final testament of Rich Mullins The early videos of William Wegman


Home Arrangements: Light Post


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Home Arrangements: Hello Dear Face


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m a y ericchristophmay.com

what’s your favorite thing hanging on your refrigtrator? A dreamy picture of Isak Applin and Carl Baratta hanging out and chatting in the courtyard with the Henry Moore next to the Art Institute. My mom clipped it for me from the Chicago Tribune a few years ago. It has sparkly light dancing across the image that I think captures the essence of that place really well and also some of the tendencies of the two artist’s paintings.

on a scale 1-13, how happy are you and what does that number stand for? Let’s go with 13, I was born happy. I’m a super lucky dude. 13- hmm, that seems like a specific number to top out on, you came up with it, you tell me. Some say its magic, some say its unlucky. I would have picked whatever number is the highest regardless.

describe the worst thing you ever made: Oh jeez, just about everything I made in my second year of undergrad at SAIC. That was the peak of my nature worship period. I was making all this heavy handed abstracted imagery of trees and the sun, trippy stuff radiating from central light sources. Like the light at the end of the tunnel, man. What made these things worse was the material choices, a lot of collaged paper and stuccolike effects made with modeling paste. My dad has a bunch of these hanging in his garage, I guess they look pretty fun in that context.

what’s your posion? Chiles, pork, beer.

everlasting influences? The woods, nature in general, flora and fauna. Music. The aesthetics of the urban street.


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k e l l e y coledonkelley.com

conversation with cole don kelley

t t z: So do you want to introduce yourself? c d k: My name is Cole Don Kelley. I am 22 years old. I’m a senior at School of the Art Institute studying photography.

t t z: Can you talk about anything that’s been influential from your past, maybe family situations, your sexual orientation, specific people? c d k: Sexual orientation? I think sex has a lot to do with it because I think maybe art making is more like a physical representation of libido. I was telling someone the other day I was hoping to take a lot of good pictures now before my sex drive runs out and I don’t want to pictures anymore. Because taking a picture of someone for me is kind of like exhibiting a sense of control over my feelings for them. Although I don’t think it’s that important to the viewer, but for me it is. At it’s best, it’s like a win-win situation. I get this sexual controlling drive out of taking pictures and the satisfaction of making a good picture. The viewers can have their own emotional response to it that has nothing to do with my experience. But that depends on if it’s a good picture or not.


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t t z: Can you tell me what you do in your photography? c d k: Um, I take pictures of anything that I have a potential emotional response to. That can even mean aesthetically, as well as an intense emotional bonding between people. I take pictures but recently I’m trying to become more aware of making good pictures instead of caring about what I’m taking a picture of. I use to want to be like Nan Goldin really bad, but now I’m just trying to take a good picture.

t t z: What do you expect from the viewer? c d k: If I go to a museum or gallery, or if I look at someone’s website, I’d say about 95% of the time I don’t feel anything. So if someone looks at the picture and they feel something or they’ve been slightly changed through it, then it’s a complete and utterly success. Because I think that’s difficult, at least for me.

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t t z: How has living alone affecting your working practice? c d k: It has slowed it down dramatically. Living alone is like one of those most fucked up things you could possibly imagine. Without people, I experience a significantly lessening drive to take pictures. Taking pictures is as much as a performance as anything else. I have no one to perform for but myself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a good place to be because being inside of your own apartment by yourself is like being inside of your own head by yourself. Being stuck inside your head is a terrible thing.

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t t z: What’s your process of editing. How do you distinguish what’s a good photo and what’s not? c d k: It’s not the way I felt in the moment at all. Like I said I’m trying to take a good picture. Since I started when I was 16 years old, I’ve taken somewhere upwards to 10,000 pictures. I import them and go through every single one. You just kind of know as soon as you see it that it’s a good picture, because everything kind of works in a circle. I put it on the internet or show it to a friend and am like “Is this a good picture?” and usually they can say yes or no. It just sort of filters down and down… its like a slow trickle until the past six years. I have like maybe 30 to 40 images that I like to show out of thousands that were taken. And sometimes they get lost, along the way. There’s good ones in there, I know of it, but they are just gone now.

t t z: How important is to be involved with other artist and exposed to their practices? c d k: Oh, it is so important. The more and more I look at good and bad pictures, the more and more I can see what I think are good and bad pictures- and what other people think are good and bad pictures. I feel like I learn a hell of a lot looking at more pictures. Plus I love looking at good pictures just like anyone else does. It’s like getting off. Its so great to go to someone’s website and see great images. It’s a really good feeling. It’s like hearing a really great song.


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t t z: What’s your favorite thing on your refriderator? c d k: There is nothing on my refrigerator but there’s a picture of Jamie Steele dressed in character that sits on top of it. She went to Walmart, or Kmart - something like that- to get pictures of herself done in character and its one of those gorgeous things. Its sits there propped up against my complete collection of Lord of The Rings book series. It’s really great, I’m glad I got to share that.

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Tabletop Zine | March 2012