Esteban Cabeza de Baca is an artist born out of liminality and rhizomatic hybridity, whose history can be expressed as histories and existence as existences. His Mexican and Native lineage can be traced back to the pre-Columbian era as well as the Coronado Expedition, particularly to the Spanish conquistador Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca.
Louis Osmosis, born in Brooklyn in 1996, is a sculptor and multimedia artist. His first solo exhibition, PLEASE IT IS MAKING THEM THANKS :) opened at Kapp Kapp at 86 Walker Street, Tribeca, on April 30. I spoke to Mr. Osmosis twice in early April amidst his recent work in his 7th floor studio in Dumbo where he is working during a one-year residency at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, as the B, D, N, and Q trains rumbled along the Manhattan Bridge.
In the middle of the pandemic Toby Kamps interviewed me in a live broadcast for the Brooklyn Rail. And now a year and a half later, the Brooklyn Rail asked if they could publish the interview. Im not sure why, but I felt that interview should be left in the lockdown. We couldnt go out, we were all at our screens, so perhaps it would be better to begin it again.
I first came to New York City in 2003 and remember seeing the work of Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures. It was a formative experience. There were so many incredible artists exhibiting in the early aughts; it felt special to have been part of that moment. Its been many years between that moment and seeing Simmonss newest exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles, but the artwork had the same impact, the same mesmerizing immediacy. In the conversation that follows, we discuss the artists educational formation, the way collective memory forms around certain images, and the importance of artwork that poses questions.
Lytle Shaws engrossing New Grounds for Dutch Landscape is a poetic revision of no less than two centuries of in-gazing art history. On the occasion of the books publication, the Rail has commissioned exchanges with some of Shaws interested readers.