Blind Spot Conversations

An ongoing series presenting artists in conversation with one of their contemporaries or collaborators. Blind Spot Conversations delves into the featured artist's practice and process, and showcases their current or significant work. In addition to an interview, each episode includes a visit to the artist's studio, an installation, or current project space.
Davide Balula & Shawn Maximo

Davide Balula is a visual artist and a musician. He grew up in the Portuguese mountains in the early 80's before moving to the French Alps where he studied electro-acoustic music and photography. He then moved to Paris, where he now lives and works, and began to experiment with time based sculpture. He has continued to work in a variety of mediums including photography, sound, sculpture, and performance. His works have been exhibited widely at institutions including Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris & Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. His commissioned works for public space can be experienced in Toronto, Kyoto, Museums Quartier, & Vienna. He now teaches at the School of Fine Arts of Annecy, and recently developed a teaching program about food as an inspirational structure for experiences in Music and Contemporary Art. He is represented by Frank Elbaz Gallery, Paris.

Davide Balula is featured in Blind Spot Issue 41.
Shawn Maximo is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, architecture, and digital media. He is a co-founding member of the artist collaborative Yemenwed, and recently produced the set for their performance work, NO IMAGE. He was the first candidate to receive dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Engineering from Princeton University, after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia. Maximo has designed for experimental architecture firms, Work Architecture Company, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and more recently for Gucci. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Interview, DIS, and PIN-UP magazines, and has been exhibited at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum of Art, MOMA PS1, and Phillips de Pury & Company.
Blind Spot Conversation 03, conceived and produced by Gemma Ingalls and Glynnis McDaris of Wildcat Presents.
Post Production and Editing by Dustin Bowlin. Special thanks to Vision On.
Richard Benson & Arthur Ou

Richard Benson is a photographer and a renowned authority on the history of photographic printing. A recipient of numerous honors including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he has taught photography at the Yale University School of Art since the mid 1970s and was appointed dean of the School in 1996. Benson is the author of several books about photography, including The Printed Picture — the catalog and text of an exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008. He is the co-author of Lay This Laurel (Eakins Press) with Lincoln Kirstein and A Maritime Album (The Mariner's Museum of Newport News, Virginia) with John Szarkowski. His photographic work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and many other institutions and private collections. Benson is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery, NYC.

Richard Benson generously donated a print to Blind Spot's 2009 Benefit Auction.
Arthur Ou works in photography, sculpture, and installation. He deploys photography within the contexts of these differing elements to elicit questions concerning modernism, assimilation, historiography and documentation. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at LAXART in Los Angeles and IT Park Gallery in Taipei. Other selected solo exhibitions include To Preserve, To Elevate, To Cancel at Hudson Franklin in New York (2007), On Every New Thing There Lies Already the Shadow of Annihilation at IT Park Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan (2005), and Faces at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2000). He was included in the 2006 Taipei Biennial, Dirty Yoga, curated by Dan Cameron. He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Vancouver, Innsbruck, Berlin, Dresden and Beijing. His work has been featured in publications including Blind Spot, Art On Paper, North Drive Press, Art in America, and The Photograph As Contemporary Art, new edition (Thames & Hudson). He has published critical texts in Afterall.org, Words Without Pictures, and Artforum.com. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art, and a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. He is an Assistant Professor in the Photography Program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons the New School for Design.

Arthur Ou is featured in Blind Spot Issue 37 and was the Guest Editor of Issue 40.
Corin Hewitt & Jason Fulford

Corin Hewitt (b. 1971) is an American sculptor and photographer. Hewitt received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. His work has been shown widely in the U.S. as well as Europe. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art and The Seattle Art Museum. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Norway, the Wanas Foundation in Sweden, and with the Public Art Fund which commissioned a public project with Hewitt in Brooklyn, NY. Hewitt is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and is represented by Taxter and Spengemann Gallery, NYC.

Corin Hewitt is featured in Blind Spot Issue 41.
Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of the non-profit, J&L Books. He has lectured at the ICP, Cranbrook Academy of Art, LACMA, Mass Art, P.S.1, RIT, SVA, Wesleyan University and Yale University. He is also a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine, and a visiting critic in the Yale MFA Photo program. Fulford’s photographs have been featured in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and on book jackets for Don Delillo, John Updike, Bertrand Russell, Jorge Luis Borges, Terry Eagleton, Ernest Hemingway and Richard Ford. Monographs include Sunbird (2000), Cru shed (2003), Raising Frogs For $$$ (2006) and The Mushroom Collector (2010). He lives in Scranton, PA.

Jason Fulford is featured in Blind Spot Issue 35.
Blind Spot Conversation 01, conceived and produced by Gemma Ingalls and Glynnis McDaris of Wildcat Presents.
Post Production and Editing by Dustin Bowlin. Special thanks to Vision On.