Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








July 2017



For July, artists Jim Drain, Frances Goodman, and Robert Szot, discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Goodman in conversation with Ramos

Szot in conversation with Ramos


Jim Drain


‬Jim Drain (b. 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a multi media artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Drain was a member of Forcefield, a collective that explored the merging of music, performance film and installation into one platform. Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including Various Small Fires in Los Angeles, California; University of Florida, Gainesville; Locust Projects in Miami, Florida; Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin; Greene Naftali Gallery in New York; John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark; and The Garage in Moscow, Russia. Drain’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Modern Art; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.




Frances Goodman


Frances Goodman is a conceptual artist with a multi-disciplinary practice, who explores themes surrounding sexuality, notions of beauty and desire, materialism, and other idiosyncratic obsessions and neuroses that form part of contemporary society. Born in Johannesburg in 1975, where she currently lives and works, Goodman's work is included in notable local and international collections, including: The National Museum of Contemporary African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Permanent Collection, Cape Town, South Africa; 21c Museum Collection, Louisville, USA; and the Sindika Dokolo Collection, Angola.




Robert Szot


"This dedication to mark making for its own sake and his ability to play with large monochrome colour fields atop denser and more intricate bold hues give birth to a mysterious image that creates space for us to wallow in, reminds us that there is more to the world than rational materialism, that there is room for the unknown, the inexplicable, the abstract and dynamic glory of colour and form." - Moray Mair


Szot’s work has exhibited in a variety of galleries across the United States from New York to Los Angeles and Texas. Robert’s paintings have been exhibited by the Saatchi Gallery in London and, in 2014, Szot was invited to participate in the Whitney Museum Art Party. His works have been collected in America and abroad and can be found in public collections like Credit Suisse and important private collections like Beth DeWoody and the Bass Family.