November 29th, 2013 – Virginia Ryan “The Castaways Project”

Since it’s the day after Thanksgiving, we decided to do something a little different!

After each show there are songs that we originally had on our playlist that we just didn’t have time to play. These little treasures get moved over to a “castaways” folder where we save them for later. This week, we took those songs and found a piece of art to match. So while you are eating your leftovers you can listen to ours.


We chose Virginia Ryan‘s Castaways Project to pair with our songs this week. “The Castaways Project was initiated by visual artist and writer Virginia Ryan in 2003. Since that time she has made c. 2000 sculptural paintings, each 9.5 x 11.5 inches, from washed-up materials collected along local shorelines around Accra, Ghana. All the works are white-washed and flicked through with grey-gold, resonant with the colors of foam and sand as the waves break on the very shores from where the inhabitants were once taken and enslaved to build the new world. The works fill walls and rooms, creating an environment concerned with washed-in and washed-out history and memory of displacements, gold and slavery along the one-time African Gold Coast.” –


November 15th, 2013 – Norwood Creech “Dry Grasses #12”

This week we welcomed special guest and multi-media artist Anne Peabody to the program, who chatted with us from Brooklyn, NY. She chose Norwood Creech‘s photograph “Dry Grasses #12”.

Dry Grasses (In the Floodway) Version 7 - Version 12

Anne and her husband and have just moved in to an 1870’s carriage house in Brooklyn and have come up against a world of problems— the most recent being having to rewire the home, which hasn’t been done since the old, fabric covered wires were put in. The heat and most of the electricity have been out for weeks and it’s been pretty cold in New York! Dry Grasses #12 was made by one of her favorite photographers, Norwood Creech. The grasses in the image remind Anne of their wiring and the turmoil in her house and studio. Pupunanny, by Afrika Bambaataa is a song Anne has used for years to energize herself when she wants to clean her studio. She says, “The energy of it seems to match the craziness of the grasses and like nature, feels like it calms me at the same time.”
This week we created a playlist of songs that are full of energy yet still seem to be calming at the same time—if you have some cleaning to do this will be what you need to get you motivated and off your feet!
You can see Anne’s installation “Truth or Dare” at the Troublesome Houses exhibit until December 14th, 2013 at PUBLIC 131 W. Main Street.

November 8th, 2013 – Olafur Eliasson “One Way Color Tunnel”

This Friday we welcomed ceramicist and Open Studio Weekend participant, Suzy Hatcher to the program! She chose Olafur Eliasson‘s “One Way Color Tunnel” as our inspiration. When walking through the tunnel many viewers feel as though they are walking through a kaleidoscope— the colors shift and change with your movement. Our show this week combined Olafur’s Icelandic roots with the color and movement in One Way Color Tunnel to create an uplifting, danceable start to your weekend!

You can check out Suzy’s studio during Open Studio Weekend— some of her students will be using the wheel as well as doing some hand-building demonstrations! Over 70 artists will open their studios to the public on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. Proceeds from the weekend will help raise $50,000 for scholarships to the Hite Art Institute’s Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship and the LVAA’s Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) Program. You won’t want to miss it!

November 1st, 2013 – Royal de Luxe “The Sultan’s Elephant”

This Friday PUBLIC welcomed “Troublesome Houses” curator, Kevin Titzer, and Will Oldham to the show! Kevin chose “The Sultan’s Elephant” by Royal de Luxe as inspiration. See a short video of the work in action here. Or see a longer video covering more of the storyline here.

It’s a really great show this week— Kevin typically curates exhibitions by interpreting music through art. For PUBLIC, we interpret art through music. It’s a fun flip this week! Listen in to hear what draws Kevin to Royal de Luxe’s work and hear everyone try their best to pronounce different french phrases. We talk a little bit about living in Canada vs. Kentucky, the artists involved in the Troublesome Houses show, and how Will feels about having an exhibition inspired by his music.