Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Learn more at creative-capital.org.
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Every year, we partner with a Creative Capital Artist to create a special project or edition for our Benefit & Auction. This year, for our 15th Anniversary Benefit, which takes place in New York on October 21, we are thrilled to offer a stunning photo by Connie Samaras (2012 Visual Arts) to everyone who purchases a Premium Benefit Ticket ($500). The image is from Edge of Twilight, a series of photos and videos shot at an all woman, predominantly lesbian, RV retirement community located in the U.S. Southwestern desert. Samaras shot close-ups of the RV homes on film late at night under the park’s safety lights, capturing eerie, somewhat unearthly light and colors.

Samaras, who is based in Los Angeles, recently had a major survey of her work dealing with the future imaginaries of global capital, Tales of Tomorrow, at the Armory in Pasadena. The exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful catalogue funded by the Warhol foundation and available through DAP/artbook. I connected with Connie to learn more about her Creative Capital edition and the Edge of Twilight series. Samaras, who is based in Los Angeles, recently had a major survey of her work dealing with the future imaginaries of global capital, Tales of Tomorrow, at the Armory in Pasadena. The exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful catalogue funded by the Warhol foundation and available through DAP/artbook. We connected with Connie to learn more about her Creative Capital edition and the Edge of Twilight series.

Taraneh Hemami: Several other projects in Fabrications examine parallel and connected movements of dissent, past and present, often originating in the vibrant political scene and activist history of the Bay Area and other centers of cultural exchange where the Iranian students of yesteryear and today are centered. For example, Sanaz Mazinani connects two recent movements of dissent in Oakland and across the world in the Middle East to create a series of small protest flags to be distributed widely through the bazaar and beyond, while Morehshin Allahyari archives 2009 social media tweets and messages of the “green movement” in Iran then transfers them onto records, creating a disjointed narrative that requires the audience’s active participation to reveal its story.

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Taraneh sent us these photos from the opening night of Theories of Survival: Fabrications at Southern Exposure. Read our interview with Taraneh here and go see her #CCProject!

Have you ever ever felt truly shaken by a criticism or suffered a set-back in your work?

A performance I did in my 20’s fell apart and almost crumbled me. But I got right back up on my two feet.

What have you seen recently that’s shocked you?

Eric Gainer’s death in July — the NYPD put him in a chokehold and slammed his face to the sidewalk killing him. That could have been me.

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Wow. You have to read this short, but powerful interview with #CCartist Nick Cave on Paper Magazine!

We are putting up the plaques from our summer appeal. Here’s the Hasan Elahi Toilet! Thanks to Hasan for donating to Creative Capital.  

Want to have your name on something in our photocopier or a trash can? You can still donate!

Many people have mixed feelings about #socialmedia, but the bottom line is that it can be a useful tool for artists. Like any other tool we use to share, show or promote our work, social media has the ability to connect more people to the work we are creating as well as to provide greater support for our work. Artist Eve Mosher offers some Social Media “do’s” and “don’ts” on our blog:

Be yourself.Let your personality come through in your posts, images and comments. Our culture has changed and the lines between professional and personal are blurred. People want to know more about the person behind the creative work produced. Let your life seep in.

Don’t be afraid.What you post and share is entirely up to you. I like to say it’s like a cocktail party—you can choose how much you want to reveal to the people you meet. You can make lists on Facebook so that you can share different posts with different people.

Find more insights from Eve in her blog post, and be sure to register for her upcoming #webinar, Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time on Monday, September 22nd. #CreativePDP

The Island of Saint Matthews by Kevin Jerome Everson will be screened at Blaffer Art Museum this Saturday. On Friday, he will show and talk about some of his other short works at the Aurora Picture Show.
"Everson’s newest feature is an experimental documentary regarding a catastrophic flood in Westport, Mississippi in 1973, its continuing resonances, and the attempts at retrieving some of the memories lost to time and tide." Continue reading →

The Island of Saint Matthews by Kevin Jerome Everson will be screened at Blaffer Art Museum this Saturday. On Friday, he will show and talk about some of his other short works at the Aurora Picture Show.

"Everson’s newest feature is an experimental documentary regarding a catastrophic flood in Westport, Mississippi in 1973, its continuing resonances, and the attempts at retrieving some of the memories lost to time and tide." Continue reading →

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Maggie Nelson, Bluets

Maggie Nelson won a Creative Capital award in 2013 for her forthcoming book on Graywolf Press, The Argonauts, a book that combines autobiography and theoretical inquiry to address issues of gender, queerness, family-making, identity and the limitations and possibilities of language.

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"Rather than a singular voice… the complexity of the subject is reflected in the multiplicity of responses and impressions, reiterations and remembrances."


Friend of Creative Capital @sofiainthewild went to see Taraneh Hemami’s “Fabrications” at @southernexposuresf and sent us some great photos. Check out our interview with Hemami to find out more about the pop bazaar. Link in bio 👉

In a tiny Kansas town in 1917, Dr. John Romulus Brinkley discovers he can cure impotent men by transplanting goat testicles into them. After that, the story only gets weirder…

Using animated recreations, interviews, archival footage, and a hilariously unreliable narrator, NUTS! The Brinkley Story traces Brinkley’s legendary rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America.

This week, I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the film.

Penny Lane

You have the chance to help #CCartist and filmmaker Penny Lane finish NUTS! a film she’s been working on for seven years about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley.

Find out how Dr. Brinkley cured impotence, then became the Governor of Kansas on Penny Lane’s Kickstarter →

"There’s also a 3-D printer at the Grand Central Art Center, along with a 3-D printer at Tacoma Art Museum, set up to receive weekly 3-D scans of rocks Robb has found on the trail, and then to manufacture replicas. The MakerBots click into action once a week. They hum as they extrude hollow, plastic, neon-colored copies of real rocks in the wilderness, printed in colors coded to indicate the elevation where the rocks were found. Every bump and curve of the original rock is precisely replicated, but these replicas could never pass as the real thing. They look like sci-fi candies, beamed into the galleries Star Trek–style and displayed on bright light boxes that set them aglow with a most aggressive artificiality. Yet in material ways, they’re truer translations than photographs or writings could produce."

"Susan Robb Is Going from Mexico to Canada Like No Artist Has Gone Before," Jen Graves, The Stranger

Susan Robb is still making her way up the Pacific Crest Trail for her Creative Capital project Wild Times. Follow along online, in person, or right here on Tumblr!