The VAN Podcast is a new podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland, hosted by Joanne Laws, Features Editor of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN).
Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of the VAN. This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas arising from their published texts, while also offering insights into their wider practice.
Episode 1 features interviews with Cornelius Browne and Frank Wasser both of whom contributed columns for the November – December 2020 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet.
Cornelius Browne is a Donegal-based artist whose practice has cultivated a devotion to plein air painting. As a regular contributor to VAN, Cornelius has beautifully articulated the seasonal fluctuations of painting outdoors, as well as exploring the many practical, theoretical and materials concerns in his work. His most recent column for VAN is titled Nocturnes, and focuses on his impulse to paint outdoors at night.
Frank Wasser is an Irish artist and writer who lives and works in London. He is a lecturer and art educator at Tate Modern and a PhD candidate at The Ruskin School of Art, which is the Fine Art Department of the University of Oxford. Frank’s column for the November – December issue is called ‘Word Upon Word Upon Fallen Word’ and traces the art historical significance of text-based art in the practice of American conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner.
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet reports and reflects upon the broadest possible range of issues relevant to Irish visual artists across Ireland. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is also committed to giving coverage to the diversity of contemporary Irish visual arts practice in terms of media, generation and geography. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet’s inclusive remit encompasses artists working in traditional and contemporary modes; established and emerging artists; artists who are based throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.