TalkAbout: One Bad Monkey

Sat Jul 30, 2022

Join us for a panel conversation for the exhibition, One Bad Monkey. Artist Steef Crombach will lead a discussion with her collaborators for the show, Casey Alfstad, Claire Schaiker, and Kenzie Slottow, while incorporating the voice of experienced fabricator and sculptor, Dana Younger. Topics will include broad themes addressed in One Bad Monkey, including the rapidly changing Austin environment, while also touching on process and technique. 

TalkAbout is a program that facilitates casual conversations with artists and the people who inspire them. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary coffee will be provided.

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Casey Alfstad is a creative technologist and new media art consultant who combines technology with conceptual design to facilitate artists and brands.

Claire Schlaikjer is an artist, animator, and illustrator from London, England. She holds a BA in Visual Art and Computer Science from Brown University. She is interested in the possibilities that animation offers as a unique form of communication with the capacity to visualize abstract ideas and expand the boundaries of representation. As a freelance animator, she has worked on projects ranging from science education to social advocacy. Her personal artwork explores the place that animals hold in our collective imagination, and the ways in which the evolution of their visual representation reflects our changing relationship with the natural world.

Kenzie Slottow (they/she) is a musician, composer and theatremaker based in Austin, TX. They write and perform music on flute, guitar and vocals, as well as producing and directing concerts and work that highlight connections between art forms and people. The form of collaborative chamber music improvisation that Kenzie began developing in 2018 – chamber improv – has transitioned well to the virtual medium, and their chamber improv group Sound Worlds has been producing live-scored virtual theatre with actors and instrumentalists since June 2020.

Dana Younger is a Texas sculptor who earned a BA in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin. His experiences in the theater, as well as in construction and boatbuilding, led him to a career in fabrication. Younger began his work as an artist as a founding partner of Blue Genie Art Industries, an art fabrication company, and the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, an annual holiday art show now in its 18th year. Currently he is the Exhibits Manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife where he works with writers, designers and fabricators to make exhibits for Texas state parks. His sculpture work has been featured in galleries throughout Texas and the US including  the Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan, New Mexico State University, the Louise Hopkins-Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas, Wright State University in Ohio, Purdue University in Indiana, Abilene Christian University, Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin University in Texas . He says, “Sculpture is a complex puzzle that provides a steady stream of unique challenges to solve, that’s why I love it.”