Christian Jankowski, Telemistica (still), 1999; single-channel color video projection with sound, 22 min.; Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London; © 2009 Christian Jankowski
Kevin Atherton, In Two Minds – Past Version (stills, composite), 1978-2006; two-channel video installation with sound, 25 min.; Courtesy the artist; © 2009 Kevin Atherton
General Idea, Pilot (still), 1977; single-channel color video with sound, 28:56 min; Collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam; © 2009 General Idea
Mads Lynnerup, Presentation (still), 2001; single-channel color video with sound, 3:36 min.; Courtesy the artist, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco; © 2009 Mads Lynnerup
Joe Sola, Studio Visit (still), 2005; single-channel color video with sound, 8 min.; Courtesy the artist and Bespoke Gallery, New York; © 2009 Joe Sola
Taking a behind-the-scenes look at art production, The Studio Sessions explores the theme of the artist in conversation, turning the dialogue about one's art into the subject of the work itself. Professional situations in which artists introduce their ideas and answer questions — studio visits, artist talks, TV appearances — are usually considered secondary to making or showing work. In these humorous, conceptually driven works, artists adapt or subvert these forms of presentation in order to reflect on their process, engaging in a larger discussion about the roles of promotion and audience reception in art. Performance-based videos by Kevin Atherton, General Idea, Christian Jankowski, Mads Lynnerup, and Joe Sola offer insights about the realities of being an artist.