Since 2015, the Joan Mitchell Foundation has collaborated with Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) to present the CALL/VoCA Talks. This artist interview series highlights the voices of artists who have participated in the Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program. The artists are interviewed by curators, conservators, and other arts professionals. A video recording of each interview is made available after the talk.
The Fall 2017 line-up of CALL/VoCA Talks featured four unique New York-based artists: Gwen Fabricant, Mario Martinez, Tara Sabharwal, and Marcos Dimas. In these conversations, Gwen touches upon many of the themes and aesthetic concerns that shape her creative practice, such as her preoccupation with light, nature, and the passage of time; Mario re-grounds his work within his cultural background as a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, while providing insight into his process and approach to abstract painting; Tara reflects on the link between her life and her art, the defining moments integral to her development, and her desire to recapture an early childhood memory; Marcos speaks about how his art and advocacy work dovetail, and looks back at a career spent building alternative spaces and models of community involvement in NYC.