[mix tape] Chicago Artist: Man Bartlett’s “Music I Make Art To”

May 6, 2009


Man Bartlett’s mix tape
icon (available via iTunes):

1.  River of Life / The Yes Song – Mia Doi Todd

2.  Blue Ridge Mountains – Fleet Foxes

3.  Flowing Water  -  Guan Pinghu

4.  Only Skin – Joanna Newsom

5.  Lightfield (In Consonance)  – Glenn Branca

6.  Baltihorse – Dan Deacon

7.  Willow – Joan Armatrading

8.  New Grass – Talk Talk

9.  When We Fall  – Grouper

10.  Our Last Night Together – Arthur Russell

11.  Constants Are Changing – Boards of Canada

About the mix tape

the type of art i create requires that i be in a meditative state for extended periods of time as there is a high level of repetition involved.  this mix represents mostly songs from albums that i listen to in their entirety, but together they represent the world i live in while making art.

missing is beethoven’s 9th symphony.  while probably the most listened to of all, not particularly mix-friendly.

to see my work online you can visit: http://www.manbartlett.com, and if you’re in chicago area may 8th you can see it in person: http://www.manbartlett.com/shows/transmission/index.html

From the artist’s webpage:


Through appropriated objects, painting, works on paper, photography, video, sound installation and scent, Transmission presents an exhibition of recent work by Man Bartlett that celebrates the gallery space as a living temple to post-minimalist, meditative art.

Additional spheres of influence include Wolfgang Laib, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Serra, ancient Qin music, numerology, alchemy and contemporary mysticism.


Son to figurative painter Bo Bartlett, Man was born in Philadelphia. He has lived and worked in Boston, Chicago, and Brooklyn, NY and holds a B.A. from Emerson College. This will be his third exhibition at FLATFILEgalleries, and his second solo show there. Bartlett’s work is included in major private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle, among other cities.

Transmission is a ONE NIGHT ONLY event on Friday, May 8th from 5pm to 9pm. FLATFILEgalleries is located in the West Loop Gallery District of Chicago, at 217 N. Carpenter St. More information can be found at manbartlett.com.

Images (left to right):

The Seven Transmissions (detail). Water, glass, gold leaf. Dimensions variable. 2008-09
Transmission: Pulse (detail). Oil stick and graphite on canvas. 60”x102”. 2008
Nile. Digital Print (edition of 3). 6”x6”. 2008
Earth System (detail). Oil on paper. 18”x18”. 2009

http://nonpretentious.com publishes mix tapes every Wednesday in its [mix tapes] column. Our goal is to create a digital version of trading mixes, sharing music, etc. AND also publicize the work of “common people” (i.e. not superstar celebs but celebs nonetheless) who are doing cool things around the globe.

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One Response to “ [mix tape] Chicago Artist: Man Bartlett’s “Music I Make Art To” ”

  1. revisingproust on June 4, 2009 at 3:07 am

    It's almost as if Lightfield (In Consonance) – Glenn Branca should be on Cocktail Party Physics's mix tape

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