Excuse Me, Thank You, Pardon Me, I'm Trying to Dance

Brackett Creek Exhibitions is pleased to present our Summer 2021 group exhibition: Excuse Me, Thank You, Pardon Me, I’m Trying to Dance. The exhibition was spread over two sets of dates: June 26–July 31 and August 6– September 6, 2021 and took place at two venues about 40 miles outside of downtown Bozeman, Montana.

The title comes from the song, “How RU Plush (Ft. Regularfantasy)” by D. Tiffany which features a sample of a woman’s voice saying, “Excuse Me, Thank You, Pardon Me, I’m Trying to Dance.” Upon hearing the sample for the first time, visiting artists and friends would mistakenly attribute the voice to Tessa. It both sounded like her and registered as something she would yell to anyone within shouting distance. Responses of laughter, singing, and dancing (in the car) always followed. At Brackett Creek we’re here to get each other excited about what we’re doing individually and as part of a larger community; to metaphorically dance with intention is the best way to get all the freaks on the dance floor, and we got a whole bunch of friends, peers, and neighbors, including the 18 artists in the show that we love, to see dance.

In lieu of a formal press release we have asked each artist/friend to complete a questionnaire, answers as follows:

Best wishes,
Matt and Tessa

Questions (answered by correlating number below):
1. Name of the artwork(s)?
2. When did you start it (them) and complete it (them)?
3. Where did you make it (them)?  
4. Where do you live?
5. What do you eat for breakfast?
6. Is there a specific inspiration or reference for the work?
7. When did you first visit Brackett Creek?
8. Favorite time of year?
9. Does music play a role in your practice?
10. Favorite fashion trend?

Kyle De Lotto

1. Mothers, Sons and Misa
2. I made a couple studies for the mural in my studio in Los Angeles, but it all went out the window when I got to Montana. We primed the ground on Monday 8/2/21. I started painting on Tuesday 8/3 and finished on 8/5.
3. I made the painting on site @ Brackett Creek.
4. I live in Los Angeles aka LA aka the City of Angels.
5. I don’t usually eat breakfast. I like working in the morning and food takes my edge away. If I went for a longer run I’ll eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
6. The work is inspired by the location and references a number of real life events that occurred during the making of the work.
7. I first visited Brackett Creek in 2016 or 2017.
8. Fall
9. I used to listen to music when I worked, but now I prefer silence.
10. 2nd hand / vintage 4 lyfe.

Lee Freeman

1. Stolen from Pompeys Pillar 1 & Stolen from Pompeys Pillar 2
2. September 2019
3. Montana
4. New York City
5. Oranges when I’m feeling rich
6. Communicating with the world
7. October 2016
8. Here and now
10. Dressed for the weather

Jamal Gunn Becker

1. Mirror, Mirage, Marriage, 2020
2. It was Autumn / Winter of last year.
3. This specific piece was created upon a decommissioned fence line, up in a ridge beyond the gallery.
4. Currently residing in Southwestern Montana.
5. Chorizo with bacon, sriracha and eggs... Coffee, black over ice.
6. Traversing the land, this work provides a sort of visual road map of the terrain I’ve covered.
7. March of last year, right at the top of the pandemic.
8. No favorites.
9. Not really...
10. Trends? Not a fan.

Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli

1. Not sure yet! [A Wait Upon the World, In the Library, The Long Road to Jan. 20, 2021]
2. mid 2020- mid 2021
3. Missoula, MT
4. Missoula
5. Granola, fruit & yogurt
6. Curtains
7. Last year
8. Fall
9. Sometimes
10. Anything that’s comfortable!

Johanna Jackson

1. green jar stoppered with a cherry; Black jar stoppered with unwhole oranges and mother and baby snakes
2. 2021 , the black jar is not quite complete
3. Portland, OR
4. Portland, OR and Topanga, CA
5. matcha with fresh squeezed almond milk and a pickled egg. Today. Many days.
6. I’m thinking a lot about the partial and the whole, objects that are fragments, objects that are complete, objects that are assemblage and always, containment.
7. April 2021
8. This time
9. Vibrations do
10. Seriously they are all good

Ellen Khansefid

1. Gumshoe #1 and Gumshoe #2
2. I started these in February 2021 and completed them on March 20, 2021 (Nowrooz)
3. I made them in my studio in Glassell Park, Los Angeles
4. I live between Silverlake and East Hollywood in Los Angeles
5. I usually eat berries, soymilk, flaxseed, walnuts, and dates in the morning in some form
6. I was actually writing Matt Chambers a birthday card (Feb 23) in my studio and doodled a shoe on the front of the card. I liked the shoe and moved forward with the image, so it’s appropriate that the paintings ended up here
7. I first visited Brackett Creek in September 2019
8. I like the summer
9. I listen to dogshit pop music on repeat for hours when I’m making anything, so yes
10. I like when girls dress up like demons from fashion nova I guess. That or western stuff but I don’t think that was ever not fashionable

Robert Kieswetter

1. I Smiled At The Judge; Frondward; Mr. Steve’s Tight Five; A Pinnacle Without A Sigh
2. Mr. Steve’s Tight Five + A Pinnacle Without A Sigh 2019; Frondward 2020; I Smiled At The Judge 2021
3. I got in the habit of bringing a travel paint set on the road. I’ve tried to diligently make little paintings during tour downtime, in the back of the van, in greenrooms, in the recording studio. I believe Mr. Steve’s Tight Five and A Pinnacle Without A Sigh were made in Mexico City, where I was performing a new original score for the film Alien at the Teatro Angela Peralta. Over the course of the pandemic, I’ve been able to establish more of a stationary practice, carved out a home-based studio or sorts. The newer works are often made in the yard.
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Lately we’ve been on a hash brown kick!
6. The beauty, humor and heartbreak of the liminal. The work is a foolhardy attempt to catch and cling to some transient element of experience. That critical section of the wave of the day, the homesick rural vista at 80mph, the genesis of a fart joke...
7. June 2017
8. Fall. Late season south swells, crowds recede, air cools down, water’s still warm, pineapple guavas ripen.
9. Yeah, a tricky one! I’m a musician by trade, and consequently I sometimes find that music’s value/utility can become obscured. Fortunately, painting/drawing, seems to allow me to answer questions/start conversations that I’m unable (or unwilling) to, musically--which in turn leads me to fresh interrogations of music’s potential!
10. Navy Blue :)

Brian Lotti

1. Road bend; Valley glow
2. These were both painted the same day the first time I visited the BCE compound, August 2018
3. Brackett Creek, painted in basically the same spot at the end of the upper driveway looking down and up Horsey Crik road.
4. In the studio
5. Blueberry smoothie
6. Brackett C
7. Summer 2018
8. Fall/Winter
9. Music is the wind for my sails.
10. Levi blue jeans

Tyler Macko

1. Soft Hair
2. I found the produce box that makes up the majority of the shape/background walking the dog maybe 6 months ago. Then it hung on the wall of the studio for a couple months half way done. Until it settled into itself. Maybe at the beginning of May I started working on it everyday until the day I left for Montana. The oil is probably still wet.
3. Dayton, Ohio
4. Dayton, Ohio
5. A couple eggs and avocado on an english muffin also a cup of coffee
6. Most works tend to be as vague or as specific as the viewer wants to be
But for this one personally I was thinking a lot about the theorized “Soft Hair” on the edges of blackholes and how it may have the ability to hold a memory of the things that have been sucked into it. I also have been eating lunch at a park near the studio that has five Adena burial mounds in it.
7. Fall of 2020. There was snow
8. Sometimes spring, sometimes fall
9. I usually listen to music in the afternoon as a kind of second coffee
10. This


1. Uniclones
2. 2017
3. Mongolia
4. New York
5. Lunch
6. Bicycle rides on Broadway (in lower Manhattan particulary)
7. In the winter of 2021, when i was looking for a bear
8. the [free] fall
9. Hell yes. Everything we do is music.
10. yet to come

Georgia McGovern

1. 307 Clinton, Untitled (Blue), Untitled (Guston Window), Caspar Window, and Stained Glass.
2. I started Untitled (Blue) at the end of 2019, and I completed it in 2021. Untitled (Guston Window) was made in 2020. The small works I started and finished in 2021.
3. In my studio in Redhook, Brooklyn.
4. In Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Brandon, VT.
5. Coffee and sourdough pancakes with avocado, sunflower sprouts, anchovies, tomato, or other seasonal vegetables. Sometimes the pancake has peanut butter and butter on it instead.
6. I reference the varying types of architecture in my neighborhood, the accumulated pollution, dust, and weathering in cities, parks, plants, building materials, and the forgotten and small interstitial or liminal spaces in between places. Once I started painting specific buildings and windows, I remembered a series of window paintings by Caspar David Freidrich and a lecture that I saw in grad school by Sabine Rewald (curator/art historian). Her talk was about the specific era of paintings of interiors from the early 19th century, and the influence Caspar David Freidrich had on this new subject matter. These paintings showed windows straight on, and depicted pastoral and urban views and the context of their creator’s lives. My paintings don’t really show what’s in front of or through the windows but rather the details of the surface.
7. Summer and Winter. I like the extreme seasons.
8. I love music and I love when artists reference music in their work. One of my favorite painters, John Lees, who I had as a teacher in grad school has this incredible painting of a river which he titled Monk’s Stream based off the Thelonius Monk song, Monk’s Dream. He also made a great painting of the Jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke. I used to listen to music and radio while I painted, but I realized recently that I work better without it. Background noise is something I am currently detoxing from in the studio.
10. I like when people make their own clothes. As part of an ongoing project, the artist Andrea Zittel has been designing and making a yearly uniform that she wears daily to free herself from the myriad options of a modern wardrobe, and society’s expectations to wear something different everyday. I like this project for its simplicity and how far Andrea has gone with it. She started the project in the 90’s and is still performing it today. In some ways I keep up with a uniform of some sorts. I tend to only wear one style of boot. I love leather shoes, especially chelsea style boots. I have five pairs of leather boots that look very similar. But to me they are very different and each pair serves a different purpose. One pair is waterproof, another pair has a higher heel, another pair are lighter because they don’t have a leather sole and instead have rubber (I wear these in the summer)...etc. I also find the Gorp Core trend kind of interesting in that it is referencing technical utilitarian clothing, and gear designed for specific outdoor use. I hope that by association the people subscribing to this trend also increase their exposure and appreciation of the outdoors.

Amy Pleasant

1. Untitled (Feet I) and Untitled (Feet II)
2. I arrived at Brackett Creek on June 16th and spent four or five days making large scale, ink drawings in the studio. Once these were completed, we started dying canvas with indigo and black dyes and preparing the screens from the drawings I had made. During the second week we began printing on the canvases, ultimately stretching the two for the exhibition in the barn.
3. All the work was made in the studio at Brackett Creek. We worked on several screenprint projects and chose two of them for the exhibition.
4. Birmingham, Alabama
5. Only coffee at first. I don’t like to eat right away. I love to take boiled eggs to the studio to have mid-morning. However, my favorite breakfast is in the summer when tomatoes are in season. I toast an English muffin and spread cream cheese on it, then top with a juicy slice of heirloom tomato, sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper and if I have some, a little bit of chopped basil. That is the taste of summer.
6. All my work is inspired by forms of writing and repetitive gesture. The image of the foot is one that weaves in and out of my studio. I find it a powerful image that can represent a range of states of being; dancing/fleeing, propelling/retreating, following/leading. In the works made at BCE, images of feet are in motion which create a rhythm as they move across the surface of the canvas, marking time.
7. This was my first visit and I can’t wait to return.
8. This is a tough one because I live in a very hot and humid place where “summer” can seem endless. I love Fall because the cool, crisp air signals in a comfort that refreshes the mind and body. However, I would have to pick Spring because I garden. There is nothing like the garden waking up. Every morning I stroll through with my coffee to see what is emerging. It is what you wait all year for.
9. It does in the sense that I like to listen to music in the studio sometimes. It depends on the day though and what I am working on. Often, I like silence in the studio and can find music distracting.
10. Sneakers

Kelsie Rudolph

1. Vessel I - III
2. Started in June finished in July 2021
3. My studio at the Archie Bray Foundation
4. Helena, MT
5. Egg - any which way
6. I’m enjoying exploring a balance between the obviously utilitarian nature of a vessel and the sculptural aspect it can have at the same time.
7. Summer 2020
8. Fall is good
9. I enjoy music occasionally while I work but it isn’t necessary or influential on my practice or the works.
10. Wearing a robe to get the mail

Joshua Schwartz

1. The Screw, Bozeman
2. The Screw in general is an ongoing version of hospitality. The Screw Bozeman was made the week leading up to the show’s opening.
3. Right there at Brackett Creek.
4. New York
5. Bananas
6. Whenever you stop thinking - that’s The Screw.
7. 2018
8. Summa
9. Tangentially of course
10. Don’t care for them

Diana Tremaine

1. Synergy & Trajectorial Memory
2. Synergy - 2017/18; Trajectorial Memory - 2021
3. I painted them both in my studio Southwest of Bozeman
4. Southwest of Bozeman, furthest possible distance from BCE without leaving Gallatin Valley!
5. If Graham isn’t cooking, not much... protein bar at best!
6. The two paintings are opposite in their inspiration. Synergy is about contained energy pushing against all it’s edges - the moment before it explodes. Trajectorial Memory is about explosive energy, reaching and transformative.
7. When did Matt first move here? Probably the following summer.
8. Fall. Green grass is gone. Stormy is manageable. Riding is limitless.
9. Yes, but no classical. Whatever pumps me up or invites a deep dive. Robert Plant or First Aid Kit could be book ends.
10. Cowboy boots with everything — even my wedding dress.

Phil Wagner

1. Untitled, 2021 (Hood 1, Hood 2, Hood 3)
2. May 14 May 15
3. Clyde Park (BCE)
4. LA
5. Espresso
6. Jamal Gunn Becker
7. May 12, 2021
8. Fall
9. Yes, when it’s on
10. Art made from car hoods

Ashley Wertheimer

1. Fraught with Fix, Finite Foresight, and Towards Reason
2. I started the first one (Towards Reason, which is the grid-like piece) in January and gradually the second two in March and worked on them through May 2021
3. I made them while crammed in a bedroom converted into a studio in my home.
4. I live in Montana on a remote cattle and sheep ranch, forty five minutes away from the closest town of 700 people.
5. Currently, I’m really into homemade oatmeal with yogurt and seeds and nuts and fruit and goji berries.
6. I’m really motivated by color interaction, and, although I’m working with tufted yarn, the works are influenced by painting. Each piece takes inspiration from the tactility of the life and landscape that surrounds me.
7. In August of 2020 to check out Matt’s work in the barn and the group show in the gallery.
8. Spring when all the wild flowers start popping up.
9. Yeah, it inevitably dictates color choices and form when I’m working on drawings, but I don’t necessarily rely on it as a tool to inspire. I’ll go from ambient and ethereal to Ethiopian jazz sprinkled with a little bit of Brian Eno and Aldous Harding.
10. Small batch, ethically/ sustainably produced clothing- I like that it’s a “thing”.

Wally Whitehurst

1. Untitled
2. I started the largest of the three last summer in Montana.
3. I finished them all in the past few months at my house in Kingston, NY.
4. Between Kingston and Brooklyn, NY
5. Coffee and a smoothie
6. I was thinking about different textile traditions. I wanted to achieve the kind of tactility and warmth you get from weaving and embroidery.
7. Four years ago. The tile hadn’t been done yet and the gallery was just a shed. It’s been amazing watching the place grow, and such a privilege to be a part of it!
8. Summer at Brackett Creek, fall in the Catskills
9. I listen to a lot of music while I work, usually ambient or new agey stuff. It helps establish a mindset that’s more gentle, and encourages patience when things get frustrating.
10. Western Wear Wednesday?