“The Trump L’Oeil Olé!” SOFT REGARDS: INSTALLATION BY ELENA HARVEY COLLINS AND LIZ ROBERTS Weston Art Gallery DEC. 9, 2016–JAN. 29, 2017. A Déjà Revue by Regan Brown

“I read a theory once that the human intellect was like peacock feathers. Just an extravagant display intended to attract a mate. All of art, literature, a bit of Mozart, William Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and the Empire State Building just an elaborate mating ritual. Maybe it doesn’t matter that we have accomplished so much for the […]

The Unbearable Lightness of Neon: Anthony Luensman’s “C A M P G R O U N D” at the Cincinnati Art Museum. A New Year’s Rumination

I. Man Versus Human Nature. “C A M P G R O U N D evokes a billboard one may still discover along a country highway. It advertises with the familiar vacation icons of tire swings and sparking campfires. The animated sign promises outdoor escape and primitive comfort against the massive holdings and complexities of […]

Anthony Luensman: C A M P G R O U N D Video and Interview

Anthony Luensman: C A M P G R O U N D

The Burden of Violence

by Regan Brown The Burden of Violence: Todd Pavlisko’s “Crown” at the Cincinnati Art Museum through June 15th. I. Shoot to Thrill. “At 7:45pm I was shot in the left arm by my friend. The bullet was a copper jacket  .22 long rifle. My friend was standing about 15 feet from me.” ―Chris Burden, “Shoot”, […]

Fifty Shades of Slave.

Fifty Shades of Slave. by Regan Brown I. From Freedom to Bondage in the Blink of an I. ” ‘Master thyself, then others shall thee beare/ 
Pull down thy vanity”. —Ezra Pound “Canto 81”. “I try to keep a lid/ On my crazy id/ I don’t know what I did/ Let go my ego!” —Dead […]

The Emperor’s Contemporary Clothes: Contemporary Art as Temporary Con

The Emperor’s Contemporary Clothes: Contemporary Art as Temporary Con. by Regan Brown I. This Page Left Intentionally Blank. II. To bleed or not to bleed? A Trickster’s Yip Echoes in Plato’s Cave. “Cage described Rauschenberg’s white paintings as ‘airports for the lights, shadows, and particles…’ “. —James Pritchett from “Writings on Cage”. [1] “To Whom […]


EAT YOUR IDYLLS! “The Art of Food” at the Carnegie through March 21, 2013. by Regan Brown “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” ―William Blake from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” “Let them eat cake!” ―a quote erroneously attributed to Marie Antoinette. “The fury and cruelty of the French mob […]

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Of Magic Mushrooms and Mushroom Clouds: A Merrily Alchemical Christmas from the Lloyd Library and Museum.

Of Magic Mushrooms and Mushroom Clouds:  A Merrily Alchemical Christmas from the Lloyd Library and Museum.  “One of the premier scientific and cultural libraries in the world.”                                                   ―Nicholas P. Money, Miami […]


“Controlled Chaos”  Tyler Shields at Miller Gallery: October 12 – October 26, 2012 by Regan Brown “To be a performance artist, you have to hate theatre. Theatre is fake: there is a black box, you pay for a ticket, and you sit in the dark and see somebody playing somebody else’s life. The knife is […]

Mediating Matrices and Meditations on a New Media: Built in the Digital World: Kimberly Burleigh, James Duesing, Derrick Woodham and McCrystle Wood: at Weston Art Gallery June 15 – August 31, 2012

  By: Regan Brown Photographs courtesy of Weston Gallery “. . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and […]

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Grim Fairy Tales: “Panjereh (Window)” New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie Northside June 9th through 30th 2012

By: Regan Brown Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner   “The Valley of Understanding: Here we all choose a different way and different rules to disobey.” ― from The Conference of the Birds (منطق الطیر‎) by Peter Sís (adapted from Farid ud-Din Attar) [ 1 ] My first of several consecutively less disfigurative “windows” onto […]

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Dearly De-parted: Airstream: New Work by Peter Haberkorn at Prairie

“The Bambi [Airstream model of 1960] is a machine for living and traveling, the sort of industrialized, rationalized vessel that had long been the dream object of modernist architects, from Le Corbusier to Buckminster Fuller.” – Christian Larsen, curatorial assistant, MOMA. [1] The aluminum-clad Airstream travel trailer conjures up a virtual cavalcade of nostalgic American archetypes, […]

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