September 2019

The Bent and Biologized Bodies of Oktay Ince’s Breakages

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The Bent and Biologized Bodies of Oktay Ince’s Breakages

In my home country, Turkey, the amorphous term “terrorist” has adopted folk-lore speculative projections: from a baklava magnate to journalist dissenters and high school teachers, from professors to artists, the unpredictability of being labeled a “terrorist” blankets all such dissenters who dare problematize the ruling AK Party/President Erdoğan. One such case is that of Oktay […]

IMPACTFUL INTERSECTIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

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IMPACTFUL INTERSECTIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Intersectionality, a deconstructionist critical theory that attempts to identify how different aspects of political and social discrimination overlap and impact marginalized members of our society, is a term that was coined by black feminist scholar, Kimberle’ Williams Crenshaw in 1989. It includes various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, […]

Enduring Attractions: Ritual and Play at the Caza Sikes Gallery

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Enduring Attractions: Ritual and Play at the Caza Sikes Gallery

The Art of the Automaton at Caza Sikes Gallery in Oakley boasts an array of interactive machines designed by seven artists from across the United States. They have honed their craft as builders since childhood, traveling to such places as Bali, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Peru to develop their technique. Works by Dewey Blocksma, Randall […]

The Company You Keep: “Tiger Lily Press 40th Anniversary Exhibition” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, August 3-September 14, 2019

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The Company You Keep: “Tiger Lily Press 40th Anniversary Exhibition” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, August 3-September 14, 2019

Some art work we are likely to do alone, as little outside assistance is required: street photography, for example, or sketching wildflowers in the woods, or singing in the shower. Other types require support systems of various sorts: a string quartet or bronze casting. Artists frequently pool their resources to draw nude models, though they […]

“Emanate”: Light, Time and Art

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“Emanate”: Light, Time and Art

Through October 10-13, the city will roll out the massive, citywide light-based art spectacle BLINK for the second time after a successful first go around in 2017. The outdoor festival, however, isn’t the only attraction that people should gravitate toward to view interesting light-based work. It’s perhaps appropriate that the smaller exhibition, “Emanate,” is featured […]

On Posthuman Ecology and Affective Omnicide: Eros as Excess and Misguided Solution-Building

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On Posthuman Ecology and Affective Omnicide:  Eros as Excess and Misguided Solution-Building

On September 4th, I eagerly trekked to the Brooklyn gallery Art in General in order to attend the opening reception of Caitlin Berrigan’s highly anticipated exhibition, “Imaginary Explosion” (running from September 4 through November 11, 2019). Berrigan, a young artist who has recently graduated from MIT’s video art program, and is currently pursuing a PhD-in-Practice […]

“Fearful Symmetry: A Multimedia Installation by Alice Pixley Young,” Taft Museum of Art, through December 1, 2019

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“Fearful Symmetry: A Multimedia Installation by Alice Pixley Young,” Taft Museum of Art, through December 1, 2019

The name Alice Pixley Young sounded familiar to me, and it should have: I have reviewed her work twice for aeqai: “Looking Glass: Work by Alice Pixley Young” at the now closed PAC Gallery in March 2012 and as a part of “Wounded Home,” a group show at the Lloyd Library and Museum in August 2013. After […]

Fotofolio: Raul Canibano

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Fotofolio: Raul Canibano

Selections from “Tierra Guajira”, “Sunset”, and “Foto Ciudad” About Raul: Raúl Cañibano Ercilla is based in Havana as an advertising photographer. Born in 1961, his work focuses on people and demonstrates the vitality of modern-day Cuban photography. He has exhibited worldwide and won a major prize in Cuba for a project on the life of […]

FRoNKenstein

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FRoNKenstein

FRoNKenstein, iconoclastic artist Robert Fronk’s current show, is a diverse sampling of the many avenues down which Fronk’s talents and inclination have taken him.  The show combines stained glass works which have been painstakingly re-assembled to create new holy/profane images, industrial found object science fiction and fantasy sculptures, and exquisite oil paintings which layer cultural […]

First Edition: A Celebration of the Medium of Printmaking, 1628

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First Edition: A Celebration of the Medium of Printmaking, 1628

It would be difficult to write about artwork being shown at 1628 without a nod first to the space itself. The gallery situated in the 1628 Co-working space is unlike more traditional galleries in that artwork is in direct relationship with those who utilize the space for more than merely viewing art.  The art informs […]

It’s From My Heart

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Alice Weston, farewell: Working with Alice on her book “Remembering” registered deeply with me, as Alice was an elusive character to many. If I were to film her in a series, you would see an impassive expression with piercing eyes looking back at you, into you. Then would come a light in those eyes that […]

Carnegie Center for Art and History: New Albany, Indiana’s Hidden Gem

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Carnegie Center for Art and History:  New Albany, Indiana’s Hidden Gem

“It’s where art meets history.  Where the past finds the future.  Where creativity, community and culture collide in expected ways.  And, it’s where you make a difference.”  Those are the goals of the Carnegie Center for Art and History, located at 201 E. Spring St. in New Albany, Indiana, founded in 1813, with a population […]

Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys”

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“The Nickel Boys” is Colson Whitehead’s follow-up novel to his much praised, Pulitzer-prize winning novel “The Underground Railroad”.  Whitehead appears to have studied and researched the histories of African-Americans in this country, and his newest novel is based upon a kind of reformatory school near Tallahassee, Florida, a product of the Jim Crow South and […]

Tea Obreht’s “Inland”

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Tea Obreht’s second novel, “Inland” , may be even more phenomenal than her superb debut novel, “The Tiger’s Wife”.  Both have appeared within 18 months or so, which, in and of itself, is amazing enough, both are long, sprawling, adventurous novels.  “Inland” is one of this year’s best novels, as we head into the final […]

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s “Fleishman Is In Trouble”

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The reader’s response to Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s novel “Fleishman Is In Trouble”–which, amazingly, has been nominated for The National Book Award– is going to depend upon his or her age, demographic, education, ideology. There’s no doubt that the novel is exceptionally well written, as it purports to explore a very contemporary marriage, or its demise, told […]