Can We Envision Communities Beyond Place, Beyond Ownership?
Concentrated pockets of power functioning multilaterally and multinationally are required to uphold the dizzying capitalist melee in which we now find ourselves. Likewise, as artists, the impact of our work could be dramatically scaled up by harnessing the benefits of multi-local power.
As a black Minneapolitan, an immigrant living in the U.S., and a self-defined queer artist, I have learned not to find myself in places, but in carving out a response to them.…
Images from Complex Movements' project, Beware of the Dandelions, installation view inside the pods installed at On The Boards in Seattle, Washington, May 2015. Photo courtesy of Complex Movements.
Cheating Death: The Moving Images of Ana Mendieta
Even 30 years after her death, viewed in light of current political battles over women’s autonomy and equality, the silent imagery in Ana Mendieta's film works have never felt more urgent, necessary, and emphatically vocal.
Now at the Katherine E.…
Ana Mendieta, Sweating Blood, 1973 Super 8 film, color, silent. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York.
A Record of the Hand
Rollin Marquette’s new drawings are not studies or plans for specific sculptures. They are more broadly generative and, at once, more particularly drawings, in and of themselves, the latest example of his deep and persistent concern with the powerful and perplexing nature of dichotomy.
Everyone draws. Drawing has been a foundation of the Western art tradition for centuries. Painters sketch compositions and make observational studies. Architects build ideas in two dimensions before and during the making of structures.…
Rollin Marquette, #45, Light and Dark series, charcoal on paper, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Space 369.
In Practice: Choreographer Justin Tornow
Lightsey Darst chats with Justin Tornow, Durham, NC-based choreographer and artistic director of COMPANY, about Merce Cunningham, the pleasure of surprise and angst of passing judgment.
Justin Tornow is a native of North Carolina, currently living in Durham. She earned an MFA in Choreography (2010,) as well as a BA in Choreography and a BA in Political Science (2001) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.…
Justin Tornow. Photo courtesy of COMPANY.
Nurturing Creativity in the Rapidly Shifting Mind
Courtney Gerber takes stock of work underway in Minnesota at the intersection of the arts and dementia care, and calls to artists with a yen for community impact to consider offering their own contributions to the cause.
As luck would have it, that ache in your jaw, the one nagging you all weekend, turns out to be your body’s voice sharing the news of an abscess. An emergency root canal is the response. Annoying, yes, but likely not life-altering; a clear care plan is in place.…
Carrie Thompson, I Hope We Go Together, from a series of photographs documenting her grandmother's care of her grandfather as his Alzheimer's progressed. Courtesy of the artist.
Hmong-Lao/Lao-Hmong Friendship: It's Complicated
Playwrights May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay defy deeply entrenched inter-community divides and glib cultural stereotypes deftly and with wry candor in this new play about the complexities of identity and immigrant life in America.
Sometimes what draws us to each other is much simpler than the complex histories of the identities we are asked to occupy.…
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and May Lee-Yang. Photo: Melissa Vang
Art is Transformation
If the contemporary art world is at sea, adrift on the waves of market forces, then the emerging Common Field aims to moor elsewhere and build a raft that could stay afloat apart from all that — small at first, but with the potential to generate independent power to fuel another, more inclusive and equitable type of art world.
Art is transformation. Art began with transforming a cave wall into an imagined world of people and animals. And art continues to transform materials into new objects, new images that can in turn engender transformation in their viewers.…
Artist Andy Sturdevant and Abigail Statinsky, editor of Phonebook (a national directory of artist run spaces), created this image during a live-mapping project at the closing party for Hand in Glove to visualize connections between Phonebook contributors and audience members.