The sheer scope and variety of George Morrison's body of work - intimate paintings and monumental sculptures, pen-and-ink drawing, wooden collage - speaks to intellectual and aesthetic openness wedded to a deep commitment to technique and craft.
The pieces I most closely associated with George Morrison before seeing this exhibition were his later sculptures ― in particular his monumental wood collages and obelisks.…
George Morrison, Cumulated Landscape (detail), 1976, wood, 48 × 120 × 3 in. Courtesy of Minnesota Museum of American Art.
What's So Funny? - With Geoff Tate
Comedian Geoff Tate chats with Levi Weinhagen about depression, writing on stage and the impact being a touring comic can have on your personal life.
About this month's featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:…
Geoff Tate, courtesy of the artist's website
New Media Comics with an Old World Flair for the Uncanny
Online comics have upended a lot of the old rules of the game, but the important ones still remain: connect with friends, don't sell yourself short, and above all, just keep doing the work. Brittney Sabo's done well in her still-young career by holding true to that agenda.
The current social media-driven age of online comics has upended or even eliminated a lot of the old rules of the game, but the important ones still remain: connect with friends, don't sell yourself short, and above everything else, just keep doing the work.…
All images by Brittney Sabo, courtesy of the artist
Animating Life in the City
The short films collected for "Friction Fiction" offer a diverse survey of global work - from socio-political commentary and first-person narratives to more atmospheric studies. Taken together, they make for an inviting entry point to the range of contemporary work by Black animators.
Though I stopped by Friction Fiction on its opening night a few weeks ago at the Soap Factory, I knew I’d want to come back in order to experience the featured animated films prope…
Still from Tim Portlock's 11th Street Symphony, courtesy of the Soap Factory.
Bookish: No Apologies
Our books columnist is back from a year-end slog and reading up a blue streak: essays by Dana Goodyear and Charles D'Ambrosio, new novels by Dave Eggers and Matt Burgess, plus a slew of books by Joan Silber.
2014 ended as a real slog for me, at least in terms of my reading life.…
A Dance is More Than Intellectual Property
You can (under very specific circumstances) copyright a dance - but is that the best way to protect an artist's "intellectual property"? Freely sharing kinesthetic thought and image is common among dance makers - but it's not an ethos broadly shared in other art forms. Should it be?
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Rosas danst Rosas, performance in 2009. Photo: © Herman Sorgeloos
"Coyote Dreams" in Dark Fairy Tales
Buffalohead’s sweetly drawn woodland creatures inhabit a charming, storybook world that belies the serious challenge just below the surface of the work - on issues of race, gender and the complex tangle of pop imagery and Native culture.
Julie Buffalohead’s coyotes are more domesticated than the ones from the early Nat…
Julie Buffalohead, If You Make This World Bad and Ugly, acrylic, ink, and graphite on mulberry paper, 2014. Image courtesy of Bockley Gallery.