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.
Use Your Illusion
Sean Smuda on Eric Frye's series for Midway Contemporary Art on "compositional epistemologies," an erudite survey of the fusion of technology, composition and performance exploring the intersections of time, knowledge, self-hood and sonic space.
Eric Frye’s modular synth performance at Midway Contemporary Art last March totally did it for me.…
All photos by Sean Smuda. (Dedicated to Hito Steyerl)
A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own
Beloved MN expat and NYT media critic, David Carr, died February 12, 2015. This quote from a 2008 interview for Mn Artists feels both poignant and apt: "I now inhabit a life I don't deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end any time soon."
Editor's note: David Carr died suddenly February 12, 2015. We'll sorely miss reading him.…
Photo of David Carr by Ryan Pfluger (drawn from the New York Times website)