How to Watch the Sky
Though all of Christopher Baker's latest installations rely on clever use of new technologies, there’s something old-fashioned and deeply humane just under the surface of these works, examining the proliferation of images we create and the machines we use to watch them.
Before Christopher Baker began his art practice in earnest, he studied computational neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.…
Crowdsourced images of the skies above Tel Aviv (part of the collaborative project, Picture Sky), courtesy of HowToWatchtheSky.com.
Freedom in Discipline
Camille LeFevre reports back on the Guggenheim's retrospective exhibition of work by noted abstract painter Agnes Martin, whose restraint and discipline on the canvas offer a much-needed respite in turbulent times.
"To be abstracted is to be at some distance from the material world. It is a form of local exaltation but also, sometimes, of disorientation, even disturbance. Art at its most powerful can induce such a state, art without literal content perhaps most potently.…
Agnes Martin with Level and Ladder, 1960. Photo: Alexander Lieberman, courtesy of J Paul Getty Trust and Guggenheim Museum.
Dickens, Writ Klingon
Rob Callahan talks with the cast of a Star Trek-themed holiday production of the "A Christmas Carol," delivered entirely in Klingon, and gives curious theater-goers the primer they need to go from Scrooge to SQuja'.
So, you hear there's a production of A Christmas Carol going, over on Sa…
Klingon insignia, courtesy of the Star Trek universe.
A Country Large Enough to Hold Both Melancholy and Evanescence
Writer Sheila Packa on the histories, large and small, beautiful and violent but always in flight, in Michelle Matthees' latest collection of poems.
The title of Flucht, Michelle Matthees' book of poems published this year by New Rivers Press, is the German word for flight or escape.…
Jacket art (detail) for Flucht by Michelle Matthees, courtesy of New Rivers Press.
Waves Blown Back: The Golden Age of VHS
Filmmaker Kevin Obsatz ponders slow watching in a streaming age with an essay ranging through Marshall McLuhan, Kubrick, and an education in moving image by way of the neighborhood video store.
“The movie, as much as the alphabet and the printed word, is an aggressive and imperial form that explodes outward into other cultures.”– Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, film chapter…
Carolyn Swiszcz, Plaza (detail) 2003, acrylic, ink, collage. Image courtesy of the artist.
NEMAA Artist Series: A Little Something Beautiful For All
A profile of jewelry designer Karin Jacobson, whose handmade pieces offer a cheerful pop of color and clean-lined style with a mind to affordability and ethical sourcing of materials.
This is the seventh in a sponsored series of articles featuring member artists of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, a non-profit arts organization that works to build a more vibrant, diverse and economically healthy community through the arts.…
Karin Jacobson, origami "folded," oxidized silver pendant.
Anger in the Work of Love
Ben Weaver on the work of activism, love, and putting anger to good use for both as we contemplate the future of ourselves, the land, the wildlife, and the clean water necessary to sustain them all.
There has been a tremendous amount of talk about water in the state of Minnesota recently.…
Mississippi River. Photo courtesy of the author.