Interview With Delita Martin

By Jesse Butcher

Delita Martin, Photo by Joshua Asante

Delita Martin, Photo by Joshua Asante

Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and a MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formally a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin is currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press. Working from Oral traditions, vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration; Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse. Her process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collaging, and painting techniques allow her to create portraits that fuses the real and the fantastic. In her work, she combines signs and symbols to create a visual language. By fusing this visual language with oral storytelling, she offers other identities and other narratives for women of color. Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently Martin’s work was included in the State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now. An exhibition that included 101 artists from around the United States. She was also included in International Review of African American Art as one16 African American artists to watch who are gaining national and international attention in 2015. More information about the artist you can be found at www.blackboxpressstudio.com.

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Art is Long and Time is Short: At the Intersection of Art and Community

No.88

By Jared Butler

Image: Samantha Hill and Ed Woodham at the lake sanctuary in Georgia. Photo by Samantha Hill

Image: Samantha Hill and Ed Woodham at the lake sanctuary in Georgia. Photo by Samantha Hill

 

To lift a weight so heavy,

Would take your courage, Sisyphus!

Although one’s heart is in the work,

Art is long and Time is short.

Charles Baudelaire, “Le Guignon” (Bad Luck, 1857)

Arguably this summer’s most provocative arts-related story in Georgia, the breakdown of the Macon Arts Alliance’s (MAA) Mill Hill Artist Residency Program was, to say the least, a disappointment.

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Interview with Patricia Lee Daigle, Director of the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

By Jesse Butcher

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Patricia Lee Daigle

 

How did you become a curator/gallery Director?

I’ve loved art and museums since I was a child, but it wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I wandered into the curatorial world. Maybe it was the recession or just a desire for change, but I felt this urgent need to develop skills beyond those traditionally garnered in academia.

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Living in an Imagined Future: Queering the Southern Artistic Narrative, A Call to Arms

No.88

By Liz Clayton Scofield

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Kalup Linzy, “Art Jobs and Lullabies” (detail), 2016, video suite 3, music video.

The Southern queer narrative is often one of migration. Get out when you can. Go to California, New York, Portland. (I did actually go to Portland. It was short lived.) Artists often echo this narrative.

 To be a Southern queer artist,

to be Elsewhere,

to be living in an Imagined Future.

An Apparition.

All my life I’ve been trying to leave the South, and I just keep getting pulled back in. I grew up in a rural town in Tennessee, and despite dreaming of my escape to a Northeastern college, somehow ended up spending my coed years in Nashville. My assumptions about myself and the place proved wrong.

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Michi Meko: Navigating Contemporary Art

No.88

By Sara Lee Burd

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Michi Meko, Photograph by Terrell Clark

Atlanta-based artist Michi Meko remembers the fear he experienced when he learned that being black meant following certain rules to make other people comfortable. “When you are a black teenage boy there is a moment where your elder will tell you how to survive your daily life. This is how you interact with cops, where to go, how to act. There are instructions for your survival.”

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