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Review: Safe-Keeping – An Exploration of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family at The CMPLX

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Review: Safe-Keeping – An Exploration of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family at The CMPLX

By Pete Hoffecker Mejía     The CMPLX in Memphis, Tennessee, is fast becoming a spot for exhibitions that consistently challenge and provoke the viewer. Operated by The Collective (CLTV), this group of Black artists and culture workers have utilized their combined energies to create a space for the uplifting of critical voices that reflect…

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Review: Tributaries: Jill Baker Gower – Reflection

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Review: Tributaries: Jill Baker Gower – Reflection

By Katie Lothrop     Consumer culture dictates identity, for goods are not purchased for functional satisfaction alone. Rather, they can be procured as a means of establishing status. Artist Jill Baker Gower uses lace and brooch-like pieces to speak to the female experience and, in doing so, operates through set ideals of female gender…

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Interview: Zipporah Camille Thompson

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Interview: Zipporah Camille Thompson

By Aileen Farshi     The work of visual and sculptural artist Zipporah Camille Thompson transports you from the confines of a gallery into an alternate dimension in outer space. Histories are encapsulated in clay objects and woven textiles that lay before you. Unearthly sculptures-as-artifacts with ornate details share a tale of personal journey and…

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Carl Pope: Leading a Revolution of Self-Honesty

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Carl Pope: Leading a Revolution of Self-Honesty

By Sara Lee Burd     Carl Pope and I sat together for four hours. Enjoying each other’s company, we chatted about his art, ate biscuits, and read his book together. I found the man kind, tender, and brilliant. The acclaimed artist is known for his meticulous installations, community-based collaborations, and poster projects. Although he…

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Becoming as practice as performance as Becoming: I am the orange, and You Can, Too.

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Becoming as practice as performance as Becoming: I am the orange, and You Can, Too.

Liz Clayton Scofield     It’s like I can’t unsee it. You find meaning in what you assign meaning to. This, I suppose, is the exercise of art.   In some past, an orange was just a citrus fruit that I’d eat sometimes.  Somehow, through some accumulation of decisions and acts, an orange now is…

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Arts, Advocacy and Community: An Interview with Alex Paul Loza

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Arts, Advocacy and Community: An Interview with Alex Paul Loza

  Alex Paul Loza is a Chattanooga based multi-disciplinary artist and educator. His work is focused on social advocacy and community engagement. Alex is the executive director and founder of CLAVA, the Center for Latin American Visual Arts, and sits on the Latin American Advisory committee at the Hunter Museum of American Art. He has…

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Taylor Alxndr Likes Her Queer Pride, Southern Fried

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Taylor Alxndr Likes Her Queer Pride, Southern Fried

By Nicholas Goodly     Southern Fried Queer Pride is one of the fiercest organizations in Atlanta. Created by performer and community activist Taylor Alxndr, SFQP has become a haven for queer people all over the South. Taylor and her team have hosted drag shows, pop-up thrift shops, comedy nights, artist markets, film nights, dance…

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From Crisis to Utopia: Implications of the Future Subjunctive

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From Crisis to Utopia: Implications of the Future Subjunctive

By Gabriella Andino     We communicate our conditions of being through a spectrum of languages and mediums. As limited as language is when it comes to bridging ideas and connecting individuals from different backgrounds, the concept of the contemporary functions as if there is a shared subject position that is equally accessible and capable…

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Living Sideways

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Living Sideways

  “This is the Humpty Dumpty I know,” Neil Hancock says.   We sit before The Comedown, propped up against a wall in his studio. Hancock interprets his own painting to me subjectively. The work may, he says, deal with the starting point of recovery from addiction; however, he recognizes any political readings of the…

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Interview: Rocky Horton

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Interview: Rocky Horton

By Lexie Roland     Rocky Horton is a conceptual artist living and working out of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Mandy Rogers Horton and their four children. On November 25, 2018, Rocky launched a self-declared artist-in-residency through an ad in the Nashville Scene. Over the course of the year, Rocky is creating work in…

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