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Mural Spotting in North Texas

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By Nicole Foran   During our bi-annual family visit to the DFW area to show off our recent weight gains and my son’s increasing vocabulary of profane words, my mother in law insisted on giving us a tour of all the recent murals that had been popping up around Denton, Texas. This entailed strapping my…

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

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No.88 By Jared Butler   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…

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

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No.88 By Liz Clayton Scofield 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…

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Michi Meko: Navigating Contemporary Art

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No.88 By Sara Lee Burd 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…

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Interview with Lance Turner

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No.87 By Jesse Butcher Lance Turner has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles, CA; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, TN; the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, FL; The Southern Nevada Museum of Art in Las Vegas, NV; The…

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Interview with John Powers

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No.87 By Denise Stewart-Sanabria   When you entered the Knoxville Museum of Art’s main entrance during the exhibition Contemporary Focus 2016: John Powers (May 6 – August 7, 2016), you could already hear the sounds emanating from the gallery space. The sounds were not unlike something coming from a vintage horror movie: the voices of…

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Location Location Location

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No.87 By Mike Calway-Fagen For much of the Southern creative community, finding allies engaged in similarly intensive studio curiosities, research, and production can be exceedingly difficult. Of course, these metrics are subjective and some, they are wrong in my opinion, would claim that the South is teeming with artists toeing the lines of their field.

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The Moon is a Tomato: Visiting Dolph Smith at Tennarkippi

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No.87 By: Eileen Townsend   Before I knew Dolph Smith, I knew about his home. It’s named Tennarkippi, so-called for Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, the tri-states where Smith has spent his life as a teacher, painter, paper-maker, bookmaker, and woodworker. Tennarkippi is located in Ripley, Tennessee. It is a slate-grey house with lots of books…

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McLean Fahnestock: Over the Horizon

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No.87 By: Anthony J. Morris   Video and digital media artist McLean Fahnestock is a prodigal daughter of Tennessee who spent a decade in California before her return in 2014. She began her career as an artist working sculpturally with found objects. She created installations of asphalt slabs supported by champagne flutes to generate a…

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Art Either Is or Is Not (Powerful)

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Clare Torina, For Lolita, 18 x 22 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2015

What is or is not art is ineffable. You sit back and let the following images emerge like still frames in a nature-themed screensaver: the Pyramids at Giza. Bernini’s St. Teresa. The ceiling view of the Sistine Chapel. A wall Basquiat painted in the 1980s. Andy Warhol’s shoes. Trojan horse. Venus of Willendorf. A romantic…

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