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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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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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Editorial 98:  Future Past

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Editorial 98:  Future Past

By Sunni Johnso     In David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the demonic inhabitant known as Bob monologued a riddle regarding the “future past” as one totality. Instead of the mutually exclusive idea that we know the past and the future to be, and amongst all the crypticism of the famed series, the combined concept of…

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

by Clay Palmer     Since 2013, ArtsMemphis has awarded grants to working visual artists in Shelby County to support them at a critical juncture in their practice. By doing so, ArtsMemphis encourages growth and artistic development for Memphis as a region and focuses on creating an environment focused on progress and enrichment of the…

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The Sun Never Sets: Mapping Digital-Colonialism

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The Sun Never Sets: Mapping Digital-Colonialism

By Audrey Molloy     Modernity relies on critique to reinvent itself and to justify colonial exploitation, creating new hybrids and paradoxes and finding new ways to look at the world and our relationship to the past. — Irmgard Emmelhainz, “Decolonization as the Horizon of Political Action” (2016)   Despite contemporary verbiage that posits the…

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One Can Indeed Not Account

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One Can Indeed Not Account

By Bailey Romaine     “…there are many difficulties to be reckoned with in the recollection of things.” – W.G. Sebald[1]   The California sea hare, a variety of sea slug, lives in the intertidal zone – the strip where land and sea meet. When the tide goes out the sea hare moves gelatinously along…

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Casus

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Casus

By Stephanie DeMer     $2M+ Major Sales and Loan Transactions_11-2017 BELMONT INFRACO LLC THE BELMONT ARIZONA COMPANY LLC LKY REAL ESTATE BELMONT LLC MT LEMMON HOLDINGS LLC BELMONT INFRACO LLC   The language of survival and of the future is parceled by transactions,  partnerships and percentage controls of vacant land.  In some not-so-dark corners…

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Warped

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Warped

By Talia Moscovitz     From the age of 14, I have been an active witness to the sudden seizure and slow retreat of time as my mother experienced it; as her memories overlapped, I have retraced her life along with her. Time was a tide that both receded into the distance and flooded the present.   These photographs…

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Pulse (Five ways of looking at my grandfather’s dog tags from the Great War)

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Pulse (Five ways of looking at my grandfather’s dog tags from the Great War)

by Gloria Ballard     Treasure. In a back corner of a drawer of a desk that had come from my father’s parents’ house, there was a small cardboard box, gritty with dust from years of waiting idly, untouched. Inside the box were two military dog tags tied together on a stained, brown cord. The…

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Witch Bottles and Satellites

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Witch Bottles and Satellites

By Jesse Ring     Witch Bottles, stoneware vessels used in 17th century England to place protective spells and block incantations of ill will, are complex relics that serve as both functional craft and decorative art object. When used to contain an ephemeral magic relic, the physicality of the bottle gives the elusive magic a…

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