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A Frolicsome Journey Through Harmon’s Make-a-Do

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A Frolicsome Journey Through Harmon’s Make-a-Do

By Lisa Williamson     The title of a show is our introduction to the artist’s work, the selling point to the end-product, an enticement to tease the imagination prior to entering a space or experience. In the case of Erin Harmon, the title is a loose flap that intermittently reveals hints of a self-generative…

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Editorial: Issue 97

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Editorial: Issue 97

By Kris Bespalec-Davis   Objects and images, preserved in archives, or immaterial and memorialized in the annals of memory: these are Relics.   They are evocative, even provocative, and, through miraculous belief, these cultural traces and markers of personal identity persevere. They channel people, places, events, and ideas from the recent and distant past. They…

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Interview: Mike Stasny

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Interview: Mike Stasny

By Maria McDowell     Mike, tell me again about your dad’s favorite brick! My dad loves this brick he got from the old Chicago White Sox stadium, Comiskey Park, when they tore it down in 1990. He created a lot of wonderful memories inside that park, and he’s proud to have that brick that represents…

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Mel Ziegler: Activated Artifacts

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Mel Ziegler: Activated Artifacts

By Sara Lee Burd     Sitting in Mel Ziegler’s studio, I see a display case filled with his collection of mass-produced souvenirs mixed with a bounty of rocks, sticks, and other natural wonders he has collected. It sits as a kind of reliquary for sentimental objects that inform his practice. The assemblage reflects Ziegler’s…

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Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

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Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

By Beauvais Lyons   More than 5,000 years ago, curious mammals with the body of a raccoon and a broad head and horns resembling those of a bull traveled in packs as they roamed the woodlands and fields of Tennessee. Today, we recognize these creatures as the bull-raccoon or what zoologists refer to as Taurus…

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Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

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Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

By Liz Scofield     “I choose to believe in magic,” I say, “Why not? It’s as real and not real as anything else. As you, or me.” I am folded into her, tucked into a dark corner of a bar. I like when a babe can hold my softness. “Why not choose more beauty?…

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Slides and Relics

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Slides and Relics

By Kerr Houston     Let’s begin by imagining a scene. In a solemn, darkened chamber, an expectant crowd gazes upward. The general mood might be called reverential. Above glows a rich golden amber light that seems imbued with a distinct power, an ability to dissolve earthly limits or to embody other worlds. And now…

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Little Happy Teeth Around the World – A Comic Travelogue

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Little Happy Teeth Around the World – A Comic Travelogue

By Rylan Thompson   Almost nine years ago, my wife Susan and I were married and set off on a six-month honeymoon around the world. Funded mostly by our wedding attendees, we departed Chicago and visited Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, China, U.A.E., Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. I decided to document…

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Passing

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Passing

By Adrienne Brown-David     My current work focuses on the fleeting nature of black girlhood as it compares to the fleeting nature of bird watching. Each painting is a solitary girl, seemingly unaware of the viewer, completely engrossed in a childlike moment of freedom. These paintings are grouped with drawings of birds, mushrooms, and wildflowers that…

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Color Meditations – A Reliquary

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Color Meditations – A Reliquary

By Sue Fox     Times are tough. Everything seems difficult and downright frustrating…politics, the environment, social media, traffic. The constant push to go faster, smarter, and more efficient is taking me to a tipping point. I make art to escape the hard, to embrace a moment with the simplicity and complexity of color, and…

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