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Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma

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Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma

By M Hill   No. 94     Walter Sutin’s Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA February 2 – 25, 2018   Low Five is a queered evaluation of the violence and pleasure derived from a fantasized culture that has forsaken postmodernity; revived slain deities; but cannot withdraw from the…

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Consequences of Media for Life: Becoming Boring

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Consequences of Media for Life: Becoming Boring

By Lisa M. Williamson I enter 57251 into my phone with the message: “Send me bored.” The message I receive is: “We could not find any matches. Maybe try ‘Send me something purple’.” My inner child compels me to type: “Send me (poop emoji).” The image I receive is a small sculpture that has three…

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Notes on Neo-regionalism and Mark Holmes

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Notes on Neo-regionalism and Mark Holmes

“The flatness, event-less-ness, and openness of the surrounding landscape opens a space to go deep.” MH   I’m drawn to art that advocates for the rural – formally and conceptually rigorous work that connects critical texts to geography and categories of communities. In inland America, particularly outside the metroplex, the most memorable projects are contemplative…

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A Painter’s Refusal

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A Painter’s Refusal

In Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” Bartleby, a young, introverted young man, is hired by an attorney to copy law forms. Told from the lawyers perspective it is the story of how Bartleby disrupts the workflow with his odd, peculiar refusal to follow orders, using the phrase: “I would…

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Barry Doupe: Ponytail

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Barry Doupe: Ponytail

Suspending the Story to Tell the Story Review By Matt Christy Ponytail is the moment laughter turns into tortured dry heaving. Ponytail is the Toa Te Ching mixed with vodka and spritzer. Ponytail is an oversized baby that babbles in animal calls and Zen koans. Ponytail is airport boredom. Flounder flavored toothpaste. Acupuncture tit. Burst…

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I Want Candy: Dana Oldfather’s Sugar

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I Want Candy: Dana Oldfather’s Sugar

Red Arrow in Nashville is a sophisticated treat. Review By Joe Nolan I made my first visit to Dana Oldfather’s exhibition of new paintings and prints, Sugar, when I stopped by Red Arrow during the September edition of East Nashville’s Second Saturday East Side Art Stumble.

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The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston

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The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston

The exhibition at The University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford will run September 13, 2016 through January 14, 2017. Review By Amanda Malloy William Eggleston’s use of deeply saturated color and seemingly mundane subject matter may have caused some controversy at the photographer’s premiere exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976, but today…

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Duane Paxson: Malelingue

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Duane Paxson: Malelingue

Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia August 26-October 21, 2016 Review By Dorothy Joiner In 1898, an open letter printed on the front page of the liberal Parisian newspaper l’Aurore began with the words “J’accuse.”   Emile Zola thus began his denunciation of the President of France and of the government for anti-Semitism in the conviction…

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58th Annual Delta Exhibition’ at Arkansas Art Center” by Carolyn Furnish

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58th Annual Delta Exhibition’ at Arkansas Art Center” by Carolyn Furnish

The 58th Annual Delta Exhibition Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR June 10 – August 28, 2016 Review By Carolyn Furnish This year’s juror, Elizabeth Garvey, gleaned 30 artists from 457 entries. In her juror statement, she wrote, “I gravitated to artists who were willing to tell me a story. More often than not, those…

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In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith

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In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, June 12–September 18, 2016 Review By John Duncan Bass In the summer of 1974 Raymond Smith set out from New Haven, Connecticut on a cross-country road trip. Inspired by the iconic work of photographers Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Smith intended to capture a visual record of American…

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