Review: Art in the Pandemic by Stephanie Painter

Review: Art in the Pandemic by Stephanie Painter

Art in the Pandemic   By Stephanie Painter   In a Zoom call, you occupy a box, and you stare out at tenants inhabiting the other poorly lit boxes. Zoom enables communication, but it lacks authenticity. There is some grief in the way of cloistered communications in our off-screen lives as well. My fix for…

Book Reviews: Russian Lit by Scott Zieher

Book Reviews: Russian Lit by Scott Zieher

“In Memory of Memory” by Maria Stepanova “Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922” by Marina Tsvetaeva

Jayne County “Penis Planet” at Institute 193

Jayne County “Penis Planet” at Institute 193

as seen by Jon Sewell.   Dicks.   Shiny, resplendent cocks.   Dicks sneezing. Crossed cocks. Dicks twisted.   Colorful cocks. Dotted dicks. Plentiful popping penises.    It’s a whole world in itself: “Penis Planet” born of visionary artist Jayne County.   Foreskinned, Five-skinned, bat-skinned. 4 cocks with faces snake-like emerging from a feline feminine…

Bronze, Clay, Glass and Amber

Bronze, Clay, Glass and Amber

By Joe Nolan   Brian Siskind and I started the Art Fight Podcast five years ago. Between 2017 and 2021 we curated nearly 120 interviews with contemporary artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, creatives and combatants of all stripes. We talked about the fight to make great art and the art in great fighting. Many of our…

Graves Stones, draft of Book1, by Scott Zieher

Graves Stones, draft of Book1, by Scott Zieher

  GRAVES STONES   (DRAFT OF BOOK ONE)   SCOTT ZIEHER   The writer must direct his sentence as carefully and leisurely as the marksman his rifle. H.D. THOREAU  JOURNALS   Let us send our thoughts to God, Tell them to inquire How much longer it is fated Hangmen rule this world! TARAS SHEVCHENKO THE…

Studio Visit: Rigoletto by the Nashville Opera

by Jon Sewell, April Fool all year long On this April fool’s Day, the story of il buffone Rigoletto calls out the despair of the sad clown. Trying to hide his daughter away from the world only worked for so long, and a studio visit to the Noah Liff Opera Center helped highlight the inescapability…

Alma Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful review by Rob Matthews

“Beauty will save the world.” Dostoevsky expresses this artist statement through the words of the fictional character, Prince Myshkin- the titular character of The Idiot, published in the late 1860s. Myshkin was, in some ways, a stand-in for what Dostoevsky might consider the best version of himself, a “positively good and beautiful man.” The prince…

Questions for the Nashville Opera on the occasion of staging “Das Rheingold”

Questions for the Nashville Opera on the occasion of staging “Das Rheingold”

by Jon Sewell, originally published in Salt38: Love Over Gold, Feb 2022 tickets and more info: https://www.nashvilleopera.org/rheingold   Is Opera cool again? A recent NY Times delves into how the Met is finding a new audience (“Drama! Divas! Dates! A New Generation of Fans Discovers the Opera” Dec 23, 2021)- a younger crowd drawn by…

Editor’s Drip: Blood in the Gas Tank

Editor’s Drip: Blood in the Gas Tank

  by Jon Sewell   Let’s fill it up, y’all. When de La Mettrie, first published Man a Machine (French: L’homme Machine) in 1747 he was extending Descartes’ argument – that animals are machines- to human beings. By extension: what if it all comes down to how numbers work? And what’s behind Number?   How…

Book Review: Joe Nolan on Vesna Pavlović’s “Stagecraft” Monograph

Book Review: Joe Nolan on Vesna Pavlović’s “Stagecraft” Monograph

By Joe Nolan   Images courtesy the artist and Vanderbilt University Press               A new book from Vanderbilt University Press reflects on four exhibitions created by Vesna Pavlović between 1999 and 2019: Hotels, Collection/Kolekcija, Fabrics of Socialism, and Sites of Memory. A Nashville-based photographer and Associate Professor of Studio…