“But I love to freak.”
“I’ve got an idea—let’s go outside!”
I saw this film the other day, and feel deeply led to share it.
“What is amazing—wax is made by bees that have never seen the light. But they have been nourished by light. Pollen is, so to speak, materialized light. And they have the ability to free the light they have ingested, making snow white wax. It is really a big wonder. And then, man can collect this wax, make candles, and—in the dark period of the year, towards Christmas—he can free the light again from the wax in the bee.” —Molecular biologist Dr. Johannes Wirz
Prism of Reality is a limited edition, daring new magazine out of Los Angeles, lovingly printed by my longtime collaborator, Artforum contributor Travis Diehl. Its Issue 1 features four articles, one by myself, and four reviews. I contributed “Diamond Dust et al.: A Monologue on Materials,” a consideration of the artist’s relationship to materials in art-making, musing on Damien Hirst, Dario Robleto, The Golden Spike, and New Orleans artist Muffin Bernstein. I also had the privilege of contributing to editing phases of the manuscript.
Travis did a great job, and has produced something uniquely “him”– P.O.R. is knowing, fresh, and limits-pushing. It’s no wonder Art21 Blog and Notes on Looking have taken notice. Travis’ consciousness of the magazine’s need for a delicacy of images was dealt with elegantly: postcards, the magazine’s illustrations, prettily pleat the pages. You could mail them, but there is a collect-them-all quality that will probably make you want to hold them close (it has me).
What’s more, P.O.R. is a humble $10; the only way to see inside its innovative pages is to support the magazine by purchasing one here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
“One silver lining of the numbing parade of comic-book action movies is how naturally the younger viewing audience tends to embrace the fanciful information and biotechnology involved in such fare, even if they lack a like enthusiasm for calculus.”
Bart Kosko, Essay, “Cheap Cryonic Suspension of Brains,”in This Will Change Everything: Ideas that Will Shape the Future ed. John Brockman
Butter on the Sidewalk at Antenna Auxiliary, 2114 St Claude, New Orleans, Friday, August 10, 6pm-9pm
An outdoor show dealing with the ephemeral.
Featuring the work of
Put together by Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell and Natalie McLaurin
Oil on Aluminum, 16×10 inches
“That’s the role of criticism, of course, to push artists, and art lovers, beyond what they think is possible. And the more you know about an art form, whether architecture or fine craft, the more skeptical you tend to become of its seductive qualities.
“But I recall how affected I was by the work of a leading architect, before I knew very much. I was moved – and what is art for, if not to captivate us?
“The left brain parses and deconstructs, sometimes very impressively. But the right brain feels and wonders, and that instinctive, emotional response matters too.
“I want it both ways: not duped by the shiny object but not impervious to sheer beauty either. Can we have it all?”
Manipulated digital photographs taken in Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC.
GROSS: You said that an artist of any sort in our society and most others is a privileged person, allowed to stand apart from some of the daily grind and supposed to be closer to the gods and to have access to the divine sources of tribal well-being. What’s this, quite a responsibility. And I’m not sure if you think that’s an appropriate way of seeing an artist, or if you think that’s an absurd way to see artists?
“Abstraction In Louisiana featured twenty contemporary Louisiana artists including Wayne Amedee, George Dunbar, Ida Kohlmeyer, Gene Koss and Pat Trivigno in an exhibition at the CAC in 1980. (Curator Terrington) Calas, in his introductory essay stated: ‘We seem, at least now, to need more. We seem to require that our metaphors are more ‘interactional,’ that both an image and its antecedent remain before us; that they both seduce us; that they, in the end, produce some new experience.’” –Visual Arts Department, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans