Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Karin Mamma Andersson

Being an artist is to go around in circles
in different directions.
~ Karin Mamma Andersson

Sweden's Karin Mamma Andersson calls figurative painting and drawing her "first language" but also hard work. In her 2015 interview below, which includes a generous number of her remarkable artworks, Andersson talks about her artistic sensibility, her approach to her work, which she likens to an archeological dig, and her creative development.

(Andersson was interviewed in Stockholm, where she lives and works, by Christian Lund for the Louisiana Channel.)

Internationally recognized, Andersson is the recipient of a Carnegie Art Award (2006), has exhibited in the Venice Biennale (2003, Nordic Pavilion), and shown her work in Ireland, Germany, Norway, England, the United States, and elsewhere. Her deeply expressive work, which features evocative landscapes and private, domestic interiors, as well as references to Nordic and folk art and film, can be found in a number of museum collections, including those of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (all United States), and Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Malmo Konstmuseum, Moderna Museet, and Vasteras Konstmuseum (all Sweden).

Images of Andersson's work also appear at ArtNetThe GuardianPainter on Paintings, and The Paris Review.

Read other interviews with Karin Mamma Andersson online at BOMB and NY Arts magazine.

Among other articles about Andersson, see, especially: "Imagining Women's Lives in Painted Dreams" at Broadly (2016).

Books about the artist include Mamma Andersson: Dog Days (Kerber, 2012), Mamma Andersson (Aspen Art Press, 2011), Mamma Andersson & Jockum Nordstrom: Who Is Sleeping on My Pillow (David Zwirner Books, 2010), Mamma Andersson: Cry (Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2008), and Karin Mamma Andersson (Steidl & Moderna Museet, 2007). The books generally are available via re-sellers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

'Just as Beautiful' (Poem)

Just as Beautiful

While women sit in chairs
in the Dead Sea, bodies in

black swimsuits exposed
to the sun that's gone out

in the feeding centers
in Somalia, wild mustard

blooms again to knee-level
in Beit Hanun, and RPGs

land where they will
in Damascus. The buzzing

of drones breaks through
quiet, leaving dust: more bone.

Fleeing Mosul, the Iraqis
wait for tents and handouts,

trying to explain to children
the non-alternative fact that

is the word "displacement"—
of taking what you can carry

and leaving behind your dead.
It's in spaces between borders

life's lived, and lost in moments
just as beautiful there as here.

© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Muse Asks Did You Know?

Today's post is another in a periodic series of items about writers, poets, and poetry.

Did You Know . . .

✦ Poetry is delivered via water pipe in artist Jan Tichy's Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint, a community-based response to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, installed at the Broad Art Museum through April 23.

Read the Beyond Streaming catalogue online (pdf).

✦ Poet Eileen Myles issued last spring the poetry record Aloha/irish trees (Fonograf Editions). Comprising new and old poems, the recording was made live. Sample tracks are available at the title link.

Aloha/irish trees Cover Art

Rae Armantrout's Conflation, released December 6, 2016, also is available from Fonograf Editions, a vinyl record-only poetry press that is part of Octopus Books. It features some of the poems in Armantrout's Partly: New and Selected Poems 2001-2015 (Wesleyan, 2016).

✦ Henry David Thoreau's Walden is now Walden, a game. It's described as "a first person simulation of the life of philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond." An alpha version on opened this month. Here's the game's trailer:

Read Britt Peterson's article in Smithsonian magazine, "Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?" (March 2017).

✦ Hundreds of poems by Chinese immigrants who came to the United States between 1910 and 1940 were carved into the walls of San Francisco's Angel Island immigration-processing station. Some of the poems are included in Judy Young's Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 (University of Washington Press, 2nd Ed., 2014). Another book, Islanders (Conundrum, July 2016), by Teow Lim Goh, also features poems from Angel Island.

Beenish Ahmed wrote recently about the poems and Young's and Goh's books in "The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center" for The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog.

✦ Poets and essayists selected for a Fremont Bridge Writer/Poet Residency are given a furnished studio with a water view in the northwest control tower, one of four at the bridge. The residency is sponsored by the Seattle, Washington, Office of Arts & Culture. Poets and writers, as well as translators and literary critics, selected for the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe and Artist-in-Residence Programme A-I-R Wro spend their writing residency at Wojnowice Castle in Poland.

✦ Calligrams can be traced back to the 9th Century manuscript titled Aratea, each page of which has a poem describing a constellation. See "Aratea: Making Pictures with Words in the 9th Century" at the Public Domain Review.

Read "What Is Concrete Poetry?" at the iris, the Getty blog.

✦ Even Grindr, the dating app, has a poet-in-residence: Max Wallis. Read the poet's article in The Guardian, "'Sex and Poetry Have Always Gone Together'".

✦ California's Getty Research Institute has acquired examples of concrete poetry by Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay and Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos, and those works are on view in the GRI exhibition "Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space", which opens March 28 at Getty Center in Los Angeles and continues through July 30. For more information about the acquisition and the exhibition, read "Getty Acquires Concrete Poetry by Two Modern Pioneers of the Form" at Hyperallergic.

✦ Poet Charles Coe is the subject of the short documentary Charles Coe: Man of Letters, directed, filmed, and edited by Roberto Mighty. Coe's collections include All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents (Leapfrog Press) and Picnic on the Moon (Leapfrog Press).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thought for the Day

I remember all the deadly false Edens
the birds fly into
those acres of glass
~ Dave Bonta

Quoted from Dave Bonta's Ice Mountain: An Elegy (Phoenicia Publishing, 2017), p. 110

See "Dave Bonta's 'Ice Mountain' Published" (January 24, 2017).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Short

Exhibition Catalogue
Cover Art for Beautiful Losers*

Today's short is the trailer for Beautiful Losers (2008) by Aaron Rose. The film features Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFedtridge, Mike Mills, Stephen Powers, Harmony Korine, and Shepard Fairy—a group of artists considered leaders in the 1990s "do-it-yourself" youth sub-cultures of skateboarding, surf, punk music, hip hope, and graffiti.

The music in the film is by Money Mark.

* Aaron Rose, Christian Strike, et al., Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture (D.A.P./Iconoclast, 2nd Ed., 2005)

The catalogue accompanied the exhibition at Orange County Museum of Art in 2005.

Friday, March 24, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ A former photojournalist for The Washington Post, Aida Muluneh also is an award-winning artist whose extraordinary work can be found in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (she exhibited there in 2015), Dartmouth's Hood Museum, and the Museum of Biblical Art. She founded and directs the international photography festival Addis Foto Fest, in Ethiopia, where she was born. Muluneh's recent series The World is 9 comprises 28 images on life, love, and history.

✦ Artist Bill Murphy, the "unofficial recorder of Staten Island's changing landscape", has been commissioned to produce drawings and etchings of New York Wheel, a 630-foot-tall observatory modeled after London Eye and currently under construction. Murphy's a remarkable printmaker. Read Peter Malone's "The Artist Documenting the Rise of New York's Giant Ferris Wheel" at Hyperallergic.

✦ An experimental, interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts, The Centre for the Less Good Idea has been launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, by artist William Kentridge. The center kicked off its 2017 season March 1-5 with a series of performance-based installations involving more than 60 actors, dancers, poets, writers, composers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and boxers.

✦ A global coalition of more than 200 creative professionals, Hands Off Our Revolution seeks to "help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and unapologetic intolerance" in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere by "using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness and resilience." Proceeds from the group's contemporary art exhibitions and "actions" will go to the arts and activist causes. Among the "who's who" of contributing members are Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, and Yinka Shonibare.

Hands Off Our Revolution on FaceBook and Instagram

✦ As part of its winter 2017 film series, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will host tomorrow, March 25, the documentary Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad (Between the Rivers Productions, 2016), about the "female Lawrence of Arabia". The 95-minute film will be presented in the auditorium of the NGA's East Building at 3:00 p.m. Filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl will introduce the film. Watch the trailer.

Letters from Baghdad on FaceBook

✦ Following is an animation of illustrator Federico Babina's Archiatric, a series of visualizations of mental illnesses as architectures. The music for the video is by composer Elisabet Raspall.

Federico Babina on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ For her exhibition "Unearthed" at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, Julia Anne Goodman created a site-specific window installation, comprising two panels made from varieties of beets, that depict images of San Jose's winter constellations. Listen as Goodman describes her project, which is on view through May 7:

A satellite exhibition, "Julia Anne Goodman: On Verticality", at San Francisco's Jewish Community Center presents three bodies of Goodman's work that explore connections between the earth and stars. That show remains up through April 28.

San Jose ICA on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting through May 14 "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent". The ticketed exhibition, which includes rarely seen landscapes, illustrations, and designs for ceramics and stained glass, examines how watercolor became "a uniquely American medium" in the hands of such artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, John La Farge, Thomas Moran, Thomas Eakins, George Inness, Charles DeMuth, and Edward Hopper, among others. More than 170 works from private and public collections, as well as watercolor sets and sketchbooks,  are on display. An exhibition preview and a slideshow are available at the link above. A 464-page catalogue with 360 color illustrations accompanies the show.

Catalogue Cover Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Continuing through September at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, is "Profligate Beauty", drawn from the museum's own collection and celebrating important works by artists of the American South.

Ogden Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ A site-specific mural by Indonesian contemporary artist Eko Nugroho can be seen at the Asia Society's visitor center in New York City through April 16. The mural complements the Asia Society Museum's exhibition "Video Spotlight: Eko Nugroho", continuing through April 16. The latter features three single-channel videos in the museum's collection: Bercerobong (Like a Chimney) (2002), The Breeder (2003), and Let Me Love Me (2004). 

Asia Society on FaceBook

✭ The Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York, opens its 2017 season on May 13 with two exhibitions of note: "David Smith: The White Sculptures" and "Outlooks: Heather Hart". Both exhibitions will run through November 12.

The Smith exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Storm King's acquisition of 13 of Smith's sculptures, will be the first to critically examine Smith's use of the color white and the first public presentation bringing together Smith's 1962 Primo Piano series of monumental white-painted steel sculptures. Also on view will be earlier constructions created from white coral, and paintings, drawings, and photographs exploring the use of white. A video about Smith's career and a fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

The Hart exhibition will feature "an interactive, sculptural environment in the form of a domestic rooftop, which will be activated by performances, discussions, and events." 

Storm King on FaceBook and Instagram

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Catching Up with Artist Watch Artists 5

Following is the fifth in a periodic series about the careers and recent activities of artists I have showcased in my monthly Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life. Congratulations to all on their many noteworthy successes!

✭ Tina Spratt, Somerset, England (December 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Tina will be a guest artist at this year's FLUX Exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts in London, July 12-16.

FLUX Exhibition on FaceBook

✭ Page Turner, Roanoke, Virginia (October 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Three of Page's sculptures are on display in an all-women group show at Equity Gallery, New York City. The exhibition, "FemiNest", celebrating Women's History Month, continues through March 25. Page's participation in the show was a spotlight in the February 26, 2017, edition of The Roanoke Times.

Page Turner, Pinafore & Feathers, 2012
Assemblage, 10" x 4" x 4"

✭ Patrick Palmer, England (January 30, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ A number of Patrick's original paintings were displayed at London's Home House, a private members club in London.

✭ Salma Arastu, Berkeley, California (January 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Salma was one of 50 author-presenters at February's Search for Meaning Festival at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. In addition, her painting Equal Awards was displayed in a festival-related group show at Vachon Gallery, Seattle University. Salma's collaboration with Indian dancer Naina Shastri, "From Meera Bai to Rumi: In Search of Love", is an evening of dance, drama, painting, and poetry that takes place tomorrow, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., at Oakland Asian Cultural Center. From April 2 through May at ArtReach Gallery, First Congregational United Church, Portland, Oregon, Salma is exhibiting in "Celebration of Calligraphy: Sacred Words in Art".

✭ Alexandra Eldridge, Tesuque, New Mexico (January 19, 2017, Artist Watch) ~ Alexandra's artwork graces the cover of poet Donna Vorreyer's new chapbook The Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2017).

Cover Art

✭ Lisa Goesling, Palatine, Illinois (November 17, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Lisa, awarded an Artist Residency in March/April at The Studios of Key West, was the featured artist at Vivid Art Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois, in February; she displayed some new work there, too.  In addition, Lisa was featured at Women and Art on FaceBook on December 21, 2016.

✭ Trine Bumiller, Denver, Colorado (August 15, 2013, Artist Watch) ~ Trine's painting A Delicate Balance appears in "Globalocation: Artnauts Collective Celebrates 20 Years", curated by George Rivera, at Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, beginning March 28; after the exhibition closes on August 31, the artwork becomes part of the permanent collection. Trine's solo show, "Centennial Art Exhibit", at Cozens Ranch Museum, Fraser, Colorado, near Winter Park Resort, closes April 22; her series of works (see "100 Paintings for 100 Years") had its beginnings during Trine's artist residency there.

Exhibition Poster

✭ Amy Pleasant, Seattle, Washington (May 19, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ In addition to writing a column at Huffington Post, Amy is teaching art to children at a group of shelters for homeless women and families. (Read Amy's "Post Election Reality: What is Mine to Do?")

✭ Manuja Waldia, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 18, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Manuja's illustrations now grace the covers of 15 Shakespeare plays in the Pelican Shakespeare Series from Penguin Random House. Among the most recent covers are those for Richard II (March 7, 2017), As You Like It (June 13, 2017), and The Merchant of Venice (March 14, 2017).

Cover Art, Merchant of Venice

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Terry Winters

. . . Painting is a combination of carpentry and catastrophe. . . 
That instability allows for significant or surprising things
to happen, or at least the possibility.
~ Terry Winters*

Internationally known, American artist Terry Winters is a painter, printmaker, and draughtsman who frequently addresses via abstract and representational series his interests in information systems, scientific processes such as biological and living systems, and mathematical theories. Currently, he is displaying approximately 50 works on paper, dating from 1982 to 2014, in "Terry Winters: The Structure of Things", at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts; the show is on view through June 18. (Read a review of the exhibition at The Arts Fuse.)

One of Winters's recent projects, well worth exploring, is the Web-based Graz Cabinet, comprising 327 links and images on Pinterest. The links, Winters explains on his Website, map a series of connections between the natural history collections of the Universalmuseum Joanneum and Winters's own paintings and graphics. For display in "The Painters' Cabinet: Terry Winters's Dialogue with Nature", an exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz last year (March 11 - August 21, 2016), Winters made large digital prints (each of the seven panels was 142" x 47") of the Pinterest project. Documented in an illustrated exhibition catalogue that includes a Kenneth Goldsmith essay, "Raiding the Digital Icebox: Meditations Around Terry Winters's Graz Cabinet" (listen to the exhibition's audioguide at Soundcloud), the project is a fascinating mix of art and science, the virtual and the organic, that underscores interconnections among various fields of knowledge while also challenging our traditional notions of production, consumption, and preservation.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2013, Winters exhibits throughout the world. He lives and works in New York City and Columbia County, New York.

Following is a video with Winters, Unintended Things to Happen, in which the artist talks about his "painterly approach" to printmaking and drawing and other aspects of his work. (Anders Kold interviewed Winters in Denmark in August 2015.)

Terry Winters on Vimeo

* Quoted from Jennifer Samet, "Beer with a Painter: Terry Winters", Hyperallergic, February 7, 2015

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Season's Passing (Found Poem)

A Season's Passing

Winter, unsocial, grumbled
in the dark, its somber features

derived from too-long nights
spent un-illumined. In our caves,

we passed cracked and icy smiles
from one to another, fumbled

midnight repartee like writers
of reciprocally deadly jokes.

Not even poetry accounted
for the dullness of our senses

as we approached lights out.
Do we nudge, as we ought,

toward the favors of spring,
expect the melange of candles

on our night tables to pass
for inspiration after dinner?

What accounts for love's
friendly give and take we know

is light that dances, incandescent.

2017 © Maureen E. Doallas

This is a found poem. For source text, see the poem at Tom Clark's Blog.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Muse: The Digital Joyce

Anyone who has ever struggled with James Joyce's novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will be pleased to learn of the excellent Digital Multimedia Edition (DME) at JoycePortrait100*. 

The DME is the work of a research team from University College Dublin's Nation, Genre and Gender Project, which undertakes brilliant comparative social network analysis to gain new insights into literary works, and Athena Media, an international multimedia production and consultancy company in Dublin that specializes in online audio publishing. It is supported by the Irish Research Council and UCD Research and Innovation.

Visitors to the DME Website will find brief information about the novel's history and the DME project; an Introduction to the DME; a chapter-by-chapter facsimile of the original 1916 text, accessible via the site's main page, with each chapter supplemented with a map of social networks (see the characters visualization below) and audio that can be accessed at the site or via Soundcloud; archival photographs; notes on the text; and a free, downloadable, full-length audiobook recorded by Irish actors Same and Barry McGovern. The e-book is available for Kindle and Epub reader, as well as in pdf; plain text also is downloadable (see Downloads page).

Also on the DME Website is a section titled Stephen Dedalus's Dublin; the maps there orient readers to the Dublin that existed in Joyce's time and place the major locations described in the novel in a contemporary context. In addition, a section titled Joyce's Dublin, created by Athena Media, features a podcast series about Joyce's short story "The Dead" and other Joyce resources.

Here's a social network visualization for the protagonist Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:


* The 100 is a reference to the Decade of Centenaries, a national cultural program commemorating significant events in Irish history in the period of 1912-1922.

NGG Case Study of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man