Sunday, June 16, 2024

Hesitant

“That road, as it turned out, would be even lonelier than she had reason to fear.”

Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Latecomer

Do your fears hold you back? It happens to all of us at one point or another. Something we wish to do becomes a spectre, and we hesitate. Sometimes, if we make the leap, we will find that all our worry was for nought. And other times, we may find that our fears were warranted, but we persevere regardless. Ultimately, life is going to be filled with intensities and easy roads, and we will probably never know which is which until we are in the thick of it.

Zoe Pettijohn Schade spoke to us about her show, The Hard Problem, running through June June 17 at Kai Matsumiya. The exhibition features her series of works titled Attempts at Self-Organization. The term “the hard problem” was coined by David Chalmers in his book, The Conscious Mind, referring to how physical matter can give rise to consciousness. The series title deals with this problem, asking how matter takes up form and how pattern becomes established. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.

Deanna Havas has an exhibition, Message From the Source, running until June 17 at Tara Downs. Havas spent the last year and a half abroad, during which time she watched a lot of content about self-improvement. Having in the past been dismissive of this kind of content, she decided to approach it with an open-mindedness. The title of this show comes from some of the messaging in these videos, something that is perhaps quintessentially American and perhaps spoke to Havas’ own home-sickness at the time. To hear more about this and other details, listen to the complete interview.

A few words to keep in your pocket

It’s OK to hesitate, but more often than not, you should take that leap.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android, please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews is here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Zoe Pettijohn Schade referenced David J. Chalmers’ The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory

Deadlines:

Stove Works invites applications for residency from February through November of each year. Eight artists are chosen to live and work for one to three months at a time, taking a break from the daily pressures of life to focus on dedicated time, space, resources and community in furtherance of their craft. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is June 15.

 

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.

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