“I give birth to a son. I name him me.
I want to touch the halo that encircles me, I want to snap the
No dagger can pierce him. I spread my legs and grab
my son’s head, drag him out, stretch him out big.”
-Ma Yan, I Name Him Me
What does it mean to have a name – to give a name? Can we ever be in possession of any part of those we love, even our children? Are we not just stewards until such time as they can stand on their own? By naming them, do we lay claim to some small part that will forever be ours, no matter what geography and time may do? Or those with whom we choose to share our lives, whether or not we also share their names or they share ours – can we say that there is some little corner of their being that lies firmly in our grasp? Do we travel in tandem, or is there an unspoken agreement of shared possession?
Destiny Haven Trujillo joined us to discuss her exhibition, Devoraste, running at Dimin Gallery until July 7. The title is Spanish slang, the literal translation of which is “to devour.” But the slang translation is equivalent to the phrase used within the queer community, “you ate that,” which means to do something perfectly. The images in the show depict the daily life of friends within the queer community. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.
Masako Miki sat down with us to discuss Empathy Lab, her show running through June 30 at Ryan Lee Gallery. Titles are very important in Miki’s work, and the title of this show speaks to a place where one might experiment in an effort to produce more empathy, something we could all benefit from. The show includes sculptures, paintings and installation work. To learn more, listen to the complete interview.
A few words to keep in your pocket
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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.