Monday, December 4, 2023


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

It is believed that Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician whose name gave us the Hippocratic Oath sworn by doctors before they enter practice, spoke these words centuries ago. Although there is some dispute over that, the message they offer is of use no matter who first uttered them. We humans – in the West especially – have largely fallen into a trap of terrible nutrition. In an age when we have outpaced the untreated human lifespan with miraculous medical science and technology, our diets are stealing away precious time. No longer do we eat to live, but many of us live to eat – and what we consume is far from beneficial.

David Adamo joined us from his studio in Berlin toward the end of June shortly after his current exhibition at Peter Freeman opened. The show features all new work made mostly during the lockdown. Each work, including a group of 108 whittled canes, required considerable time and space and were made during a time that was, for Adamo, time in the studio when he didn’t really quite know what lay ahead. He found himself in the studio looking for something to just keep him going. To hear more about the work in this exhibition and more from David Adamo, listen to the complete interview.

Aschely Cone joined us on the last day of June from Gabon, Africa. It is winter there, but the weather is warm and the landscape is lush. Cone moved to Gabon a year ago with her partner who is a Spanish diplomat working in her first foreign post. Presently Cone is preparing for an upcoming show slated for fall of 2022 that will likely be a collaboration between the American Embassy in Gabon and the French Institute of Gabon. Prior to moving to Gabon, Cone’s work focused on the natural landscape. After moving to one of the few countries in the world with an intact jungle that gives it a negative carbon impact and where greenery abounds even in the cities, her work transformed from the pared-down landscapes of the American West to almost the opposite found in Gabon. To hear more about this, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket

Consider your plate and ask whether what is on it is helping to heal or causing harm.

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. Aschely Cone discussed The Peregrine by J.A. Baker. David Adamo, who always has some sort of health book going, most recently read The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo.


The Terra Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for their collections grants, which recognize the current and historical inequities in presentations and understandings of American art history. In their own words:

“To be considered, visual art projects should focus on arts of the United States, including Native American arts. The projects we support can be focused on historical or contemporary art. Contemporary art projects should offer a reflective and critical engagement with histories, arts, and/or art histories associated with American contexts.

For more information, visit the website. Deadline for letter of inquiry is August 1.

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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