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How Much Of The Universe Do We Understand?

“We are all that we have”
“But we can wonder.”
“We can speculate”

-Sabrina Scott, witchbody

So speak three tiny creatures in Sabrina Scott’s graphic novel witchbody. Mere insects, but reaching in their minds to what might lie beyond them. Much like humans look to the unknown and wonder where further secrets may lie. We live in a universe so complex that we ourselves have barely begun to understand it. What wonders, what mysteries, what terrors and cures lie ahead?

Dapper Bruce Lafitt joined us to talk about The Game is Mine, his solo exhibition at Alchemy Gallery. Growing up, he followed his grandmother’s advice, trying different things as he searched for what to do with his life. He thought of this process like a game. Now as a professional artist, he is in control, and the game, so to speak, is his. To learn more about Lafitt’s life and work, listen to the complete interview.

Chase Biado chatted with us about his show, Elf Energy, which closed recently at DIMIN. He named the show around halfway through creating the works in the exhibition. At the time, as he surveyed the work he was creating and considered the feeling he was trying to create, he thought about the moment on the dancefloor when you’re becoming part of the crowd but perhaps still self-conscious, applying this kind of feeling to the elf figures he has been painting. Listen to the complete interview to learn more about his work and his mysterious subjects.

A few words to keep in your pocket

Discovery never stops, and it constantly provides. Tell us about a discovery that captured your attention.


Join me at SVA Chelsea Gallery presented by BFA Fine Arts From Nature to Culture

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.

More books to read

Ours is a community of readers. Tell us what books you’re into these days by adding your titles to our reading list here. Praxis member Rosemarie Sturgill is reading 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Ai Weiwei.


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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics and is currently faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World. He also has a new book coming out in the Spring of 2024, The Problems in the Art World: An Artist’s A-Z Action Guide, which is available for preorder.



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