“Keep on truckin'” -Robert Crumb
Life goes on, whether we are ready or not. Time does not slow or stop to give us a moment to catch up, it simply drifts on, accumulating behind us and unfurling in front of us. While this can feel like an overwhelming situation, things marching on relentlessly, a simple shift in perspective can help. Consider that no matter how difficult things may feel, as the old adage says, this, too, shall pass. It will. It does. Every time.
Peter Frederiksen joined us to discuss, among other things, his exhibition at Massey Klein Gallery titled No No No No No. In general, Frederiksen places importance on titles, never putting untitled work into the world. The title of this show was intended to capture the over-arching feeling of the show, which included five pieces each with an ascending “no” in them. The themes of the show, which brought together small embroidered works on linen as well as textile sculpture, were varied and included panic, denial and defiance. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.
Dave Bopp joined us to chat about his show, Fear of the Invisible, which ran at Cindy Rucker Gallery until October 22. The title arose during a trip with friends where he encountered Robert Crumb signing books at a gallery. When he opened to the first page of the book he had signed, the title of the image he landed on was Fear of the Invisible, a title that immediately resonated with him. For Bopp, fear of the invisible is a state he believes humans are often in as we encounter the myriad things that go on around us all the time. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket
Sometimes, let time wash over you.
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Books to Read
What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Peter Frederiksen recently finished How High we go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. Dave Bopp enjoys the work of Robert Crumb and other comic artists.
MOAB Arts Re-Use Residency (MARR) invites applications from artists interested in exploring the intersection of art, community and waste systems. This four-week residency period offers studio space, project and community facilitation, a $1500 stipend, access to unlimited materials at local waste disposal sites and time/space to focus solely on art. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is November 30.
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.