“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” -Helen Keller
Begin again. Stand up, brush off and move forward. Even when you feel you can’t, know somewhere deep inside that you absolutely can. You will. Today perhaps you fell short of the goals you set out for yourself. Begin again tomorrow. And tomorrow. Again. The end does not come until it comes, until then, you have new opportunities around every turn. There is new light after every dark night.
Jimmy Raskin recently closed a show at Miguel Abreu Gallery titled STATIONS OF THE LAST ECCENTRIC. Although this was not necessarily the original title, through discussions with Miguel Abreu, coupled with the fact that Raskin dubbed each work The Chosen One, the concept of stations of the cross began to surface, which led to a nod to the divine in the title. Each work features a repeating image of a cone, which Raskin says speaks to metacognition, consciousness and, unlike the progression of the stations of the cross, each is already in a resolved state. To hear more about this exhibition, which ran from December 4 through February 5, listen to the complete interview.
Esther Kläs spoke to us about her work in the context of a recent exhibition, which ran from January 29 to March 12 at Peter Blum. In the beginning of her preparation for this show, titled Come Again, she contemplated scale – body sizes, the space they occupy – and considered what might happen if she changed the scale of things. In order to engage with the work, viewers must shift their perspectives, whether this means viewing from above or squatting down, and other ways of non-conventional approach. Primarily a sculptor, Kläs also created works on paper for Come Again. To hear more about this exhibition, listen to the complete interview.
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Books to Read
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Artists are invited to apply for residency with the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria. The theme of this open call is OPEN FIELDS – Art and Agriculture for which selected artists will stay with a farmer for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four, creating work based on their experiences. For full details and to apply, visit the website. Application deadline is April 1.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists and the most recent (2021) is Making it in the Art World.