Sunday, June 16, 2024


“Resist much, obey little” -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

You are under no obligation to comply. Whatever they’ve told you does not add up to your personal story and there is no mandate that says you must follow along. You do not need permission to live your truth – embrace it unapologetically. Be you and no one else. Forget what others might say or think, simply be. As long as you do no harm to others, there are no further rules binding your conduct.

Erik Lindman joined us in early June 2022 from his studio in NYC. Located on the fifth floor of an old building, his studio space gets quite hot in summer and he can often be found working in a bathing suit. At present, he is gearing up to create work for a tentative spring 2023 show. In his studio, he’s working on pieces using open weave gauze utilized in the printmaking process. He uses this to collage an initial image into his work on flexible linen support. Additionally, he uses other textiles in the works, a method that gives them a certain complexity. To hear more about these works and other aspects of Lindman’s practice, listen to the complete interview.

Vivienne Griffin also joined us in early June 2022. Presently they are at work toward a Ph.D. as well as working on a piece with the working title Mercy. The work examines how we engage with algorithms in our everyday lives – how little we understand how they function and how this relates to the increasing complexity of computers. The piece is made using a game engine to create a game/video that tries to realize algorithmic structures in a game environment. To hear more about this work, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket

Be authentically you, no matter what.

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Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Erik Lindman has been making his way through A Life of Picasso by John Richarson and Marilyn McCulley. Vivienne Griffin has been reading Singing the Body Electric by Miriama Young.


NYSCA/NYFA invites living with disabilities who reside outside the five NYC boroughs and who have experienced financial hardship to apply for grants in the amount of $1,000. Grants are open to those working in the fields of visual art, media, music, performing arts, literary arts and multidisciplinary arts. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is June 28.

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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