Thursday, June 13, 2024


“Don’t panic” -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

When it all feels too much – too many passwords, conflict and catastrophe everywhere you turn, people starving, protests in the street, threats to the very democracy of the world’s leading nations – how do you unplug and care for yourself? How do you make sure you stay on track and don’t overload? What is your escape, your healing, your strength in this era of extremes? After all, you can’t hope to help the world at large if you can’t help yourself.

Ryan Sarah Murphy joined us at the end of August 2022 to discuss her show Structural Integrity at C24 in NYC, which runs until September 23. The title of the show works on a few levels, Murphy says, one related to building and construction and another examining the materials she chooses, mainly cardboard, and upholding the integrity of these. Murphy seeks out colored cardboard, which she does not paint, cutting any logos or graphics out and using the leftover colors to construct her work. To hear more about her process, this show and more, listen to the complete interview.

Thomas Trum spoke to us shortly after his show Loops closed at The Hole in NYC. This large exhibition took over the entire gallery space, including murals made using a line laser paint pump machine typically used to make road markings. The exhibition also included works on paper. To hear more about these remarkable works of art and other aspects of Trum’s life and career, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket

Be sure to find refuge where you need it.

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. Ryan Sarah Murphy was reading Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live by Akiko Busch when we spoke to her. When we connected with him, Thomas Trum was halfway through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


Allegro Prize is accepting submissions from artists who want the opportunity to present their work to an extremely wide range of Polish and international recipients. This cash prize of 80 000 PLN is intended to support artists in the endeavor to fully devote themselves to artistic growth. For more information and to submit your work, visit the website. Deadline is September 27.


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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