“To exist is to drink oneself without thirst.”
What is it to exist? We all experience time, space, life itself. But what does this truly mean at its very base? Do we exist more in some moments than in others? Are there great swaths of our lives in which we dwell on the fringes or do we lap up the juices across the whole timeline, living moment to moment in tune with all that goes on around us? Perhaps the answer to these questions varies from person to person and depends on the time and circumstances in which we find ourselves.
Lexi Bishop spoke to Jordan Wong from her Gallery, here in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to starting her gallery, Bishop lived in LA, where she worked as a director at Nino Mier Gallery for about a year and a half before the pandemic began. Prior to that, she worked for six years at Christie’s in New York. When she spoke to us, her gallery was running the exhibition Marginalia with works by Tara Fay Coleman. To learn more about this, listen to the complete interview.
Danielle Roberts joined us to discuss her recent exhibition, Evening All Day, which ran at Fredericks and Feiser from January 26-February 25. The title nods to the nighttime or, at times, ambiguous timing present in much of her work, speaking to the idea of static time. While not directly related to the pandemic, in some of the work there is a component of longing for connection and/or not truly understanding what is going on between oneself and another. This is particularly prevalent in an age when we communicate with many people via text messages and similar. To hear more about this concept, the exhibition and more, listen to the complete interview.
A few words to keep in your pocket
What does it mean to you to truly live?
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Books to Read
What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Anais Laurenth recommends a book that is one in a series by Alice Borchardt, The Dragon Queen, which is book one of The Tales of Guinevere.
Artists age 35 and under are invited to apply for The Future Generation Art Prize. This global contemporary art prize seeks to “discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists.” Learn more by visiting the website. Deadline for applications is April 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.