Friday, December 8, 2023


“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

We live in a global community. Where once each group was isolated by constraints of mobility, today we move around the earth as though it were one big neighborhood in which we all must co-exist. But times are changing and where once the doors were open, we are seeing them shut and locked. Welcoming shores begin to barricade themselves, keeping the lands they guard for those deemed the rightful owners of the moment.

Jane Fine is finishing up a productive summer filled with residencies. For the month of June she was at MacDowell Colony. As summer comes to an end, she is processing all that she’s done in the recent months. During her time at MacDowell, she felt the juxtaposition of the cheerful atmosphere at the residency and the state of the larger world. She decided to allow herself to feel the beauty of the place in the knowledge that she would make her way back to the complex issues facing us today. This contrast, she says, brings new perspective to the darker pieces of the present. To hear more about Jane Fine’s time at MacDowell Colony, her collaborative work with her husband and other shades from her work and life, listen to the complete interview.

Chris Bors lives in New York City where he maintains a studio in Park Slope. At the moment he is working on several different types of paintings. He singles out his small abstractions that he calls Post Pop Paintings which feature circles, sometimes with color dripping from them. These paintings began on a white background but now he paints on textured surfaces as well. The evolution has also changed the content of the paintings and in some cases there are no circles. Bors most recent show titled American Jesus was followed by a residency at Mana Contemporary where he further explored the work style from that show. To hear more from Chris Bors about his diverse artwork, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

Love your neighbor, strive to understand them. Open your door rather than closing your heart.

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 here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Jane Fine recently finished Inheritance by Danny Shapiro. Chris Bors recently read Kingdom Come by J.G. Ballard.

TROPIC 08°N offers artists the opportunity to develop work alongside an autonomous indigenous, matriarchal society situated between Central and South America. Artists will be immersed in and collaborate with the local community. The program runs for three or six weeks. For complete information, visit the website. Deadlines for applications are September 20 and October 20.


Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.



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