“Words act as compass; place-speech serves literally to en-chant the land – to sing it back into being, and to sing one’s being back into it.” -Robert MacFarlane, Landmarks
Art – very often – communicates without words. It is language rendered visually, a dialogue with the world through images, sculpture, movement, myriad media to convey something from deep inside. We can think of art as a vernacular perhaps, a separate communication that guides, informs, educates, implies…
Tanya Minhas sat down to talk about her background as well as her work that appeared in a group show at Winston Wächter until September 1. Minhas holds a Ph.D. in classical Persian poetry, an interest that stems from her childhood in Pakistan. In her process, before she paints, she writes about what she is working on, pulling a pattering from her writing that she translates into the work. To hear more about her process as well as the pieces in the gallery show, listen to the complete interview.
Sara Berman discussed her upcoming exhibition, No Visible Means of Support, at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in West Palm Beach. The title came about for two reasons – the first is that Berman had what she describes as a seismic year during which she came out as a lesbian, having been married with two children and from a traditional Jewish upbringing, landing her in a position where she herself had no visible means of support. The other meaning behind the exhibition’s title comes from the work itself, which deals with the figure in space. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.
A few words to keep in your pocket
Speak without words.
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Manhattan Arts Grant applications for 2024 are now live. In their own words:
“Our grants are often among the first awards an artist or group receives and can help recipients to leverage additional support from other sources. Recommendations for awards are made through a juried selection process comprising artists and arts leaders whose expertise reflects the cultural and creative diversity of Manhattan.”
For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is September 12.
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.