Étranger Résident: La Collection Marin Karmitz (Resident Alien: the Marin Karmitz Collection), La maison rouge, Paris, October 15, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Bittersweet is a term often used to describe simultaneous positive and negative feelings. What I felt recently upon leaving the exhibition Étranger Résident: La Collection Marin Karmitz at Paris’ La mason rouge requires a stronger term, something connoting being both energized and enervated, for quite different reasons. Since it opened ten years ago La mason rouge [lower […]

Best Fiction of 2017

In spite of entire months going by with little fiction of note, 2017 did give serious readers some terrific fiction.  Part of the problem is that publications offering book reviews have radically different ideas about what’s worth reading.  And it’s an important time to be on the lookout for political correctness and other ideologies common […]

In Celebration of Civic Pride: Hotel Covington’s Amazing Creation

On the opposite Ohio River shore from The Queen City, Covington, Kentucky was established in 1815. Ever since its founding, Covington has lived in the shadow of earlier, larger, and more populated Cincinnati, Ohio – forever relegated, it would seem, in the supporting role as a suburb to its more sophisticated, cultural neighbor. In spite […]

"Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco" Fails to Fire

Inside Frary Dining Hall at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, beyond extensive rows of tables and chairs, one encounters a singular sight atop the arched central panel of the back wall: a large 1930 fresco by José Clemente Orozco. Designated Prometheus, this mural depicts its titular Greek titan painted in Orozco’s signature El Greco-esque style. […]

Posthumanism and Catharsis: JJ Brine’s “Vector Gallery”

  “You mean Messiah?” JJ Brine hastily corrects me when I quizzically point at the two McDonalds logos on Vector Gallery’s wall, probing him about his interest in selectively appropriating capitalist imagery. It is the day before JJ Brine’s opening of the newest rendition of Vector Gallery, a space that has traversed a multiplicity of […]

The Great Ecstasy of ‘Koukotsu Moji”

The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies, For the pattern is new in every moment And every moment is a new and shocking Valuation of all we have been.                                                             —TS Eliot, (East Coker) There is a strange universe. It contains everything imaginable between the limits of stone and sun—the extremities of all that has […]

Kathy Gore Fuss at Prographica/KDR

The Pacific Northwest suffers every year under rainy skies. Some locals soak up the darkness and put that energy into their art. A different energy emerges from Kathy Gore Fuss’ work at Prographica/KDR. She has distilled the forest onto surfaces that glow with the energy of slow, thoughtful growth. Her use of a synthetic paper […]

Review of Lloyd Library exhibition

Perhaps the most seasonal exhibition in town right now is “Winter Greens: Seasonal Illustrations from the Lloyd Library.” The Library, at 917 Plum Street in downtown Cincinnati, is both a library and museum with rare books, botanical drawings and manuscripts that provide, for this exhibition, a long look back at our pleasure in the natural […]

Fotofolio: Tori Gagne

“Moonlit Dance Series” Tori’s statement: The story of the horse has a long legacy in art, mythology, war, literature and more. These images poetically express the qualities a horse embodies; wildness, freedom, wisdom, power, connection, spirituality, beauty and honor the memory of the unique mark horses have made on the hearts and lives of humans. […]