An Impossible Project

“The more digital the world the more analog the dreams.” – Doc An Impossible Project tells the story of the people who saved the last Polaroid factory in the world. It is an ambitious feature documentary, started in 2013, filmed over a period of several years, and not on a digital format, but on 35mm film.…

Cooking Class

Knowing one’s way around the kitchen is one of the better life skills to acquire; eating is, after all, a pretty nice thing to do from time to time. Yet when perpetually busying oneself in the kitchen, whisking roux and basting roasts, is expected of one— not based on a personal choice to pursue the vagaries of…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 4: The Victorians

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…

Now on View: Henri Barande

October 2016 marks the first UK exhibition, and quite certainly the last, of work by Henri Barande. The French-born artist’s creativity first emerged when he was a child living in Tunisia, where he played among the ruins of the ancient Phoenician capital of Carthage. His practice is dedicated to exploring the dialogue between life and death,…

Travon Lee

Say hello to Miami-based painter Travon Lee, or as he prefers to call himself, the “Original Dade County Artgoon.” What’s an Artgoon? Not something nearly as slanderous or self-defeatist as it might first sound, but a humorous, humble expression of gratitude on the artist’s part for arriving in a creative place after struggling against the current for…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 3: Da Vinci's Renaissance

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…

The Erotic and the Divine

In Madhya Pradesh, India, the most erotic and sensuous sculptures in comparison to any other Indian temple are found at Khajuraho. The Khajuraho temples have not received the attention they deserve for their significant contribution to the religious art of India, possibly due to the erotic nature of their outside decor. To analyse these sculptures,…

The Neon Demon

It’s fashion month and this film will definitely have you celebrating it. The Neon Demon by Nicolas Winding Refn [Drive, Only God Forgives] has stunning cinematography, and its star, Elle Fanning [Maleficent, Super 8] is picture perfect in every shot. The film got mixed reviews in the festival circuit, but I personally am a big…

Ghosts and Stuff

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a collectively curated antique shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The store itself couldn’t have been more than 500 square feet, but what it lacked in space, it made up for in oddities. Tucked in among the hand-painted china, jingling trinkets and lace-trimmed handkerchiefs sat a pile of black and…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 2: Classical Antiquity

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…