Tuesday
Feb092016

Isolation in Cormac McCarthy's world.

Before picking up his talents and moving west to create more renowned intense works of literature, McCarthy was well known for his earlier, new Southern Gothic work, such as "Child of God", that was in congruent to other writers such as Harry Crews's "Feast of Snakes". Both Harry and Cormac paint scenes of rural, mid-late 20th century Appalachia with characters of Jacksonian pioneer temperments trying to find their placement of machismo acceptance with stubborn and violent ends. No doubt these characters were made to be villified for their actions, yet from time to time are written into scenes that show the elusive nature of their psyche, offering us glimpses of empathy that help us connect to the characters and not le us simply go on with our easy disdain.

The scenes, characters, and broken vernacular are reflective of mid 19th to early 20th century period of industrialization of Appalachia with railroads, factories, and most notably coal mining. This abrupt change from isolated small farming communities spread out like islands to large industrialized workforces had a profound impact on the people who sought and lived a very independent lifestyle full of poverty and strife, to a workforce dependent on corrupt business practices (anti-union cronyism, company stores, unsafe working conditions) for meager wages and later finacial support from the Federal government after the marketcrash of 1929. Cormac's character "Ballard" is a connection to the old, harsh world that spawned his animalistic nature and the broken, post industrial world of consumerism that wishes to see him gone. Harmony Korine's "Alone in the Woods: The Legend of Cambo" strikes a similar chord to both McCarthy and Crews's main characters. Link available thru the image.

Monday
Jul062015

"FRESH!" Exhibition at Jankossen Contemporary Gallery, NYC

JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present our inaugural juried exhibition “FRESH!” featuring works by 15 emerging artists. FRESH! is both a platform for young, emerging talent as well as an opportunity for young collectors to discover art for their fledgling collection.  

One of the cornerstones of contemporary art is the philosophy that the viewer plays a role by responding, reacting and interpreting art – even completing the artwork by contributing their own personal reflections and interpretations. With this in mind, the exhibition offers the viewer a rich resource through which to re-consider and re-think that which is considered familiar; the viewer is invited to play an active role in the construction of meanings that are both apparent and hidden.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: 
Zeren Badar, Christopher Parrott, Adrienne Gaither, Chad Burton Johnson, Christopher Paul Dean, Federico Winer, Rachel Niekamp, Anastasia Samoylova, Rahshia Sawyer, Freda Sue, Heather Comparetto, Sofia Echa, Rebecca Rose, Lia Porto and Olan Quattro.

Event Cover Photo: "Pampa IV Alta" by Federico Winer

Sunday
Jan182015

A GREAT SHOW TO CHECK OUT

If you are in the Huntsville area, i highly recommend you stop by the new North Wing gallery at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment and check out "South of No North, East of No West" group exhibition, curated by Brian Edmonds. This is by far the best exhibition that has been displayed at Lowe Mill.

http://curatingcontemporaryprojects.com/#/south-of-no-north-east-of-no-west-i/william-lawler/WLheadshot

Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment : 2211 Seminole Drive Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35805

(256) 533-0399 

OPEN WEDNESDAY (12 pm - 6 pm)  THURSDAY (12 pm - 6 pm) - FRIDAY (12 pm - 8 pm) - SATURDAY (12 pm - 6 pm)

Friday
Aug222014

A reading from Flannery O'Connor

 

"Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man, and in the South the general conception of man is still, in the main, theological. That is a large statement, and it is dangerous to make it, for almost anything you say about Southern belief can be denied in the next breath with equal propriety. But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer, I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God. Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive. They cast strange shadows, particularly in our literature. In any case, it is when the freak can be sensed as a figure for our essential displacement that he attains some depth in literature." - O'Connor

Friday
Aug082014

Sherman's March

If you havent had a chance, I highly recommend this amazingly humorous film about a director's quest for love in the Deep South while following the path of General Sherman's historic march on the South set in the nuclear age. Ive attached a link to the full movie streaming!

Film: http://www.fandor.com/films/shermans_march