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An interview with painter and sculptor Rose Silberman-Gorn

Written by Heather Drayzen. Heather: Where are you based now? Where do you make your work? Rose: I live in Ridgewood, Queens and use the spare half-room in my apartment as a studio. Heather: What’s your work schedule like? Rose: I’m not currently working, which frees up a lot of time for art. For years, […]

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Keep it dumb and casual: about Cal Robb’s art

Written by Charlie J Meyers and Sarah Rose Jansen. Gazing at Cal’s work, mulling over our email discussion of it, a memory of one of the best art moments of my life surfaced. I went to an art show and saw three abstract paintings of women eyeballing me from their perch around the gallery’s internal […]

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The painted portals of Catie Dillon

Written by Lindsey Kircher. Taking in the terracotta reds and yellows of Catie Dillon’s most recent work, I am reminded of the city of Rome. The recurrence of archways or portals, and the overlapping layers of translucent paint further evoke the collaged architecture, history, and culture of the city. Conversely, the saturated blues and neon […]

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Time warp dreamscapes: the resilient paintings of Lindsey Kircher

Written by Catie Dillon. When Lindsey and I studied in Florence, the sunlight would stream through our apartment windows and we would read and draw in the warm Italian light. Then we would wear matching butterfly gems and mini skirts and go clubbing until our eyes burned from the neon strobes. We did mediocre performance […]

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The medium is the message: things I think about while looking at the work of Charlie J Meyers

BASED ON SKYPE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE  ARTIST DURING THE WINTER OF 2020/2021 Written by Cal Robb. LIFE is a tender collection of pornographic moments. Water is ALWAYS TOUCHING ITSELF and never another water. Water on water is just water.  Bodies of water can be joined together. Not unlike a STRAIT.  Gregory Corso said: ‘fish is […]

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Four drawings by Hannah Antalek.

When we were kids, my younger sister used to hide things between her mattress and her box spring. Invariably, the things she’d hide were either precious to her or stolen from my room including books, notes to or from crushes, photos, clothing, and candy. She didn’t think I knew her secret and I wanted it […]

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The tender discord of dystopia: Fiona Buchanan

The first time I talked to Fiona Buchanan about her work we considered the luxury of ugly painting. The second time we talked about the relationship of the Socratic Method to her art practice at large. We further bonded as fan-girls of Issy Wood. Wood, a young British painter, builds metaphors and cringe-based comedies through […]

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Transforming and transcending trauma in the work of Qinza Najm.

Qinza Najm is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice rooted in her background as a Psychologist studying interpersonal relationships. In her art practice she seeks to uncover aspects of transformation and trauma in mind and body that remain hidden yet affect all aspects of society.  Najm’s most recent works respond to our current moment which […]

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Intimacies in absentia: Cole Bourgeois.

The work of Cole Bourgeois constitutes an investigation into intimacy, utilizing color, space, and the energy as co-conspirators. In her work, one is first taken by the strong use of black, often occupying a large portion of the work, if not all of it. We often see this blackness intersticed by bright, colorful fruits floating […]

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Interrogating timelines in the work of Sophia Reed.

Sophia Reed’s most recent work is an invitation to interrogate timelines. Looking at narratives that sit at the center of America’s hegemonic belief system, Reed takes viewers through worlds that feel quite familiar. Stories of knights, and angels, jesters and a phoenix, Reed evokes images formed from early western societies. Reed explores what pieces of […]