Speakeasy

If I was asked the question, “What do you think about the Art Market?” I would answer with exactly the same words Ghandi used, when he was asked about the Western Civilization: ‘I think that would be a good idea.’ As I look out there, I can’t see such a thing as an Art Market. What we generally call the …

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Letters

Prologue A post-modern agenda challenging the ontological status of aesthetic value countered the qualitative visual arts by purporting a nonsensical aesthetic, sensory and cultural consumption. It focused on nonsensical concepts and processes regarding media adaptation, compositional values, inter-arts collaboration, societal implications and 21st century digital/analog application. The attached poem, Unforms Dancing, addresses this dualistic dilemma opening with imaginative loci of …

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Editorial

Humour can often get a message over more readily than any amount of serious work. Though sensibilities change. Things that were jokes in the 1970s are viewed with disbelief for their sheer political incorrectness today. Conversely, some people look at the horrors of an Hieronymus Bosch with a wry smile so we should not be put off from using humour. …

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Volume 32 no.2 November/December 2017

In This Issue: SPEAKEASY by BERT BISCOE, talks about the relationship between critics and artists. DANIEL NANAVATI, the UK Editor, takes a look at Dwight MacDonald’s seminal essay from 1962, in Against the American Grain, on Masscult and Midcult. J’Accuse Falmouth University We reprint TIM SHAW’S explosive letter of November 2016. The Shocking truth FREA LOCKLEY, our new Cornwall editor and …

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Bee in my Bonnet: The Kurt Jackson Foundation Gallery

The impressive conversion of a sizeable industrial building overlooking, with large picture windows, the Tregeseal valley, was completed in late 2016. Opening with the Jackson Foundations first exhibition, in this new building, entitled “Following the Surfer”. After a six month running period the second and current installation continuing until Sept 2017 is insect themed. Publicised as “ a Bee in …

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The Nail In the Coffin

“Codswallop” is a performance piece created by the Cornish veteran artist Ken Turner, inspired by the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. At the St Ives Festival in September 2017 he placed a large, fresh cod onto a trolley and pulled the vehicle through the streets of St Ives challenging people to discuss their lack of sensibility to art. He visited the …

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Hadi Tabatabai:Transitional Spaces

The solo exhibition Hadi Tabatabai:Transitional Spaces is co-presented by the wats:ON? Festival and curated by Spike Wolff. The festival, an annual event, celebrates and honors the life and work of Jill Watson, a CMU alumna. Watson, who was killed in a plane crash in 1996, was a well-known Pittsburgh architect and was recognized for her interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist. …

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Fern Shaffer at 116 Gallery

Fern Shaffer has been working as an artist for over 40 years, exhibiting performances, paintings and photographs as both shaman and teacher. In this not so quiet space of a gallery, Gallery 116, located in St. Charles, Illinois, Shaffer paints the common plants including Cannabis, Artemisia, Dandelion, Digitalis, Lungwort, Ginkgo and Gopherspurge. Large representations of one leaf of each plant, …

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s exhibit at Rhona Hoffman’s West Loop gallery is truly wonderful. The portraits in the show consist of collages and hand drawn elements, creating fractured faces and bodies. I really love the way the work mixes collage with drawn and painted areas. The fractured areas of the faces sometimes appear to be applied when they are actually drawn …

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‘Wheres the glitch fam?’

As circumstance breeds response so computers and the Internet bred glitch or as Jon.Cates of SAIC would call it ‘Dirty New Media’. In an increasingly computerized and data-centric society it would seem inevitable that the fetishization of error as a response to technology and its colonization of both our public and private lives is the new art.   If the …

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