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Volume 34 no 4 March-April 2020

Features: 7  No Art Superstars from Israel – Daniel Nanavati, Tel Aviv 10 The reality of Gabo does not match the expectation – Ken Turner, St Ives 13 Sculpting mathematics – Stephen Luecking, Chicago 18 Scouting the blogs – Miklos Legrady, Toronto Departments: 2 Letters 4 Editorial by Daniel Nanavati 6 Speakeasy by Gill Fickling 37 Newsbriefs Reviews: 15 Girls’ …

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Speakeasy volume 34 no 4 March/April 2020

I watched in horror as a nurse passed a wooden ladle full of food through the bars of Julio’s cell. Naked, wild-haired and eyed, 21-year-old Julio pressed himself up to the other side of the bars and opened his mouth wide to accommodate the huge spoon. Having spent the last 14 years of his young life behind bars, Julio’s only …

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Sculpting Mathematics

Mathematics has had a profound effect in shaping modern art: not in its ability to generate attractive patterns but in exposing the artists to spatial possibilities not easily observed in their physical world. One such spatial possibility is the fourth dimension, which is, for the most part, inaccessible to human perception. The question of whether or not this invisible extension …

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Girl’s World

Take a second look. The exhibit is a nuanced Janus presentation of girlhood well worth the visit. Together, two artists break taboos and give us a revealing look at the state of contemporary girlhood. These friends have made a thorough study of childhood and undoubtedly remember their own as they show us some surprising interpretations of young girls metaphorically swimming …

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Empathy Fatigue

Empathy Fatigue at Andrew Rafacz raises some interesting questions. There are so many things to be fatigued about. Our ex-governor just returned home to Chicago from prison where he served a partial sentence for odious crimes, commuted by our current president. There is little surprise in one thug having empathy for another, but the existence of yet one more moronic …

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Information Theory – Shake That Tree!

Information Theory In 1948, Claude Shannon of Bell Telephone Laboratories published two papers on a system he called Information Theory. In his paper Shannon proved that disorder or haphazard noise contains a message. Most interesting of all, Shannon’s math for describing information was identical to  equations devised in the Victorian era to explain entropy. The equation was a mathematical expression …

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A brief history of permanence

Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen, the two sculptors currently on show in Milan, share the the desire – together with the ability – to capture ideals in marble, to make beauty permanent. When I left the gallery I found myself spontaneously comparing this search for infinity with various forms of contemporary art – its transience, preoccupation with the finite, and …

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Vito, Video, and You

Vito Acconci is a name you should know. A pioneer of conceptual art, his career lasted over 50 years and encompassed poetry, video, performance, installation, design, and architecture. As a trailblazer of video art, during the 1960s and 1970s he used a new creative medium to produce unprecedented works. Acconci understood the one-on-one interaction of video, despite its impersonal connotation. …

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