By Andrew Paul Woolbright
OCT 2023 | ArtSeen
For her current exhibition Halfway Off, South continues to produce from the mind of the hand and its partner, the industrial sewing machine. Between foot and plate, South finds the relational and situational dialectics, tensions, and moments between textures and fibers, discovering synthesis through process.
By Idra Novey
MARCH 2023 | Fiction
Deep in the mountains of Pennsylvania, a sixty-six year old woman named Jean welds scrap metal into massive sculptures. These works, which she dubs her Manglements, assert themselves into the foreground of the story with the same haunting force of Louise Bourgeoiss workswhich makes sense given that Bourgeois is Jeans greatest influence and the central source of reflection on the artistic impulse in Idra Noveys superb new novel, Take What You Need. Amid the sawdust and machine oil, theres a whiff of distrust. The novel deeply examines the intersection of art and trust, which is a central, if quiet, conversation often overlooked in the sensationalist depictions of art monsters in contemporary fiction. Novey relates an outsider artists life, and her step-daughters reckoning with that life, with resonance and connection to the broader world beyond the workshop.