Voice Dhoti: Gong (after Dana Ward)
Nada Gordon (ScentedRushes on Etsy) makes fabric cats, skirts and frocks, dolls, and little tunes and verses. A kid’ll eat ivy, too: wouldn’t you?
Is our obsession with money a curse to humanity?By Phyllis Hollis
JUNE 2023 | Critics Page
After spending decades in institutional financial services as a successful top sales producer, and then in the position of CEO of an institutional broker-dealer, I became less interested in material things and more interested in everything elseprimarily the visual arts. I decided to explore this impulse.
from Take What You NeedBy 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.
Beverly Fishman: Something For the PainBy Jason Stopa
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
Beverly Fishman likes the look of Finish. No, not like Larry Bell and Helen Pashgian, artists associated with the Finish Fetish scene in LA in the 1960s. Though she may start from the same materialist impulse, she occupies her own territory. For starters those artists used glass, resin, enamel, and aluminum to make abstract paintings and sculptures in an effort to address the new materiality surrounding everything from car culture to consumer culture at large.
François-Marie Banier: Writings & PicturesBy Ann C. Collins
MARCH 2023 | ArtSeen
Francois-Marie Baniers Writings & Pictures, a small yet ebullient sampling of nearly sixty years of artmaking, provides a snapshot of an artists practice that is as unconstrained as it is prolific. Persistently following inspiration and impulse, Banier refuses categorization and has worked in whichever collisions of medium and style best serve his continuous need to create.