T. Motley is a core contributor to Cartozia Tales, a fantasy mapjam comic for all ages: cartozia.com. He blogs at cartooniologist.blogspot.com and yourdailydoodle.tumblr.com
Cecily Brown: Death and the MaidBy Phyllis Tuchman
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid, an atypical mid-career survey, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through December 3, 2023, comprises 21 paintings, 18 works on paper, 5 sketchbooks, and 3 monotypes made between 1997 and 2022 that treat just two themes: death and a maiden.
fourBy Bianca Stone
MARCH 2022 | Poetry
Bianca Stone is author of The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), Someone Else's Wedding Vows (Octopus Books and Tin House, 2014); the childrens book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein, (Penny Candy Books, 2020). Her newest poetry collection is What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022). She teaches poetry and hosts a podcast as Creative Director at the Ruth Stone House in Vermont.
Judah Schepts Coal, Cages, CrisisBy Jarrod Shanahan and Abby Cunniff
SEPT 2022 | Field Notes
A crumbling strip of asphalt winds through the craggy countryside of eastern Kentucky, striated with power lines sagging in every direction. Wobbly pavement markings and errant skidmarks vanish at a hairpin bend buffered by low guard rails framing a rolling, sparsely tree-spotted expanse of hills. On one side of this road stands a roughly chiseled open coal seam, marking the remnants of a former mine. On the other, a bowed chain link fence capped in razor-wire announces the outer periphery of Otter Creek Correctional Facility. This remarkable image by photographer Jill Frank adorns the jacket of prison scholar Judah Schepts Coal, Cages, Crisis (New York: NYU Press, 2022), confronting the reader with the books central preoccupations.
Estefania Velez Rodriguez: Time’s Passage is probably an IllusionBy Robert R. Shane
SEPT 2021 | ArtSeen
We feel disorientation and ecstasy as we enter Estefania Velez Rodriguezs large-scale landscapes in Times Passage is probably an Illusion. Illuminated by fluorescent oil and spray paint, the pattern-rich paintings strip away the surface of the natural world to reveal the inner life of nature and of the artist.