Dirt

An Interview with Gabriel Lalonde

An Interview with Gabriel Lalonde

Gabriel Lalonde: Who am I? I am first of all earthen, attached to my human status. Telluric, rooted in the Earth. I: artist-poet, poet-artist. Artist and poet, I paint and write. I write words and images. Art inhabits me and is the domain where I have chosen to live. From metal to wood, canvas to paper, I paint, assemble, and sculpt materials, new or recycled. My works speak of time, human traces, and speech...

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An Interview with Sarah Witt

An Interview with Sarah Witt

Jodie Cavalier All images by and courtesy Sarah Witt. I first learned of Sarah Witt through the High Desert Test Sites newsletter. I had been accepted to the AZ West Wagon Encampment Residency to continue my research on food, storytelling, and landscape and was paying particular attention to all art related events and organizations in Joshua Tree to help me prepare for my visit. The High Desert Test Kitchen (HDTK) had just gotten on...

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Aurous and Geometric Interventions: An Interview with Claudia Wieser

Aurous and Geometric Interventions: An Interview with Claudia Wieser

Astarte Rowe The Mirror (installation view), 2013, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. An early apprenticeship as blacksmith at Bergmeister Kunstshmiede led Claudia Wieser to the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, where she completed an MA in Painting. Geometry acts as a point of departure for Wieser, as evinced by her spherical wooden sculptures, hand-painted ceramics, multi-faceted mirrors, and gold leaf geometrics applied to hand-made paper or book pages. In her installations this inquiry...

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Biomorphic Aesthetics and the Crystallization of Process over Eidos: An Interview with Jessica Drenk

Biomorphic Aesthetics and the Crystallization of Process over Eidos: An Interview with Jessica Drenk

Astarte Rowe Porcelain Skins (series), 2006, Porcelain, cotton swabs, 7 x 6 x 6 inches. Courtesy the artist. Jessica Drenk’s biomorphic sculptures push materials such as personal hygiene items – gauze, toilet paper, cotton buds, and toothpicks – to their point of organic saturation, thereby simulating organs, micro-cellular worlds, and geological stratifications. Yet Drenk is just as concerned with switching the direction of organic flows, such as when she converts slim cuttings of wood...

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An Interview with Carli Holcomb

An Interview with Carli Holcomb

Greg Minissale: What does ‘dirt’ mean to you? Carli Holcomb: When I think of dirt, I can’t help but think of digging. Of pushing my hands deep in the fragments of the earth. Micro landscapes from centuries ago, caught in the peripheral, clinging to our clothes, catching in our eyes, and collecting in our homes. Dirt feels like a witness. A claim that is broad, and forgetful of consciousness, but for nearly five billion...

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