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The Only Way Around is Through. Artifacts of Memory : Crystal Schenk

The Only Way Around is Through. Artifacts of Memory : Crystal Schenk

Jennifer Rabin Crystal Schenk, Artifacts of Memory, 2012.  Magnets, wire, silk flower petals.  All images courtesy of Cris Moss. Walking into the Linfield Gallery, where Crystal Schenk’s Artifacts of Memory is installed, is a disorienting experience. It is difficult to make sense of what you are seeing. At first, the eye is drawn across the gallery by two horizontal lines of pod-like structures—the top row hung from the ceiling and the bottom row suspended...

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Interview with Carrie Gundersdorf

Interview with Carrie Gundersdorf

Avantika Bawa My first meeting with Carrie Gundersdorf was at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where we were graduate students in the Painting and Drawing department. I have followed her work closely since then. Of special interest to me are the back and forth shifts in her practice from 'painterly painting' to quirky collages, and more recently obsessive, labor-intensive color pencil drawings. A lot of this stems, I believe, from her...

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An Art of Making-Do: Xin Cheng Mixtures

An Art of Making-Do: Xin Cheng Mixtures

Victoria Wynne-Jones Xin Cheng, Mixtures, 2011. Images: Asumi Mizuo Survival is a most serious business and is interrogated throughout the work of Auckland-based artist Xin Cheng. Cheng’s sculptural practice demonstrates a preoccupation with objects people often create to meet basic needs such as: shelter, illumination, warmth, support, nutrition and occasionally diversion Cheng’s solo exhibition, entitled Mixtures, involves a sprawling and scattered installation, a single work containing multitudes. The plenitude of Cheng’s work often makes...

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Interview with Isabel Manalo

Interview with Isabel Manalo

Craig Drennen If Only, Oil and Photos on Yupo, 30" x 30" Craig Drennen: I wanted to begin by talking about nature and the landscape. So many of your works from past four years include images of nature. Yet your treatment of the natural world is heavily mediated through photography. Could you talk about why that’s important to you? Isabel Manalo: The process of capturing an image is directly connected to the idea of arresting the...

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