“simultaneously charming and terrifying” the Cordite Review weighs in on KERN
Very pleased to have one of my classes at Alberta College of Art + Design featured in the college’s profile in Maclean’s magazine under “cool courses”. My teaching blog is over here…
Morgan Lehman Gallery is proud to present “Twenty by Sixteen New York,” a group show featuring the work of 37 artists, each of whom honors the single formal constraint that all work in the show be of the dimensions twenty inches tall by sixteen inches wide. Beyond that, the sky, the sea, the land and the imagination are the limit. Medium, surface, image, story, geometry, vision, abstraction, architecture, wit, nature, and the unnatural are all up for grabs in what should prove to be a revelation.
Size is relative. For some, 20 x 16” is tiny; for others it is heroic. For bibliophiles, it resembles a large page. The viewer will find in this exhibition an inquisitive range of notions (observations, traditions, adventures) as to what painting and photography are about, with no two artists looking anything like each other. The hanging of the show is rigorous–evenly spaced and egalitarian in spirit—which allows each artist’s work to promulgate its own essential style, pitched in the timelessness of aesthetic inquiry. Since each artist is represented by two works, the viewer is treated as well to variations within each signature look.
There are acres of stylistic distance, for example, between the hothouse growth in Amy Lincoln and the nailed down “pattern” in Nate Ethier, just as there are different historically specific antecedents to the alchemical transformations in Steve DiBenedetto and Rubens Ghenov, to name but four artists in the show. Mel Bochner, as efficiently as a wunderkind, combines image and conceptual specificity with a devilish wit. And if Fred Cooper’s artistically laden interiors owe nothing whatsoever to Barbara Takenaga’s cosmic debris or Mark Olshansky’s musically inspired needlepoint? All the better for art, beauty, and exploration.
Which brings me to the pâté of this fête champêtre: everyone is invited to sample the pleasures and insights that this show presents, because there just might be a taste for everyone.
Featuring work by: Eve Aschheim, Meg Atkinson, Carl Baratta, Derek Beaulieu, Myles Bennett, Jon Berzinski, Mel Bochner, Katherine Bradford, Morgan Bulkeley, Vince Contarino, Fred Cooper, Steve DiBenedetto, Robert Otto Epstein, Nate Ethier, Rubens Ghenov, Duncan Hannah, Daniel Heidkamp, Warren Isensee, Claire Jervert, Farrah Karapetian, Philip Knoll, Zohar Lazar, Amy Lincoln, Nancy Lorenz, Lucy Mink, Andy Mister, JJ Miyaoka-Pakola, Erin O’Keefe, Mark Olshansky, Gary Petersen, Peggy Reeves, Walter Robinson, Katia Santibanez, Andrew Small, Cary Smith, Lisa Sylvester, Barbara Takenaga, Rose Tannenbaum, Nichole Van Beek, and Valaire Van Slyck.
An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth’s energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. As Sam’s contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he’s having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn’t been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam’s contract isn’t the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Come join filling Station 7:00pm on March 26th for a special double launch of Issues 60 & 61 at Calgary’s Shelf Life Books (100 – 1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta). The evening will feature readings by contributors Caitlynn Cummings, Ken Hunt and I as we share new work and celebrate Calgary’s nexus of literary experimentation. Snacks and beverages will be served.