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A Tug at the Archive: Stephanie’s 2013(-ish) favorites

By Stephanie Cardon

December 30, 2013 

Here's my tug from the archive, with notes. My picks are pieces I found creative in and of themselves, either because of the way they were written, or because of their author's approach to the topic.

BR&S's August 2013 issue included four exhibition reviews written by poets. This had been the pet idea of our editor John Pyper for a while, and it was wonderful to see it come together in such a playful way. Check out Les Papesses — Palais des Papes, Avignon and Collection Lambert, Avignon by Gabriela Jauregui, and 23 EXIT SIGNS — After Road Trip at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, by Kurt Cole Eidsvig, which is like a journey in itself.

J. R. Uretsky, our artist-in-residence from December 2012, wrote this tender post about her students: Inside Out: Xena, Monsters, and Adorable Critics. The article alternates between excerpts from a student's review of Uretsky's work, and a scholarly analysis of Xena: Warrior Princess. What's not to love?

Anulfo Baez, who was editor of our blog for an entire year, gave his body to art. He describes the experience of getting tattooed during Katrina Chamberlin's performance Mnemonic at the SMFA's Grossman Gallery: Permanent Dots Connected by Invisible Lines. The thought of him still bearing the mark of that performance is pretty poetic.

I really enjoyed Lola Arellano-Weddleton's personal and exploratory approach to the work of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, in Issue #5: There Is No Spectator Here: Encountering Lygia Clark.

Our current blog editor, Leah Triplett, first came onto our radar with this great piece of writing on '80s Boston, Mark Morrisroe, and the punk spirit, featured in our second Journal issue: 9pm to 5am: Underground Boston and Mark Morrisroe. In Issue #3, the piece continued with 9am to 5pm: Institutionalizing Boston, which remarked on the absence of Morrisroe's work from the ICA's This Will Have Been.

Finally, I'm really proud of our growing documentary series. These four videos profiles of Paris Visone, Lucy Kim, Bruce Myren, and Sharon Harper, have all been shot and edited* by the excellent Shane Godfrey and Meg Elkinton.

Icon image: Lygia Clark, Pedra e Ar (Air and Stone), 1966

* Sharon Harper's Artist Profile video was edited by Alexia Prichard.

About Author

Stephanie Cardon is a cross-disciplinary artist from France and the United States and is the former executive editor at Big Red & Shiny. She works as a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and is a 2013 recipient of the Art Writing Workshop from the AICA-USA and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

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