Alyssa Danna: An Impractical World

The discovery of someone’s unwanted item serves as a foundation for Danna to consider consumption, to muddy the narrative of the object, and to push material boundaries. She has a hyper-ability to create symbiotic relationships between objects, in which a viewer is unable to decipher where the melding of elements within her creation begins and ends.

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Full Circle: Cornelia White Swann's Fugitive Color

By Céleste Wackenhut

There is an intentional intimacy in the way Cornelia White Swann has kept the beginning of her Fugitive Color series small in size—first and foremost, for herself as she becomes familiar with the materiality of natural pigments, but also for the viewer in reflecting upon the subtleties of her paintings...

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Joseph Beuys and Martin Kippenberger: Divergent Approaches to Relational Aesthetics

By Lana Shafer Meador

The enactment of the term relational aesthetics, placing the beholders’ (or participants’) social interaction at the center of the artwork, has come to prominence in contemporary art over the past two decades. However, the concept itself has been presaged throughout the twentieth century with the increased acknowledgement of the viewer’s presence and role in the artwork... 

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Lisa Qualls and the Impact of Place

By Céleste Wackenhut

Qualls has dedicated her entire artistic practice to the subject of cultural identity, consistently studying the environment, objects, and traditions that make up various communities. The Louisiana Portrait Project continues to embody this matter exhibited in Qualls’ previous work, in this instance bringing her personal association with her home state to light...

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Part I: The Kitchen

By Liz Pearson

Like a wobbly first date, imagine developing a new recipe: arrange a pile of ingredients, force them to bump against one another in this vessel or that, and bully their awkward meeting with heat or cold or turmoil. All the while, hope for a positive result that breeds flavor and character. When done right, the process of recipe development is rigorous and airtight...

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Artist Statement for Cornelia White Swann: fugitive color I

I eagerly started this series with a limited foundation and vocabulary for a process that has a history both rich and vast. Working with plants to source pigment is a slow process, heavily dependent on the environment and time. While I’ve always felt that my work pertained to the subtleties of these elements, I was no longer led by my own timelines, but those of the seasons, a welcome and surprising challenge to my studio practice...

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Neighborhood Placitas

The idea of the livable city is important to the contemporary conversation surrounding urban planning and design. Cities are socially constructed to correspond with the ideas and ideals of their inhabitants at the intersection of community, economy, and faith. Historically, the neighborhoods and streets of the city radiate from a central point of civic, religious, and commercial communion... 

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