“I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day…”

“I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day…”

It has been important, certainly since the turn of the 20th century, to ask what things – not just art, everything – mean. What does this abstract painting mean? What does this realist short story mean? What does this rock mean? I learned at the Santa Monica police station, from an incredibly chatty technician who gently rolled my finger on the scanner, that the print on my left index finger is of the sort that less than 1% of people have. I asked, laughing, but not really, I felt pretty serious about it – it was my first thought – “what does it mean?” She said, “oh, probably nothing.” If I look it up online – I think it was a double loop or a Peacock’s eye or maybe a tented arch, I wish I remembered or wrote it down, but I didn’t – it might mean that I’m a perfectionist, that I’m indecisive or diplomatic, that I’m independent and inflexible, or that I am “fiery.”

Process Notes: Part 1 with Michal Samama

Process Notes: Part 1 with Michal Samama

 Guest post by Hannah Verrill Michal Samama is a performance artist and choreographer from Israel.  She recently came to Chicago by way of New York to begin her MFA in studio art at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is now focusing on the research and...
Bringing art to Birmingham with curator Stuart Tulloch

Bringing art to Birmingham with curator Stuart Tulloch

Guest Post by Mark Sheerin Mark Sheerin is a writer and critic from Brighton, England. He is a regular contributor to Culture24, Frame & Reference and Hyperallergic. There are at least a million differences between Chicago, USA, and Birmingham, UK, but surely the...
Ghosts, Mythology, and Painting: A Chat With Carl Baratta

Ghosts, Mythology, and Painting: A Chat With Carl Baratta

Guest Post by  Kevin Blake As his upcoming show at Sidecar Gallery in Hammond, Indiana approaches, Carl Baratta is poised for a timely event that will delve into the world of ghosts and mythology–subjects in which he is well versed. From his home base, Baratta...
Praise the Sun: The Contextual Language of Dark Souls

Praise the Sun: The Contextual Language of Dark Souls

Guest Post by Paul King The most recent time I loaded up the game Dark Souls, my character unsheathed a sword from her back and drew her shield. And then I noticed a message, written maybe two steps away: “Grief.” The world of Dark Souls is, as the title would...