Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

Everyone has a      burning building      inside them.
~ Nick Lantz

Quoted from Nick Lantz, "Ruin", in American Poetry Review, Vol. 47, No. 2, March/April 2018, page 34

Lantz is the author of We Don't Know We Don't Know (Graywolf Press, 2010), The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (Graywolf, 2014), and You, Beast (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017).

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Pooja Campbell, Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart, 2017
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"
Copyright © Pooja Campbell


I could not be more delighted than I am today to present in this month's Artist Watch for the online arts magazine Escape Into Life the work of the superbly talented painter Pooja Campbell.

A native of Bangalore, India, Pooja came to the United States in 1995 and, after earning a fine arts degree and studying textile design, settled in Maryland. In addition to attracting the attention of private collectors, Pooja's work, which is highly distinctive in style and easily identifiable for its bold, tropical-like colors, has been exhibited around the U.S. and in India.

Today's Artist Watch features eight images of Pooja's spectacular paintings, her biography, her Artist Statement, and her social media addresses. 

Pooja maintains a studio at Artist & Makers Studios, 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20852. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by to introduce yourself and see Pooja's paintings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Trio of Don't-Misses

Take note of and don't miss the following:

★ A new documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, Leaning Into the Wind (Magnolia Pictures, 2016), directed, photographed, and edited by Thomas Riedelsheimer, is playing now in theatres. Shot between 2013 and 2016, the 93-minute English-language film, which includes Goldsworthy's daughter and assistant Holly, captures the artist at work in urban settings, dense forests, jungles, and fields of grain using such natural materials as mud, leaves, bark, rocks, clay, bracken, and even sheep to create site-specific works. Goldsworthy's locales include Scotland, France, and the United States. See the trailer at the title link above or as it appears on Vimeo, below. The documentary is an official selection of the San Francisco Film Festival, scheduled for April 4-17.

Reviews or Other Articles at Film Forum, Hyperallergic, Variety, and Screen Daily

Leaning Into the Wind on FaceBook

★ "Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings", a major survey of the work of photographer Sally Mann, opened March 4 at the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and continues through May 28. Featuring more than 100 images, the show is organized into five sections: "Family", "The Land", "Last Measure", "Abide with Me", and "What Remains".

Related programming at NGA includes a public symposium, "History, Photography, and Race in the South: From the Civil War to Now", April 14, 10:30 a.m., East Building Auditorium; and two lectures, also in the East Building: "Crossing Paths", April 21, 12:00 p.m., and "The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen", May 20, 2:00 p.m. 

A traveling exhibition, "A Thousand Crossings" will appear at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts (June 30 - September 23); The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California (November 20, 2018 - February 10, 2019); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (March 3, 2018 - May 27, 2019); Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (June 17, 2019 - September 22, 2019); and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (October 19, 2019 - January 20, 2020).

A 320-page exhibition catalogue (see image below) is available.

Cover Art, Sally Mann Exhibition Catalogue

★ What is it like to leave . . . your partner or your family, your career or job, the only place you've called home, or even your life? In Last Works: Lessons in Leaving (Yale University Press, January 9, 2018), Columbia University professor of religion Mark C. Taylor looks at writers' and thinkers' final reflections to discover how people confront and experience leavings and endings and to better understand the lessons others offer about life and living. Taylor's subjects include, among others, philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, medical doctor and father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, and novelist, essayist, publisher, and critic Virginia Woolf.

Cover Art

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

. . . the extraordinary is waiting quietly. . . Light is in both
the broken bottle and the diamond. . . .
~ Mark Nepo

Quoted from Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening (Conari Press, 2011), page 24

Mark Nepo, Poet, Spiritual Writer, Philosopher, Healing Arts Teacher

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Artist Mindy Alper in Short Doc Film

When you have time, watch the 40-minute Oscar-winning documentary about Brooklyn-born artist Mindy Alper, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2018). (The 405 is a California freeway. Its name's significance is explained in the film.)

Both film and animation, the documentary by director and writer Frank Stiefel allows Alper to talk openly and frankly about her life and her art — drawings and papier-mache sculptures that reflect her experience of and feelings about depression, anxiety, and other physical and mental problems. She speaks movingly about her dark and isolated childhood and her need for and ability to love. Interviews, reenactments, and artwork complement the story of Alper's life, which includes commitment to a mental institution, electro-schock therapy, and a 10-year period during which she could not speak.

A resident of Los Angeles, California, Alper is a remarkable and inspiring person whose acclaimed gift for art-making is a key to her survival.
(My thanks to Hyperallergic, which published an article about the documentary, "This Oscar-Winning Short Doc Animates the Life of an Unpretentious Artist" (March 6, 2018).)

Note: Go to the film's Website to see the trailer (see link above); the full documentary is no longer available via YouTube, where I first watched it in its entirety.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Thought for the Day

. . . sometimes only nothing can open the door to something else.
~ Barbara Hamby

Quoted from Barbara Hamby, "Athena Ode", in Bird Odyssey (University of Pittsburgh Press/Pitt Poetry Series, March 2018). The text of the poem was published in The New Yorker (January 25, 2016).

If you've never read Hamby, look her up (plenty of poems are online and on her Website). She's a terrific poet.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday Short

Cover Art
Today's Saturday Short is the trailer for Luisa A. Igloria's new poetry collection, the marvelously titled The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, March 2018). Igloria produced the trailer with Belgian video- and sound-artist Swoon (a.k.a. Marc Neys) with whom she has collaborated on at least five other filmpoems.

If you are unfamiliar with the poetry of Igloria, who maintains a daily poetry writing practice at poet Dave Bonta's Via Negativa blog, I encourage you to browse her pieces at Dave's blog or at Igloria's own Website, and then order a chapbook or full-length collection to read. You will not be disappointed in this immensely talented poet.

Igloria, who lives in Virginia and is a professor of creative writing and English at Old Dominion University, has written more than a dozen poetry collections, including Ode to the Heart Smaller Than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014) and Night Willow (Phoenicia, 2014), and three chapbooks, and is published in numerous literary journals and periodicals, as well as anthologies. She is the recipient of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (for her poem "Auguries") and the 2014 May Swenson Poetry Award, just two of many honors that have deservedly come her way.

Luisa A. Igloria Website

Swoon Website 

Phoenicia Publishing Website

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jutta Pryor's 'Nailing Remembrance.... (Filmpoem)

Take six minutes from your day to view Jutta Pryor's beautiful film of poet Farkhonda Akbar's "Nailing Remembrance". Music and sound production are by Lisa Greenaway.

Akbar is a Ph.D. candidate in diplomacy, international politics, and strategic studies at Australian National University. She is a member of the Hazara ethnic group in Afghanistan.

My thanks to Dave Bonta at Moving Poems for posting this excellent film.

Jutta Pryor on FaceBook

Jutta Pryor at Vimeo

Farkhonda Akbar on Twitter

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

Solace is the beautiful, imaginative home we make
where disappointment can go to be rehabilitated.
~ David Whyte

Quoted from David Whyte, Consolations (Many Rivers Press, 2015), page 217

David Whyte, Poet, Author, Speaker, Organizational Thinker

David Whyte TED Talk ("A Lyrical Bridge Between Past, Present and Future", 2017)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday Short

Today's Saturday Short presents the trailer for Nowhere to Hide (2016), a documentary by Zaradasht Ahmed that details the Iraq War and its effects on Nori Sharif, a nurse, and his family. In Arabic with English subtitles, the film was the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2016 IDFA Winner for Best Feature-Length Documentary, the 2017 Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, and the 2017 Best Documentary Award of the One World Human Rights Festival. 

Read Hoshang Waziri's article "Iraq & the Wounds That Never Heal" at New York Review of Books Daily, February 9, 2018.