Contemporariness

Two selections from Giorgio Agamben’s “What Is the Contemporary?” published in Nudities, translated by David Kishik and Stefan Pedatella (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), pages 13-15. 3. The poet–the contemporary–must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see? What is this demented grin on the face …

The Essentials

Alexander Liberman, Agnes Martin with Level and Ladder, 1960. Essentials for new goals: patience + efforthave a clear visionslow and steady winsself love keeps you strongsee the joy in every momentturn big goals into small taskshave the courage to keep goingexpectations can slow you downcalmness supports good decisionsreflect on how you can do it betterwhen you …

WHOLE

They tell me alchemy doesn't exist, But I took this pain And I turned it to gold; This self-loathing to wine. I learned how to transform destruction into growth How to take all these broken, chipped, Fragmented pieces And make something WHOLE.

Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

Resting with Warriors

Shelley Niro, Resting with Warriors (detail), 2001, series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper.  Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples. "Some people …