Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

The work of renowned photographer Adrien Broom, who lives and works in Connecticut, is the subject of my new Artist Watch column at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life. Note: The images shown in this post are not shown in the feature at EIL; together with the latter, they are intended to show the wide arc of Adrien's marvelous ouevre.




The images above are from Adrien Broom's "Colorful Dream" project.
© Adrien Broom

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The above images are from Adrien Broom's "My Own Tales and Fables" project. 
© Adrien Broom

In addition to commercial photography, Adrien produces superb contemporary fine art and commissioned portrait photography. (See images below.) A highly imaginative, highly visual storyteller who can't help but betray her love of creative play, Adrien often can be found building elaborate and fantastical sets in which she places the characters that tell her stories. (See the images above.) Life-sized and in miniature, her "alternate universes", as she calls them, frequently include elements of painting and film and are as colorful and extraordinarily beautiful as they are dreamy and strange. Notably, they hold to no single interpretation.

Today's Artist Watch showcases a selection of representative images from Adrien's most recent and ongoing project "HOLDING SPACE: the Historic Houses of Artists and Writers". Adrien's settings include the Mark Twain home and Florence Griswold house, both in Connecticut, as well as Wentworth Woodhouse in England, United Kingdom. Also included are Adrien's Artist Statement and a biography, as well as Adrien's social media outlets. Be sure to explore the many hyperlinks featuring Adrien's creative take on the past, the present, and the otherworldly, the known and the unknown.



The above image is an example of Adrien Broom's commissioned portraits.
© Adrien Broom


The image above is a selection from Adrien Broom's commissioned portraits
 with set designs.
© Adrien Broom

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness,
to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
~ Marcel Proust
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Quoted from Sodome et Gommorhe, or Cities of the Plain (1921-1922), Vol. IV, Pt. II, Ch. 1

Marcel Proust (1871- 1922), French Novelist, Essayist, Critic


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Short



Today's short previews 25 in 24 (2018), a 65-minute documentary about Jon Foreman, lead singer for the alternative rock band Switchfoot, who, following the release of the four-EP project The Wonderlands, decided in 2017 to perform 76 songs in 25 different shows in 24 hours in San Diego, California. He played in a Mexican restaurant and a children's hospital, at a wedding, and on a beach, among other locations.

The indie is from Brainstorm Media.


25 IN 24 from Brainstorm Media on Vimeo.

(My thanks to The Rabbit Room and Chris Yokel for the link. Read Chris's post "Jon Foreman's 25 in 24".)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

Haunted is an apartment where a woman lived.
~ Taylor Mali
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Quoted from "The New Ash on the Roof of Our Building' in The Whetting Stone (Rattle, 2017), page16 (This is a beautifully written and very moving chapbook. It comprises the poems Mali wrote after the death of his wife Rebecca.)

Taylor Mali, Brooklyn-Based Poet, Educator, Voiceover Artist

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

Strange how shameful sorrow feels.
 ~ Richard Solly

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Quoted from Richard Solly, "The Immensity" in From Where the Rivers Come: Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 2006, page 71

Richard Solly (1947-2015), Poet

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thought for the Day


. . . At its best, faith is the overflow of gratitude,
the attempt to live as if we are loved, the fragile hope
for something better on the other side of pain and death. . . .
~ Michael Gerson
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Quoted from Michael Gerson, "The Last Temptation" in The Atlantic, April 2018 (This is an excellent piece.)

Michael Gerson, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Adviser, ONE Campaign

Michael Gerson on Twitter

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Short

Today's short is the official trailer for the documentary Unfractured, which features environmental activist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., as she and other anti-fracking protestors take on the oil and gas industry in upstate New York. (A natural gas-extraction process, fracking contaminates the environment with toxic chemicals that harm humans' health.) Steingraber is a biologist, public speaker, poet and writer, and cancer survivor. She co-founded New Yorkers Against Fracking and Concerned Health Professionals of New York.

Produced and directed by Canadian Chanda Chevannes, the documentary, which premiered last year at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, currently is screening around the country. Upcoming screenings are scheduled in the United States at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, April 4; and Martin Koppel Theater, Chenango Arts, Norwich, New York, April 19. Another screening is scheduled at Fast-Forward 2018 Eco-Film Festival, Erin, ON, April 25. The film is being shown this afternoon at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C., as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.



Unfractured on FaceBook and Vimeo

Sandra Steingraber on FaceBook 

New Yorkers Against Fracking on FaceBook 

Americans Against Fracking

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

Everyone has a      burning building      inside them.
~ Nick Lantz
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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

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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