The Artist Under Surveillance PLUS a Guide to Holiday Shopping
Art Theory / Musings / Political / Process

The Artist Under Surveillance PLUS a Guide to Holiday Shopping

And then I start thinking about what I can buy people for Christmas that is not going to spy on them, because I would not want a gift to spy on me. This might seem like a weird thought, but Christmas really is the spying holiday. First, Santa is watching kids all the time. That’s surveillance. The Elf on the Shelf? A spy… Continue reading

Out and About: Checking out Philly Flânerie
Art Theory / Musings / Philadelphia / Shows

Out and About: Checking out Philly Flânerie

Our Philadelphia winter was recently interrupted by unseasonably warm weather. Perfect timing to kick off my hunt for public installations associated with the Barnes Foundation’s Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, which opened on February 25th. The “flâneur” references Charles Baudelaire’s 1863 essay “The Painter of Modern Life” in which he describes … Continue reading

The Rhizome in Sculpture: Melquiades Rosario Sastre & Elizabeth Robles
Art Theory / Artist Profile / Inspiration

The Rhizome in Sculpture: Melquiades Rosario Sastre & Elizabeth Robles

Roots and branches are at the same level in the process of organizing ones thinking according to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. They propose this metaphor, originally taken from biology, as a rhizomatic way of thinking. The rhizome, like a root system, is so fertile that it may sprout in many different places at the … Continue reading