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John Stezaker & the Not-So-Perfect Marriage

John Stezaker’s surreal, handmade collages—comprised of film stills, publicity portraits, and postcards collected from thrift stores and bookshops—are masterful studies in contradiction. They are familiar and nostalgic, but also unexpected and strange. Like a Coen Brothers film or Flannery O’Connor short story, they walk that compelling line between comedy and tragedy.

By | 06.22.16|Books Worth Reading, Images|0 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store / with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack / that should have been bagged in double layers / —so that before you are even out the door / you feel the weight of the jug dragging / the bag down, stretching the thin / plastic handles longer and longer and you know it’s only a matter of time until / bottom suddenly splits.

By | 11.29.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|0 Comments

The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

  For Proust," Susan Howe writes in her Preface to The Gorgeous Nothings, "a fragment is a morsel of time in its pure state; it hovers between a present that is immediate and a past that once had been present." The fragments Howe is specifically referring to are the envelopes left [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and an NAACP Image Award nomination. (Photo by Tarfia Faizullah) [...]

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Sonic Boom: Ted Apel & a New Generation of Artists Explore the Art of Sound

Marco Fusinato. Mass Black Implosion (Shaar, Iannis Xenakis). 2012. Ink on archival facsimile of score; framed. Part one of five parts. To make these drawings Fusinato chose a point on the page and then ruled a line from every note in the composition back to that point. This ongoing series, [...]

By | 04.02.14|Interviews, Sounds|Comments Off on Sonic Boom: Ted Apel & a New Generation of Artists Explore the Art of Sound

The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

Brenda Arrieta Killian in the wig she wore after shaving her hair at the beginning of chemotherapy. Brenda was the subject of a series of articles Sunday Poet Don Colburn wrote for The Oregonian and is the subject of his new chapbook Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues. (Photo by Stephanie Yao [...]

By | 03.15.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

If Other Professions Were Paid Like Artists

In 2011 German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was named the winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize, a bi-annual award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art, with an attached honorarium of $100,000. In a unique gesture to the museum Feldmann proposed the [...]

By | 02.19.14|Process|9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

Poet C.D. Wright (Photo by W.T. Pfefferle via Flickr Commons)   I first encountered C.D. Wright's poetry through the back door of photography. Years ago, when I was studying contemporary artists working with 19th century photographic processes, I stumbled across Deborah Luster's collaboration with C.D. Wright, titled One Big [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Judith Taylor’s Sex Libris

Judith Taylor (Photo courtesy the author)   As the psychoanalysts Jung and Freud both observed, fairy tales frequently reveal more about a culture than its sophisticated literary texts. These are the stories we hear at a young, impressionable age. Whether we're conscious of it or not, these tales of angelic [...]

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Kill Me Now Abs & Conversation Lashes with Artist Rachelle Beaudoin

An installation view of Rachelle Beaudoin's Conversation Lashes. Laser cut paper, digital photographs, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   On Thursday I attended the opening for Rachelle Beaudoin's new show, Let's Work it Out, at the Carroll House Gallery in Keene, New Hampshire. Rachelle investigates feminine iconography and identity [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

Do not encourage small children / to play the trombone as the shortness / of their arms may prove quite frustrating, / imprinting a lifelong aversion to music / although in rare cases a sense of unreachability / may inspire operas of delicate auras.

By | 01.11.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

Lewis Wickes Hine, A construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)   Books Worth Reading Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages   (Photo © Black [...]

Crystal Bliss: What the Snow Photos of Doug + Mike Starn Teach Us about Originality

Doug + Mike Starn, from the series alleverythingthatisyou, 2006-2007. (Photograph Doug + Mike Starn courtesy dmstarn.com)   Doug + Mike Starn, Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop, 2010. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images North America via [...]

By | 12.21.13|Images|Comments Off on Crystal Bliss: What the Snow Photos of Doug + Mike Starn Teach Us about Originality

The Sunday Poem: Sophie Cabot Black’s The Exchange

(Attributed to) Caravaggio, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1598. Oil on canvas 46 in × 68 in. (Photo via Wikimedia courtesy the Piasecka-Johnson Collection, Princeton)   Sophie Cabot Black (Photo by Alexander Black) "For me, the act of writing comes out of query," poet Sophie Cabot Black explains in a recent interview [...]

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Chop-Suey, Automats, & Diamondback Terrapin: Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer on Dining in America

The chefs of Sherry's restaurant at luncheon in 1902 (Photo courtesy the Museum of the City of New York, the Byron Company Collection. Click to Enlarge)   Wisconsin Death Trip My first introduction to the work of Michael Lesy was a chance encounter many years ago with his classic [...]

By | 12.01.13|Books Worth Reading, Images, Words|Comments Off on Chop-Suey, Automats, & Diamondback Terrapin: Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer on Dining in America

The Sunday Poem: Miriam Sagan’s Seven Places in America

Lisa Elmaleh, Paurotis Palms, Everglades, Florida, silver gelatin print, 2010. On view in the Mythology of Florida exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans through January 5th. (Photo © Lisa Elmaleh via lisaelmaleh.com)   "Miriam Sagan's Seven Places is a lovely collection of verbal souvenirs, resonant snapshots plumbing [...]

By | 11.23.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

Writer Howard Mansfield on Clutter, Home Improvement & the Most Hated House on the Block

Lisa Dahl, Suburban Export, household cardboard, 1.5 x 2 x 2 inches (each), installation variable, 2011-12. View the finished installation Suburban Export here. (In-Progress photo of installation by Lisa Dahl courtesy the artist)     "Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul." -Samuel Mockbee   The [...]

The Sunday Poem: Alice Fogel on How to Not “Get” Poetry

(Carl Sandburg poetry manuscript photo by Ben Woloszyn via news.illinois.edu)   Alice B. Fogel is poised to become the next Poet Laureate in New Hampshire, following in the footsteps of Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Jane Kenyon, Patricia Fargnoli, and others. Governor Maggie Hassan recently appointed Fogel to the five-year position. Fogel’s third book, Be [...]

By | 11.16.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Alice Fogel on How to Not “Get” Poetry

A New Orleans Hospital Becomes Hell: Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial

Photographer Thomas Neff took this photo of Caroline Koch on Mandeville Street after Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Thomas Neff courtesy Lumiere Gallery)   How do we cope with a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina? Do we learn the necessary lessons and adjust accordingly, or do we simply [...]

By | 11.04.13|Books Worth Reading, Images, News, Words|Comments Off on A New Orleans Hospital Becomes Hell: Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial

The Sunday Poem: Bridget Lowe’s At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky

Poet Bridget Lowe (Photo by Jennifer Wetzel courtesy the author)   The publication of Bridget Lowe's debut collection, At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013), is a bit of a full-circle moment for Gwarlingo. Bridget Lowe was one of the first Gwarlingo Sunday Poets, back in the [...]

By | 10.19.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Bridget Lowe’s At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky

Cloisters, Donald Judd Museum in Marfa, & Wrights’ Taliesin on List of Endangered Cultural Sites

Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum (detail), 1982–86. Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (Photo by Louis Vest, 2011 via Flickr Commons)   Frank Lloyd Wright in his study at Taliesin in Wisconsin. According to the WMF, "the forces of nature...have put the complex at risk." The World Monuments [...]

By | 10.09.13|Images, News, Spaces|1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Anne Valley-Fox

Poet Anne Valley-Fox in Oaxaca, Mexico (Photo courtesy the author) "A poet makes everything up, including one’s job description," says Anne Valley-Fox. "My job: to retrieve rejected or edgy bits of inner material and put them together in ways that illuminate and provoke. My poems seek connections, complications, and [...]

By | 10.05.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Anne Valley-Fox

Olive Ayhens Creates “For the Love of the Paint Itself”

A detail of Olive Ayhens's hand-tinted etching, Moorish Architecture. This 30" by 22" artwork is available to only one Gwarlingo donor for $800, less than a third of the cost of the gallery price. A Membership Profile is also included with your donation. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   "I [...]

By | 10.04.13|Images|Comments Off on Olive Ayhens Creates “For the Love of the Paint Itself”

The Sunday Poem: Joshua Beckman’s The Inside of an Apple

Writer Joshua Beckman (Photo courtesy of Wave Books)   The poems in Joshua Beckman's new book, The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013), have all the immediacy of a "V" of geese passing overhead: for a brief moment, everything else falls away. While not technically haiku, Beckman's latest [...]

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Create (And Avoid Creating) Their Art

"In my personal life, if I don't have a project, I don't have any discipline," says performance artist Marina Abramovic. Discipline and daily ritual were one of the subjects of her 2002 piece The House with the Ocean View. Abramovic spent 12 straight days living on three open platforms in [...]

The Sunday Poem: Janet Kaplan

Janet Kaplan (Photo by Silvia Sanza)   (Note: This introduction and interview with poet and publisher Janet Kaplan are by Adrienne Brock) While Janet Kaplan has her roots solidly in the New York area, her work reaches into the dirt of both American continents. Born and raised in the [...]

By | 09.21.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Janet Kaplan

The Sunday Poem: Beth Copeland’s Transcendental Telemarketer

Writer Beth Copeland (Photo courtesy of Beth Copeland)   The poems in Beth Copeland's Transcendental Telemarketer evoke a range of emotions and places. They're colorful and playful, but also rich in meaning. Copeland writes about the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Hokusai's "great wave," and Japanese typhoons, but also Buddhist scrolls, [...]

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James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

James TurrellAten Reign, 2013Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable© James TurrellPhoto: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York   "My art deals with light itself," says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. "It's not the bearer of the revelation---it is the revelation." While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin [...]

By | 09.05.13|Design, Events, Images, Spaces|4 Comments

A 2nd Chance to Own Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) There is no new Sunday Poem post today because of the holiday weekend, but I do have Sunday Poem news to share.... Back in April, I featured the one-of-a-kind artist and poetry book Concrete Sound---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, [...]

By | 07.06.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performing at the 2013 Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco's sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come [...]

By | 07.01.13|Events, Images, News, Performance, Sounds|Comments Off on Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

Found : A Poetic License

    Yesterday, I stopped by the Montague Bookmill ("Books you don't need in a place you can't find") and came across this little number: a Poetic License. The license is the brainchild of Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota, which created the item at the request of a friend who [...]

By | 06.29.13|Found, Images|3 Comments

Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

  Wang Quingsong, Beggar, 2001. (Photo courtesy of AW Asia, New York. Click to Enlarge)   A few weeks ago I had a chance to see Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. It was photographer Liu Bolin's The [...]

By | 06.20.13|Events, Images|Comments Off on Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

I Never Knew How Blue Blueness Could Be: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

  Helena Almeida, Inhabited Painting, 1975.© Helena Almeida, courtesy Serralves Foundation Collection, Oporto, Portugal   One of the joys of Gwarlingo is meeting art lovers from around the world. Sigrun Hodne and I found each other early in Gwarlingo's short history, and though she lives in Norway, and I [...]

Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

  Tadao Ando, Church of the Light, 1989. Osaka, Japan.   Philadelphia is a city awash with memorable architecture, so it's fitting that I stumbled across The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's store, which offers a well-curated assortment of books inside of [...]

By | 06.05.13|Books Worth Reading, Design, Images, Process|Comments Off on Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

Outsiders No More: An Exceptional Collection of Outsider Art Will Have a New Home in Philadelphia

Bill Traylor, Runaway Goat Cart, c. 1939-42. Opaque watercolor and graphite on cream card, 14 x 22 inches. (Photo by Will Brown courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection)   "I painted pictures in the gutter," the African-American artist Purvis Young once remarked, "and [...]

By | 05.30.13|Events, Greatest Hits, Images|1 Comment

Wilco, Ruscha, Sondheim,Tom Phillips, Xu Bing & More: 11 Don’t-Miss Arts Events

  Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No.93 -Supermarket No.2, 2010. Photographs by the Chinese artist are on view in Brattleboro, Vermont, through June 23rd. (Photo Courtesy Eli Klein Fine Art © Liu Bolin. Click to Enlarge)   The summer art scene in New England presents a special challenge. [...]

By | 05.17.13|Events, Images|Comments Off on Wilco, Ruscha, Sondheim,Tom Phillips, Xu Bing & More: 11 Don’t-Miss Arts Events

The Sunday Poem : Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

  Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) Last year Gwarlingo readers responded enthusiastically to Mary Ruefle and Jen Bervin's erasure poems. Today's Sunday Poem features another unique project that defies categorization---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, critic, and artist Christine Shan Shan Hou. In conjunction with [...]

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Gwarlingo Artists in the News: André Gregory & Cindy Kleine, Sam Green & Jem Cohen, & Joseph Keckler’s “I Am An Opera”

  Singer, writer, and performance artist Joseph Keckler (Photo by Gerry Visco courtesy of Joseph Keckler)   Few things are as fulfilling as seeing a large, creative project finally reach completion. For many artists, finishing can be as difficult as starting. Artists often toil away for months, even years [...]

By | 04.11.13|Events, Images, News, Performance|Comments Off on Gwarlingo Artists in the News: André Gregory & Cindy Kleine, Sam Green & Jem Cohen, & Joseph Keckler’s “I Am An Opera”

The Sunday Poem : Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine

  Russian writer Marina Tsvetaeva in 1914   “I am happy living simply/ like a clock, or a calendar,” Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva wrote in 1919. Tsvetaeva's life was anything but simple, for she had the misfortune of living through some of the most turbulent years in Russian history. She [...]

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Boston Ballet & Jirí Kylián: Bring An Open Mind, Readiness for Adventure, & Time

  John Lam and Lia Cirio with pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama in Jirí Kylián's Tar and Feathers (Photo by Rosalie O’Connor courtesy the Boston Ballet)   Last week the Boston Ballet kicked off its spring season at the Boston Opera House with three works by Czechoslovakian choreographer Jirí Kylián. Born in Prague, Kylián trained [...]

By | 03.14.13|Events, Images, Performance|1 Comment

Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

  The wreckage of Rockaway Boardwalk after Sandy (Image via CNN.com)   A few months ago I shared Eve Mosher's piece, High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents. Mosher's inventive project showed what [...]

By | 02.28.13|Design, Images, Spaces|Comments Off on Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

The Sunday Poem : G.C. Waldrep

  G.C. Waldrep's hat (Photo courtesy of G.C. Waldrep)   For a writer who has lived a fascinating, unconventional life, the poetry of G.C. Waldrep is remarkably devoid of ego. While other writers with Waldrep’s life experience might be tempted to use their own story as window dressing, Waldrep never [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Thomas Rain Crowe

    Writer Thomas Rain Crowe     About The Laugharne Poems by Thomas Rain Crowe   “While visiting Wales for the first time in 1993, I immediately adopted a love for the culture and community, was fondly given the name of ‘Tierec’, and was given permission (in fact, the [...]

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The Sunday Poem : Paula Bohince

  Paula Bohince (Photo by Patrick Mullen)   "There’s movement in [Paula] Bohince’s ­poems, but it’s gradual and subtle — an eye passing like Ken Burns’s camera over a still image, discovering new details," writes Eric McHenry in today's New York Times Book Review: The nouns pile up like [...]

By | 01.26.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Paula Bohince

Soaring High: The Art of Auto-Giros, Rocket Planes, Airships, & Strange Aircraft

    It's Friday and another week has almost come and gone without a mid-week post on Gwarlingo. Apologies to Gwarlingo readers for neglecting everyone but the poets the past 14 days. I've been traveling on business and working on an exciting (arts-related) project down in Philadelphia. While Gwarlingo is my [...]

By | 01.18.13|Books Worth Reading, Images|Comments Off on Soaring High: The Art of Auto-Giros, Rocket Planes, Airships, & Strange Aircraft

The Sunday Poem : Erica Funkhouser

    "I think I don't really know who I am, or what I think, or what I believe unless I'm in the process of writing," says poet Erica Funkhouser. "That's where all of my discovery takes place, that's where all of my confrontation takes place -- I would say not [...]

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The Sunday Poem : John Lane

  John Lane (Photo by Helen Correll)   John Lane is a poet with the eye of a naturalist. Quarries. Cottonmouths in a creek. Civil War battlefields. Suburban lawns. These are the places he turns to for meaning. Lane understands that our relationship to the environment is a symbiotic one [...]

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Merry Christmas from Gwarlingo (And Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam)

  A still from Terry Gilliam's 1968 animation "The Christmas Card"   Merry Christmas! This holiday I'm grateful to readers like yourself who have made 2012 such a fulfilling and exciting year. Thank you. I've thoroughly enjoyed connecting with so many of you in person, through email, social media, [...]

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The Complete Creative Part 4 : Christian McEwen on the Art of Happiness

  "What has been planted is the I want! I want! of advertising, which thrives on envy and dissatisfaction. Advertising tells us that happiness can be bought if we will only put our minds to it." (William Blake, "I Want! I Want!" from For Children: The Gates of Paradise, 1793. [...]

The Sunday Poem : Janlori Goldman

  Janlori Goldman   It's hard to believe that the winter solstice is this week. For residents of the Northern Hemisphere, December 21st is both the longest night, and the shortest day, depending on your perspective. On December 21st, there will be 24 hours of daylight south of the Antarctic [...]

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What is Love? Joan Wickersham’s The News from Spain Has Some Surprising Answers

  Joan Wickersham (Photo by Nicholas Latimer)   “A story . . . can become close, airless. You cannot stay shut up in your own head anymore; you need a break, some fresh air. Let’s go outside: We’ll take a walk, down a New York City side street. It’s [...]

By | 11.28.12|Books Worth Reading, Greatest Hits, Words|Comments Off on What is Love? Joan Wickersham’s The News from Spain Has Some Surprising Answers

The Sunday Poem : Anzhelina Polonskaya, Translated by Andrew Wachtel

  Anzhelina Polonskaya   I first met Russian poet Anzhelina Polonskaya several years ago at the MacDowell Colony, where many of the poems in her new collection, Paul Klee’s Boat, were written. While in New Hampshire, Anzhelina graciously offered to share her work at a local poetry event. She [...]

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The Sunday Poem : Bruce Snider

  Poet Bruce Snider   Bruce Snider's latest poetry collection, Paradise, Indiana, is a book steeped in place, from Midwestern farms, to taxidermy conventions, to interstates dotted with roadkill, to the Pick 'N Save, where the narrator's grandmother shoplifts. Reading the collection sequentially, a moving narrative unfolds about adolescent love and [...]

By | 11.10.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

Ford as Fonzie, Carter as Christ: A Look at Presidential Posters of Years Past

  A 1968 poster parodying the Nixon campaign's motto, "Nixon's the one!" (Courtesy the Library of Congress)   Election Day is finally here, and I thought it would be fun to explore some of the campaign posters from past presidential elections. All of the posters featured here are in [...]

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The Sunday Poem : Martha Collins

  Poet Martha Collins (Photo by Doug Macomber)   As a five-year-old boy, Martha Collins' father sold fruit in front of the Blue Front Restaurant in Cairo, Illinois. One November day in 1909, he was lifted onto a relative's shoulders to watch a bloodthirsty mob of 10,000 people kill [...]

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The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

  A ballerina by British street artist Banksy (Photo courtesy banksy.co.uk)   When Gwarlingo readers give me feedback, I listen. You've been telling me that you'd like to see more articles about process and the challenges of being an artist. I've appreciated your emails and comments. Today, I'm excited [...]

An Exclusive Peek Inside Keith Haring’s New York City Studio

The front door of the late Keith Haring's New York City studio. These fish stickers were given to the artist by a friend. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)     Keith Haring in front of his mural at the Walker Art Center (Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation) [...]

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Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

  Left to Right: Writer Ayelet Waldman, photographer Nan Goldin, and Pulitzer-Prize-Winner Michael Chabon (Photo © Joanna Eldredge Morrissey 2012. All rights reserved) Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented [...]

By | 08.31.12|Events, Images, News, Spaces|3 Comments

The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

          For Geof   I'm eighty-four now. Now I know what I Should have done. After the war I should Have stayed in the army. And now I'd be A retired sergeant or captain with a pension Much bigger than social security. Instead All those years of [...]

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Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

  Self-portraits by actor and theatre director André Gregory (Photo courtesy Atlas Theatre Company)   We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels' fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over [...]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

  Poet Matthew Zapruder and Fiction writer Amy Hempel after their reading at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute (Photo by Ryan Williams courtesy the Juniper Summer Writing Institute) A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event [...]

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Why Kitty Wells Matters

    Country music legend Kitty Wells died Monday at her home in Madison, Tennessee, after suffering complications from a stroke. She was 92. The music of Kitty Wells and other country artists played frequently on the turntable in our Georgia house. My grandmother, who grew up on a farm in the [...]

By | 07.17.12|News, Sounds|3 Comments

Receipts, Email, Bread Tags, Styrofoam : Rachel Perry Welty Transforms Life’s Daily Clutter into Art

  Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (receipts), 2011. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x 60 (Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery)     Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (price tags), 2009. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x [...]

Rajesh Parameswaran’s Dazzling Tales of Captivity & Freedom : I Am An Executioner

    If like me, you find most summer reading lists too beachy and lacking in inspiration, Rajesh Parameswaran's I Am an Executioner: Love Stories is the perfect antidote. (After all, our brains don't go on holiday just because we do). Over the past week, I've been savoring the imaginative, moving stories [...]

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Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

    When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, do you ever think about where the water pouring out of your faucet comes from? Do you ever consider the fact that a simple thing like clean drinking water requires an elaborate system of pipes, reservoirs, water tanks, [...]

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Listen to My Interview on NHPR

  A big thanks to Virginia Prescott, Taylor Quimby, and Rebecca Lavoie Flynn for another fun visit to the NHPR studios. Today's on-air discussion covered everything from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, the Barnes Museum controversy, Japanese manhole cover designs, the Copenhagen Philharmonic's flashmob, and more. If you missed the segment you can [...]

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The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

          Sam the Super   You wouldn’t take my bald father for a quirky man, since his bearing is quintessentially Tamil-Brahmin, a Tam-Bram for the uninitiated, with the firmest hand when it comes to discipline or studies. He leers at ham and beer alike. Believes [...]

By | 06.16.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Ravi Shankar

What Makes a Healthy Life? Writer Roger King Explores Love & Fatigue in America

"I always thought the novel, with it’s ability to show lives in their full emotional and social complexity was the best medium for understanding and illuminating the world. I thought it more important than any non-fiction I could write as an academic, or journalist, or 'expert'; It seems an almost [...]

Not Your Average Flash Mob: The Copenhagen Phil Plays the Metro

  The best link in this morning's Twitter feed came from Christopher Jobson over at Colossal. Last month the Copenhagen Philharmonic pulled off an audacious stunt---performing Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt on a crowded, moving metro train for unsuspecting passengers. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk. All music [...]

By | 05.25.12|Greatest Hits, News, Performance, Sounds|4 Comments

A Sunday Poem Exclusive : The Debut of Mary Ruefle’s Erasure “Melody”

    When Mary Ruefle's book Melody: The Story of a Child arrived in the mail several weeks ago, I could smell the musty, antique pages and the faint whiff of stale cigarette smoke before I even opened the package. The beige envelope arrived by U.S. Postal Service, without insurance and [...]

The Sunday Poem : Carol Muske-Dukes

    Home-Boys: Baby & Me (a Sapphic) Ex-gang members. Driveby days over. Zero Tattoos, tagging. Sippy cups, hoodies. Baby Daddies gather, stubble-cheeked, holding infants. Rock-a-bye Central.   Awkward former enemies, rubbing elbows, Slow-bounce babies: parachute cradle. X-nay Gangsta language – A is for Apple, only. Alphabet shakedown.   [...]

By | 05.13.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Carol Muske-Dukes

The Sunday Poem : Noelle Kocot

    Noelle Kocot's latest book of poetry, The Bigger World, is a collection of  character sketches. Told in a straightforward, surreal style---one that recalls folktales, ancient myths, and fairytales---Kocot has stripped each piece down to its essentials. These short, accessible poems are funny, moving, and sometimes absurd, but always entertaining. "I [...]

By | 04.21.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|3 Comments

The Sunday Poem : Kwame Dawes

  Today's Sunday Poem, "Tornado Child" by Kwame Dawes, is one of many powerful poems in Dawes' book Wisteria, Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country. The poems in this collection are based on Dawes' conversations with the elders of Sumter, South Carolina, who shared their memories of growing up [...]

By | 03.24.12|Greatest Hits, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Kwame Dawes

Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works : 5 Insights from Julia Child, Dylan, & Picasso

  In 1965 singer Bob Dylan was burned out after a grueling tour; he was sick of reporters' questions and tired of performing the same old songs. Dylan told his manager that he was quitting music for good and proceeded to disappear. He squirreled himself away in a cabin in Woodstock. [...]

Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List: Missy Mazzoli, Olive Ayhens, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, & More

  As spring approaches I suddenly find myself inundated with invitations to concerts, readings, and exhibits. It appears that our winter hibernation is finally coming to an end. Here is a small sampling of some of the events I'm planning to attend, along with a few I'm very, very sorry to [...]

By | 02.24.12|Events, Images, News, Performance, Sounds|Comments Off on Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List: Missy Mazzoli, Olive Ayhens, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, & More

Filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara: Gaudi Made Me Realize the Lines Between the Arts Are Insignificant

    In the West, Hiroshi Teshigahara is best known as the avant-garde director of the 1964 film Woman in the Dunes--an erotic, surreal film that was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Teshigahara's haunting shots of sand, skin, [...]

By | 02.16.12|Greatest Hits, Images, Process, Spaces|1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

  I have a special video version of the Sunday Poem for you today by Kevin Young, one of my favorite contemporary poets. In this short clip from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Young reads his poem "Aunties," which appears in his collection Dear Darkness: Poems. Young is a talented reader [...]

By | 01.29.12|Greatest Hits, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

    What makes an "honest" photograph---a "true" photograph? Is the medium of photography more factual and authentic than other art forms? What makes a photograph "a fake"? Can a photo be objective or does it always have a point of view? When does a photograph document reality? When is it [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Tung-Hui Hu

        Early Winter, After Sappho   Some say the air of early winter moving through windows. For some, black ships coming towards the city are the quietest sounds on earth. But I say it is with whomever one loves. And very easily proved: when we are trying to [...]

By | 01.14.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Tung-Hui Hu

The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

  It's the New Year, which means it's time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of "best of" lists. Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I'd provide readers with a new twist on the traditional "Best of 2011" list. I asked an array of artists, composers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, and performers [...]

Pick of the Week: Matthew Northridge’s Pictures by Wire and Wireless

    If you haven't seen Matthew Northridge's solo show Pictures by Wire and Wireless at KANSAS, the newest gallery on Tribeca’s up-and-coming gallery row, you're in luck. The show has just been extended until Saturday, January 7th. Art Forum magazine has placed Pictures by Wire and Wireless on their "Critic's Pick" list. I had [...]

By | 12.31.11|Events, Greatest Hits, Images, News|2 Comments

Grace Paley: “Write What Will Stop Your Breath If You Don’t Write”

Today is the birthday of writer Grace Paley. Although Paley's writing output was modest during her 84 years -- some four dozen stories in three volumes: The Little Disturbances of Man (Doubleday, 1959); Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974); and Later the Same Day [...]

The Sunday Poem: Christopher Robinson

        Hotdog     They salvaged only what was vital, leaving behind their most precious belongings, including Aunt Beale’s watercolors, which were lost, and the thousand paper cranes Dad had folded to win Mom over, placing them on her usual routes, at the post office, in the library [...]

By | 12.03.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Christopher Robinson

Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

  "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." This line from Victor Hugo came to mind the first time I heard the incredible story of Tibetan nun Ngawang Sangdrol. At age 14 Sangdrol was jailed at the notorious Draphchi Prison [...]

By | 12.02.11|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Sounds|Comments Off on Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

The Sunday Poem: U.A. Fanthorpe

      Reindeer Report   Chimneys: colder. Flightpaths: busier. Driver: Christmas (F) Still baffled by postcodes. Children: more And stay up later. Presents: heavier. Pay: frozen. Mission in spite Of all this Accomplished – MERRY CHRISTMAS!       What the Donkey Saw   No room in the inn, of [...]

By | 12.01.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: U.A. Fanthorpe

The Dow of Art: Why Art Still Matters in Our Market-Driven Society

Writer Nova Ren Suma has just published a new essay of mine over at "Distraction No. 99." Although the assigned topic was "inspiration," my piece covers a range of subjects, from library book censorship to the financial stresses of being an artist. But the central theme concerns the value [...]

“Hugo” Author Brian Selznick Shares 20 Favorite Children’s Books with Gwarlingo

Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is out in theaters today. Selznick's remarkable book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal (the first young adult novel to win the award for children's book illustration), was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was chosen as [...]

Sol LeWitt’s Advice to Eva Hesse: Don’t Worry About Cool, Make Your Own Uncool

Sol LeWitt, "Horizontal Brushstrokes (More or Less)," 2002. Gouache on paper, 22-3⁄8 x 22-3⁄8 inches (Photo courtesy Craig F. Starr Gallery. Art © 2011 The LeWitt Estate /Artists Rights Society, New York)     "Metronomic Irregularity I" by Eva Hesse, 1966. (Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum. Art © 2011 [...]

Thank You Gwarlingo Readers

This Thanksgiving holiday I want to thank all of the friends and readers who have supported me this year during the launch of Gwarlingo. What a year it's been. Since the official launch of the site in June, the number of Gwarlingo subscribers and visitors has grown dramatically. I've [...]

By | 11.22.11|Events, Welcome to Gwarlingo, Words|Comments Off on Thank You Gwarlingo Readers

New York City

I'm not posting The Sunday Poem today because I'm traveling. I will have some great stories to share in the near future from my visit to New York City, including an in-depth studio visit with painter Kim Uchiyama, a photo tour of the High Line, and much more. Until [...]

By | 11.20.11|Events, Images|Comments Off on New York City

Congratulations to Jean Marie Casbarian

Congratulations to Gwarlingo reader Jean Marie Casbarian. She's the lucky winner of two tickets to see Joseph Keckler perform at La Mama on Saturday night in New York City. Connecting with new readers is one of the things I enjoy most about Gwarlingo. Some people I know, but many are strangers, [...]

By | 11.11.11|Events, Images|Comments Off on Congratulations to Jean Marie Casbarian

Writer Jeff Sharlet: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between

If you follow the subject of American religion, you have likely heard of author Jeff Sharlet. Sharlet has published five books on the subject, including C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy and The New York Times best seller The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Elisabeth Frost

Poet Elisabeth Frost       Monarch Those of us who survive are waiting for normal life, believing in the idea, though everybody knows from months of TV that the wait has extended impossibly, like a line in space or a rope stretched beyond all capacity. We see signs. [...]

By | 10.29.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Elisabeth Frost

The Sunday Poem: Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo (Photo by Jay Franco)     Problema 3   The Fulton St. Foodtown is playing Motown and I’m surprised at how quickly my daughter picks up the tune. And soon the two of us, plowing rows of goods steeped in fructose under light thick as corn oil, [...]

By | 10.22.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Gregory Pardlo

Antti Paalanen: Breathbox

I recently came across this hypnotic piece of music by Finnish musician Antti Paalanen. Paalanen is a composer and a master of the diatonic accordion. Accordions are made in a range of different configurations and styles. Diatonic button accordions are bisonoric, which means each button produces two notes: one when the [...]

By | 10.16.11|Sounds|Comments Off on Antti Paalanen: Breathbox

187 Mega-Hits by the 12-Tone Masters

I don't often post satirical videos, but thanks to Gwarlingo reader Elly Weiss, I had the pleasure of watching this hilarious "commercial" for the "all-time greatest hits by the beloved twelve-tone masters" this morning and wanted to pass it along. The fact that the video was posted by the Arnold [...]

By | 10.15.11|Sounds|Comments Off on 187 Mega-Hits by the 12-Tone Masters

A Renaissance of Public Conversation: Writers in Support of Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Movement has just received the support of almost 200 great novelists, non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, editors, and playwrights. Occupy Writers was published this morning and includes the signatures of Jonathan Lethem, Lemony Snicket, Mary Karr, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sasha Frere-Jones, Honor Moore, Luc Sante, Ann Patchett, Sam [...]

By | 10.14.11|Events, Words|1 Comment

Creative Spaces: A Legendary Songcatcher Inspires Two Musicians on a Vermont Farm

Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons are Red Heart the Ticker (Photo by Doron Gild) Two weeks after Hurricane Irene I'm wandering the back-roads of Marlboro, Vermont, making my way to Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, also known as the music duo Red Heart the Ticker. Route 9--the main thoroughfare [...]

By | 10.09.11|Creative Spaces, Greatest Hits, Images, Interviews, Process, Sounds, Spaces|Comments Off on Creative Spaces: A Legendary Songcatcher Inspires Two Musicians on a Vermont Farm

The Sunday Poem: Cristián Flores García

      an invitation to lunch   we tailgate the ambulance escaping the explosion of midday holiday shoppers gridlocked there’s the assaulting antiseptic odor and the head nurse suggesting we wait outside perhaps go for a bite to eat nothing for us yet not allowed in condition critical but stable [...]

By | 10.08.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Cristián Flores García

The Sunday Poem: Jean Valentine

  Jean Valentine (Photo by Max Greenstreet)   In Prison   In prison without being accused   or reach your family or have a family            You have   conscience heart trouble   asthma manic-depressive   (we lost the baby) no meds   no one no window   black water nail-scratched [...]

By | 09.24.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Jean Valentine

On Crows

Here in New Hampshire the air has turned chilly, and frost warnings are popping up across the state. Autumn in New England means birds are on the move. The climax of the migration season is the departure of the broad-winged hawks in mid-September when thousands of broad-wings leave New Hampshire en [...]

By | 09.19.11|Images, Process|3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: John Poch

      Forgiveness   Because justice must recede like a page number and because the dictionary of under is a tedious read, more simply consider the ground as those who pour concrete think of how it rained or will. Consequently, consider the sky, and pray like a murderer has died. [...]

By | 09.17.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: John Poch

The Urban Frenzy of Olive Ayhens

Labor Day is behind us and school is in session, which means there are gallery shows galore opening this month. If you're in New York and looking for an anecdote to all of the 9/11-themed shows currently on view, you should check out Olive Ayhens show "New York Drawings" [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Peter Balakian

        World Trade Center / Mail Runner / 73   There was no languor, no drowsy trade winds, or stoned-out stupor of lapping waves, only news, the big board of crime, corporate raiding, selling short and long. It didn'’t matter, I was no Ishmael. I just hovered there [...]

By | 09.10.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Peter Balakian

The Invisible Concerts of Everyday Life

How aware are we of sound as we move through the course of our day? Which sounds do we register and which do we ignore? Do we even give the subject much thought? "Quintetto" by the Italian artist collective Quiet Ensemble is an intriguing blend of music, sound and installation art. [...]

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Where Art Fears to Tread

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, there is no shortage of news stories, official ceremonies, and tributes. But this weekend I've been contemplating how the arts community fits into all of this speechifying and memorializing. What is the artistic legacy of 9/11 now that it is a decade behind [...]

By | 09.05.11|Images, News, Sounds|Comments Off on Where Art Fears to Tread

The Owiny Sigoma Band: Pick of the Week

Here at Gwarlingo I've been neglecting the musicians in recent weeks. I've been consumed with Irene, the secret gardens of Rockefeller Center, Jane Hirshfield's new book, poetry bombing, Barry Underwood's incredible landscape photographs, and these Japanese manhole covers, which have suddenly gone viral after being posted on Andrew Sullivan's The Dish [...]

By | 08.30.11|Sounds|Comments Off on The Owiny Sigoma Band: Pick of the Week

Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

Inhabitat has just published a short piece on Rockefeller Center's hidden rooftop gardens. The Center has been maintaining these gardens for the past 75 years, but public access to the gardens is a rare event. According to Inhabitat, the building's developer John R. Todd and architect Raymond Hood originally envisioned a [...]

By | 08.21.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images, Spaces|Comments Off on Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

Drainspotting: 61 Amazing Manhole Covers from Japan

  One of my favorite book discoveries this summer is Drainspotting by Remo Camerota. The book celebrates an array of fascinating manhole cover designs from Japan. According to Camerota, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own customized manhole covers. The country has elevated this humble, practical object to its [...]

The Sunday Poem: Anzhelina Polonskaya

      Paul Klee's Boat Soon it will be winter and soon a nightingale with a bandaged throat, a plum tree in bloom, and a white hill pushed up against the door. Illness arrives like Mozart, sits down at the black piano and its voice touches with a single note. [...]

By | 08.13.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Anzhelina Polonskaya

Paint Palettes of the Old Masters

Why is van Gogh's paint palette worth preserving? Lucy Davies, photography critic for the Telegraph, tackled this question in a blog post she wrote last year: "The daubs of raw pigment or the mixes left in position can be an intriguing index to the working method and the mind of [...]

By | 08.08.11|Found, Images, Process|Comments Off on Paint Palettes of the Old Masters

Composer Paul Brantley on the Sacred and the Subversive

"I’ve long been drawn to...'gnostic' texts–-those rejected, supposedly heretical texts from long before Christianity became an organized religion." (Photo by Greg Kessler) Paul Brantley is a man who moves between worlds. A multifaceted musician, he has performed as a cellist with Trey Anastasio, recorded for Béla Fleck and James [...]

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The Sunday Poem: D. Nurkse

      The Present   We made models: this is a moment of happiness, this is a maple-shaded street, its yellow median line littered with double wings: some day we might know such things in our real lives, not just in desire. We invented Cherryfield, Maine, nine pearl-gray Capes with [...]

By | 07.28.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: D. Nurkse

Olafur Eliasson: Your Blind Passenger

Olafur Eliasson, the Danish artist who brought the sun to Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and created man-made waterfalls in New York City, has a new project at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. Eliasson’s installation Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) is a 295-foot-long tunnel filled with dense fog. [...]

By | 07.25.11|Greatest Hits, Images, Spaces|Comments Off on Olafur Eliasson: Your Blind Passenger

Designer Milton Glaser on Creativity and the Fear of Failure

You may not know graphic designer Milton Glaser by name, but you undoubtedly know his work. He is best known for the “I ♥ NY” logo, his "Bob Dylan" poster, the "DC bullet" logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the "Brooklyn Brewery" logo. He also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968 and was [...]

Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

On my recent visit to the UK I talked to several music lovers about the British music scene. One classical pianist I met in London recommended the choral work of British composer Jonathan Harvey and urged me to investigate the excellent website Sound and Music, which covers the contemporary [...]

By | 07.18.11|Images, Sounds|Comments Off on Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

The Sunday Poem by Andrea Cohen

I'm excited to announce the first installment of Gwarlingo's new Sunday Poem series. I want to thank Andrea Cohen for sharing her new poem "Tender" with Gwarlingo readers. I'm a long-time fan of Andrea's work, and I'm grateful she agreed to be the featured poet for the series debut. [...]

By | 07.16.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem by Andrea Cohen

George Bernard Shaw Exposed

Gwarlingo's "Photo of the Week" (a regular feature on the sidebar of the Gwarlingo homepage) is a captivating image of a sailboat on the Thames taken in 1906 by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Not many people realize that the Nobel laureate was a passionate amateur photographer, as [...]

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A Sneak Preview of Wilco’s New Album

Wilco's new record The Whole Love will be released on September 27th. It is the first album on the band's own label dBpm Records (shorthand for decibels per minute). The new label will handle “all future Wilco recordings and more,” in association with ANTI- Records, which will aid in distribution [...]

By | 07.04.11|News, Sounds|Comments Off on A Sneak Preview of Wilco’s New Album

New York City Lights

      Don’t miss the next Gwarlingo feature. Subscribe to Gwarlingo by RSS feed or email (it’s easy and free), or you can follow Gwarlingo on Twitter or Facebook. To leave a comment about these photos click here and scroll to the "Comments" section at [...]

By | 06.29.11|Found, Images|2 Comments

MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit & the Whole Sweep of Trying

Anna Schuleit creating Room for Five, a collaborative project for the Eastman School of Music (Photo courtesy the artist) Welcome to the first installment of "Creative Spaces," a regular Gwarlingo series that will focus on the creative habits and work spaces of visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other [...]

Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: Bon Iver

For all of you Bon Iver fans who have been patiently waiting for new music, your wait is about to come to an end. Bon Iver's new self-titled album will be released on June 21st. In the March issue of Rolling Stone, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon offers a [...]

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Gwarlingo’s Guide to Residency Programs

Leonard Bernstein working in a studio at The MacDowell Colony (Photo courtesy The MacDowell Colony)   What do Quentin Tarantino's Resevoir Dogs, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the musical Grey Gardens have in common? All of these works were created during a residency at [...]

Movie Barcodes

The use of color in cinema has been on my mind in recent days because of a site called Movie Barcode, which offers a new way of experiencing a film. Movie Barcode compresses every frame of a movie into a single image. While these images may be interesting in [...]

By | 03.28.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images|Comments Off on Movie Barcodes

News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

A NEW SINATRA BIO: James Kaplan has just published a new biography on Frank Sinatra called Frank: The Voice. Geoffrey O'Brien has written a long review, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," in The New York Review of Books. Kaplan focuses on Sinatra's early days and tries to understand how this talented, [...]

By | 03.22.11|News|Comments Off on News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

Welcome to Gwarlingo

  My name is Michelle Aldredge. I am a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo. Gwarlingo is an online community where artists and curious individuals can follow great visual art, music, film, performance, writing, and design, as well as discuss the rewards and challenges of the creative life. Its aim is [...]

By | 02.06.11|Welcome to Gwarlingo|1 Comment