Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’ Issue No. 321 Sharing Art & Cultural News of The Bahamas for 17 Years • • • • CLICK HERE to see onli


Smith & Benjamin’s
Issue No. 321

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 17 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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“Proposal for Artistic Intervention on the
Columbus Statue in Front of Government House, Nassau”

by Dominican artist Joiri Minaya
(2017 | Postcard | 5" x 7")
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Joiri Minaya joins Bahamian artist Dede Brown in an exhibition entitled “Re:Encounter” now showing in the latest National Art Gallery of
The Bahamas ‘Double Dutch’ exhibition series. Read below for more details.


Friday, November 3rd, 2017


what’s happening
this weekend in
bahamian art & culture


Spanish Pianist Juan Pérez-Floristán

C O N C E R T :

The Nassau Music Society presents:
Juan Pérez-Floristán


Friday, Nov. 3rd | 7:30pm
St Andrew’s Kirk

Saturday, Nov. 4th | 7:30pm
St Paul’s Church

The Nassau Music Society’s concert season will begin November 3rd and 4th with award-winning Spanish pianist Juan Pérez-Floristán. Leading a new generation of European musicians, this 24-year old musical sensation was winner of the prestigious Santander International Piano Competition as well as the First Prize at the Steinway Competition in Berlin. His programme will include selections by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Tickets for members is $30, non-members–$35, and students–$10. For more information, call 322-7427 or email

CLICK HERE to watch Juan perform Piano Sonata nº 10 by Beethoven.
CLICK HERE for more information at the NMS website.


National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

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Mixed Media Hanging Mobile Workshop with Artist
Dede Brown

Saturday, Nov. 4th
10am to 1pm

Bahamian artist Dede Brown invites you to create a modern, double sided, hanging mobile using a few of the techniques utilized in creating her hanging installation in the Double Dutch exhibition “Re:Encounter,” which is currently on display at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). Brown will introduce participants to mixed media processes by guiding them in the construction of mobiles that can become hanging or wall art for a variety of spaces, by mixing and matching colors, patterns and materials.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.

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Open Studio and
Artist Talk with
Melissa Alcena

Saturday, Nov. 4th
5pm to 7pm

Bahamian artist Melissa Alcena will have a special viewing of her first solo exhibition “Some (Re)assembly Required” in the NAGB Project Space Room on Saturday, November 4th from 5–7 p.m. The artist will also be involved in an informal artist talk starting at 5 pm with open studios directly after. “Some (Re)assembly Required” runs through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Alcena moved to Canada in 2010, where she attended Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and completed a two-year Applied Photography course in 2012. Alcena’s approach to portraiture is environmental. Photographing her subjects in their surroundings, she highlights aspects of their lives and personalities.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.

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C O N C E R T :

Jazz at Jacaranda

Sunday, Nov. 5th
From 6:30-8:30pm
Jacaranda House
Parliament Street

This Sunday, come out to Jacaranda House to relax and enjoy the best Jazz on the island! Jazz at Jacaranda is a delightful way to unwind and enjoy the company of friends as you sit by a beautiful pool listening to some of the country’s most talented musicians. Sip a cool glass of wine under the stars on the grounds of this historic house built in 1840 in downtown Nassau. Cover charge is $15. Cash wine bar and light snacks will be available. For reservations, please email: or tel. 1-242-322-2275.

CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House website.


Now Showing at the National Art
Gallery of The Bahamas:

A new Double Dutch Exhibition: Re:Encounter
featuring artists Dede Brown and Joiri Minaya

Exhibition closes: Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Dede Brown's portrait for Tessellation.

Double Dutch is a series of exhibitions curated by The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas which bring together artists from the region and diaspora to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities.

The current Double Dutch exhibition, Re: Encounter, brings together Dominican-born, New York-based artist Joiri Minaya and Bahamian artist Dede Brown, who have developed new works that continue the trajectory of their practices that speak towards issues of being postcolonial subjects. Each artist uses feminised forms of representations found in nature and the female body to confront patriarchy, the rigidity of history and the stronghold and cautions of colonial narratives. Brown and Minaya will work with the open plan of the NAGB ballroom to create pathways which complicate the viewership and the audience’s relation to the work. These barriers allow for particular readings of their unique installations in playful, coy and performative ways.

For her installation Tessellation, Dede Brown develops and weaves patterns and forms that move between abstraction and figuration. These forms—though abstract at times—often reference busts and portraits drawn from and influenced by colonial statues in New Providence, including the iconic statue of Columbus at Government House along with different bodies and in particular the outlines of heads.


Still from Joiri Minaya's "Labadee" video.

Joiri Minaya’s practice examines otherness, post-colonialism and feminine consciousness, inspired and fueled by social hierarchies. Minaya develops a body of work that uses popular tropical patterns to speak of the commodification and domestication of nature, and the insertion of American and European Imperialism on the wider Caribbean. In her video Labadee, Minaya’s offers a counter argument to how Haiti is portrayed within the Western consciousness. As the site for the first Black revolution in 1804 and now one of the most poverty stricken countries in the world, Haiti has struggled to form a positive outward identity with its immediate neighbours, notably the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas. The landscape doesn’t exist within the wider public consciousness as a place of paradise or a place with touristic ventures. But it is and what that absence says about our biases and xenophobia is equivalent to the erasure of these deeper historical affinities. The cautionary tale of Imperialism and the guise of Independence is the fine line in which we navigate this trepidatious and constructed landscape of consumption.

CLICK HERE to read full essay at the NAGB’s website.


(LEFT) Bahamian artist Dede Brown and (RIGHT) Dominican artist Joiri Minaya.


what’s coming up
next week

Gull s-Eye-View

E X H I B I T I O N :

A Gull’s View:
Works by Allan Jones

Opens Thursday, November 9th
The Pro Gallery
University of The Bahamas

Curated by
Keisha Oliver

On Thursday, November 9th, The Pro Gallery at the University of The Bahamas will introduce emerging Bahamian creative Allan Jones and his photographic series ‘A Gull’s View’. Jones’ collection of aerial photographs of The Bahamas survey the vast beauty and complexity of the different archipelagic shapes and forms. Appreciating the abstract of a place he calls home, Jones is interested in offering a unique perspective to the geography and history of the land and surrounding waters. The public is invited to the opening evening that will be held from 6:00pm. For more information, contact The Pro Gallery or or 302-4422.


Allan Jones

About The Artist
Allan Jones (b. Freeport, Bahamas 1990) is a self-taught photographer and creative. He discovered a creative outlet for his love for art and science when he bought his first camera in 2011. Since then, Jones has worked primarily in digital photography with interests in portraiture, fashion, and journalistic imagery. His early work is very personal as he is seen documenting familiar people and environments, his family and friends in Grand Bahama. Jones has established an urban style and candid approach to the medium with a commercial portfolio that captures brands and initiatives lead by other young creatives. His fine art collection continues to explore narratives of identity and the environment.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


E D U C A T I O N A L / T A L K :

Transcendental Meditation Course

Free Introductory Talk:
Thursday, Nov. 9th | 6pm

Advanced Lecture:
Friday, Nov. 10th | 6pm

Jacaranda House
Parliament Street

Helen Ederer is coming back to Jacaranda House to offer a course in Transcendental Meditation (TM). At the free introductory talk on Thursday, learn how to reduce stress, improve overall health, and increase longevity. The advanced lecture on Friday is for those already meditating. Teaching will take place on Nov. 11th, 12th & 13th.

To find out more about the benefits of Transcendental Mediation, please click HERE to find the scientific research papers that show conclusively how much this simple meditation technique reduces stress, depression, improves general health and slows down the aging process. For further information, please email: or Helen Ederer at

CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to visit Jacaranda House website.


E X H I B I T I O N :

Art Exhibition
featuring the
work of
emerging artist
Neil Cleare Jr.

Sunday, Nov. 12th
3pm to 6pm
Doongalik Studios
Art Gallery
Village Road

Neil Cleare, Sr. will
also be featured.

Coming from a family of artists, I have always had a natural ability and desire to draw and make my ideas come to life in two-dimensional form. At St. John’s College, my only goal was to always be the best in art. My talent of drawing was exercised in my hobby of creating original comic strips; I would often be found drawing under the classroom table in high school. I achieved the only A in the Art BJC and BGCSE exams in my class and won the Derek Smith Art Award at graduation (2014).

Upon entering University of The Bahamas, and being surrounded by all of the other students (who were also the best in their respective classes in high school), I realized that I needed to push harder. I was introduced to an entire new world of art, and saw my abilities improve even more.

I am now furthering my studies in Florida. I continue to walk among the best in the fine art department and have won cash awards in my school’s art exhibitions. I realized that Graphic Art and Animation is where most of the industry’s focus is so I decided that my career goal is to be a Graphic Designer one day. I also plan to animate the original comic series that I have been creating.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, I am hosting my second solo exhibition at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery with hopes to help fund my art education. I ask for your support and invite all to attend. — Neil Cleare, Jr.


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G A L A / B A L L :

Bahamas Red Cross Society 46th Annual Ball

Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
Andros Ballroom
Baha Mar

Prepare for the splendour and glamour of The Bahamas Red Cross Society 46th Annual Ball. Under the patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the signature formal event of the 2018 calendar, themed Code Red, will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Baha Mar Convention Centre, Cable Beach. For ticket information, please contact the Bahamas Red Cross at 242-323-7370. Your support greatly assists the Bahamas Red Cross in responding to the numerous humanitarian challenges it faces.

CLICK HERE to view the event’s Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to visit the Bahamas Red Cross website.


art & culture news
from the bahamas


Bahamian artists shine in California
exhibit Diasporagasm, curated by
Bahamian artist April Bey

• Curator’s Walk-Through | SBC SoLA: Sunday, Nov. 5th, 5-7pm
• Artist Panel Discussion | Gallery 347: Saturday, Nov. 18th, 5-7pm

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"Genitals" by Kwame Akoto

South Bay Contemporary Gallery in conjunction with Michael Stearns Studio 347, both of California, presents a co-located multi-media exhibition called Diasporagasm.

Diasporagasm is curated by Beyoncenista—Bahamian artist April Bey’s alter ego—and acts as a performance bringing together 14 artists of color working in Los Angeles, Haiti, Ghana, The Bahamas, the Caribbean and West Africa. The Bahamian artists participating are Jeffrey Meris, Jodi Minnis, Keisha Oliver, and Gio Swaby. Other participating artists are: Bright Ackwerh, Kwame Akoto, Lavialle Campbell, Florine Demosthene, June Edmonds , Cole James, Nii Kotei Nikoi, Duane Paul, Jamaal Tolbert, and Wanlov The Kubolor.

Drawing from the groundbreaking film Moonlight—a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, the curator appropriates, amends and re-contextualizes the juxtaposition of art, race and gender.

The 14 artists participating in this exhibition identify as black, but the work itself will not be “black art”. Rather, conversations about what it means through individualism to be black, geographic differentiations in culture and how all the baggage carried comes through in each artist’s work.

Diaspora here translates to experiences and the authority that comes with those experiences. While the artists may identify as black—their walks vary drastically forcing relatability amongst this fictitious construction we call race.

CLICK HERE to read review of exhibition at Art & Cake.
CLICK HERE for exhibition page at South Bay Contemporary Gallery.

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“Metamorphosis” by artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.

Bahamian art scholar & educator presents at Miami Museum of Contemporary Art

Bahamian art scholar, educator and founding Director and Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Dr. Erica Moiah James, will be speaking today on History and Memory in Caribbean Art at a symposium that closes Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié’s stunning exhibition entitled “Metamorphosis” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Duval-Carrié’s current work creates contemporary echoes of the historical colonial encounter and the construction of the New World, considering its meanings for today.


Dr Erica Moiah James

Erica Moiah James, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Miami. Her research and teaching focuses on the arts of arts of the Americas and the global Caribbean. Before arriving at UM she served on the faculty of Yale University for six years and was the founding Director and Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She recently coedited a special issue of Small Axe Journal entitled “Art as Caribbean Feminist Practice” (March 2017). Her forthcoming book is entitled “After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary” and she has begun work on a second manuscript entitled “Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art and Visual Culture,” which seeks to examine the concept of globalization and global culture through a series of works created across a five-hundred-year span on the Island of Hispaniola. Professor James serves on the editorial boards of Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism (DukeUP) and Callaloo Journal (Johns Hopkins UP).

CLICK HERE for exhibition description at MOCA’s website.

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Leila O’Brien, author of “Candy Land is in Trouble” launched her book at Louis & Steen’s New Orleans Coffeehouse on Saturday, October 21.

Bahamian nine-year-old author publishes book

Candy Land is a wonderful place until an unexpected visitor shows up and turns the world upside down. Can the citizens of Candy Land protect the home they love so dearly? Can Candy Land be saved? This is the premise of Leila O’Brien’s book, “Candy Land is in Trouble”.

The page-turner earned Leila a runner-up award in the Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas’ Young Writers Competition in her age category (ages seven to nine). As a member of the Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas Association, Leila was invited to read her book at the 11th annual Writing Awards in February of this year. With her 20-page book, Leila, nine, is one of the country’s youngest published authors.

Leila, the daughter of Tariq and Cherran O’Brien, launched her book, which she penned in 2016, at Louis & Steen’s New Orleans Coffeehouse on West Bay Street on Saturday, October 21. The book is also available in bookstores and online through [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story in The Nassau Guardian.


“Proposal For Artistic Intervention on the Columbus Statue in Front of Government House, Nassau” (2017), Joiri Minaya, postcard, 5x7.


How do we re-contextualise historic sculptures for contemporary life?

by Natalie Willis

“Monumental” is a bit of a slippery word, to say the least. Think “giant towering structures” or the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Khalifa, any number of impossibly big (or big for the time) constructions. Monumental can also mean exactly that, ‘monument’, and as the most recent Double Dutch exhibition, “Re: Encounter” shows, artists can often speak to the idea of the monumental both in size and in content. Dede Brown presents ambiguous humanoid busts, absent and cut out of wood and masonite, which are suspended from the ceiling—perhaps un-monumental in their own way. Playing into this in a different respect, Joiri Minaya presents us with a monumental wall of stretchy fabric that spans the width of the ballroom, but also gives us a series of postcards depicting a proposal for artistic intervention on the Christopher Columbus monument that sits at the front of Government House, making good use of both sides of this double-meaning of the word. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at the NAGB website.

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Aerial view of the West Side National Park (Photo: Heather Carey Photography).

Jaw-droppingly beautiful photos of little known National Park in Andros

West Side National Park, Andros – remote, vibrant and magical

by Heather Carey

I am thoroughly enjoying my new role(s) with the BNT and the journey of discovery that allows me to see and experience the amazing parks that fall under the BNT management. Up until taking this position I had always thought I was well informed about most things conservation in The Bahamas. One of the main reasons I joined the BNT family in this newly created role was because in early conversations I learned of all the amazing things they do that I believe so many, like me, are unaware of. I was happy to take on the role of sharing this information with Bahamians and beyond.

During my first month there was the simple discovery of the Leon Levy Nature Reserve in Eleuthera – a space with a beautiful and welcoming entrance that I had driven by many times over the past few years. What missed opportunities! But now, having spent a day exploring and meeting the BNT family that keep the Reserve immaculate and vibrant, I will make sure that each Eleuthera trip includes some time spent here – whether its wandering the boardwalk through mangroves 3 times taller than I am, or sitting in a quiet space watching the turtles and listening to the waterfall. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story at the BNT Blog.

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(Illustration by Sharon Gong)

Alien Nation

Growing up in a tourism economy made me feel like a person from nowhere.

by Jordan Darville

Paradise Island sits next to the island of New Providence in The Bahamas, and hosts many of the six million annual visitors who make tourism the blond-cornrowed king of our economy. It is just under four miles long, a manicured stretch of luxury accommodations and casinos that is accessible from the mainland by a minute-long car ride over a bridge. I made that journey many times growing up in Nassau before moving to Canada in 2006; I loved how the pitted streets of the mainland suddenly transformed into perfect black asphalt as you entered Paradise Island, a smooth glide that delivered visitors to the idea of The Bahamas they were promised. These are the paths they expect, and so we pave them, eager to keep our reputation as a country built to accommodate.

“Nobody cares about The Bahamas,” a co-worker in Toronto once said to me over lunch, as if she were explaining gravity. Occasionally, I will tell a new acquaintance I am Bahamian, and they will respond “Bajan?” Each time, I can see them gearing up for a conversation about Rihanna, who grew up in Barbados. “Do you know her?” they ask, suddenly attentive, having ascribed to me a small trace of her iconic glow. I sometimes refrain from correcting their mistakes and pretend to have lived near Rihanna. I met her before the fame, I tell them, and amuse myself with whatever lie comes to me in that moment: I knew Rihanna when she was an arsonist; when she was a mobster’s girlfriend; when she was responsible for a wave of missing pets on our street. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in The Fader.


art from the region
and beyond

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Cave art from lost civilization discovered on uninhabited Caribbean island

by Jessica Stewart

Rock art is one of the most primitive visual forms used to express the rites, rituals, and religions of early cultures. A global phenomenon, different types of rock art are found around the world and now, for the first time, researchers have discovered dateable cave art in the Caribbean.

Surveys of around 70 cave systems on the now-uninhabited Puerto Rican island of Mona revealed a stunning quantity of cave art from the 14th century. As the work of the Taino people, who once lived there, these visual records demonstrate life on the island well before Columbus discovered the island in 1493. Drawings were discovered in 30 caves, and with 100 more left in the survey, there will surely be more... [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at My Modern Met.
CLICK HERE for full Scientific study at Science Direct.

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Amy Sherald's "What's precious inside of him doesn't care to be known by the mind of those that diminish its presence" (All American), 2017. (Image courtesy of the Artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.)

The inauguration of Black Painting’s new golden age in America

by Antwaun Sargent

When the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., recently broke the news that Barack and Michelle Obama have chosen the portraitists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint them, respectively, into the halls of American history, it confirmed what we already knew: We have entered a new golden age of black painting.

Specifically, we’re witnessing the awakening of black figurative painting and portraiture, and as a figure Michelle Obama “is an archetype,” Sherald, 44, told me last week on the phone from Baltimore, where she's based. “I want all types of people to look at my work and see themselves, just like I watch a Reese Witherspoon movie as a black woman and can empathize with her because we have had to internalize whiteness in that way to survive.”

At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, aka the Blacksonian, Sherald's 2013 oil painting Grand Dame Queenie hangs prominently. It depicts a black woman holding a white teacup and saucer. The figure, wearing black-and-white striped pants and a red blouse tied at the neck into a pussycat bow, with a bright yellow scarf and a calm stare directed at the viewer, is realized in the artist's signature “grayscale” painting technique, with her black skin rendered in shades of gray. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at W.

Linda Nochlin

Linda Nochlin. (ADAM HUSTED)

Linda Nochlin, trailblazing feminist art historian,
dies at 86

by Andrew Russeth

Linda Nochlin, the perspicacious art historian who brought feminist thought to bear on the study, teaching, and exhibition of art, reshaping her field, has died, according to people close to her family. She was 86.

In 1971, Nochlin earned widespread attention for her landmark essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” which approached that question with incisive and nuanced analysis, demonstrating how, for centuries, institutional and societal structures had made it “impossible for women to achieve artistic excellence, or success, on the same footing as men, no matter what the potency of their so-called talent, or genius.”

But Nochlin also interrogated how “greatness” itself had long been formulated and evaluated. She wrote, “In the field of art history, the white Western male viewpoint, unconsciously accepted as the viewpoint of the art historian, may—and does—prove to be inadequate not merely on moral and ethical grounds, or because it is elitist, but on purely intellectual ones...” [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in Hyperallergic.

no great women artists

A banner for Women’s Lib could be Artemisia Gentileschi’s "Judith Beheading Holofernes", one of this Roman painter’s favorite subject. This version dates ca. 1614–20, shortly after the scandal of her alleged promiscuous relations with her teacher. (VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

A version of this story originally appeared in the January 1971 issue of ARTnews.

by Linda Nochlin

While the recent upsurge of feminist activity in this country has indeed been a liberating one, its force has been chiefly emotional—personal, psychological and subjective—centered, like the other radical movements to which it is related, on the present and its immediate needs, rather than on historical analysis of the basic intellectual issues which the feminist attack on the status quo automatically raises.1 Like any revolution, however, the feminist one ultimately must come to grips with the intellectual and ideological basis of the various intellectual or scholarly disciplines—history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, etc.—in the same way that it questions the ideologies of present social institutions. If, as John Stuart Mill suggested, we tend to accept whatever is as natural, this is just as true in the realm of academic investigation as it is in our social arrangements. In the former, too, “natural” assumptions must be questioned and the mythic basis of much so-called “fact” brought to light. And it is here that the very position of woman as an acknowledged outsider, the maverick “she” instead of the presumably neutral “one”—in reality the white-male-position-accepted-as-natural, or the hidden “he” as the subject of all scholarly predicates—is a decided advantage, rather than merely a hindrance of a subjective distortion. [...]

CLICK HERE for full essay at ArtNews.

FINAL Together

Artwork in Samsung Frame TV: Cody Cobb, "Zabriskie Point", 2016.

The Frame that’s changing the art game

Samsung’s brand-new TV,
“The Frame”, is at once a
television and a piece of art.

The relationship between art and technology is an ever-evolving, complex one, albeit captivating to watch and experience. Many artists resist technology as a medium because it feels cold and unknown; others feel that technology demands too much and changes too abruptly; thus alienating art communities before even having a chance to explain itself.

Enter: The Frame, a brand-new TV launched by Samsung, conceived by renowned Swiss designer Yves Béhar. Designed to look like a piece of art, with an elegant wood frame that comes in different colors, The Frame is made to seamlessly integrate with the wall behind it. In addition to its refined design, the Frame comes loaded with 100 digital pieces of art by several contemporary artists, dubbed the ‘Samsung Collection,’ so when the TV isn’t being watched, it becomes a digital art show. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in W.


Anthony Heinz May, “Natura Non Confundenda Est” (2017) in McKinley Park, Chicago (photo courtesy Chicago Tree Project).

Chicago’s plan for sick trees: turn them into art

Artists turn trees devastated by a pest into works of public art, calling attention to the problem and creating opportunities for unexpected artistic encounters across the city.

by Claire Voon

As its name suggests, the emerald ash borer is a beautiful little green bug, with an armor that shimmers like its namesake precious stone. Its appearance makes it one of the more attractive insects in North America, but it’s also one of the most destructive pests to have invaded the United States (where it arrived from its native Asia). Since 2002, when the metallic beetles were found feeding on ash trees near Detroit, they have spread over many miles and killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in 31 US states as well as in Ontario and Quebec.

Typically, many of these trees are cut down and removed. In Chicago, however, a city-funded model has emerged to transform them into signposts to educate the public on this critical environmental issue. Since 2014, artists have sculpted dead or dying trees, creating large, unexpected works of public art in neighborhoods around the city. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at Hyperallergic.


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