After the Art – Issue 12 – June 2021

Welcome to After the Art’s twelfth issue.

We hope you enjoy these four essays:

“A Digression” by Heidi Czerwiec

“Inside/Outside” by Yoshiko Teraoka

“Of Monuments and Ruins” by Travis Scholl

“On the Wing” by Dana Delibovi

We’ve also started a Facebook page, which you can follow for posts about future issues as well as exhibits, articles, books, essays, and sites that might be of interest.

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Inside/Outside

by Yoshiko Teraoka

I have been thinking about walls in times of crises. 

In a time of inversion – when left became right and right became left, moving forward meant moving back, and the contradictory impressions of the Covid-capitalist crisis were felt on sidewalks and screens, I found myself in a habit of returning to the same music and art, while stuck inside my domestic-turned-office walls. Comfort turned into compulsion when I began staring into the contradictions of a late painting by Mark Rothko.

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Of Monuments and Ruins

by Travis Scholl

I was recently reminded that the word nostalgia has Greek roots: nostos for home and algia (from algos) for pain, longing, loss. But the Greek roots are not ancient. The word was invented by a Swiss medical student named Johannes Hofer in the dissertation he completed in 1688. Thus, nostalgia is distinctively modern in a way that is meant to feel, ironically enough, nostalgically ancient. In her landmark study The Future of Nostalgia, the late literary scholar Svetlana Boym distinguished between what she called “restorative” and “reflective” nostalgia. In her own words:

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On the Wing

by Dana Delibovi

July in New York City is mercilessly hot. Street-buckling, garbage-rotting, sweat-drenching hot. No place is hotter than the subway. Not long ago, most New York subway cars lacked air-conditioning. Riders opened windows, letting in a subterranean wind when the train sped through the dark tunnels. It wasn’t much help.

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After the Art – Issue 11 – March 2021

Welcome to After the Art’s eleventh issue.

We hope you enjoy these four essays:

“Searching for memory in Jonathan Borofsky’s I dreamed I asked my father what the matter was and he said his tooth was bleeding and Louise Glück’s ‘Radium'” by Jessica Handler

“A Book, a Painting, a Fountain” by MaureenTeresa McCarthy

“The Man Who Breathed Art” by Karen McCall

“Sparrow Dance Spontaneity” by Stephen O’Connor

We’ve also started a Facebook page, which you can follow for posts about future issues as well as exhibits, articles, books, essays, and sites that might be of interest.

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Searching for memory in Jonathan Borofsky’s “I dreamed I asked my father what the matter was and he said his tooth was bleeding” and Louise Glück’s “Radium”

by Jessica Handler

 

My mother and I played a secret game in art museums. What, we would ask the other, is the single piece we would take for our own if such a thing were possible? Continue reading “Searching for memory in Jonathan Borofsky’s “I dreamed I asked my father what the matter was and he said his tooth was bleeding” and Louise Glück’s “Radium””

After the Art – Issue 10 – December 2020

Welcome to After the Art’s tenth issue.

We hope you enjoy these three essays:

“Semiotics of the Schoolroom” by Jenny Wu

“The Imaginary Battle of the Argonne” by Kimmo Rosenthal

“Golden Lies” by Aaron Hicks

We’ve also started a Facebook page, which you can follow for posts about future issues as well as exhibits, articles, books, essays, and sites that might be of interest.

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Semiotics of the Schoolroom

by Jenny Wu

 

In the fall and winter of 2019, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived, went to school, and occasionally taught, held an exhibition of the work of multidisciplinary artist Bethany Collins.[1]

At the entrance of the museum, I saw, to my right, Odyssey: 1852/1980, made up of two juxtaposed translations of the same passage from Book 13 of Homer’s Odyssey. Continue reading “Semiotics of the Schoolroom”

Prose and Passion

by Cheryl Sadowski

Artists and aesthetes may debate whether morning or afternoon light casts a more pleasing shadow, but they are likely to agree it is the marriage of light with mood that creates moments of Grace. Grace delights, transfixes, and seduces. Grace is the dream that buffers us from the bustle and busyness of the external world.  

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