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”

Golden Lies

by Aaron Hicks

 

“The reason why I wear gold: I wear gold for three reasons. One, when Jesus was born, three wise men came from the east, one brought frankincense, one brought myrrh, the other one brought gold. The second reason I wear gold is I can afford it. The third reason I wear it, it’s symbolic of my African heritage. When my ancestors came from Africa, they were shackled by our neck, our wrists and our ankles in steel chains. I’ve turned those steel chains into gold to symbolize the fact that I’m still a slave, only my price tag is higher.”    — Mr. T Continue reading “Golden Lies”

After the Art – Issue 9 – September 2020

Welcome to After the Art’s ninth issue.

We hope you enjoy these four essays, some of which were written before the pandemic and some during:

“Prose and Passion” by Cheryl Sadowski

“Portrait of a Gentleman” by Helena Feder

“The Ghoul and the Magpie” by David Licata

“In the Grace of the World” by Stephanie Bento

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. Continue reading “After the Art – Issue 9 – September 2020”

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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