works & conversations is launched in the spring of 1998. Trying to explain our mission we quote Gertrude Stein: "Now listen. Can't you see that when the language was new, the poet could use the name of a thing and it would really be there?" Henry Miller: "Now and then, wandering through the streets, suddenly one comes awake, perceives with a strange exultation that he is moving through an absolutely fresh slice of reality." And Agnes Martin: "All art is about beauty." Superb interviews with Judy Pfaff, Squeak Carnwath and Richard Berger anchor this issue. Absent by design are art reviews and the academic writing of critics.
Conversation with Judy Pfaff
A world-renouned installation artist speaks about the direction of her work.
Work by Carol Lubin-Reiss
A ubiquitous artform as interpreted by this Los Angeles photographer
Conversation with Squeak Carnwath
Advocate of the unwatched life
Work by Mark Bulwinkle
"What Drives us"
Conversation with Richard Berger
Interview with an elusive genius.
Indigo Animal by Rue Harrison
Forces conspire to lead this most circumspect of ungulates to important insights.
Work by Phil Chan
Portfolio, "Fallen Angels"
Essay, "Art and Ethics"
Work by J. Kathleen White
Excerpts from "The Lots-of-Potential Tea Parlour But Lack-of-Focus Shooting Gallery"
work by Loraine Campbell
Fiction, "Home on the Range"
"To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perception...The act of art is a tool for extended consciousness." --Robert Irwin
Why are the arts so often considered frills when it comes to what is needed in schools, in politics, in so many parts of life? The capacity for creative response is needed in all walks of life. In this issue we explore art as a tool for social engagement. Read More
It's been my good fortune to have more than my share of remarkable friends, and several of them appear in this issue of the newsletter. One of the joys of having a venue like this newsletter is that its a vehicle for expanding my own circle. Read More
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