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Ann E. Michael/Poetry

Pig Roast

She likes his stories, the ones

in which she never appears —

events that happened before they met.


Some of them she’s learned

by heart, but now and then

he relates one she hasn’t heard yet.


Last night, he recalled an episode

involving two fellow students —

college days — who thought a pig roast


would make a great party

(fire pit, spit, cracklins and beer)

but couldn’t afford the cost.


They knew he had a pickup truck,

asked him to meet them late

one evening at a neighboring farm


and when he showed, he found

they’d shot a hog, too heavy to lift,

and the roast had lost some of its charm


and they needed him to help haul

350 pounds of pilfered, bloody ham

to their apartment. He shook his head.


The waste, he was thinking, some

farmer’s good sow. Poor man, poor pig.

“You guys are assholes,” he said


and drove his still-clean truck away.

“I didn’t exactly turn them in,”

his story ends, “but stopped to chat


with a local cop. Suggested there

might be something to investigate.”

Years later, she loves him for that.



It is what looked up at you

from the eyes of the wounded doe

What the clock said to itself

when the mainspring gave way

It is the last few shudders

your father’s body finally made

when his heart wrote hopeless

on the hospital bed

and the long sigh of a black dog

and the dry skin of your beloved

who could make no more tears

It is the dead nut

It is all the days I tell you I can’t

but you are right:


It is desire

It is still desire

Remind me that it is desire


Alecto of the Playground

Fist, cry. Pushing the other
children down, fury of the play yard —
she spun and whirled, tirade
of naughty words, invective hurled
at handball rules and kick-the-can.
She stamped and shrieked,
pounded the boy who
won her marbles, tore at and bent
the chain-link fence, turned girls’
jump-rope songs into rhyming slander
until the playground monitor
called the teacher
who saw a small volcanic 7-year-old
with a smeared face and unrepentant
tears, steered her to the schoolhouse door
with the child fuming and kicking,
One more fruitless
visit to the principal’s office,
another useless
call home, seldom answered, mother
passed out face-down on the sofa,
dog sulking on its towel and
awaiting the girl of constant anger
to return and offer succor.

[Alecto, the Fury of constant anger, is also the protector of dogs
and the helpless.]

About the poet:

Ann E. Michael’s latest collection of poems is “The Capable Heart” (FootHills Publishing). She is a poet, educator, essayist and librettist, currently collaborating on an opera with composer Alla Borzova. She lives in eastern PA. Her website is


October 27, 2011   Comments Off on Ann E. Michael/Poetry

Jeanne Mackin/Author Interview

On Writing Historical Fiction

with Mike Foldes

Q)  Tell me, how did you happen to start writing? Does it run in the family?  Why historical fiction?

A) I’ve been writing since I was about seven.  Turns out my grandfather (I didn’t know him – he died the year I was born) was a poet.  Unsuccessful, commercially.  I have one of his rejection letters from Harper’s, about  1930.  Historical because I love the travel of it, that sense of being in a different time and place.

Q) What did you study in college, and when did you write your first novel? Did it sell, or is that among the undiscovered manuscsripts of J.M.?

A) I studied English lit with minors in art and history.  I finished my first novel in my late thirties… slow bloomer… and yes, it was published:  The Frenchwoman, from St. Martin’s Press.  I did write quite a few short stories before I began working on that novel, and was short-listed for a few contests, but didn’t publish them.  They were kind of like warm ups for me:  my heart is in long fiction.

Q) What is your process for developing a story line? Plot? Character development?

A) I usually begin with an initial image and just follow the story.  Who are the people in that first image?  How did they get to whatever that place is?  What is at stake for them, what are their possibilities?  I like to mix fictional characters with real historical characters, so, for instance in The Beautiful American, the historical figure is photographer Lee Miller; I imagined her, just after World War II, in London, bumping into an old friend outside of Harrods.  What are they doing there?  What are they looking for? The old friend is the fictional character, someone who can follow Lee from childhood on, telling Lee’s story mixed in with her own.

I tend to write chronologically, beginning to end, as if I’m telling myself the story as I’m discovering it. That’s the first draft, of course.  Much, much rewriting follows the first draft.  John Gardner says writers should work as if in a dream state, that a good novel is an uninterrupted dream, and that’s how I like to work: deeply trusting some unknown part of my imagination to supply what I need for the story.

Plot and character can’t, for me, be separated. They come from each other.  The tricky part is not letting my own self seep unnecessarily into the characters. For instance, I have a quick temper. When I’m writing fiction I have to make certain that the trait doesn’t automatically become part of the characters.  When I might slam a door, someone like Lee, as I imagined her, would be more clever, more subtle when angry.  I have to intuit who the characters are, what shapes them, drives them, and then make sure they are very separate from my own psychology.

Q) What was your most useful ‘other’ occupation that helped define your successful career as an author?

A)  Not to be too cynical here, but John Gardner (yes, him again) recommended that writers marry rich spouses so they wouldn’t have to work ‘day’ jobs.  I couldn’t go that far, though I see his point. Instead, I found part time professional work that allowed me a few hours every morning for my fiction.  Those hours were worth their weight in gold.  Successful?  I don’t think of myself that way. I’ve managed to get my novels published.

Q) How much have other types of “writing jobs” influenced your approach to historical fiction?

A) My other writing jobs have been in journalism – print and a little radio,  and I  don’t think they influence my fiction writing, except in very basic ways: they gave me a kind of confidence on the page.  I know my way around a sentence, and I can write to a deadline.  Perhaps they also kept me a little grounded.  My type of fiction is about a two way communication. I don’t write with readers looking over my shoulder, but when I write fiction I feel an obligation to tell a good story for that reader, just as, in journalism, you must be able to anticipate questions a reader would ask if that reader were there with you.

Q) Would you recommend that everyone try out a variety of forms on the way to ‘settling in’? or is that inevitable?

A) Absolutely.  If writing is your choice, your way of experiencing the world, then why not experiment with it?  It should be a bit playful and adventurous.  I write historical fiction, but I’ve also written mysteries under a different name, and lots of journalism.  I’m not a poet, but every once in a while I’ll challenge myself to try some poetry, just to keep some imaginative flexibility. 

Q) When we spoke last year you had a contract for two books. How’s the second one coming along, and are you able to work on two books at a time or do you actively work on them in succession?

A) I’m about a third of my way through the second book in this contract.  I’ve tried working on two books at a time, but I just can’t do it.  When I’m actively writing, that voice ‘telling’ the story is going on in my head whether I’m at my desk or not,  so I can follow only one narrative at a time.  It is kind of like finding yourself in a dream, even when you’re wide awake.

Q) I understand you went to Europe while you were writing The Beautiful American. Do you work well on the road? Was this an investigatory excursion? Did you visit places that were central to Lee’s associations at the time?

A) No, I can’t work on the road at all.  I’m a true creature of habit.  I need my desk, my reference shelf, my pot of tea. The trip was to revisit some of Lee’s old haunts and other locales in the novel, so it was a research trip specifically centered in Nice and Grasse.  There was a huge storm in the upper part of France, and all the trains had been snowed in, so I didn’t make it to Paris, but I already know that city pretty well.

Q) Thank you, Jeanne.  


About the interviewer:

Michael Foldes is founder and managing editor of Ragazine.CC. You can read more about him in “About Us.”  This interview was conducted via email between January and March 2014.

Also in this issue: A review of The Beautiful American.

April 28, 2014   Comments Off on Jeanne Mackin/Author Interview

On Michael Dorris


A Broken Man on Blue Water:

A Conversation on the Life

and Influence of Michael Dorris

Facilitated by John Smelcer 

Michael Dorris (1945-1997) was the award-winning author of numerous books, mostly about the Native American experience, including his popular novel, A Yellow Raft on Blue Water (1987). His influential memoir, The Broken Cord, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award in 1989. In 1971, he was the first single man in the United States to legally adopt a child (he adopted an American Indian boy named Abel who suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and he eventually adopted two other children). In the fall of 1972, Michael was hired as Director of Dartmouth’s new Native American Studies program, where he met his future wife, Louise Erdrich. Years later, as husband-wife collaborators, they co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a book that marked the 500th year anniversary of the discovery of America. After a great deal of turmoil in his personal life — including the accidental death of Abel in 1991, divorce, and allegations of abuse — Michael committed suicide in a motel in Concord, New Hampshire, on April 10, 1997. The facilitator of this candid discussion is John Smelcer, Michael’s friend and one-time moose hunting partner in Alaska and one of the last people to speak to him before his lonely death, and three of Michael’s students from the early years at Dartmouth: Tom Sorci, Dave Bonga, and Trudell Guerue.



JS:   It’s been sixteen years since Michael Dorris left us. His death was a profound loss in my life. My younger brother had committed suicide nine years earlier, a few weeks shy of turning twenty-three. Such losses are never easy to reconcile. We live with uneasy doubts and lingering questions for many years afterward, more so than others in Michael’s case. I wonder if we might start by talking about the early days when we all first met Michael.

TS:      I was born to Italian-American parents and was raised in the mid-Hudson valley of New York state, living in both Poughkeepsie and Kingston. When I graduated from high school in June of 1972, I had planned to pursue a career in Environmental Studies. Meeting Michael Dorris and the students in the newly formed Native American Program changed my life.  Michael was one of the first people I met at Dartmouth. His car still had Alaskan license plates with MODOC imprinted on them when he invited all of his advisees to his house on Mascoma Lake during freshmen week. I was living in North Topliff Hall on the same floor as many Native American students. Michael’s office, along with the Native American Program, was located in College Hall where he helped me plan the courses I would take during freshman year. Michael steered me in the direction of anthropology and the newly formed Native American Studies Program. Throughout my four years at Dartmouth, he was a mentor, friend, and confidant. He was instrumental in helping me find internships and employment as well as helping me to find my true calling to a lifelong commitment to Native American education.


Michael Dorris

DB:   I wasn’t on campus during the 1972-73 academic year, as I had transferred to the University of Minnesota to take Ojibwe for my Dartmouth language requirement. I met Michael during the summer of 1973 when I was on campus for my Dartmouth Plan summer. I didn’t take any of Michael’s classes, but I did do a Native American Studies project for academic credit during my fall 1973 term on the Standing Rock Reservation under Bea Medicine, who Mike had invited to be a Visiting Professor. I returned to Dartmouth for my senior year. Michael was excellent as the initial Director of the Native American Studies Program. He was able to work closely with Dartmouth academics to advance acceptance of Native American Studies as a viable academic field. Michael was also a friend and supporter of students, who also happened to be a single parent with a special-needs son.

TG:    I was in the first cohort of the Native Studies program at Dartmouth; must have been 1971-1972. There were fifteen of us in that first class. There were about six or seven Indians there already, but it wasn’t an organized program then. I took off after the first year and went bumming around Europe with a friend. When I returned in the fall of 1973, the college had hired Mike Dorris. So, some of the other guys might have known him for a year longer than I did. I was as old as or older than Mike. I had served in the Army before college, so I was older than the other students. I really enjoyed Mike’s teaching. He opened my eyes to a lot of Indian literature. I was also in Dr. Medicine’s class.

TS:   Mike also introduced me to Beatrice Medicine. I had embarked on a William Jewett Tucker Foundation internship to Ronan, Montana during the summer of 1974 to work as a G.E.D. instructor at the Kicking Horse Civilian Conservation Center for the Confederated Tribes of Salish and Kootenai. It was my introduction to Job Corps and to working directly with students on a reservation. Meeting Beatrice Medicine would have a profound effect upon my education and career choices. After returning from Montana, I immersed myself in the study of anthropology, Native American Belief Systems, and Lakota language. I also visited Professor Medicine’s home in Wakpala on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. By this time my interest in Native American Studies was extensive and far-reaching.

JS:    I wasn’t one of Mike’s students, per se, though for years he guided my independent readings in Native Studies, especially in Indian literature. I met him in the early 1980s when I was an undergraduate studying anthropology, linguistics, and Native Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike came to campus to speak, and I was invited to a luncheon in his honor. During lunch, I mentioned that I was going moose hunting, and Mike enthusiastically voiced his desire to go with me. He said he had taught in an Alaskan village (Tyonek) before he was hired at Dartmouth and that he’d gone moose hunting. We left early the following morning. I took him to Lake Louise, about forty miles west of Glennallen. On the way there we stopped at my village to visit my Indian relatives. We took my green johnboat through three connecting lakes back to Tyone Lake, where there was an old, abandoned village from my tribe. I hunted back there with my dad and uncles since I was a little boy. The first time must have been in 1971. Herds of caribou migrate through the region. I’ve seen hundreds of caribou swim across the lake, just their antlered heads sticking out from the water. It was a cold and drizzly fall day. At the end of the lake, where the Tyone River begins, we saw a two-year-old bull moose. I had a harvest tag for a bull moose or caribou. Naturally, Mike didn’t have a license or anything, so I shot it.


John Smelcer with young bull moose (photo by M. Dorris)

We butchered the moose and carried the quarters back to the boat through a kind of boggy area. We each carried a bulging game bag against our chest, full of shoulder, neck, and back-strap meat, as well as the heart and the liver for my great aunt, Morrie Secondchief, who lived nearby. We also cut off the nose to make moose-nose soup, a delicacy among elders. It took two trips to carry out everything. By the time we were done packing out the meat, our feet were soaked, and we couldn’t feel our toes. I kept my rifle with me at all the time. Grizzly country, you know. We had seen bear tracks along the shore back at the boat. The hundred-pound hindquarters we were carrying would be temptation for any hungry bear dreaming of hibernating soon. We were both wearing raincoats over our jackets. I was experienced enough to know enough to unzip both coats so that I wouldn’t overheat and sweat. But Michael didn’t know better. Soon, he was sweating from the hard labor—his wet clothes robbing him of body heat. By the time we finished packing the meat back to the boat, Michael was shaking uncontrollably. We built a large campfire to warm up and to boil water for coffee. We even roasted a chunk of moose meat on sticks. In what other ways did Mike influence your life?

DB:     During the Spring of 1973, I applied for a position in the Native American office as the liaison with the Native American Council. I didn’t get it, so I went home to Washington State to attend the University of Washington Law School in the fall of 1974. During the summer of ‘74 Duane Bird Bear (‘72) asked me to take his job in Denver with the United Scholarship Service, which I did as I had planned to attend law school in the future. I believe it was in March of 1975 that Michael called me and asked me to return to Dartmouth to work in the Native American Office. I accepted and moved back to Hanover. As the Coordinator of the Native American Office I assisted NAP students with support services to create an atmosphere on campus that allowed students to be academically successful and encouraging students to take advantage of Dartmouth and become engaged in off-campus programs that allowed them to continue their academics, but also to spend time off campus that at times was a hostile environment. Michael strongly supported the off-campus activities and established NAS internship programs. In addition, Mike encouraged the development of cultural support programs for NAP students and strongly supported the actions of the Native American Office. Michael also continued to develop the NAS that was gaining a positive national reputation. However, I was disappointed that Mike was not a frequent visitor to the NAD house or many NAD activities. At the time, I was unaware of his home issues involving the children he had adopted as a single parent. It wasn’t until his book, A Broken Cord, was published that I realized how challenged and occupied Michael was with raising his three children who were FAE and FAS.  Once I understood Michael’s predicament and the enormity of the issue in Indian country, I became an advocate of trying to address issues associated with FAE and FAS children and how the actions of their parents were the cause of the children’s problems. It became apparent to me that such parental actions threatened the very existence of viable Native communities and their success in dealing with all other issues. The issue of substance abuse and the destruction of Native Ways has affected the way I look at the development of Tribes that involve all aspects of tribal life.  Michael’s struggles and his book encouraged many of us to look outside the box and to think of new ways to address tribal issues. That has directly lead to the Kalispel Tribe’s successful Northern Quest Casino and Resort that was developed to fund the CamasPath program that is a holistic approach to the development of healthy, educated, and successful Kalispel Tribal members.

TS:  With Michael’s blessing, I landed an internship at Americans for Indian Opportunity in Washington, D.C. working for LaDonna Harris and Maggie Gover on national issues. I had developed strong friendships with many Native American students, one of whom I had dated for some time. When I graduated in June with a major in Religion and a minor in Native American Studies, Michael wrote me a letter of recommendation and steered me to my first job as a linguistic consultant for the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Nez Perce, and Colville Tribes in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. I lived with a Yakama family in Wapato, Washington and worked for the Johnson O’Malley Consortium for nine months before returning to Dartmouth to work as the Assistant Regional Director for the A Better Chance (ABC) Program. My goal was to increase the number of Native American students in private and public schools throughout the Northeast. In the fall of 1979, I enrolled in graduate school to study linguistics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I was interested in Native Language revitalization and helped to establish the first Siouan languages conference. Later that year I married Vivian Blackgoat, a Diné woman whom I had met at Dartmouth. Our daughter was born at the Tuba City Indian Hospital in 1980, and our son was born at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in 1982. In the meantime, I had taken a job as an instructor at Navajo Community College (its name later changed to Diné College) in Tsaile, Arizona where I taught for four years before accepting a position as teacher, coach, dorm parent, and advisor to Native American students at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. For the next nine years, I lived and worked extensively with Native American students from all over the country and kept in touch with the Dartmouth Native American community. Both Michael and Dr. Medicine visited our family at the school. By then, he and Louise had achieved fame for their various publications.

JS:    For me, Michael wrote one of the recommendations that helped land my job as co-chair of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1993. My co-chair was a Tlingit woman named Elaine Abraham who was from Yakutat in southeast Alaska. I think she told me she was a member of the Frog Clan. Mike later provided a recommendation when I applied to be executive director of my tribe’s Heritage Foundation. I got the job and spent the next three years working on oral history projects, archaeological surveys, and a dictionary of our language. Isolated as I was in Alaska, Mike was one of a few Native writers who helped me develop as a fiction writer. James Welch also helped me a great deal. They both encouraged me to join Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers as one of its earliest members. How did each of you learn of Mike’s death and how did the news affect you?

TS:    I was teaching Ancient History at the Kent School in Connecticut when Dr. Bea Medicine telephoned to tell me the sad news. Needless to say, I was shocked by his untimely death. I was upset at myself because I knew that Michael had been receiving treatment for his severe depression, and I wished I could have reached out to him to prevent him from taking his own life. Later that spring, I drove past the motel in New Hampshire to say a prayer and pay my final respects to a professor who had taken a keen interest in helping me in both my collegiate and professional careers. My life has taken many twists and turns since then. After finishing a three year stint as principal of St. Michael’s Indian School on the Navajo Nation, I have moved to Anchorage, Alaska to lead a small school of 87 students in grades 7-12. As I travel the state, I often think of conversations I had with Michael about his fieldwork in Alaska over forty years ago and thank him for pointing me in this direction.

DB:   I was driving to work when I heard the news on the radio. When I got to the office I checked the internet to see if it was really true. And there it was. I was really sad to hear how he had died.

TG:    One of the guys from our class, I think it was Mike Hanitchak, called to tell me. I had been feeling very, very bad the previous day . . . and I didn’t know why. I just had a bad feeling. I have a number of relatives and friends who killed themselves, and when I see them all I’m going to kick their asses for doing what they did. One thing I know about Mike—about Mike’s suicide—is he had been destroyed. After all the things he had done, the allegations were such that no matter what happened he was destroyed. If ever a person wanted to hurt another person, making that kind of allegation [as were made against Mike] . . . that’s it. There were even allegations that Mike may not have been Indian. I think that Mike Dorris made a huge difference in the lives of not just to those who had the opportunity to be in his classes, but to the Indian world—in the Indian world—he made a difference. He believed very strongly in the tribes, and that’s a hard thing because the Indian world is so divided. You come from this tribe or that tribe, or you come from the reservation or you don’t. Growing up on a reservation, I know how people from the reservation see Indians who have never been there. Indians from the reservation belong to a tribe, while urban Indians see themselves as pan-Indian, often picking and choosing appealing customs and spiritual beliefs from a variety of tribes. I’m not saying I agree with this. I’m just saying that’s the way it is. I’m Lahkota. I don’t use Chippewa customs in my life, nor Navajo, Apache, or Seneca. I thought of Mike Dorris as one of my friends. I deeply regretted that he didn’t call me toward the end because I thought that maybe I could have talked him into doing something else. It still bothers me that I didn’t have a chance to talk with him.

JS:    Mike and I had spoken many times during the months before his death, mostly about how his life was falling apart and how he felt so alone. The last time we spoke was the day before he killed himself after moving into that motel in Concord. He called me at my tribal office in Glennallen. I think he used an outside pay phone because I remember he called collect and I could hear traffic in the background. We spoke for a long time, maybe half an hour. He never actually said he was going to harm himself, but there was a tone in his voice that alarmed me. I could tell he had given up. My brother had committed suicide nine years earlier, so you’d think I would have recognized the signs. I didn’t in either case. Mike was gone hours later. I must have been one of the last people he ever spoke to. I remember crying in my office with the door closed after I heard the news. Michael was a good man, a good role model, and a good friend. He deserves to be remembered for the positive influence he had on so many lives, like ours.


About the participants:

Tom Sorci is currently headmaster at Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage, Alaska.

Dave Bonga (Ojibwe) is an attorney for the Kalispell Tribe in Washington.

Trudell Guerue (Lahkota) is a former lawyer who has no desire to be a lawyer again.

John Smelcer (Ahtna) co-edited Native American Classics (2013), an anthology of 19th and early 20th century Native American literature and Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (1995). Michael Dorris edited many of the stories in John’s ALASKAN: Stories from the Great Land (2011).


April 27, 2013   Comments Off on On Michael Dorris

Michael Eastman/Photography

©Michael Eastman

“There is no substitute for working.


An Interview with Michael Eastman

by Mike Foldes


Michael Eastman’s photography captures the imagination in much the way it captures the essence of it subjects, merging the two in a surreal admixture of self and other. The current exhibition of meticulously produced images at Barry Friedman Ltd. Gallery, taken on Eastman’s fourth (and most recent) trip to Cuba in 2010, gives evidence: Rooms, facades, streets, all fade against memory when viewing the saturated color and play of light in monumental prints, as if to say, “This is what was, as well as what is.”

Los Angeles Times Art Critic, Leah Ollman, writes, “Walker Evans’ legacy is evident throughout Eastman’s work: a love of the vernacular, a consistent, frontal approach, and a fondness for … time and neglect.”

Michael Eastman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. His photographs are in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, St. Louis Museum of Art, and the International Center for Photography, New York, among others.

The following interview was conducted via an e-mail exchange in March of 2011.

Q: How did you happen to gravitate to photography?

ME: Photography’s immediacy.

Q: What was your first camera?

ME: Nikon

Q: And what do you use today?

ME: I still use film, my camera for architecture is a Cambi from Denmark. It’s a 4×5 view camera, and also, I use old 500C Hasselblads. I still love a square.

Q: How much lighting equipment do you carry around with you? Your photographs have a remarkable intensity and  revealing of detail that seems hard to capture with natural light alone.

ME: I do not use lighting equipment.  All my photographs are made with natural light. By scanning my negatives myself and using Photoshop as my digital darkroom,  I am able to make prints that I never could have made with traditional methods. The amount of control is unmatched.

Q: In your Havana series, what time of day were most of the photographs taken? Everything appears to be very well lit.  Are these ‘long’ exposures?

ME: Photographs were made all during the day.  No particular time of day. Yes, fairly long exposures.


Michael Eastman/Havana 2010

Volume 7 No 2.5 April 2011

View larger photos from the gallery please enter the FS button.


Q: You say “Fairly long.” Can you give an example using, say, the following staircase image:

ME: 30 to 60 seconds at F22. Very low light …

Q: Of the hundreds of photographs on your own and other websites, and in your books, humans are conspicuous by their absence. Some of the settings give the flavor of life as we think we’ll know it after everyone else is gone but us – take that in the imperial singular. Did you ever photograph people, and if so, when did you stop?

ME: When I photographed commercially, I only photographed people. Real people doing real things. Very documentary.

In my fine art work, I am more interested in finding places to photograph that are full of evidence of human activity but without the specific people that inhabit the places.  These photographs are portraits of the people without the people in it.  Through inference, we tend to “create” the portrait from what is in the room and from our own personal experiences.  I feel successful when my interiors feel like someone has just left the space or is about to enter.   Almost like a stage set.

Q: Do you work with assistants, or is all the setup and digital darkroom work and printing handled by you?

ME: I do not work with assistants.  I photograph alone and print alone.  When I first began to photograph, there seemed to be many voices in my head. Imaginary critics telling me what to do, What not to do. Voices of parents wondering what I was doing with my life and why was I wasting my time with a camera, etcetera. Over the years, the only voice in my head is mine. The only one I am trying to please is me. I think this is what people mean when they say finding one’s voice. I try to find places that speak to me and one needs silence to hear it. That’s why I photograph alone. No interferences. No noise. No distractions. In the beginning my voice was very weak and very hard to hear. Now, it’s the only one up there.

Q: Your images are “huge”. What kind of printer do you use? Any special inks?

ME: The prints are six feet by eight feet. No ink. They’re not ink jet. They are conventional chromogenic prints (C Prints) exposed with a light jet.

Q: How do you happen to live in St. Louis? Are you originally from the Midwest?

ME: Saint Louis is where I am from. Where one is based has very little effect on what one accomplishes. It has been an advantage to be an outsider.  It is easy to get lost by being overexposed. And it easy to get lost in trying too much to advance one’s career.  The best thing one can do for one’s career is to continue to make better photographs. If your work gets better, you will get opportunities.  That is all you have control over.

Q: Do you still take commissions?

ME: Not really, although I still am open to collaborating.  Art is very singular activity. Whenever I have an opportunity to collaborate with others I respect, I am interested in exploring that opportunity.


Michael Eastman/Other Work

Vol 7 No 2.5 — Work from various collections: Italy, Vanishing America, Landscapes, Horses, Urban Luminosity

View larger photos from the gallery please enter the FS button.


Q: What or where would you like to shoot that you haven’t, yet?

ME: Nothing specific.  I just want to continue to look, make better photographs and grow both as an artist and as a person. Those two things have much more in common than one might think.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching? And even if you don’t, what advice – other than find your own voice – would you offer the aspiring artist/photographer?

ME: I do not teach, although someday I would like the opportunity.  Currently I keep busy with my own work. I like to stay busy. I am a bit compulsive that way; if I was growing up today, I probably would be on a Ritalin™ drip. I believe an artist grows through working. I have learned mostly from my own photographs, both the ones that work and probably even more from the ones that do not work.  Editing is so important. Essential. And I have learned so much from just looking at prints. One has to be driven. There is no substitute for working. None.

Q: If you were to ask yourself a question, as an interviewer, what would it be, and what would be the answer?

ME: How did you succeed?

I think one needs to be a bit in denial, especially in the beginning. You have to believe you are better than you are. And still be ready to respond positively when you face rejection. Which I have to do all the time.  Still do. You have to keep making photographs even when you doubt, especially when you doubt. And you want your photographs to have more and more levels of ideas.  More is more. The only thing I have ever had control of was my work. The better it gets, the more I have achieved.


For more images and information about Michael Eastman, visit:

The Michael Eastman show at Barry Friedman Ltd. runs through April 30, 2011. The gallery is located at 515 West 26th Street, New York, New York 10001.

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Michael Parish/Observations



Michael Parish’s series of vignettes on our strange contemporary relationship to the natural world — and the way our daily consumption habits and practices transform it and ourselves — provide a bit of a Brechtian alienation effect that lets us stand back and see ourselves in action.  The everyday activities of work, eating, and landscaping are shown in a kaleidoscope that the quirky narrative voice guides us through our activities and makes them momentarily strange — and therefore able to think about doing them differently.

— Leslie Heywood, Creative Nonfiction Editor

By Michael Parish

On Picnics

To picnic is to party, in a field, in the woods, under the sun. Bring a blanket, some wine and cheese, and don’t forget the bread that crunches like the sound of leaves when we break it. Picnicking combines two of the simplest pleasures in life, being outside and eating, and though I’d like to partake in both everyday, most days, I have to go to work.

I sit at a desk in a room that has no windows. As I program, my mind runs the same track over and over again like a toy train racing around a Christmas tree. If the time is 11:34, I think 7:34; I add eight hours because in eight hours I am guaranteed not to be at work; I will be at the supermarket or eating dinner or out on my porch reading the book I have been reading.

During lunch, I sit in my car with the windows down; it is impossible to find a place near work to eat at outside. The nearest “natural space” is a playground/park with a backstop and a soccer field where in place of the grass, something else exists. The stuff is like a carpet, like the floor of every miniature golf hole that’s ever been putted on, and sometimes, I squat and move a flat palm across the top of it, trying to figure out what astroturf smells like.

It doesn’t smell like a picnic, I can tell you that.

On Buffets

The all-you-can-eat buffet is a simple solution to a complex problem. It would seem like providing a person with an almost unlimited amount of food choices come mealtime would make things easier when trying to solve the Western dilemma of eating three meals a day and deciding what exactly those meals should be. But this is precisely why buffets do not work: special occasions aside, eating should never be treated merely as an excuse to stuff our faces, and food should not be treated as an abundant, homogeneous commodity that can be purchased for a flat price (say, $9.99 per person). Yet so many of us fork over our ten bucks so that we can eat until we are unable to move. When we eat at buffets, we sacrifice sound food choices for the sake of convenience.

Treating food as an unlimited resource breaks down our connection to its provenance and production. At a buffet, our knowledge of how the food underneath all of the red heat lamps got there is limited to an occasional glimpse of the dolly heaping with trays that is periodically trucked from the kitchen to the food bar. The country of origin, the specific variety of the fruits, vegetables and meats that comprise the ingredients [1], the date the food was harvested and who did the picking, when exactly it arrived in the kitchen of the restaurant, and how many times it was processed before it arrived in our mouths, are all details that are rendered invisible through their anonymous presentation.

To most buffet enthusiasts, none of these details matter. All that is important is 1) being hungry, 2) eating as much food as possible to ensure you get your money’s worth, and 3) being hungry. In America, the one price, all-you-can-eat buffet seems like a setup, a con or trick combining one of our basic needs (the need to eat) along with our thrifty, “consumer values” (the hunger for a bargain). We’re duped into overeating because we can’t resist a bargain.

At an all-you-can-eat buffet, faced with mounds of fried and fast foods, the feeling that pervades the atmosphere is that food can be wasted without consequence, either by sampling small portions of every entree and trashing the leftovers or by eating healthy portions of everything in sight. The first is downright wasteful – throwing away good food simply because it is extra – while the second is a bit more covert. The two main reasons to eat are for energy and pleasure, and the best method usually involves finding the most agreeable way of combining the two. To force yourself to eat so much that you feel like you’ll lose it in the backseat on the car ride home is just excessive. It’s also insulting to your internal organs, to farmers, to plants and animals, to people waking up in other parts of the world who worry not about eating, but about whether they’ll live through another day.

I’m not saying when we get together with friends for a potluck or a holiday that it’s wrong to enjoy ourselves. Such events celebrate life and the joys of eating and, every once in a while, there is something very satisfying about overstuffing yourself. But most of us attend buffets without considering the huge amount of labor that goes into amassing such a bounty of goodies. If we had to grow, harvest and prepare all of the food, would we ever come up with the idea of putting together a buffet ourselves?

Perhaps I have been a bit harsh in my assessment of buffets, but the following anecdote may help illuminate why. When I lived in Albany, my friends and I frequented the lunch buffets at the Indian restaurants downtown when we wanted a break from eating on campus. There were times when we ate so much that I thought I would never eat again. We would leave the restaurant and walk a few steps to the park and beach ourselves on its knolls like whales, our bloated stomachs becoming sunburned in the afternoon sun. As we gradually passed out, people dropped change on us, mistaking us for derelicts because we were muttering obscenities to ourselves and farting loudly in public, drunk from having eaten too much food, rolling around in the grass, pressing our faces into the earth, our brains eventually induced into a coma state because it was the only way to save us, system capacity breached, system failure, system shutdown. And there were weekends where we never learned any lesson, waking up on Sunday morning bright-eyed and recovered, ready and willing to do the same thing to ourselves that afternoon.

If our Rome ever falls, it wouldn’t surprise me if the all-you-can-eat buffet has something to do with it.

On Walks and Walking

Leisure walking, perhaps the simplest and most enjoyable activity known to man, is becoming extinct. Humans have walked since long before they were called Homo sapiens; anthropologists thank evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus afarensis, for foraying into bipedalism. As the earth flew around the sun, we became a race of runners, (pun intended), who chased down prey at a steady pace over the course of many days, tiring it to the point of defeat and exhaustion.

Today, due in large part to our big brains, we no longer have to run after anything. When we do see people running, usually from the air-conditioned cockpits of automobiles, it strikes us odd why anyone would willingly put themselves through that.

But forget running. Most people don’t even seem to walk anymore. We’ve become a culture of sitters.

With a laptop computer and a helpful relative ready to fetch the occasional meal, splash of water, bedpan, etc., it is possible for one to lounge in bed all day and still participate in the 9 to 5 workweek. A respectable standing in social circles can also be maintained from the bedroom command center, and up to the second local and global news is always on tap. Movies, music, shopping, dating. All can be delivered instantly. Why go anywhere if it can all come to us?

The world we now experience is one experienced by proxy. It is an endless stream of images and information, floating past our eyes and unable to be accessed without the aid of a computer. It is a world we cannot touch and the world we seem truly invested in. We are literally detached from it yet call ourselves “connected.”

One wonders, then, how to get closer, how to get inside the machine. Advances in computer generated images could possibly dictate the future of the human relationship with computers. The only question that remains is: how many terabytes will you take up?

What makes walking so appealing is that it is something that can be done now. One has everything they need from the moment they push themselves up from the carpet as a baby. There is no need for special devices; one’s own sense of accomplishment comes from oneself. And just like runners, who run to achieve the euphoric rush known as runner’s high, walkers, too, benefit from endorphins flooding against the blood-brain barrier.

There are some that say walking is boring. To this I say there are a lot of boring people out there, ready to let the world be imagined for them. The world is always outside, waiting to be explored.

So start walking. Any direction will do. Look around, listen. Feel the rhythm of footsteps, watch the thoughts come and go. Focus on every breath, for in every breath lies the secret to discovering the world anew.

On Convenience

In the modern world, convenience is king. Often, the quickest, cheapest and easiest way of getting something done is the most used, sought after and marketable. Humans are inherently short-term thinkers; having evolved from a hunter-gatherer mentality, we only realized the benefit of planning ahead when we started planting our own food some 9,000+ years ago. Prior to that shift, a lifestyle of living on the run had been wired in us for millions.

We engage in convenient behavior because it satisfies our immediate needs. Rather than take some time to cook our own meals, it’s a lot faster to hit the drive-thru at any burger joint, the awnings of which are red and yellow because those colors induce hunger. When convenience is on the line, it starts to seem like the whole world plays on our instincts and desires, inviting us to spend our money and consume.

While some decisions we make on a daily basis, such as ones about what to eat, are convenient on the short-term, many bring unexpected consequences. For instance, during the early 20th century, a pair of scientists discovered a way to synthetically produce nitrogen as a means of creating explosives. The Haber-Bosch process, as it has come to be known, has proved to be a decisive creation; in addition to its wartime uses, the process can also be used to fix large amounts of nitrogen, an important element in plant growth, into the soil. Basically, the same stuff we once used to make gunpowder is the same stuff now used to fertilize crops. As a result, the human population on earth since World War II has skyrocketed.

While the immediate result of using synthetic fertilizers is beneficial, (more plants = more food = more people), these fertilizers actively destroy the environment. Decades of concentrating such a powerful substance over the same area wears soil out. The Midwest, home to some of the best topsoil the world has ever known, is in the middle of one of the biggest wash-aways due to erosion, effectively dumping its fertility into the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. Nitrogen fertilizers, while convenient on the short-term, are changing physical aspects of the environment that can never be recreated. The toss up is that right now we are experiencing food booms and an increase in population, but somewhere down the road, someone is going to face the adverse effects.

Of course, this is only one example of convenience. There are many aspects of convenient technology that benefit mankind. Air travel, cars, fast food, microwaves, computers, cell phones, GPS, the Internet: all of these things make modern living a breeze. But each do come with hidden costs that aren’t always considered on the short-term.

The question of whether life gets better with increased convenience is a sticky one. It matters during what time period the word “better” is defined in and whose life is being taken into consideration. If one day, convenient aspects of our lives were suddenly to disappear, I’d like to know I’d be okay living in a world without them.

On Lawns

What the hell is a lawn, anyway? Who came up with this notion of having millions of tiny blades of grass surrounding one’s domicile? What does it do? Surely, it must serve a purpose. Or do lawns just “look nice”?

It turns out that modern lawns originated with our Medieval brethren of the 14th century. Castles were the epicenter of feudal life and for good reason. They were a controlled structure that could keep who you wanted in and who you didn’t want out. Lawns aided in this purpose.

Imagine a castle. In your imagination, what is the castle surrounded by? What does the landscape look like? Most likely, there may be a few streams and some happy little trees, but what you’re probably seeing the most of is a field of green.

That’s right. Castles were home to the largest front, side and back yards known to man. The reason? To keep on the lookout for invaders.

It’s pretty easy to spot an approaching army of thousands of marching men if all they’re marching across is grass. Flash forward to a few thousand years later. Though the scale has changed, the layout has pretty much stayed the same.

The mailman is really our only potential adversary: Jehovah’s witnesses are pushovers. Imagine having a front yard that was completely wooded, that was so dark on a sunny day that when you looked into the trees, you saw nothing but black. Anything could pop out: a cool breeze or the sound of crinkling leaves. While most of today’s visitors are harmless, if anyone appeared on your doorstep out of a darkness like that, they’d probably scare the shit out of you.

Lawns are another one of these outdated practices/activities that humans still participate in despite having any good reason. Sure, some people derive pleasure out of lawn care, but the whole idea of what lawns are has become completely convoluted. Some use a lawn’s health as a status symbol; they hire troves of Hispanics to do all their hard work. The landscaper armies must really be raking it in.

Lawns are one of nature’s last hold outs. It’s as if we’re paying homage to Pan by worshipping a patch of grass. Keeping a lawn trim and proper is the goal to be achieved, as well as very, very green. I find it interesting how right angles don’t exist in nature, but that’s all we humans tend to make, perfect squares or rectangles or rhombuses to showcase our appreciation of grass.

If I’m ever lucky enough to own my own house, I’m going to let the grass grow wild. I want it so tall and thick and nappy that animals and small children get lost in it. Once in a while, I’ll get out the scythe and do some pruning, (to work out my arms, mostly); let the tumble weeds roam the neighborhood as they might. Or maybe I’ll just light my lawn on fire every couple of months, like the blazes of the great Midwestern prairie during electrical storms, tell the neighborhood kids ghost stories around it and roast marshmallows on it with them at night.

On Garbage

Garbage is everything and nothing at all. Everywhere we look, garbage can be found, in our streets, in our homes, in our hearts. Thoughts can be garbage and nearly everything we touch will some day become it, thrown out by ourselves or trashed by somebody else, maybe on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday morning.

In nature, there’s no such thing as garbage. There are cycles of growth and decay and the two are not separated. But in fall, some people maniacally rake leaves, bundle them in black plastic and toss them on the curb. Tossing black plastic on the curb is the international sign for garbage, and like magic, this black plastic disappears.

While perfectly manicured lawns “look nice,” what would be best for lawns would be to let the leaves disintegrate and recycle back into the soil. Recycling exists in nature, but as far as making something disappear completely, that’s simply impossible.

New York City alone produces 24 million pounds of garbage each day and all that garbage needs to go somewhere. Most of it is shipped out on cargo trains and buried in Ohio or Pennsylvania or some other less populated state willing to store it.

In a lot of ways, garbage is like memories we don’t want to keep. Garbage is like a past we can’t forget. Garbage is what you get when you need a new cell phone every month and garbage is what I will get if this essay becomes anymore cynical.

Our sense of worth gets distorted when we view everything as garbage. We can never really value anything. Rather than try and make and buy products that will last, we are content with buying the cheapest pieces of garbage on the market and then throwing them out and replacing them with more cheap garbage after they become what they inevitably were in the first place: garbage. Garbage, garbage, garbage.

Some of the things on the curb are garbage: stuffed animal race car chairs for children, plastic dartboards, furniture once the wood finishing strips peel off to reveal the pressboard underneath, light gray and squarish computer mice from the 1990s, the headphones that you use for free on an airplane, microwave cookbooks and ab rollers, just to name a few. But some things, like old fans and lamps and other household appliances, can easily be recycled back into their constituent parts.

One idea would be to pass a law that requires everything that a company makes, once it’s past its prime and ready to be thrown into the trash, to be returned to the company for a specified amount of cash or for a voucher good toward another item made by the same company. The companies themselves would be responsible for taking apart and reusing what they created and would be required to accept all returns. If products were made and disposed of like that, there’d probably be a lot better products out there and a lot less garbage.

What happens when one item turns into a massive amount of garbage instantaneously, when one technology supersedes another, like the millions of VHS players sitting in hot attics this very moment?

Garbage is something we will always create but never something we will want to keep. The only keeping involved is in keeping it far, far away.

[1] Can you believe that despite the existence of several varieties of chicken, most of us have only eaten one nameless variety? Further, the average piece of processed chicken is probably the product of dozens of different birds and therefore, simply calling it “chicken” is more accurate than specifics (which we probably don’t want to get into in the first place).

About the author:

Mike Parish, a graduate of Binghamton University,  gets his car crashed into in Queens, NY. His first chapbook of short fiction, You Can Finish This Later, is available through On Lives Press.

December 23, 2010   1 Comment

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Ten Years & Counting …

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They say there are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Some days it seems like every one of those 8 million stories is being told in an independent magazine, on stage, in a zine on the web, in a TV show or movie theater, distributed on a broadsheet, voiced in a spoken word performance in a poetry bar, or even — emulating Speakers’ Corner in London — shouted out by someone standing on a soap box in Times Square. Not to be forgotten are the Mimes, whose actions speak louder than words. An artist acquaintance recently explained her paintings as an attempt to portray the noise she hears all around her every day, that anxiety-inducing clamor that seems almost sub-atomic, in that it carries on even when the screaming stops. This issue of Ragazine cuts through some of that noise, at the same time it contributes to it. Kind of like an air conditioner that cools the room you’re in, while it heats the air outside. A thermoelectric device that sparks a creative fire, even while you’re chilling out.

Now here’s this issue’s mix — in no particular order. It’s ALL GOOD…  Enjoy!

* Short Fiction: Jason Allen puts love on the block;

* Art: Hawk Alfredson takes a classical background and puts it to work in surreal explanations of an inner life. Find out what makes Hawk tick in an interview and gallery of some of his favorite work;

* Musician and Theremin master Eric Ross interviews himself on the extraordinary and groundbreaking video artistry of his late wife and long-time collaborator, Mary Ross;

* The We Are You Project International traveling art exhibit goes to Colorado, and takes along a few new artists;

* Photography: Mia Hanson spent years living in the Hotel Chelsea with her husband Hawk Alfredson; now the couple live in Washington Heights, and she’s still taking photographs of superstars. See what’s behind the lens in an interview with the photographer and a gallery of her images;

* Stephen Verona, filmmaker, photographer, artist, writer and world traveler. Verona can’t be accused of sitting still, unless it’s at one of his favorite restaurants. Next project: Compare and Contrast China, Then and Now!

* Contributing editor John Smelcer cuts to the quick with his take on “We Are Still Here,” or, “How American Indian Literature Re-visions the American Indian Experience in American History.” A must read for all “red-blooded Americans”.

* Poetry: A terrific mix of poets and reviews of poetry and poetry volumes.  Emil Fishcer reviews  Paul Sohar’s translation of In Contemporary Tense, the most recent collection from Sandor Kanyadi, considered by some to be Hungary’s greatest living poet. True to our mission of publishing both established and emerging talent, you’ll also find the poetry of Chloe Marisa, Daniel Rehinhold, Carlton Fisher and Dana Shishmanian.

* Books & Reviews: Something a little different here are capsule reviews of three chapbooks by Robert Joe Stout, and back to “normal” are studied reviews of four books, not all of which were published last week… Reviewers and books include: Kathryn Levy’s This Is For Life, by Jorge Rodriguez, who also reviews Micah Towery’s Whale of Desire. Matthew Ray examines ethics in The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, by Sigrid Fry-Revere. and William Taylor Jr. reviews A. D. Winans’ In the Pink.

* Creative Nonfiction: “In Breathing Underwater,” Mark Montgomery marks the time he spent growing up,  trying to get to know his father, and staying alive.

* Columns: Jim Palombo takes a careful look at the Common Core curriculum and the direction of post-secondary education; Stephen Poleskie in his “Now and Then” has at it with an episodic look back at life in NYC in the ’60s; Mark Levy keeps himself awake with a Casual Observer‘s take on napping; and Bill Dixon goes to the edge reflecting on suicides he has known.  Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, On Location” in France interviews artist Valentin Magaro. And Barbara Rosenthal reviews the work of Allison Berkoy.

* Music: Fred Roberts opens doors to other worlds with reviews of new music groups playing in Hamburg‘s underground. The piece includes a few lines from one of the more memorable tunes of the summer in Germany, one that got the group’s catchy video banned from YouTube. Not to worry, we’ve got the Vimeo Link.

* Memoir: Artist-Writer-Sailor and world traveler Helene Gaillet has provided Chapter 42 of her memoir, I Was A War Child.mother’s art gallery, and her private decision to secretly provide safe haven for a French Jew who eventually chose to go his own way.

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Ten Years & Counting …

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The Old World Order


While many of us are watching the World Cup or enjoying the first real days of summer – or in the Southern Hemisphere anticipating the coming snow of winter in the mountains – the Old World Order appears again to be gaining ground. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central America, and in the United States itself … the list goes on. And on. One would think that peaceful co-existence would have made headway by now, in the broadest sense, but no one is holding his/her breath that will happen anytime soon – at least not without intervention by external forces – and we all know how effective that is. While the seemingly endless cycle of senseless human activity continues, there are a few people feverishly working outside the fray to understand the underlying cause of Conflict, and to artistically express both frustration with current events and wonder at the amazing accomplishments that come about despite the resistive drag of conflict on progress and harmony.

Whether or not you agree with this premise, we trust you’ll find the latest Ragazine.CC articles will provide grist for the mental mill where these and other ideas are constantly at play. From the photo essay and interview with “war” photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, who provides an alternative view on Ukraine, to a review of the recently released “Writing of Blue Highways,” by John Smelcer, to the art of Robert Soffian, there’s just enough in this issue to keep you reading and on your toes until our next issue in September. Stay tuned…

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OK, the plan was to take the summer off and figure out what we’re going to do next, and how. Then all this stuff starts coming in that we didn’t expect and that couldn’t wait until September to be published. Time sensitive, and all… So “Voila!” Special Issue. Easy … and a very good collection it is, at that…

* Photo editor Chuck Haupt’s collection of images from England, where he’s been since January;

* Miklos Horvath’s Coverage of the European Parliament in Strasborg, it’s last gathering before elections in May;

* Columnist Bill Dixon’s first article since a brush with death last winter;

* An interview with historical fiction author Jeanne Mackin and review of her latest book, “The Beautiful American,” publishing date: June 2014;

* A review by Fred Roberts of Hamburg’s regional battle of the bands, where three out of four contenders moved on to the German “nationals”;

* Artist-Author-Aviator Steve Poleskie, who provides a worrisome answer to the question, “Do you know who’s in your cockpit?”

* A review of Marc Vincen’s recently published collection of poems, “Beautiful Rush,” by Larissa Shmaillo.

* A short triptych and photo essay by The Camel Saloon barkeep and high plains drifter Russell Streur on a trip to Wyoming.

* A bio on the late artist Pamela Brown Roberts, and the group organizing an exhibition of works by lesser known artists who “died too young;”

* And, reflections on the passing of time and life at end of an era, in the article “Kumaon is Dead, Long Live Kumaon,”  by batik artist and writer, Jonathan Evans.

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Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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SOS: It’s a Jungle Out There

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If you haven’t seen Ragazine before, “Welcome.” If you have, then “Welcome back.” Either way, this issue’s collection of articles, images, poems, and stories won’t disappoint. From discourses on the politics of “Deep State,” to the art of Dorothea Rockburne and the photography of Ralph Gibson, to the poetry of John Smelcer illustrated by R. Crumb, to an exploration of the logging regions of Amazonian Brazil, to the “Moveable Feast” of Ernest Hemingway, there’s food for thought on every page.

As an independent e-zine, we compete with thousands of other zines, blogs and websites for your time and attention. And we really appreciate when we get it! Your page clicks, likes, tweets, retweets, pins and good old-fashioned word of mouth are key to growing Ragazine. And to keep us fueled for another ten years. We know not everyone is in a position to contribute financial support, but it’s an easy step, and free, to spread the word. You do that for us;  we’ll keep doing “this” for you.

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Ralph Gibson: The modern master of monochrome photography, shares his thoughts on the medium and one of its greatest tools, the Leica MONO camera, used to produce the images in his new book, aptly titled, “MONO.” With Mike Foldes.

Dorothea Rockburne: One of the foremost abstract artists of the 20th Century — and now the 21st — talks about her inspiration, motivation, and “the work”. With Charles Hayes; photographs by Guenter Knop.

John Cage:  This previously unpublished interview took place 30 years ago as part of a series Charles Hayes launched to identify key components of the creative processes, in particular factors inhibiting creative and artistic productivity. Cage and Rockburne were at Black Mountain College together in the ’50s, so it seemed purposeful to run her and Cage’s interviews “side by side” in the same issue.  With Charles Hayes.

Paul B. Roth:  Bitter Oleander Press stands as one of the guardians of independent book publishing. In an age when the small press industry and its plethora of startups struggles against giants of print and internet,  Roth’s The Bitter Oleander journal continues to weather the storm. With Alan Britt.   

On Location, France: Contributing editor Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret offers up two interviews, the first with Swiss-born artist Alexandra Navratil, and the second with Austrian Barbara Ellmerer.  See what’s happening in their parts of the world.


Amazonian Water World by Robert “Bob” Walker: As creative nonfiction editor Prof. Leslie Heywood writes in Submission Guidelines,  “Ragazine’s creative non-fiction section brings together the kind of writing I like most:  grounded, compelling first-person narration set in a concrete time and place that reflects thematically some way on the human relation to the natural world and the ways we’ve transformed that world, and in the process, transformed ourselves.”   Walker’s narrative on the effects of loggers and logging in Brazil’s Amazon region perfectly conforms to this ideal.



In the twin posts of this Politics edition, Jim Palombo presents a provocative premise in his “Deep State” article. This is accompanied by a commentary from Henry Giroux who has his own take on the “deep state” concern. Coming from somewhat different perspectives, the two pieces provide engaging and informative thoughts on what should be considered a most disturbing situation.

ART: Two Moveable Feasts

FOOD, ART & HEMINGWAY: Artist, writer and Hemingway scholar Raul Villarreal writes about Hemingway’s love of food and place, especially as it relates to his life in Cuba, and his love for Finca Vigia, the great writer’s retreat near Havana. Villarreal’s article is followed by a summary of “The Moveable Feast” exhibit at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.,  curated by the author, Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.  With galleries of art from the exhibit.


DARSHAN: Contributing music editor Fred Roberts reflects on the music and influence of “Darshan,” and the strange coincidence in meeting its creator, Patrick McMahon, in Cincinnati.
EVERLY BROTHERS: Music writer/Contributer Jeff Edstrom provides a 20-20 hindsight review of the unforgettable Everly Brothers reunion concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, in 1983.


Commented judge Sheree Renée Thomas on Speculative Fiction Contest runner-up Ely Azure’s “NEVER. GIVE. YOU. UP.”:  “Moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? (I) don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling.”

Award-winning author Paul West’s “Hurled Into Eternity” achieves stark reality in the dark world of life in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.


John Smelcer’s poem, THE BOOK OF GENESIS, REVISED FOR AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY, appears with an illustration by R. Crumb from Crumb’s “The Book of Genesis Illustrated.” Smelcer’s poem “Genesis” has been taught in a course on genocide at the Open University of Israel. Completing the quadratic are poems from Adele Kenny, Dana Jaye Cadman and Martin Willitts, Jr.


Everyone needs a laugh, even though it might take a minute to figure out what’s funny. With this in mind, we trust you’ll enjoy the latest entry to our wry comedic offerings: Gou-gou World, the brainchild of artist Edmond Rinooy-Kan. Kan explains Gou-gou’s history best, and to start out, there’s a page with pix from Gou-gou’s latest adventures…

Walter Gurbo, whose Drawing Room panels appear on Ragazine’s Welcome Page, and sometimes appear on other pages, suggested a fund-raising contest where writers submit a flash fiction story to go along with one of his drawings.  The entry fee is just five bucks. Winner takes home a third of the entry fees received for that issue. Submission guidelines appear on the “WRITING ROOM” post. The first contest illustration appears here (and there):


And while you’re looking through various articles in the zine, you’ll likely run across two other illustrators: Jonathan Kelham and Lynda Barretto. Enjoy the hunt.


Photo editor Chuck Haupt’s “the PHOTOGRAPHY spot” features “City of Shadows,” photographs from the Sydney, Australia, police department during a period in the city’s history when “select” men and women under arrest were routinely allowed to help compose their own “mug shots.” More than 2500 of these “special photographs” were taken between 1910 and 1930, providing the grist for this most unusual historical record. … And there are more ….

Barbara Rosenthal reviews A Dirt Road Hangs from the Skypoems by Claudia Serea, and Cherise Wyneken reviews Jester, Grace Marie Graton’s latest book of poems. Miriam O’Neal reviews Mary Szybist’s award-winning IncarnadineDiana Manole explores the poems of Flavia Cosma in On Paths Known to No One; and Grayson Del Faro reviews the novel by Rick WhitakerAn HONEST GHOST.


Artist/Author/Professor Steve Poleskie joins Ragazine as the contributing columnist of “Now & Then,” reflections on his life and career in the worlds of art and academe. Join Poleskie as he writes in a most engaging style about NYC gangsters, Andy Warhol,  the Mercury Riders motorcycle gang, and more.

From the Edge: Bill Dixon allows recent life-changing experiences to color-in parts of his past, lending understanding to a father-son relationship perhaps stronger in retrospect than it was in life.

Galanty Tweets: The glib and popular sociologist shares recent reflections about life, love, hate and things between, in these, a collection of his recent favorite – and  favorited – tweets.

Casual Observer: Mark Levy was one of the first contributors (and pro bono legal adviser) to In this, Ragazine’s 2nd 10th Anniversary Issue, Levy cogitates on what a decade means, and brings it all to the table in his usual casual and empathetic fashion.

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Diamonds — and Not In the Rough:

As this issue’s cover attests, we’ve had a varied and colorful history graphically presented for the past five years by Ragazine‘s photography and contributing editor, Chuck Haupt. Chuck not only designs covers and edits “the PHOTOGRAPHY spot”, he also produces the art used in the email blasts we send out two or three times during the two months between issues.

A high-resolution poster of this issue’s “cover featuring covers” (V10N2) is our way of saying thanks for a contribution of US $30.00 or more. Includes shipping and handling in North America ($40.00 outside North America).

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Thanks for a Great Ten Years

This issue of Ragazine.CC is the first of our tenth year of online publishing. It contains a wealth of material from around the world. Literally. Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, the United States, Mexico…. We think that’s just one of the things that makes us a little bit different from the enormity of other online and print publications available today. The variety of material we publish reflects not only diversity of humanity, but also the diversity of interests of those people who inhabit the planet — and who work on or contribute to Ragazine. The family tree of our contributors runs along the right side of this page, on the About Us  page, and in the growing number of readers, known and unknown, to all of whom we owe a huge debt of Gratitude.

And while V10N1 begins our 10th year, watch for V10N2, the real anniversary issue (coming in March) that promises to offer one of the finest collections of material on the web. Eclectic content for a global audience …. Thanks for reading! 

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The final week of October marked the final days and passing of two notable characters of the 20th and 21st Centuries. As with all remarkable characters of any time and place, their names may not be remembered one hundred or two hundred years from now (I believe in this case they will), but the effects of their lives will be long felt. The two people of whom I write are Deborah Turbeville and Lou Reed. I never met either one of them, but I readily remember what I felt the first time I looked at one of Turbeville’s photographs that atypically captured a spectacular blend of sex and death – so mesmerizing I never forgot the images or her name. I got the same powerful impression when I first heard, then played and replayed Reed’s  “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” produced by Andy Warhol.  Couldn’t get enough of it then, and some days still can’t. Without a doubt, they left us with something that stirs the soul… and who could ask for more.

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What else? In the column to the left, you’ll find the standing Pages. Beneath them, the latest posts of all the stuff of which we’re made.

BRAZIL…. In a first-person essay by Brazilian-American artist-poet-filmmaker Duda Penteado, the artist DUDA09_Arte19 (2)explains the creation of an historical — and historic — mural in Sao Paolo.

In a separate piece examining Brazil’s contemporary art and culture, Professor Dinah P. Guimaraens posts a review of the country’s  transformation from a post-colonial agrarian society to a member of the global socio-politico-economic community. The concern being, what about the past, what about the people? What is happening in this transcultural event that many fear will change the face of the nation forever – and not necessarily for the better? Art editor Jose Rodeiro  provides an overview in News/Haps/Snaps of the ongoing exhibit of New Jersey landscapes at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey home of Governor and Mrs. Chris Christie.

Regular columnists humorist Galanty Miller, gay life writer Mircea Filimon and adventurer Bill Dixon are back with their various takes on life in earth’s ether, joined by JH Mae who brings us the ruralist’s view from New York state’s North Country.

Music editor Jeff Katz, taking a break from writing a book, takes aim at the annoying behavior of a free spirit run amok at a small-venue concert. Contributing music editor Fred Roberts, in   “Soundscene Europe ” and “World Out of Control,” gets behind Felix KubinMary Ocher and Gustav, and goes deeper into the black hearts of men with a timely retrospective of “Decoder,” the 1984 German film inspired by the writings of William S. Burroughs with an equally dark sound track by Soft Cell and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Politics editor Jim Palombo poses a series of rhetorical questions you can answer on your own time about where we as Americans are on the scales of justice, equality, and other civic concerns, including the degree of critical thinking that takes place – or doesn’t – in our everyday lives. He also points to several organizations that are currently at work trying to improve our civic understanding and public dialogue prospects.

On the literary side, poets Nicole Broadhurst and Teresa Sutton bear witness to events very often beyond their control; Alex Straaik blends fact and fiction reflecting on the whereabouts of a long-lost friend who took the other fork in the road; and Michel Collins takes us to a western desert where a team of young app2undofailures2©GN_2013anthropologists discovers how wide the divide between digital and analog. John Smelcer offers up two pieces, one a poem written years ago with Ted Hughes over a couple of drinks in an English pub, illustrated for this occasion by Micah Clarke, and a memoir recounting how his acquaintance with the famed Irish poet Seamus Heaney got off to a shaky start.

A raft of book reviews includes “Ekphrastia Gone Wild,” “The Natural History of Asphalt,” “Poised in Flight,” “Coffee House of Confessions” and “Strange Borderlands.” Thanks to Reviews editor Alan Britt for recruiting the able talents of Silvia ScheibliDavid FraserMiriam O’Neal and Boris Dralyuk.

On the visual side: An interview with Gabriel Navar, and galleries of recent work reflecting the worldwide obsession with smart phones, add another dimension to the West Coast art scene… Particularly gratifying:  Rod Serling, and “The Masks.”  Then there’s photographer Jennifer Georgescu, whose “Sand, Stones, Dead Leaves & Bone #13” is one of many images that swim in the river of nature’s chaos.  the Photography Spot features images from a new book by Belgian Photographer Marc Lagrange; contributing writer/photographer Ginger Liu interviews ex-rocker Andy Summers about his life on the road as a photographer; and from place to place you’ll find the work of Walter Gurbo, Lynda Barreto and Jonathan Kelham. Bottoms up!


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Speculative Fiction by People of Color Contest 

We are very thankful to the writers who entered our Speculative Fiction by People of Color contest, and offer our sincere congratulations to the winner and runners up, whose stories will be critiqued by our final judge, Sheree Renée Thomas, announced on or about December 1st, and will appear in Ragazine.CC in 2014.

Best wishes for the holidays, whatever holidays they might be in your part of the world.

Thanks for reading… spread the word.

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What to do “After the Fall”?

Our friend Nick Buglaj is in Idaho this week, trekking at 10,000 feet. Most of the rest of the world’s population  is living somewhere between sea level and, oh, maybe 1000′ above it. Max.  I didn’t get that figure from Wikipedia. I made it up. But from all I’ve learned over the years about population centers and their proximity to the sea, it’s true. So what do we all do when the seas begin to rise? Head inland, of course.  Which leads to the next question, how many humans can live on the head of a pin — or a Himalayan peak?

Forty years ago a couple of pals hiked Glacier National Park. There were still glaciers then. I was driving around this week with a business friend. We stopped for a brief look at Taughannock Falls in Tompkins County near Ithaca in upstate New York. Taughannock has the highest vertical drop of any water fall in the Northeast – at 215 feet, 33 feet higher than Niagara. The geological history map reports the area was under a mile of ice just a  hundred thousand years ago (or so). Goes to show the phenomenon of global warming is nothing new — it’s just accelerating now, helped along by humanity’s varying needs for power and light, without which this web site wouldn’t be possible. I’d like to be able to say, “Don’t worry about it,” but that’s not entirely true. Just have to consider the alternatives. That’s a bit of what journalist Tom Wilber does in his recap of President Obama’s visit in August to Binghamton University, and the controversy over fracking.

The cover of this issue perfectly meets the coming season. We had several choices to make and settled on Tom V9N5 COVER 1Bovo’s simple, yet elegant photograph depicting what happens to a leaf when it falls. In this series, the photographer gives leaves an afterlife worth  living. Some of the other choices were a collage by photo editor Chuck Haupt from the art works to be displayed at the Ponce, Puerto Rico, exhibition Past, Present, Pa’lante # 2, and a sunrise image taken by Cheryl Carter-Price in Maine that is part of the current exhibition at the  National Center for Atmospheric Research  (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.  All three pieces are excerpts from features that appear in this issue of Ragazine.CC. We hope and trust you’ll take the time to see and read who and what are behind their respective curtains.

Thanks to the many talented people whose contributions to Ragazine.CC  make worthwhile the effort to bring it all together, among them:  Poets Christopher Phelps, Dante Di Stefano, Edie Angelo  and Oliver Rice, and in translation by Flavia CosmaLuis Raul Calvo; steadfast columnists Mark Levy (Casual Observer), Jim Palombo (politics), Galanty Miller (Re-Tweets) and Bill Dixon (From the Edge); music reviewers Jeff Katz (music editor) and Fred Roberts V9N5 COVER 2(contributing editor, music); and,  creative nonfiction writers Jaron Serven and Cris Mazza.  Behind the curtains, Leslie Heywood (CNF editor), Joe Weil (fiction editor) and Emily Vogel (poetry editor). And where you find them, illustrator/cartoonists Walter Gurbo, Jonathan Kelham, Lynda Barreto and Benoit Jammes. Roberts, by the way, also contributed a review of “Berlin! Berlin!,” translations of Kurt Tucholsky’s “Dispatches from the Weimar Republic.” If you have any interest in politics and positions leading up to WWII, this should get you interested in reading these translations of Tucholsky’s heroic essays that led to him being driven out of pre-war Germany.

Other new books on review include “2057,” “Figures of My Century,” “Silvertone,” “Parabola Dreams” and “The Fellowship,” while contributing editor John Smelcer takes a critical look back at Jean Toomer’s “Cane.” Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret reviews artist Annette Messager’s  “La Tortures Volontaires,” a collection of images that explores “the frontiers between art and marketing.”  Behind the curtain: Books and Reviews editor Alan Britt, and the reviewers themselves: Smelcer, Abigail SmootMiriam O’Neal and Matthew Hoffman. 

The Past, Present, Pa’lante # 2 exhibit preview by contributing art editor Dr. Jose Rodeiro with an assist from photo archivist Christie Devereaux explains how the modern day La Ruche gallery in Union City, New Jersey, got it’s name, and provides brief bios of curator Robert Rosado and the many artists whose works are included in the exhibit in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome, so post them at will. Find an error? Let us know and Monique Gagnon or I will make it right…

Thanks for reading.

– Mike Foldes


 Thanks to all who entered Ragazine’s

Speculative Fiction by People of Color

writing contest. Winner and runners up

will be announced in December.












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Summer reading …

Take us to the beach (or Else)


And while you’re in Oakland

Check out the WAYPI

California Exhibition


 Mel Ramos, “Catwoman,” Lithograph, 2010

Click here: For the California Exhibition page


What’s Inside:

Pretoria, South Africa. September. Join the Conversation as artists, writers, politicians, diplomats and others congregate in Pretoria to discuss an agenda that could mean keeping humankind alive for another 1,000 years. Or more. Afro-American artist Ben Jones will exhibit his series, “Evolution, Revolution,” at this ground-breaking world gathering, and in this issue we present both an art critique of Jones’ work by art editor Jose Rodeiro, and Rodeiro’s interview with the artist with photos by Christie Devereaux.

Joao Pessoa, Brazil. July. With the best interests of the people in mind, politics editor Jim Palombo excerpts information from the upcoming program, “The Economy of the Workers” conference.  Jim comments on the concept of “work” from his own experience, and includes the program notes to provide the backdrop for a discussion that is mushrooming from the bottom up about differentials that experiments in Capitalism and Democracy must come to terms with in an increasingly globalized world.

Nocturnes On the matter of Darkness in Art. A studied overview and motif for the current show at the Therese A. Mahoney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., by curator and art history professor Dr. Virginia Butera.

Music:  A unique presentation of recent work from New York musician David Gaita, with excerpts from the score of his Veterans’ Day Parade for String Quartet, and a video outtake of the piece performed by a string quartet at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, N.Y.

More Music: Fred Roberts from Germany on the Dream SyndicateJean-Paul Gavard-Perret from France, on Elainie LilliosPhotography: An interview with and gallery of photos by, our cover art photographer Dina Litovsky; and, the Photo Editor’s Choice, a selection of work from Chris Anthony.

Poets: Can’t live without them …  Kate Sweeney, Tim Suermondt & Hal Sirowitz

Fiction: Kevin Carey’s “Lucky Day” … when the sun shines…

Creative Nonfiction: Alex Holmes’ “114” … there’s no way like the highway…

Columns — holding up the house: Bill Dixon/From the Edge; Mircea Filimon/Gay Life; Mark Levy/Casual Observer; Galanty Miller’s Re-Tweets.

More Art: Shades of Phillipe Mohlitz — A trip to the studio/apartment/studio of artist-curator Gloria Duque, with Jorge Alberto Perez! It’s not easy to capture what  Gloria’s life and work is all about, but Jorge’s done a great job – and that’s why we asked if we could re-run his story, which first appeared in the newsletter of the Camera Club of New York. Seeing is believing.

Books & Reviews: Alan Britt and Abigail Smoot  review  Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound; Seven American Deaths and Disasters; Words the Interrupted Speak, and Flies and Monkeys.

For a short take on what’s going on in the world of medicine, check out the report on M Sedlof’s recent visit to the annual SAGES conference. SAGES is the acronym for Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. You did want to know more about that, right?

And, keep a keen eye out for Walter Gurbo, Bennoit Jammes, Jonathan Kelman and Lynda Barreto. They’re all in here somewhere.



The first Ragazine.CC Fundraiser-Writing Contest deadline is extended to September 20. The theme of this event, “Best Speculative Fiction by a Person of Color written in 2013,” is meant to bring attention to this under-served genre, and we trust you’ll find the winning entries provide fascinating encounters with other worlds.  Complete background on the contest, including its origins by fiction editor Joe Weil; a bio of the final judge, speculative fiction editor and author Sheree Renée Thomas; and, full contest guidelines, can be found on the “Contest” page.


Thanks for reading! 

— Mike Foldes



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In this issue

Another side of the coin …

We sometimes hear about renaissance men, but it’s less often we can appreciate them in their lifetimes. So it is with great pleasure we profile George Nelson Preston, a New York City native son who traces his lineage farther back than almost any of us can to the 18th Century. A septuagentarian man who plays baseball with unabashed enthusiasm, who ceremonially and effectually presides over the Ghanian tribe to which he claims the deepest roots, whose studio on the lower east side of Manhattan in the ’60s hosted the greatest poets, artists and writers of the latter half of the 20th Century. And more… Preston has been called a National Treasure, and to know more about him, as you will discover in this in-depth profile by author-photographer Petra Richterova, will convince you of no less.

News from the sidelines, and inside baseball …

Music editor Jeff Katz is taking a sabbatical to write a book about the 1981 baseball season and strike …. Qualifications: Jeff not only is a baseball fan, but also mayor of Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has great access to research materials. And people who  really care about The Game. Fred Roberts, On Location in Germany, has picked up the ball, so to speak, with a look at a David Bowie redux exhibit on the artist-musician’s years in Berlin, and reviews of au courant European music groups.

no-worms-#15-susLynda Barreto, who contributed “The Litchfields” cartoon/illustrations for a couple of years a few years ago, is back with a new series she’s managed to produce between turns as a barrister in her café in Naples, FL.  She and Benoit Jammes join Walter Gurbo and Jonathan Kelham with illustrations on ‘gray pages’ and other suitable locations to inject a change of pace into our cyberpages.

Art …
Contributing art editor Jose Rodeiro , with photographer Christie Devereaux, take readers on another art odyssey, this time to ancient Greece and Rome and “Art of the Mediterranean.”  Midori Yoshimoto interviews artist Babs Reingold, whose latest series “The Last Tree” speaks to the unnatural decimation of the natural environment.

Photography …
An e-interview with Sebastian Łuczywo by photo editor Chuck Haupt reveals the passion that drove the Polish photographer to pursue his art and craft. Brent Williamson, aka Teknari, is back in Ragazine with Whatever Comes, a showcase of large images on tempered glass created using his own film and plates in a unique photographic process. Ellen Jantzen returns with a series titled Compressing Reality produced by blending a series of shots ‘taken in the moment,’ into a moment. Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy share their ultra-high resolution images of nature; unfortunately, you won’t be able to see them here as they and others do when properly presented, but you’ll certainly get the idea. Rounding out “photography” is “Photo Editor’s Choice,” vibrant images from some of Sweden’s top photographers.

Video …
Contributing editor Ginger LiuOn Location/LA, interviews videographers Enrico Tomaselli and Francesca Fini.  Video posts include works from FiniCecelia ChapmanSteve Johnson and Jeff Crouch. Tomaselli is project director of The Project 100×100=900, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2013 of Video Art. One hundred video artists from around the world are invited to participate; each will produce a video artwork inspired by one of the previous 100 years, with an international exhibit to follow.

Politics …
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Politics editor Jim Palombo extemporizes from his winter residence in San Miguel Allende on re-thinking Karl Marx. In this latest chapter of his ongoing analysis of “Is it Capitalism, or is it Democracy,” Palombo looks at the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and how they relate to America’s economic, social and military presence in the modern world.

Literary …
Contributing editor (Latin in America) Lilvia Soto reviews Eulogy for a Brown Angel, by Lucha Corpi, “a murder mystery set against the background of the Chicano civil rights march of August 29, 1970.” Books editor Alan Britt reviews Lost Arts, by Leslie HeywoodRagazine‘s creative nonfiction editor. Britt writes that what you will find in Lost Arts is “a hands-on, often literal, bare-bones diction that is occasionally peppered with the right dose of metaphor.”

Poet and professor Silvia Scheibli reviews Duane Locke’s The First Decade, a collection of poems the reviewer describes as “a book that takes its readers day by day through the pantheistic, sacred landscape of the imagination into a new and exciting linguistic reality and also constructs a broader picture of the callous and inhumane treatment society perpetrates on itself through menial self-deceptions and unmistakable denials.”

John Smelcer,Tom Sorci, Dave BongaandTrudell Guerue  remember author/friend Michael Dorris. Dorris (1945-1997) was the award-winning author of numerous books, mostly about the Native American experience, including his popular novel, A Yellow Raft on Blue Water (1987).

In Sarah Odishoo‘s creative nonfiction  piece, “The Projectionist: Show Me,” the author grapples with the existential balancing acts of love and life. Thaddeaus Rutkowski, in his fiction piece “Out of Fashion,” examines reasons why one might not want to declare as an artiste.

On the poetry front,  poets Emily Vogel and Lisa Flowers take a look at each other’s work in two analytical essays that reflect each woman’s approach to her own poetics, as well as an understanding of the other’s. Reviews and analysis aside,  we trust you’ll appreciate and enjoy the work of poets Abby MurrayPaige Gittelman and Andy Doyle.

Holding up the roof …

columnsMark LevyCasual Observer: Comments on the anxiety created when you don’t know where your anti-anxiety pill has gone.

Mircea Filimon,Gay Life: Ponders the contradictory roles religion plays, and the influence it has, on being gay.

Bill DixonFrom the Edge: Delights in not sharing   oddities of the English language, preferring instead to keep a beer-drinking friend a friend. Dixon, by the way, recently underwent quadruple bypass surgery and isn’t back, yet, to his old habits… or haunts. That should be something to write about.

Scott “Galanty MillerRe-Tweets. The professor rants in short form about peeves, pecadilloes and personal favorites, among them, Sean Connery.

Fiction Contest …
Ragazine.CC ‘s fiction contest is under way! We are offering $1000.00 first place prize for the best speculative fiction story written by a person of color in 2013. Complete information on the contest, including its origin with fiction editor Joe Weil; a bio of the final judge, speculative fiction author Sheree Renée Thomas; and, contest guidelines, can be found on the “Contest” page.

Thanks for reading!
— Mike Foldes


Fear itself.
Fear itself.


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Yes, it’s a whistle.
Constant discoveries occasioned by simply moving forward make the effort, no matter how difficult, all worthwhile. We trust you’ll advance to the horizon with us by spending a little more time than usual reviewing the most diverse offerings we’ve ever assembled under ‘one cover.’
For starters, while putting together this issue, many of us were still burning off the energy created during the recent Ragazine/We Are You Project fundraiser at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. Photos and comments from the event appear at, and elsewhere here in Ragazine.
Fiction Contest:
With this issue, we bring aboard fiction editor Joe Weil, who is taking over for Metta Sama. When the idea of having a fiction contest was bobbing around, Joe suggested we make it a contest for “Speculative Fiction by People of Color,” and Metta suggested we get in touch with Sheree Renée Thomas, who we’re most pleased to say, agreed to be the final judge. Thomas’ bio, which reveals why she’s precisely the right person for the job, appears on the contest page along with Joe’s thoughts on the subject, competition rules and submission guidelines.
What’s inside:
An interview with artist Chuck Plosky, whose years in Tonala, Mexico, helped shape whistle sculptures, such as the one above. The interview, by Ragazine art editor José Rodeiro, includes galleries of Plosky’s work.
An interview with Brooklyn-born street artist RAE, whose recent show in London drew RAEve reviews. You may have seen some of RAE’s works around New York. See more in the gallery accompanying the interview.
Rodeiro doubles down in an interview with Dr. Deborah A. Sanders, a leading US supporter of this fall’s trail-blazing “Africa Speaks” global initiative in Pretoria, South Africa. The article includes a statement by American artist Ben Jones, whose “Evolution/Revolution 2” is to be featured at the initiative.
wide-ranging update from Zaira Rahman, on various subjects and conditions On Location in her native Pakistan. 
Kids Like Blues,” an interview with the popular program’s creator Jon Schwartz, by contributing editor Ginger Liu On Location in LA.
An article looking back at the influence of Politics on Art in 19th Century France, by Patrick Ferguson with an introductory comment by politics editor Jim Palombo.
A studied look at the influence of boarding schools on Amerindian literature by contributing editor John Smelcer, and Joseph Bruchac.
Multiple reviews selected or written by books editor Alan Britt, including two on the same collection, “Native American Classics,” Graphic Classics Series Volume 24. One is by Britt, the other by Dale Seeds, who aptly describes it as “a collection of Native American stories rendered in the graphic novel/comic book format (that) features a synthesis of Native American traditional stories transcribed on or before the 20th century with the work of contemporary comic/graphic novel artists.”
Music reviews and commentary by music editor Jeff Katz, contributor Jeff Edstrom and Jeff’s buddy in Berlin, Fred Roberts.
Poetry by Joel SoloncheTara Betts and Gerburg Garmann.
Fiction from Eric Schafer in Vietnam, and Rachel Guido deVries.
New columns by Bill Dixon (From the Edge) and Romanian ex-pat Mircea Filimon (Gay Life), as well as the continuing saga of Casual Observer Mark Levy and the Re-Tweets of Scott “Galanty” Miller.
Videos from Stephen Schweitzer, Eliane Lima, Jason Greendyke and Karina Wiciak.
Creative nonfiction from Rick Bailey,James Randolph Jordan and long time environmental activist Daniela Gioseffi.
Photography of Dance from German photographer Franziska Strauss; American Larry Hamill’s experiments in creating 3D images; Serbian Rina Vukobratovic’s photographic exploration of sources of emotion.
Look for illustrations by Walter Gurbo and Briton Jonathan Kelham; they could appear anywhere, anytime, and sometimes do. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!

Mike F.

Stairs of Life, Walter Gurbo’s Drawing Room



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On with the show!

 Let’s start with the anonymous aphorism, “Time stands still for no one,”  that familiar and inclusive declaration of the transitory nature of being. Simply put, 2012 is over, long live 2013…

Not too soon to say good-bye, either …. floods, fire, famine, war, wanton murder, plague… Six Horsemen, and an Apocalypse that didn’t happen.

So, on with the show, and a good one it is, including: John Smelcer‘s memoir of times shared with John Updike; images from the portfolio of Rahi Rezvani (cover image, above), accompanied by an interview with the photographer; poetry from Elizabeth AndersonTom BairJohn BellingerMolly Goldblatt, and an interview with poet David Ray.  Art content features a retrospective of the work of Mary-Ellen Campbell, and Jose Rodeiro’s Art History romp from Ireland to Italy and back again. Politics editor Jim Palombo mixes it up with art in an overview by Martin Rosenberg of Polish posters produced under Communist regimes.

Music Editor Jeff Katz provides his annual roundup of  the year’s 10 Best — meaning, most listened to music in 2012, not just FROM 2012 (Yes, there are seismic shifts in that list from year to year), and a review of Graham Parker‘s “Three Chords Good.”  Fred Roberts brings back Berlin, circa 1980s, and Eric Schafer chafes at those who disrespect Rolling Stones from days of yore.

Jonathan Evans recounts in “Legend of a Gone World” time spent with the inimitable Peter One, foremost photographer of  Moroccan kif culture, along with images from Peter’s 1975 postcard booklet, “The Kif Smoker.”Bill Dixon answers a wake up call in New Orleans’ Latin Quarter at dawn. Robert Scotellaro provides a couple of short takes on the fiction front. C. Goodison kicks with her story, “Wolf at the Door.”

Don’t miss regular features: Galanty Miller’s Re-Tweets; Mark Levy’s  Casual Observer, “Life’s a Gamble,”  and pictures from the wall of Walter Gurbo’s “Drawing Room.” Sci-Fi’s on the menu of  Alan Britt’s selections for review. If you want to find out what events may be happening in your part of the world, or elsewhere, have a look at our EVENTS page. And,  from time to time, check out short takes about our readers and contributors that appear in “News, Haps & Snaps.”

We regretfully say good-bye to Metta Sama, our fiction editor for the last few years, whose final selections for Ragazine appear this issue. She’s done a great job and we’ll miss her steadfast effort to identify the best new short fiction writing of the day as she moves on to more teaching, writing and the tribulations of making a real living.

Thanks for reading!

Mike F.


Walter Gurbo’s Drawing Room



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“Ragazine is a collaboration of emerging and established artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, travelers and interested others, with a goal to promote an eclectic selection of subject matter to an international audience.”

You may have read that sentence before; it runs near the bottom of every Welcome page.

The zine that began eight years ago to share the art, poetry and photography of a small circle of friends now generates growing interest and increasing support from hundreds of contributors and thousands of readers around the world. You might say we’re reaching our target audience. Except for the fact that many in our target audience are themselves targets of another sort. For any number of reasons, from political or military repression, to ethnic and religious prejudice, to social norms and economic disparity, they are denied access to open forums where they can bring their ideas to light and flourish.

What better way, then, than to close out our eighth year of publication with a diverse  selection of material that reflects how we are dealing on myriad fronts with challenges  to human progress and enlightenment in the 21st Century. In early October, we published “The Levant Exhibition,”  a mid-issue post of one of many papers presented at a recent symposium in the United Arab Emirates examining “aspects associated with orientalist art creativity in Levant,” and dealing “with the most prominent features and historical eras related to orientalist arts,” including  “aesthetics, the approach and the printing techniques of the orientalist paintings.” The exhibit, borrowing heavily from the collection of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, a member of the UAE supreme council and ruler of Sharjah, presents western artists’ perceptions of the region, principally in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Many of the images hearken back to what some might recall seeing as children in illustrated editions of The Arabian Nights – where, it seems, too many of us learned our history lessons. Mohammad Mahdy Hemaida’s paper was selected because it seemed more objective about the artwork, and carried fewer political undertones, than some of the other presentations.

The article remains live, residing in the current issue alongside an impressive scholarly review of three “Fertile Crescent” exhibitions in a cross-disciplinary art project on display now in Princeton and New Brunswick, New Jersey.  “Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Art,”  by professor Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph. D., is an educated look at the art produced by women from or associated with cultures where the social and political fabric binds them in ways that deny opportunities to freely depict frustrations, realities, hopes and dreams. It’s unlikely this breakout exhibition will ever hang in the same halls as art of the Levant.

Some time ago we had the good fortune to connect with We Are You Project. WAYP is an international organization based in New Jersey publicizing contributions of Hispanics to American art, culture, education and the economy, and by their example fighting the anti-immigrant fervor that simmers today in this country. To this end, we’ve shared work of WAYP artists and poets, and have planned a joint Ragazine.CC and WAYP fundraiser at the Maysles Cinema in New York City(POSTPONED due to Sandy; Rain Dates to be announced). We hope you’ll join us.

For a clearer understanding of what many Hispanic-Americans feel and face living in America today, read Professor Lilvia Soto’s insightful message to a Latino audience on a U.S. college campus that holds as true today as it did when delivered in 2009. Then, continue on to her translation of Mexican poet Alberto Blanco’s poem, “The Undocumented.” Blanco, one of the most recognized contemporary  Latin American poets, received the Octavio Paz Poetry Award in 2001.

Photographer Karen Miranda, who lives in Queens, New York, collaborates with native communities and with her relatives as subjects of her photography projects. She has worked with the Mandaeans from Iraq and Iran living in Sweden and Detroit,  Waoranis in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes Mountains, and for a brief period with the Mam in Guatemala. Her intimate portraits tell a tale of their own, but you’ll learn a bit more about her approach in our interview.

Tice Lerner’s debut exhibit last summer at the Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, N.Y., placed him prominently on the stage of photographers whose works embody both empathy and contrast with an outside world not of his subjects’ own making. Lerner, an engineer by training, captures neighborhood denizens in a once-thriving upstate city striving to remake itself. His photo on this month’s cover (above) is an invitation to see and know more about what makes him, and his approach to photography, unique.

Photographer Steve Bromberg has spent enough time in China to know his way around a bit more than most. His camera reveals a nation of contrasts as it struggles with change, and the scars that struggle leaves as the country transitions from an agrarian Communist to industrial Capitalist power.

Artist Stephanie Rond’s subtly provocative works focus largely on distrust. The “Dick and Jane,”  storybook-type illustrations incorporate clues to a world populated by wolves in men’s and boys’ clothing. Active in the Columbus, Ohio, arts community, Rond is also curator of the miniature s.Dot Gallery.

Jack Zipes discusses “Why Fairy Tales Stick,” with Ragazine contributing editor John Smelcer. Zipes, a foremost scholar of the fairy tale, postulates “that the most important stories in a culture become memes, “which evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins proposed in his book The Selfish Gene (1976)…” If you like fairy tales, or wonder where they come from and why some persist where others don’t, you’ll certainly remember this conversation.

In an artful essay, author and Nobel Prize for Literature runner-up Paul West wakes the unconscious mind with a literary foray into the writings of Samuel Beckett. West ventures to examine the short stories of Texts with a critic’s evincing eye and ear. Commenting on a passage in “Assumption,” he writes, “Something rippling evokes muscle and, as always in Beckett, a better mind than the mind on show makes the whole thing irresistible.” We trust you’re up to it.

Creative nonfiction editor Leslie Heywood says her selection for this issue, “The Sleep Scale,” commanded the rapt attention of other students in her class at Binghamton University when read aloud by its author Cecil Jordan. Read it to yourself. Read it aloud. Be advised: Not a cure for insomnia.

Fiction editor Metta Sama delivers a piece from Alison Meyers titled “Pest Control” that focuses on the continuing divides between haves and have nots, whites and people of color, the privileged and those who work for them.  Live a few snippets of their lives; see what the other sides see of each other. Reflect.

Poetry editor Emily Vogel provides selections from poets Phil Boiarski, Devin McMicken and Nicholas Wilsey.  Boiarski’s been writing and publishing for more than forty years; McMicken’s first public reading took place in early October. Wilsey DJs a poetry-focused radio show.

Alan Britt joins the Ragazine team as Books/Reviews editor. The Books section will move from a Page to a Post, which can be dated and saved for archiving. In his initial offering, Britt reviews three volumes from Split Oak Press, and includes Paul Sohar’s examination of The New Arcana by John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris. Find out more about Alan Britt in “About Us.”

Music editor Jeff Katz examines the “music listening and buying experience” as it relates to The Internet Radio Fairness Act. The bill aims to “lower the royalty rate that Internet radio stations like Pandora pay from over 50% of total revenues, to the less onerous 7ish% of revenues that satellite titans like SiriusXM pay, or even the cable rate of 15%.” Asks Katz, “It’s all about fairness, no?”  Also on Katz’s agenda: Reviews of Bob Dylan’s latest, Tempest, and The Once and Future Carpenter from the Avett Brothers.

Politics editor Jim Palombo discusses education and empowerment in the modern age, where the notion of a healthy society comes into play.  Under-education and a desensitized environment, Palombo contends, contribute to an “unhealthy state of affairs.”  Jumping from that to “Part II,” Palombo comments on what’s being said about the subject on the campaign trail to Election 2012. Add to that contributor Doug Bond’s satirical overview of the Last Minute October Surprises coming our way, and you have a wide-screen advantage over the next guy.

Casual Observer Mark Levy casts a jaundiced eye at too-real developments in high-def television technology; Galanty Miller begins his collection of Re-tweets with, “The richest man in the world has something in common with the poorest man in the world; they both want to be richer.”  And throughout, the illustrations of Nadja Asghar and Walter Gurbo.

Enjoy. As always, thanks for reading!

– Mike Foldes

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If you can’t make Money …

Make Art

If you can’t Make Money, Make Art. If you can’t Make Art, Make Money – and spend it on Art. The arts may not be able to lift everyone out of poverty, but they do have the power to lift the spirits of rich and poor alike. A good enough reason to keep our shoulders to the wheel.

What’s inside:

Karl Polanyi was one of the most influential economists and social thinkers of the last century. His work, widely read and recognized throughout the world, is largely unknown in the United States. When Politics Editor Jim Palombo discovered that Polanyi’s daughter, Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt, is living in Canada, he reached out for an interview. Prof. Levitt, in her own teachings and writings, is carrying on her father’s legacy, and the two professors share that and some of their own critical thinking here.

Nikolai Buglaj is more interested in capturing the essence of an idea than in fame and fortune. In this regard, he has few peers. Art Editor Dr. José Rodeiro and artist Christie Devereaux interview Buglaj; and, in an accompanying article “The Artist Who Refuses to Show,” Rodeiro examines Buglaj’s work and its historical value as “art for art’s sake.”

Jeff Katz moves beyond the sound stage to share the joy of watching his autistic son Nate achieve a personal best with an art exhibit in Soho earlier this year. Katz’s memoir of that event is aptly titled, “Really, It Was A Miracle.” Elsewhere, Katz jumps back into his role as Ragazine’s music editor with a variety pack of short takes on old favorites and recent discoveries. Also on the music front, Eric Schafer, back in the States for some physical therapy and R&R after several years working in Viet Nam, writes up some of his own “I wish…” covers of favorite tunes from the not-so-olden days.

Photography features this issue include, as always, Chuck Haupt’s “The Photography Spot” – individual photos with explanations from the do-ers about motivation and origins. This post is about the resilience of boys, no matter where they come from. In addition, photographer Todd Smith takes us to the shore and more from the ’70s to today, in a “compare and contrast” visual essay about changing times.

Poetry: There’s plenty to choose from: Lauren Tursellino, Samantha Zighelboim, J. Barret Wolf and Simone Kearney; an interview with poet-author Klaus Gerken, publisher of the literary journal Ygdrasil; a review by Paul Sohar of poet Alan Britt’s Alone with the Terrible Universe; and a look back at the convergence of art, poetry and architecture at 1WTC Visitor Center the day the building became the tallest in NYC.

From author Christopher Panzner, an American in Paris, comes “A Tati Moment,” an entertaining oblique excerpted from his first collection titled SLOW. (In my mind, Georges Seurat paints Marcel Marceau or the Little Tramp.)

Sarah Silbert’s “Mondays Can Seem Like Sundays,” is a mother’s reflections on raising a family in rural Vermont. Silbert strives to maintain the will to preserve the events, large and small, that help her maintain her own identity, even while it further entwines with those of her loved ones.

If you didn’t get ’em while they’re hot, catch Galanty Miller‘s retweets, featuring the wit and wisdom of Prospero. For example, I think it’s unfair that it’s so hard for aging actresses in Hollywood to find good roles in the Transformers movies. And before you stop laughing, tune in to Mark Levy’s Casual Observer as he looks at life through a jaundiced eye. Kind of like Nadja, who did the illustration for Mark’s column. Or our friend Walter, here…

Happy autumnal equinox, and …

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V8N4 July-August 2012

"Consumption," M. Owczarek, V8N4/2012


We haven’t come a long way, baby

June 29/30, Endwell

Pick a topic. Any topic. Write about it without injecting yourself into it. Write about anything else, but not … You. Make a list: Politics, culture, art, war, peace, food, hunger… recognizing opposites begins to come easily, a cheap way to make the list longer with little extra effort. Stop there. Begin again. A month goes by. And then another. Openings, closings, travel for business, travel for fun, travel for no other reason than to get from there to somewhere else. Or here. “Outside the beltway.” “West of the Hudson…” In touch with realities. Each powerful word carries with it a visage, a comprehensive, multi-dimensional emotional package of what is (fill in the blank), for example, CULTURE: So much of what Politicians debate and the Media presents should go without saying. Yet it’s part of Our Culture to be zealously fractious.

So every couple of months the contributors and editors of Ragazine bring at least some of it back together under one e-cover.  We’re especially proud with this issue to provide the vehicle for reintroducing Walter Gurbo’s “Drawing Room” to a surreality-starved world.  Gurbo returns with Drawing Room after an hiatus that followed his 12-year tenure contributing panels to the village Voice. His work appeared in Ragazine simultaneously with a show at Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton last year. You can recap at:

Other recent additions to the crew – you already may have seen or read their work – include: Dr. José Rodeiro (Art); Monique Gagnon German (Copy Editor); Rhonda Branca (Flag Waver, until she has time for something more); Scott “Galanty” Miller (Columnist/re-Tweeter-ist)and Nadja Asghar (Illustrator). Metta Sama, our fiction editor for the past few years, is stepping down. She tried to quit once before, but we wouldn’t let her. Metta’s selections will run through the January-February 2013 issue. We wish her well in her new ventures, and the chances are good you’ll be hearing from or about her here again. Joe Weil will be picking up as fiction editor where Metta leaves off – with the March-April 2013 issue. Joe, a long-time Ragazine supporter, was poetry editor early on and we’re glad to have him back in this new role. You can read more about them all in About Us.

What in store with V8N4? Where to begin?

* An interview with Cuban artist Raul Villarreal, who co-authored a book with his father Rene Villarrealmajor domo at Ernest Hemingway‘s Finca Vigia estate outside Havana. Villarreal’s paintings embody the culture and sentiment of the disenfranchised who left the island nation after Fidel Castro rose to power. The article appears as Hemingway scholars recall the author on his birthday, July 21, 1899.

Poets Chelsie Malyszek; Alfred Corn; Melissa Schwalm and  Nicole Santalucia appear along with a review of Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s forthcoming “The Place I Call Home” by poetry editor Emily Vogel.

* Politics editor James Palombo offers a snapshot of Harlem from a visit to the Maysles Theater for presentations of Stain – Changing Lives After Incarceration, and “OWS,” a series of shorts on the Occupy movement.

* On the side of Art, we have an interview with collage artist-photographer Marcin Owczarek, whose piece, “Consumption,” leads this page. Owczarek’s work intrigues and mystifies at once. And get ready for a leap of faith with José Rodeiro‘s exuberant review and analysis of Christie Devereaux’s latest show, which opened at The Treasure Room Gallery in New York at the end of June. Find out what drove Devereaux to make ART in an accompanying interview.

* The Fiction roster lists Rosebud Ben-Oni‘s short story, “As the Twig Is Bent,” and flash fiction from Hermine Pinson, “The Cat and Mouse and the Shoe.” Creative Nonfiction by Paul Sohar, “Worm Dialog,” recounts an endurance run on a trans-Atlantic flight with a fellow traveler who thinks he’s identified the leading actors in the space-time continuum.

Photography highlights include an interview with French photographer Pierre Corratge. Corratge practiced medicine for 30 years before turning his energies full time to the camera. Find opposite points of view in interviews and galleries from DJ Pierce and Dennis Maitland; and, find out what ticks in “the Photo Editor’s Choice,” selections by Chuck Haupt with “the story” behind each piece from the photographers.

* On the Humorous side, read what Mark Levy in Casual Observer has to say about “Bobs”, and be bitten by the satire of Galanty Miller‘s re-Tweets.

* Did someone say “Music“? If you’ve been following our friend Jeff Katz‘s articles, you know he has wide-ranging tastes and angles. This issue he sets up a bunch of friends to go toe-to-toe on “Beach Boys vs Beatles,” while Fred Roberts puts into words the rapture he felt listening to singer-songwriter Maia Vidal in a Barcelona bistro.

* Finally, a visit to Haiti to teach batik takes Jonathan and Beth Evans to Gonaives. There the travelers find themselves face-to-face with a culture unlike any other, as they bring their art to a community where it just might take root and grow.



 Thanks for reading!

 − Mike Foldes


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Volume 8, Number 3, May-June 2012


Real Dreams

I’ve had some strange dreams lately, and not a few had to do with Ragazine. Indirectly, of course, but somewhere in those thoughts, twisted like brambles in a centurion hedge, the trail led back to the Rag. Because that’s where the creativity is. Look at the work represented in these cyberpages, most obviously, perhaps, the Art and Photography, because for those of us with eyes that can see, the visuals are an immediate challenge to fathom, if not believe. The Poetry, the Fiction, the Creative Nonfiction, Music Reviews, Political Commentary and other literary bytes are harder to comprehend; they have to be taken in word by word, line by line, page by page. Only by diving deeper into the heart of these ideas can one hope to grasp their meanings. Reading, however, takes time and concentration, two things too often in short supply. We trust this issue of Ragazine will awaken your inner self, derail the Daily You long enough for the Real You to resurface — without a slap in the head from Larry, Curly or Moe.

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Art-heavy, we are, and internationally so. Briton John Tierney‘s paintings have been likened to David Hockney and Edward Hopper, but he retains his own unique style in bringing scenes to life on canvas. In an interview, the retired criminology professor discusses his work,  ”nature vs nurture,” and whether he would  travel the same road the same way again.

“Three Hot Brazilian Artists” – Priscila De CarvalhoDuda Penteado and Gersony Silva – are introduced to Ragazine readers in an article by Dr. Jose Rodeiro that includes galleries showcasing the work of each. The artists and the article’s author have been instrumental in promoting WE ARE YOU Project International, furthering the cause of equal rights and immigration reform as it affects the growing Latino community in the United States (

Canadian Xavier Landry savages contemporary society with the same sharp wit as Lenny Bruce, only on canvas. In an interview, Landry explains how current events, fast food and historical personages figure into his world of Cabbage Patch Kids grown-up. Perhaps as fitting to say, “What Alice didn’t find when she fell down the rabbit hole….”

Danish-American artist Hanne H7L‘s surrealist imagery will teach you not to crack your knuckles. In an interview, H7L talks about her methods, her vision —  including the complex layering of photographic images in ghostly procession – and her artistic influences, among them Henry Buhl and Yoko Ono.

The curative power of art is found in an article from Rose Robin about the recently popularized Mexican fishing village of La Paz, Mexico. Development in La Paz has displaced many of the original residents. Robin organized Painting Pirates to give impoverished children a positive outlet in otherwise bleak lives, imbuing them and their families with hope for better days ahead.

Rounding out the this issue’s art assemblage is the work of Tuten Hiromi Sakurai, aka Tuten, whose vibrant expressionist paintings resonate wildly, at the same time they break with what we in the West might see as Japanese painting tradition.

Poetry editor Emily Vogel has selected the work of five poets for this issue:  Monique Gagnon German, Kathleen Keough, George Moore, Juan Soler and Barbara Sue Mink Spalding. Great coincidence that with so much poetry as National Poetry Month winds down, we’re also showcasing an Anti-Poetry-Month essay by Charles Bernstein on the News & Haps page. It’s a good bet this essay will appear yearly in April (somewhere) as surely as a letter to Virginia appears on editorial pages in newspapers across America at Christmas time.

Creative nonfiction editor Leslie Heywood brings to the fore thoughtful stories by Carol Sanford and Alexis Paige that explore finding the perfect “Now” in the perceived wilderness of rural America. Fiction from Beth Couture traces the path of curious girls and the risk one of them takes that carelessly puts a man’s life on the line. Fiction editorMetta Sama comments, “Hot damn! This is a great story. Creepy. Desperate. Sad. Honest. Familiar. Reminds me, in parts, of the wickedness Alice Munroe can write out.”

In our regular features, Politics editor Jim Palombo, who spent the winter in San Miguel Allende, points to environmental concerns that should be forefront (even if they’re not) at the upcoming G20 meeting in Mexico. Music editor and Cooperstown’s new mayor Jeff Katz reviews Blue CheerCWB and Bruce Springsteen’s  Wrecking Ball.  Casual Observer Mark Levy  returns with a positive take on getting older… sage advice on saving from a new Floridian. Welcome to illustrator Nadja Asghar, whose work appears as one of our rotating headers, and ‘inside’. Last but not least by any means, as you can see when you browse our pages, Photo editor Chuck Haupt has selected five memorable images with photographer statements for this issue’s the PHOTOGRAPHY Spot.

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 − Mike Foldes


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Volume 8, Number 2, March-April 2012


Party On

Let’s hope the worst is over with the GOP Presidential primaries. This is not a political statement. Just the sad fact that so much money is being wasted by also-rans. They’d likely win more votes by contributing the millions they receive in SuperPAC money to help satisfy global needs for food, clothing, education, shelter and medicine. Instead, in the relentless pursuit of a seat at the table with Really Big Poobas, the most resilient candidates settle for a sustained diet of rubber chicken dinners, the style and class of sweater vests, and vain efforts to seat themselves a little closer to their makers, both in heaven and on earth. Why are these losers still in the race? What did Newt do for that special someone in his life to contribute millions to a campaign going nowhere? What will happen to the treasure chests when the dust settles and it’s time to regroup until the next campaign? Go into treasury funds?

It’s a sad day for America when “freedom for all” gives way to parochial interests. But that’s what 2012 is shaping up to be. Now on to more satisfying things.

There’s a load of great stuff in this issue of Ragazine, including much better fiction than I offer, from professor and artist Steve Poleski;  creative nonfiction from Jennie Case exploring community gardens; the inimitable cityscapes in the photography of Martin Stavars; and an incredible look into Mumbai’s dhobhi ghat from Adeel Halim, street photographer extraordinaire, whose photograph of Mumbai’s open laundry tops the Welcome page .

Politics Editor Jim Palombo takes a more serious and encompassing look at the political scene in his “Primer to the Primaries – and Beyond.” With a clarifying review difficult to locate anywhere, Jim presents political, economic and social considerations which in turn affect concerns around the globe. This unusual piece will definitely speak to bettering your ideological acumen, which in these turbulent times, is something to be looking towards.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the death of author John GardnerJoel Gardner discusses his father’s work with contributing editor John Smelcer.  Poetry offerings include work from Claudia SereaAlan BrittCarol DineEvan Hansen, and poems from 14-year-old Carly Gove. We round things out with a meditation jointly composed by Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and Smelcer, and illustrated by Micah Farritor.

Music editor Jeff Katz offers his usual eclectic mix of reviews and opinion turning his practiced eye on the Avett Brothers, the classics of the Jet Set, and his own favorite first tracks of debut albums.

Tara Dervla deconstructs the painting Hips Don’t Lie, from José Rodeiro, art professor at New Jersey City University;  contributing editor Miklós Horváth interviews the worldly performance and visual artist Murray Gaylard; and John Kelly exalts in The Art Museum, a recent release from Phaidon publishing. Indigenous art lovers will appreciate Images from Injalak, a project of the indigenous people of Australia working with Melbourne-based artist and printmaker Andrew Sinclair, with an informed introduction by Marguerite Brown, exhibition curator.

I can’t think of a better way to slide into spring and away from the cacophony of current events than to spend a little more time with us than usual. As for those of you in Southern Hemispheric temperate climes, it’s time for tea and honey.

Thanks for reading!

 − Mike Foldes



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Volume 8, Number 1, January-February 2012


Reader’s Challenge Issue

Fun Food For Thought

Civil society in America is evolving faster than anywhere else in the world. The Middle East, China, Africa, South America will catch up and possibly surpass us well before the end of this century in total economic output, but by then the rules of civil society will have changed dramatically. The economic and even political rules America and the world play by today have roots in the 19th Century. The developing world is doing what we have been doing for 150 years or more, and in some ways doing it better. But better is not going to be good enough. By the time the developing nations catch up, one would hope we will have further evolved into a society that breaks down barriers between humanity, technology and bureaucracy so that corporations — as governments — no longer are regarded as “persons”, but as constructs devised by people to realize human goals — and nothing more.

We hear a lot of complaints these days about what people don’t get in the way of intellectual stimulation from newspapers, magazines, or  television news shows.  “You give us twenty-two minutes and we’ll give you the world,” proclaims the most listened to station in the nation, and that’s great when you’re driving to work in the morning, but not if you want to begin to understand  the “Whys” and “Hows” behind the “Whats”.   Happily, and in a completely random fashion, this issue of Ragazine.CC brings together a banquet of food for thought about relational changes taking place in the biosphere.  We call it the “Reader’s Challenge Issue,” because you’re going to have to read a lot — and think about it —  to see how it all fits together.

A good starting point would be Eleanor Goldfield‘s article about the “Move to Amend” effort in Los Angeles that resolves that corporations should not enjoy “personhood”. Follow that with Scott “Galanty” Miller‘s piece based on his sociology class lectures − a discourse on how corporations, the internet, and technology in general, drain the individual of empathy, sympathy and, in turn, humanity, turning them, he laments, into “F**king A**holes”.

After these, you might want to dive into politics editor Jim Palombo‘s follow-up report on his visit as Ragazine envoy to the Rhodes Forum in Rhodes, Greece, where delegates from around the globe shared their world views on political, economic and social issues of the day. Jim also weighs in the OWS crowd. Not enough? Flay yourself further reading a moderated interview by Rosebud Magazine publisher and Binghamton University professor John Smelcer with Donald Pease, of Dartmouth University, and Robyn Wiegman of Duke University, as they discuss the present state and direction of American Studies.

Garnish this with dynamic portfolios from photographer Olaf Heine; the surrealistic comic bookish fine art of Fernando “Pulpo” Hereñu; fiction from Ann Bogle; Bengali poetry in the original and in translation from Masud Khan; poems by American poets Gail Fishman, Gillian Brall, Myron Ernst and Dwyer Jones; music reviewer Jeff Katz‘s annual TOP TEN Not-All-New picks from 2011; Mark Levy‘s “Casual Observer,” and more.

Just look inside to find it.

Thanks for reading!

− Mike Foldes


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Volume 7 Number 6, Nov-Dec 2011


Mr. Hyde, Dale Grimshaw

Occupying Wall Street

(This is not a potlatch)

The periodic redistribution of wealth by some Northwest Coast native American tribes is a great example of what was done at one time to ensure that everyone got an equal chance at a better life. Those “who have” were called upon to give much of it away. The same was expected of others in following years,  as they managed to amass material wealth. The honors went to those who gave away the most. What one accumulated was shared, a reminder we share the earth.  It was called potlatch.

The 99% sitting in at Zuccotti Park are not asking that the 1% give everything away; they’re asking for long-overdue reform of what is euphemistically called a profession, but which in Christ’s time would have been called something worse than “money changer”. It’s one thing to invest one’s own drachma in a venture, on-going or new, and another to skim the cream then spill the milk. That mark of greed coating the lip of the fat cats is a slap in the face to anyone who’s lost a job in the last five years, or who just graduated from college and can’t find one, or who’s working two or three jobs to make ends meet, where one used to be more than enough.

It’s too late to say that if all the money spent in the past ten years on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and misspent by investment banks and brokerages on Wall Street and other financial centers around the world, were invested more wisely in education, health care, infrastructure and the humanities, we wouldn’t be living in this sad state of affairs. And it hasn’t stopped, as shown by recent charges against former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, who allegedly bled MF Global of hundreds of millions of investors’ dollars. Since we are against the wall, it’s up to us — and the 1% in power who have a conscience — to help clean up the mess. Not the petty mess some point to as the “fault” of a group of urban campers, but the mess the financial and political ruling classes made tripping over themselves to feed at the brimming Wall Street trough. Photos from Occupy Wall Street appear here: ‎

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We’ve got another astounding issue covering subjects and events as diverse as the work of Dale Grimshaw, whose painting “Mr. Hyde” is the cover of this issue, to the overlooked beauty of the Pakistani countryside in a travel piece by Zaira R. Sheikh, to the photography and haiku of Sean Lotman.  If you like poetry, you’ll love the work of the five other poets in this issue, Lyn Lifshin, Bianca StoneEsta Fischer, Pamela Uschuk and Ann E. Michael. In the realm of creative nonfiction, Joe Weil writes of “Fishing in a Filthy River,” and its undertow of memories, while Kimberly Dark recounts her unique acquaintance with Greybeard, a down-to-earth neighbor in Hawaii.

Music editor Jeff Katz recounts the “Sad Journey of Gene Clark”; Beth Timmins, resident writer with Giffords Circus, gives a peek under skirt of the Big Top;  Mark Levy, back after taking a break during which he moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, from Binghamton, New York, delivers his “Casual Observer” column, and his “Feeding the Starving Artist” pro bono legal series with a look at the new Patent and Trademark law.

Politics editor Jim Palombo gives an overview of his preparations for the annual Rhodes Conference in Rhodes, Greece. Jim, as an envoy from Ragazine, was one of only a few Americans at the event, which he plans to report on in our January issue.

Maile Colbert‘s “Letter to the Editor” ponders capital punishment with subtle eloquence; Sridala Swami’s short short stories will stay with you much longer than the time it takes to read them. And don’t miss Anthony Haden-Guest’s cartoon panel,  hidden somewhere in the gray matter within these e-pages. If you’re looking for something to do, check out the Events page for ideas about places and events where you’re likely to find like-minded Ragazine readers.

Thanks for reading… And thanks especially for passing it on!

— Mike Foldes


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September-October 2011, Volume 7, Number 5

Big Apple Bites Back _ Walter Gurbo

Back to Basics

This issue’s cover art comes compliments of Walter Gurbo. If you were in New York back in the day, and read The Village Voice, you’ll remember Gurbo’s “Drawing Room”, superb panels of surrealistic images surrounded by sexed-up ads on the tabloid’s back cover. Always new. Always sure to stretch the imagination beyond the bounds of decorum. See for yourself in our recap of July’s retrospective at the Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, New York.

Politics editor Jim Palombo interviews singer-songwriter Eleanor Goldfield, founder and lead singer in the band Rooftop Revolutionaries. Palombo explores and Goldfield explains with refreshing intellect how she reconciles making money and making change in a convulsing world.

John Smelcer offers an intriguing memoir of his acquaintance with Britain’s then poet laureate, Ted Hughes, and a subsequent friendship with Hughes’ and Sylvia Plath’s son,Nick. Smelcer includes a poem co-written by him and Ted Hughes as a bar “game” more enduring than darts.

Don Ruben, lawyer and long-time friend of Ragazine, interviews Drug Policy Alliance’s Tamar Todd on obstacles to legalizing medical marijuana nationwide, including conflicts with federal law in states that have already legalized it, and President Obama’s failure to follow through on pre-election hints he would work to decriminalize the herb.

Adding food for thought to the article on DPA, we’re pleased to offer the first of four panels contributed to Ragazine by noted author and cartoonist Anthony Haden-Guest.Subsequent panels will appear in the next few issues, where you will find them strategically placed to challenge your senses of self and humor.

Music editor Jeff Katz hooks up, so to speak, with Eilen Jewell, at the Oneonta Theater in Oneonta, New York, where the “turbocharged kewpie doll” and her band played in August to a country-loving crowd.

Welcome – in some cases, welcome back – to poets Hal SirowitzJohn Richard Smith,Laura Close; to poet-photographer Jeanpaul Ferro,  short fiction author Carlo Matos, and collage artist Joseph Bowman.  And if you have a few minutes more, check out the books and reviews, and Zaira Rahman’s Islamabad tripper’s diary.  Special thanks to Hala Salah Eldin Hussein who filed a story on the situation “on the ground” in Cairo, Egypt, that posted in mid-August.

Kudos to the editors and contributors who help bring Ragazine to the stage every couple of months,  and to the thousands of readers who give us the motivation to labor on again and again, year after year… We trust you’ll find plenty to enjoy!

Thanks for passing it on.

– Mike Foldes


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Welcome: July-August 2011, Vol. 7 No. 4


From the 9/11 obsessions of Ultra Violet

The Good, the Bad …

and the Way It Is
Who can forget Nine Eleven? It carries the same tune as Sarajevo did for the generation that lived through World War I, and as Pearl Harbor did for the generation that fought and lived through World War II. It’s historical significance as the start of the War on Terrorism is established, but the lessons learned are indeterminate. The recent art of Ultra Violet explores the cause and effect of Nine Eleven in a variety of media from drawings, to prints, paintings and sculptures. It’s serendipitous that our interview with Ultra is running in this issue, even as the 10th Anniversary of Nine Eleven looms. And ironic that one of the icons of the aesthetic nihilism endemic in the New York City art scene of the Sixties and Seventies is now among those who lead the chorus calling for acceptance and understanding from both sides of a widening gulf between the Ancient and Modern worlds, to help ensure nothing like Nine Eleven ever happens again.
Moving right along …
We think you’ll find this issue of Ragazine especially challenging throughout. Rebecca Young finds out for herself and shares with all, what goes into the factory-like food chain that puts meat and potatoes on the table at a price almost everyone in America can afford — but at what cost?
Join noted author Cris Mazza and interviewer Kristin Thiel as they discuss Mazza’s writing and her recently published book, “Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls,” a woman’s disturbing trek along a path of sexual abuse, and her attempt to climb out of the psychological hole it puts her into.
Artist Shawn Huckins explains in an interview the motivation behind his “Revolution Revolution … ” series, which we think you’ll find surrealistically amusing. Hungarian writer Miklòs Horvàth comments on the recent Gauguin exhibit at the Tate Modern in London, with an examination of why his art was not as well received in Belgium in 1889 as it is today. What a difference a century makes!
Rounding out the art bubble, in a somewhat unusual fashion, Leon Tan in our Politics section brings to the table the ongoing political and legal debate over “Darfunica,”  a painting by Nadia Plesner on the order of Picasso’s infamous “Guernica” that challenges the complacency of the civilized world in the face of constant depredation in the widely ignored African nation, Darfur. Louis Vuitton found it so offensive they instituted a lawsuit against its content.
On the literary front, we’re pleased to have the poetry of Jennifer Diskin, D. Alexander Mosner and Charlotte Lowe; an amusing “mystery” from Pedro Ponce; a short short story of awakening by Racquel Goodison, and our regulars are back: Jeff Katz’s top ten failed musical partnerships, and reviews of Bowl Soup and Vol. 2 of The Baseball Project; Mark Levy reflects on the simplicity of life in the Amazon, and he and Nick Andreadis look YouTube in the face.
As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated. You’ll need to sign in to comment, but don’t let that stop you! And if you like what you find, please let your friends know we’re here. Lots of Summer Reading “Inside”.
Thanks for reading.
— Mike Foldes



Welcome: May-June 2011, Vol. 7 No. 3


the less said, the better. Tempting it is to let the statement stand alone. But that would would be to overlook the hard work and contributions so many people have made along the way to get us to this May-June issue of Ragazine, and the start of the summer reading season. With that in mind, take us to the beach on your e-reader, tablet or laptop…

On the docket this time around:
  • An interview with NYC artist Karen Gunderson and a gallery of her black paintings;
    the photography of Slovenian photographer Janez Vlachy, whose photo is on this issue’s cover;
    an interview with veteran Hollywood Cartoonist Herb Moore, and an introduction to his new series, “Duffy MacTaggart, Scotland’s Greatest Golf Teacher”;
    A report from Pakistan by Zaira Rahman on the unsettling deaths and lynching of two boys in the wrong place at the wrong time, and their family’s quest for Justice;
    interviews with, and poetry from, acclaimed poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Lyn Lifshin, and additional poetry from Steve Oldford, Svea Barrett and Emily Kagan Trenchard;
    Chris Mackowski’s account of a winter trip to the barrens of his native Maine;
    fiction by John Palen and Eric Bennett;
    a video trailer for a film by Eliane Lima, and a profile of the filmmaker;
    and, all the regular sections: Music comment and reviews by Jeff Katz; free legal advice in “Feeding the Starving Artist” by Mark Levy, who also writes “Casual Observer”; the value of education in “Politics”, from editor Jim Palombo and contributor Frank Gaydos; and more…
We trust that lineup will float your boat, whatever shining sea you’re in. Enjoy!
And thanks for reading.
– Mike Foldes





Volume 7, No. 2.5

April 2011

© Guenter Knop

What in the World …

Earthquakes, tsunamis, meltdowns, no-fly zones … you’d think the world would be a better place, but hard as we try, there’s always something standing in the way.

Perhaps that’s why the articles in this interim issue of Ragazine, our first attempt after seven years of bi-monthly issues to produce a monthly, are as divergent as they are — our attempt to bring things together in the face of greater odds. And, as interesting (yeah, we know, that’s subjective. So here’s the Challenge: Read on, and decide for yourself).

Here’s what we’ve got: A street-level, local report from Egypt covering not menacing tanks or burning cars, but graffiti on the walls of Cairorecounting the effort and pronouncing the people’s victory over tyranny (Hala Salah Eldin Hussein); a Pakistani reviewer’s take on Dobi Ghat, a Bollywood indie film that took honors in film fests around the world for its look at the effects of caste on four main characters (Zaira Rahman); poetry by Martin Willitts, Jr.; Land Art installation by an American artist (Jody Joyner) working on the grounds ofSoekershof, a botanical paradise in southwest South Africa; life studies of women by a German-born artist (Guenter Knop) who makes his home in New York City; the translation of an excerpt from aRomanian novel, along with the original language text (Daniel Dragomirescu); an interview with the Alaskan writer some have called “a  modern-day Jack London” (John Smelcer); an interview with photographer Michael Eastman, whose unmatched images of Havana capture the color and life of the city and its history (as he does all of his subjects) with surreal accuracy; a look at Ghanathrough the eyes of two travelers (Roscoe Betsill & Steven Keith) who came back to the States with a far different understanding of the country than they went away with.

Speaking of understanding: An American ex-pat group is forming in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, to educate Americans in particular to what their real place is in this world…. Talk about an uphill climb.

As if that’s not enough, reach inside for Jeff Katz’s remembrance of singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye; book reviews; the foodie’s Kitchen Caravan; and thePHOTOGRAPHYspots (Albert Dorsa/translation page & Chuck Haupt/politics page).

Comments, by the way, are much appreciated. Don’t be shy. Let us have it, good, bad or indifferent. We thrive on feedback. And please, ”Pass it on ….”

Thanks for reading!







Volume 7, No. 2

February-March, 2011

“The Millinery Studio”, Acrylic on canvas, 14″ x 20″, 2010

Amy Kollar Anderson


So much to see, so little time …

Science Fiction turned to fact in February when an IBM supercomputer named “Watson”visited upon earth, defeating two heralded champions in a “Jeopardy” smack down decades in the making. We’re not running an article on this noteworthy event, but it says here Watson, named after the company’s founder Thomas J. Watson, will be among the finalists (if not the Chosen One) in Time‘s Person of the Year award selection come December. What makes this all the more special, in a way, is that Ragazine publishes from the Greater Binghamton area of Upstate New York — home of IBM (aka, International Business Machines), and once the stomping grounds of “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling. The area always has been culturally and socially influenced by a mixture of science fantasy and fiction. You might say, we’ll believe anything, even that a tsunami of peaceful revolution could irrigate the monarchies and dictatorships of the Arab world, re-making it as a cradle of shared prosperity and humanistic reason. So, let it be known, “Another King is dead. All hail the Thing.”

Of course, there comes a time in everyone’s life when a little fantasy will do you good. Sometimes even better. Fortunately for us, the talented Amy Kollar Anderson came to the rescue, as you’ll see from a thorough look at her work in the galleries embedded in these pages. And for those of you with short attention spans, check out Amy’s captivating time-lapse video that condenses 50 hours of painting into  less than three minutes, backed by the music of Dayton, Ohio, super-group Ape the Ghost.

The horizon doesn’t end there. Check out Ellen Janten‘s photographic essay “Losing Reality; Reality of Loss — 2011”, an exploration of the diaphanous layers between the free-standing worlds that separate life and memory. Internationally recognized architect and artist, Michael Jantzen, Ellen’s husband and model for many of the images in her work, shares his visions for The Sounds of the Sun Pavilion, a curvilinear approach to sustainable living in which solar energy powers a community where there’s literally music in the air.

Other visual delights include the work of John Dobbs, whose recent show at ACA Galleries in New York City closed in February, but you can get a taste of it here. Elizabeth Cohen returned from a recent trip to Gallup, New Mexico, with a packet of cell-phone photos, and an accompanying essay about an Old West indulged by sentiment and confused by age. If you can accept there is sometimes poetry in the subtlety of photographs, see Ida Musemic‘s images that appear following John F. Buckley‘s poem. And don’t be surprised if you find a few more images bringing color to otherwise gray pages in thePHOTOGRAPHYspot, strategically placed by photo editor Chuck Haupt.

Literary complements include short fiction by Ian Williams; an excerpt from R. J. Dent‘s recently published translation (with the French original) of  The Songs of Maldoror, fittingly accompanied by an other-worldly portrait of Salvador Dali by contributing photographer Valerie Brown; and poetry from some of the best emerging and established poets working today, including Buckley, Ann Clark, Micah Towery, Katie Hogan and Florence Weinberger.

Music editor Jeff Katz takes a look at the documentary “LennonNYC”, and sings praises for the library of great releases from Sundazed Music. And while you’re online, have a look at Jeff’s site, “Maybe Baby….”

Politics editor Jim Palombo and guest contributor Professor Randall Sheldenexamine the escalation of force used in the ongoing, increasingly costly (in both lives and money) drug war between the United States and Mexico, leaving even the most jaded among us to question, “Is it worth the price?”

In Feeding the Starving ArtistMark Levy, an intellectual property lawyer, providespro bono advice for wedding and events photographers to protect themselves and their clients against one another, and sometimes even from the guests. Levy, also Ragazine’s Casual Observer, offers his take on moving up to modern appliances — he’d take a washing machine over a washboard anytime.

If you, or someone you know, has work that will fit Ragazine’s eclectic collection of creative content, see and share our submission guidelines. We’re always looking for new artists, illustrators, writers, musicians, poets, travelers, thinkers and others, to collaborate with. It’s a great way to know, and get to know… Likewise, if you have events you’d like to publicize, share the news by adding a comment on the Events page. Keep it short and sweet: Time, Date, Place, Description, Contact Info; nothing more than 45 days in advance, please. As always, Comments are welcome on any or all of our pages; shed a little light while we stumble around in editorial darkness.

For those of us up North, Spring is on the way. For you south of the Equator, well, good luck with that, too!

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Volume 7, No. 1

January 2011


Dancing with Dragons

Putting out a magazine is like dancing with dragons and letting go genies…. You struggle to pull things together without knowing what kind of animal you’ll deliver until the things – the issues — are out of the bottle. We’re doing our best to see that what you take the time to look at and read in Ragazine will add something measurably more memorable to your day than the daily dose of dumbed down pablum delivered by mainstream media to a mind-numbed populous.  Let us know if it’s not and we’ll kick ourselves in the shins, scream “Sakai,” and pay homage to the gods of wind feces (snow), until we get it right.

For those of you ready to dive in now, there’s plenty to break your fall:

The Ragazine cover this month is contributed by New York photographer Gabrielle Revere, whose work reveals the youth and beauty of a new generation. An interview with Revere shows she’s well aware not everyone in the world is so lucky. Our associated galleries include shots from her documentary series, “I only have eyes for you,” which captures the ice-cold irony of the beauty of children living in the midst of oft-neglected poverty.

Photographer Josephine Close explores the world of the psyche in the shadows, a journey into what lies within and beyond the visual field one sees through the camera’s eye, what evolves in the darkroom (or on the computer), and comes to life in the print. Close, in her own words, undertakes the pursuit in “… seeking to illuminate the magic in my life.”

On other fronts: A surreal love story from Stephen O’Connor/Fiction; Michael Parish’s Vignettes/Creative Nonfiction,, which CNF editor Leslie Heywood describes as a “series of vignettes on our strange contemporary relationship with the natural world.  There’s the poetry of John F. Buckley, Anne Babson and John Richard Smith; Jeff Katz’s unusually broad Top Ten music picks of 2010; Mark Levy’s eye on life as theCasual Observer, and his pro bono legal advice column for creative types in Feeding the Starving Artist.

From deep in the heart of Mexico, San Miguel Allende to be exact, politics editor Jim Palombo and guest contributor Horace Whittlesey comment on the effects of modern day prohibition and the unfulfilled promise of California’s recently defeated Proposition 19.

There’s more, of course, including illustrations, book reviews, a couple of events that caught our eyes, and more. … Such As —


Water, from Cecelia Chapman’s Video series

This is the first video we’ve run in Ragazine, but we’ll have more, soon. We are looking for original short videos (approx. 2 minutes) that have not been posted elsewhere, but we’ll sometimes take them if they have. They’ll run in a window on Ragazine, without redirects to other sites, but we will include the videographer’s site references with the piece. E-mail to, as attachments, with a still from the video.

So, while we close out 2010 dancing with dragons, and let the genie out of the bottle with VOLUME 7 Number 1, we wish you a healthy and progressive new year.

As always, thanks for reading.

— Mike Foldes

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Volume 6, No. 6

November-December 2010

©Aline Smithson

Arrangement #3

Aline Smithson: The Photographer’s Mother


The Art of Being Modern

Hello, again. Thanks for coming back. We know it’s not easy to take a few minutes out of a busy day for an “arts’ breather,’ but we’re glad you did.
The beauty of the web is also the spider at its center, that being people’s ability to spin whatever yarn they like and put it out in cyberspace. Everybody gets a shot. It used to be there were so few people with sites that it was a small community, many of whom knew one another, often righteously so. That community has grown so that now we’re not just a city, not just a nation, and each site has become one in a million. Or more likely, one in a few hundred million. The web, like the universe, is expanding exponentially, and it’s our challenge to keep up.
The New York Times newspaper is a great example of meeting that challenge. The gray lady may not be at her best these days, circulation and advertising revenue-wise, but she hasn’t lost her touch with news, features, reviews, opinion and leading edge journalism. Say what you want, but take a Sunday morning and afternoon off to read the Times cover to cover (if you can) and you’ll see what I mean. Don’t just take it for granted, because of the paper’s reputation, or because it’s been quoted from or talked about in news and movies since you were two. Read it once cover to cover and deny you’re less of a person than you were hours before when you picked it up — all two or three kilograms! (Sorry, tree people.)
I used to work for a newspaper conglomerate that published News Lite. The managers of the empire knew that busy people didn’t have time, and many didn’t have the interest — to read anything “in depth”. And in order to deliver bite-sized morsels of information people could digest, they peeled the onion until there was little left to eat. Reading theTimes on Sunday is like going to a farmer’s market in September. Two-page spreads on the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, who too few Americans really know about, and fewer understand. Interviews with Centenarians who too often are passed over in favor of attention to youth culture. Articles on youth and growing up in America, the cost of education, and the more exorbitant costs of not having it. Political coverage by international correspondents who live and work close to the ground they cover. And, of course, so much more.No paper, of course, is perfect, and I’m in no position to tear wings from the dragon. But so much of what we see and hear on the web these days is a mirror of what the least-common-denominator print publishing offerings give us, that it’s a blessing the Times is still with us — and a sad fact of life that so many other great papers have died, not all of them with their boots on.
This issue of Ragazine has a lot to offer, too. We’re not just a Sunday read; we’re here two months at a time, and it’s OK to come back — again and again, we hope — until you’ve read us “cover to cover”.  Poetry, art, interviews, photography, fiction, creative non-fiction, music, reviews, travel and more, from around the world.

November-December 2010 brings you the photographic series by Aline Smithson, taken of her mother in a variety of poses, including the one at the top of this page; poems by Hannah Greenberg; Farsi poetry by ex-pat Iranian poet Ali Abdolrezaei in the original and in translation by Abol Froushan; an interview with Belgian-American artist Amy Swartelé; fiction by Paul Lisicky and Sarah Sarai; music columns byJeff Katz; a take on illegal immigration by politics editor Jim Palombo and guest writer Robert Murray Davis; a story of reconciliation with the harsh reality of a child’s death in creative non-fiction by James Benton; the Casual Observer followed byScott Hardin’s pane;our legal advice column for creative types, Feeding the Starving Artist; and, from Colorado, Art & About, where Jonathan Evans explores a bit of the blues.

There’s more, of course, but you’ll have to find it. And again, thanks for reading!






Volume 6, No. 5

September-October 2010

©Albert Watson

Taking the best shot yet

Welcome to another killer issue of

Photographer Albert Watson,  in an interview at his NYC studio, discusses aspects of his craft, the evolution of his career, the equipment he uses to produce his prints, and more.  Referred to byPhoto District News as “one of the most influential photographers of all time,” Watson generously allowed to reprint an extensive portfolio of images, many of which you’ll no doubt recognize from the covers and pages of Vogue, Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar.  Showing no sign of slowing down, Watson has two book collections coming out this fall from PQ Blackwell publishing company, a solo show in Chelsea opening in October, and more than one project in the works.

Sara Ellison Lewis tells what it’s like for her to be a photo stylist in New York. Brookly-based sculptor Miya Ando explains what it means to her “to do good” in the world, a task that merely begins with making art. The cast and crew at Spool MFG, a gallery-performance space in Johnson City, New York, share part of their group’s latest production,Ampersand, a collage-like assemblage of history, poetry and art.

In Music, Jeff Katz reviews the latest musical offering from Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and looks back on 30 years of Paul Simon’s “One Trick Pony“. Jonathan Evansremembers Bob Marley a full 19 years after the reggae legend’s death. And, in Politics, San Miguel Allende, Mexico-based writer Lou Christine recounts his impressions of a 2007 trip to Havana that ring true even today.

On the literary front, there’s the Poetry of Emily Vogel, Tony Gruenewald, J.P. Smelcer and Rob Mustard; the Creative Non Fiction (CNF) of Marissa Fielstein, Fiction from  Mira Martin Parker and Jessie Carty; a book review of  Ted Greenwald’s 2008 volume “3″ by Kayleigh Wanzer, and the wry commentary of our Casual Observer Mark Levy. Levy also weighs in this month withShaun Vavra, offering legal advice in “Feeding the Starving Artist” — “Wait, Wasn’t That My Substantially Similar Idea?”

Rounding things out is the new strip from editorial cartoonist Jeff Hardin, whose first appearance in anchors the Casual Observer.

If all that’s not funky enough for you, we’ll just have to keep trying.




Thanks for reading!

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Email your announcement to at least 2 weeks
in advance of the occasion, with EVENTS in the subject line. Thank you!

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Robert Nolan

An Exploration in Wood


The Broome County Arts Council, located at 81 State Street, 5th floor, Stephens Square, Binghamton, hosts an exhibition titled “Richard G. Nolan: An Exploration in Wood, One Piece at a Time”.  Nolan’s medium is wood, principally cherry and black walnut hardwoods, from which he creates exquisitely crafted works of art. Free and open to the public.  BCAC’s gallery space is located on the 5th Floor of the Stephens Square Building, at 81 State Street,  in downtown Binghamton.

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Expressions of Faith

Exploring the Religious Structures of Broome County

By Roger Luther

This hardcover book includes 142 pages of full color photographs featuring many of Broome County, New York’s churches, mosques, synagogues and temples.  It used to be said in the greater Binghamton area that there were more churches than bars in the community of immigrants drawn to the area at the turn of the 19th Century for jobs in the cigar rolling and shoe-making trades. That trend continues with the continuing influx of immigrants from all corners of the globe. Luther’s book can be purchased on line through RiverRead Books, 5 Court Street, Binghamton., email

Luther is a preservationist, historian and photographer, and his works have celebrated the Southern Tier for many years.

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Poetry Reading:

Monday, December 15, 7pm

58 West 10th Street
This reading is free and open to the public.
RSVPs are requested:
Join us on Facebook

Dave Simpson, who along with his twin brother was born blind, received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU where he studied poetry with Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, Gerald Stern, and William Mathews. A poet and musician, he is the author of a poetry collection “The Way Love Comes to Me” (2014) and a CD “Audio Chapbook”.  His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including “Alaska Quarterly Review,” “River Styx,” “The Cortland Review,” “Verse Daily,” and “La Petite Zine.” Despite a recent diagnosis of ALS, Dave continues to give readings and performances.

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brunelli detail

Chang Park, b. 1967, Untitled_F, 2014, oil on canvas, 24×24

At Brunelli Gallery exhibit, SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2014

Booth # G09

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Brian Murphy, Pat Cain, EVENTS, Spool Mfg,

Brian Murphy, Pat Cain, EVENTS, Spool Mfg,

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Six & Three Show, Jadite Galleries

Six & Three Show, Jadite Galleries


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Neo Latino Art Show Invitation

Neo Latino Art Show Invitation

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6:30 PM: An event with Jim Remsen
author of Visions of Teaoga

Visions of Teaoga explores the upheaval of Eastern Indian tribes in the 1700s by focusing on events at Teaoga (now Athens, Pa.), which stood on the front lines of frontier conflict over many decades. Visions of Teaoga, being richly researched and grounded in real events, is useful as supplemental reading in U.S. history classes. Several educators have noted how the book smoothly incorporates themes they emphasize including “content-rich informational text,” multiculturalism, historical empathy, evaluation of “loaded language,” government processes, and critical thinking about perspective.

Remsen is a career journalist who, upon retirement, was the Religion Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He reported and edited countless news articles, leading a staff that captured national awards for its work. Since retiring from newspapers, Jim has pursued his keen interest in history — with a focus on underappreciated aspects of our nation’s local history. He says he decided to research and write the Teaoga story because it is important regional history he wishes he learned as a schoolboy growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania.



3: 00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

The official celebration of Mary Pat Hyland’s new book, eighteen tales set in the neighborhoods of the Triple Cities in the Southern Tier of New York State.
5 Court Street, Binghamton, NY… find out more about MPH:



3:00 PM: RiverRead Books, Galaxy Brewing Company and Poets & Writers of NYC presents KEN WALDMAN, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet. Ken will conduct a writing workshop at 3 PM followed by a performance at 7 PM at the Galaxy Brewing Company. The workshop: Four Writing Prompts:  The Beginning of Four New Stories or Poems

The more you write, the luckier you get – and each time you start a piece, there’s an opportunity to get luckier than ever.  The trick is getting started.  Here, you’ll not only begin four new pieces, but will learn strategies to begin many more.  The session is open to writers of all levels and experience.  Read more about Ken at

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On Thursday, November 13, Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Literary Center will close its 2014 season with featured poets Annie Sauter from Oneonta, and New York City poet Puma Perl. They will read from and sign copies of their books after the open mic, during which all those present are invited to read from their own poetry or fiction or that of others for up to five minutes, and after the intermission, when refreshments are served. The readings will take place in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill, 94 Church Street,Treadwell, NY, now hosting “Magic Surrealism Paintings by Terry Fox.” There is an admission fee of $3 (18 and under, free).

Bright Hill’s 2014, 22nd-year programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Otis A. Thomson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor; A. C. Molinari; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart’s Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Fund, Delaware County Office of Economic Development, Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; Delaware National Bank of Delhi, and with the support of Bright Hill’s members and friends.

The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846. Contact 607-829-5055 or for more information.

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Leger, Les Constructeurs, 1950

The tenth edition of MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK –sister event to LONDON ART WEEK each summer – takes place Jan 24-31 here in New York, with a preview January 23.

This year several of the 30 participating dealers – who each stage their own exhibitions at galleries along the Madison Avenue “Gold Coast” on New York’s Upper East Side, — have acquired spectacular finds – either new to the market, newly discovered, or never exhibited before.

Among these is the FERNAND LEGER gouache and pencil LES CONSTRUCTEURS (The Builders) which New York dealer DAVID TUNICK is offering.  It is a major 1950 work shown only once before at the Grand Palais in 1971.  It is the definitive study for the painting of the same subject at the Sonja Henie-Onstad Art Centre Museum in Oslo.  The last time it was on the market was 1980.

London dealer LOWELL LIBSON LTD has a major rediscovered masterpiece by Sir Joshua Reynolds on offer, listed as missing since 1905.  “Dionysius Aeropagites” has only been known from an 18th century engraving according to Libson.  It depicts Reynolds’s favorite model, a street mender from York, George White.  It perfectly communicates Reynolds’s ambitions as a history painter shortly after the founding of the Royal Academy.

For more information,

Master Drawings New York
c/o Susan Bishopric
185 East 85th Street #9M
New York N.Y. 10028 U.S.A. Tel: + 1 212.289.2227

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Shaun Berke and patrick McGrath Muniz

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

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Rolando Revagliatti

Second edition of the virtual book from Rolando Revagliatti

Se encuentra disponible gratuitamente desde octubre de 2014 para ser leída,
impresa o incorporada a bibliotecas virtuales, la segunda edición  electrónica
(corregida) en PDF y en versión FLIP (Libro Flash) del poemario “Ripio” de
Rolando Revagliatti. Hemos agregado links recíprocos (de ida y vuelta
desde el índice a los poemas
 y viceversa) para una navegación más cómoda
por el documento. La introducción es de Flavio Crescenzi y el epilogo es de
Rubén Vedovaldi. El diseño integral y la diagramación es de Patricia L. Boero.

Puede descargarse en:


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 NYU Creative Writing Program

Thursday, November 6, 7pm: Digital Books

Introduced by Lisa Gerard

Friday, November 7, 2-4pm

Poets on War: Insights on a Global Conflict

Hosted by Maurice Emerson Decaul
Friday, November 7, 5pm: Poetry Reading

Introduced by Victoria Kornick & Dillon Welch
Friday, November 7, 7pm: Emerging Writers Series

Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

NYU Creative Writing Program

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

(p) 212.998.8816

All events are at 58 West 10th Street and free unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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PETER BLUME (1906-1992)
NOVEMBER 6, 2014 through JANUARY 31, 2015

Thursday, November 6th 7 to 9 pm

Gallery Talk with Robert Cozzolino
Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Thursday, November 20th 6 to 8 pm

ACA Galleries 529 West 20th Street New York City

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Arts Gowanus Open Studios

For more information, contact: Abby Subak

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Sixteen Sweet

Curated by Ivy Brown, Pato Paez, and Elizabeth Sadoff

Works by 16 artists: Joelle Brahim, Nona Faustine, Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen, Maggie Jay Horne, Laura Kaplan, Myrna Minter-Forster, Jenny Morgan, Linda Nicholas, Morgan O’Hara, Arlene Rush, Laura Schneider, Stacy Scibelli, Mary Ann Standell, Trish Tillman, Linda Tharp, Natalia Yovane

October 23rd-November 1st, 2014
Artist Conversation: Oct 29, 6-8pm
(Strandel, Gregory-Gruen & Yovane)

A portion of the sales will be donated to Bailey House. Serving people with HIV/AIDS since 1983

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Association of Illustration

2014 Awards

Now open at Somerset House for a the third year, the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this years shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered into the Association of Illustrators (AOI) annual competition.

 The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 is being exhibited at Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms from 10am – 6pm, everyday until Sunday 2nd November 2014. Admission is free.

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ACA 10-2014

Hyman Bloom, Fall landscape, oil on canvas, 42 1/4 x 60 1/4 inches

ACA Galleries
529 West 20th St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom: Against the Grain

Call 212-206-8080 for hours

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Flash Art International no. 298

October 2014: The issue includes a 40-page supplement that focuses on relationships across art and fashion. Included are conversations between Berlin-based artist and gallery owner David Lieske and founders of the fashion label Eckhaus Latta, and Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury and British designer Vivienne Westwood; portfolios by Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane and Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy; an essay by New York-based artist Eric N. Mack on the creations of Louis Vuitton Womenswear creative director Nicolas Ghesquière; and visual projects by artists Charlotte Prodger, K8 Hardy and Will Benedict. 

Check it out. Flash Art International
Via Carlo Farini 68, 20159 Milan, IT


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Chicago Calling

A few of the events from Borderbend Arts Collective
for Chicago Artists Month 2014…

Want to know more? Get in touch with Borderbend, 15 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60624…
or, visit online.

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LaLuz De Jesus
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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An Evening at the Left Bank of the Willowemoc 

to Benefit the Catskill Art Society 

48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY
 Contact Bradley Diuguid 845-436-4227 

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Calendar of Events always online …

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calvet 10-14 B

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Where the River Meets the Sky is a landscape comprised of images from the popular and infamously violent video game Grand Theft Auto. This site-specific work incorporates images from the virtual East River in GTA’s Liberty City, composed so the actual East River meets the digital version at its shore.


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A little late for the reopening celebration, but not too late to stop over and see what else is going on.

600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 Tel.: 305-237-7700

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13831 San Pablo Ave., Maple Hall, San Pablo, CA

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 

Check this out for more on HHM & Art:

Thx 2 G.N.!

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Daisy Jopling
Performance for children
At the Rotary Horse Show, Peekskill NY
Blue Mountain Park, Sunday Sept 21st 2014, 4pm

Performers include:
Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, Enchanting Musical Puppetry with Marcia the Musical Moose, Your favorite songs with Larry Colman, and Magician extraordinaire Margaret Steele.

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Credit: Public Theater


“ H E R E   L I E S   L O V E ”





New York, NY – David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s‘ smash hit musical, Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers begins Friday late night performances on Friday, September 12 at 10:30 p.m. at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall (425 Lafayette Street, NYC). In addition to the late night performances, there will also be 7:00 p.m. performances on Fridays. The principal cast from the 2013 world premiere of Here Lies Love returns, including Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino.

Here Lies Love was conceived by David Byrne, and features lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.  Tickets for Here Lies Love range from $99-$129.  For more info, visit


The current performance schedule for Here Lies Love is as follows, Mondays through Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Beginning Monday, September 8, the performance schedule is as follows, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Binghamton teardown


A Photographic Memoir by Peg Johnston


            Peg Johnston mines her family’s archives for images of the Upstate New York City of Binghamton to create a narrative about the city’s evolution in the last half century. “Binghamton has gone through major changes, losing a significant part of our downtown and half of our population. I want to tell that and other stories about my hometown in a visual way,” comments Johnston, a photographer who often does installations at the Cooperative Gallery. Included will be some of the photographs of Robert Johnston, now deceased, and a former gallery member. In addition to recently digitized photos from the city of her childhood, Johnston explores Urban Renewal, documents several decades of protests in Binghamton, and looks forward to the future.

            All images have been digitized and are in black and white. “I feel that memories are best represented this way, and all of my father’s photos were originally in black and white. But these images are contrasty and sometimes grainy, not the fine prints my father would have produced. I want to generate images for the Facebook generation, images that swim into your consciousness,” explained Johnston. 

Binghamton: A Photographic Memoir will be on display September 4- 27th, 2014 at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. The opening is on Thursday Sept. 4th from 6-8 pm. On the First Friday Art Walk  Sept. 5th, the gallery is open from 3 pm to 9 pm. A panel discussion on the “Evolution of Binghamton” will take place at the Third Thursday Art Discussion Sept. 18th at 7 pm with Roger Luther of the Preservation Society, Mark Bowers, planner, and other speakers to be announced. Finally, a closing reception will show the locally made video “Rust to Roots” by Kevin Hannagan. All events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Peg Johnston, 607 785-3429 X19

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 presented by the Somerset Poetry Group
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00-9:00 PM

Community Room C, Bridgewater Public Library
1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ

Free Admission. Open Mic to follow.
Contact: Bob Rosenbloom (732)371-3817,
or Bud Berkich,

Have a submission for PoetryNJ?
Guidelines: ( & send it to

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Reception:  September 10th between 6-8pm

Location: Goldsmith Gallery at A Condos

389 Washington Street, Jersey City, NJ 

The show will be up until November 9, 2014


Winifred McNeill Painting

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water music

Paul Hunter at R Wells Gallery

R Wells Gallery presents ” Water Music”,  an exhibition and sale of new works by NYC, Parisian born artist Paul Hunter.  Featuring selections from his new “Libretto” series. Hunter’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, India, China and Japan.  He has exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Alternative Museum,  P.S. 1, the Montclair Art Museum, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Indiana University Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Quebec Museum. He has received numerous awards, among them from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artists Space, National Studio Program: PS 1, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, Canada Council and Quebec Arts Fellowship.

Above: Title: Libretto #NO Medium: 23kt yellow gold and aluminum, acrylic and acid on canvas Dimensions: 40in. x 60in.

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You Poked Me

You Poked Me

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You Poked Me

On Facebook

Three Young Curators Address Romance and its Identity in the Digital Age in a Pop-up Show in Midtown Manhattan this August.

Three young curators, all around the age of twentY, present the exhibition “You Poked Me On Facebook” in midtown Manhattan on August 15th. It will be a two-day love affair with all the qualms and blessings that modern-day romance has to offer. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of 6 West 37th street. The theme is the controversial, as well as malleable, role Romance plays in the modern day. The exhibition features several young artists from the New York City area. Two of the curators were formerly with T.A.G. (Teen Art Gallery).

To honor the mysterious nature of love, much is left to the imagination, but the show promises to provide hands-on activities, and confrontational performances all emulating the growing tensions between the concept of true love and its place inside and outside social media and technology. There will be Harp performances, a modern-day cupid (diapers and all), and an opportunity to engage with other guests and find your perfect match!

As technology advances, our tales of love change with the emergence of new devices such as Tinder, Facebook and even Craigslist. Love’s relationship with product is becoming more complicated as its status as such solidifies. As children we are fed fairy tales of the prince and princess who find each other on the wholesome and haphazard path to true love. We must reconcile this vision and condense it into the latest apps and activities, altering the nature of what we perceive to be true love and altering the path to find it. This show explores the new type of love born out of a shift in social media platforms, as well as its older counterpart. Choose your weapon: Tinder,, Eharmony, Grinder ect. With each new app, the path to love is simplified. We have reached the age of Love made easy.

Contact: Carly Newman, Curator

6 West 37th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018
(347)637 8157





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Kennedy CTR

Tickets for this and other events:

Available by phone or in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office
(202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 | Groups (202) 416-8400

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Rond-Sept 2014 show

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gou-gou show

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gunderson and rennie

Alex Rennie & Karen Gunderson

An exhibition of recent paintings

Preview Evening
Wednesday 9 July 6-8 pm
47 Albemarle Street, London
Exhibition runs until 1 August. All works can be view here.

This July Waterhouse & Dodd will present a selection of recent paintings by two of the gallery’s artists, Alex Rennie and Karen Gunderson. Alex will be well known to visitors of the London gallery having had a solo exhibition in October 2012 and has shown regularly in mixed exhibitions and art fairs since then. Karen had a solo exhibition at our New York gallery in November 2013. The artists have exhibited together before, most recently at the Pulse (New York) and Art Miami art fairs.

Although these two artists are not linked in any clearly defined stylist or thematic way, both have used a traditional medium (oil painting) and traditional subject matter (landscape and the built environment) to create startling images of great originality. Both use a limited palate and deceptively simple compositions to create visually arresting and contemplative images.

Please RSVP
Waterhouse & Dodd
+44 (0)20 7734 7800


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mccarthy loca

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents

Paul McCarthy

250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Coinciding with Mike Kelley, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents an evening exploring works by Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley. McCarthy figured as a key influence for Kelley from early in his career, and the two artists met and began a longtime, recurring collaboration from the mid-‘80s onward. MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum are honored to host Paul McCarthy in person to present and discuss his work with Kelley, including their epic project Sod & Sodie Sock. A reception will follow.

$12 general admission, $7 students with valid ID
FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members

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Eric Ross ERA Avant Ensemble

Composer ERIC ROSS , (USA),with his ERA Avant Ensemble will present a special electronic concert performance at Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 12 at 8 pm. The concert will feature video by the late Mary Ross and music for Theremin, guitar, analog and digital synthesizers.

ERIC ROSS “has excited audiences with his fiery virtuosity and innovative work,” said a review in the Washington Post. He’s presented his works at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Redcat Center, Newport, Berlin, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals among many other concerts worldwide. He performs on guitar, keyboards and is a Master of the Theremin. His ensemble has featured guest artists, jazz giants John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, new music virtuosos Youseff Yancy, Lydia Kavina, Robert Dick, and many others. The New York Times calls his music “a unique blend of classical, jazz, serial and avant-garde.”

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Friday 4 July 2014 | 6-9pm
      Exhibition Dates: 6 June – 26 July 2014
 GALLERY | 186 State Street | Binghamton | New York | 13901 | USA
TEL: 607 772 0485 | 

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 Bright Hill’s Annual Silent &
Online Art Auction Fund-Raiser
Begins July 5 & 6 During Treadwell Artists 19th Annual Stagecoach Run
Continues through July 26
Contact 607-829-5055 or 

Treadwell, NY – For the 19th year, Treadwell, NY will host the annual Stagecoach Run Open Studios and Exhibits weekend on July 5 and 6, from 10 am – 5 pm.. Among the open art studios and galleries is the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church St. The gallery will be featuring works by WPA artists and regional artists in its annual fund-raising silent and online auction  Bright Hill’s exhibit will remain in the gallery and online through July 26, and close with a final bidding party from 4 – 5 pm. Bright Hill is located at 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846.

Among the regional artists and poets whose work is available are Sven Anderson, Gail Bunting, Ernest M. Fishman, Terry Fox, Anne Gohorel, Walter Gurbo, Kyrra Howard, G. Louise Higgins, Doug Jamieson, Edmund Rinnooy Kan, Joseph M. Kurhajec, Simone Matelassi, Bertha Rogers, and Paul Sauter, Other contemporary artists and poets include Bruce Bennett, David Borchart, William Y. Cooper, Sharon Doughtery, Jamie Fishman, James Hoston, and Ishmael Reed. WPA artists and artists of the 1950s and 60s include Rifka Angel, Rachel Bas-Cohain, Ethel Cutler, Rae Ferren, Louis Ferstadt, Ruth Fortel, Lily Geltman, Joseph Goldstein, JoAnn Leiser, Golda Lewis, Joseph Marino, Marion Miller, Elias Newman, Frank Samson, Harry Shoulberg, Eileen Tabios, Lew Welch, and Stuyvesant Van Veen. Bright Hill will also be offering several rare collectors’ editions of books.  

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Boog City Small, Small Press Fair
Last Call

Boog City’s 11th annual small, small press fair is a little over five weeks away.

The fair will once again span two days, Sat. Aug. 2-Sun. Aug. 3, and be held at Brooklyn’s Unnameable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave.) in their spacious backyard. The fair will take place during the 8th annual Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival.
The fair will open on Saturday with performances by authors from each of the tabling presses.
Tables are $30 for the fair, $20 dollars if you bring your own bridge table (up to 3’ x 3’). All tabling presses will also receive a complimentary online business card size ad (H-2″ x W-3.5″) in the festival program issue of Boog City.

Send all payments to via

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Binghamton, NY

Ken Waldman Readings & Workshops 
Alaskan Fiddling Poet

Friday night house concert hosted by Brian Cavallaro in Binghamton. RSVP, Brian Cavallaro, aka Flyin’ Brian,, for directions to venue on  Grand Street. Starts at 7:30. $10.00 donation. With Brian Vollmer,

Also, on Thursday, June 26, Waldman will conduct a 5:00 P.M. workshop and 6:30 solo reading/show at the Phillips Library in Homer, Cortland County. Free and open to the public.

Johnson City, NY


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Framingham, MA

Gloria Mindock & the Červená Barva Press
Poetry Reading Series
Presents Flavia Cosma & Alan Britt
at the Červená Barva Press Studio
Date: Saturday, June 21st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: The Arts for the Armory, Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission $3.00. Refreshments will be served!


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Fountain Street Fine Art presents

June 19 -Aug 3, 2014
Reception Saturday June 21, 5 – 7 PM
Poetry Reading Sunday June 22, 1-4 PM
Wed. June 25th at 7pm.,
160 Hollis St.
Framingham  MA  01702

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Free counters!


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The Mix: Alchemy, Physics, Landscapes 


Alchemy & Metaphysics
Trestle Gallery Project Room
June 7 – July 3, 2014
Reception: Saturday, June 7, 7-9 p.m.
400 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Beers’ Castle Bravo (2013) is included in Alchemy and Metaphysics, Curated by Lily Koto Olive, Jacob Hicks, and Kiley Ames Klein. The exhibition explores two paradigms that have contributed to the shaping of our contemporary understanding of science, religion and philosophy.

The Landscape Revisited
Godard Art Center – Ardmore, OK
July 1 – August 22, 2014
401 1st S.W., Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
Phone:580 226 0909
The works of Sandra Gottlieb, Martin Weinstein and Jonathan Beer  combine to examine how memory works and the inherent feelings of loss that accompany reflection and remembering. 


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Glen Ellyn, IL

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery
opening preview of
 “Vivian Maier: Exposed”
co-curated by Frank Jackowiak and Barbara Wiesen
Tuesday, June 17 6-8 p.m.

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery
at the McAninch Arts Center,
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Born in New York City in 1926, Vivian Maier spent her childhood in France before returning to New York in the late 1930’s. Later, Maier moved to Chicago and worked as a nanny for nearly 40 years, a livelihood that supported her and her passion for photography. Maier produced more than 100,000 negatives during her life, but showed them to very few people. Her work remained unknown until its discovery in 2007, only a year after her death. Since then, Maier’s photos have ignited passion and enthusiasm in photography buffs and art enthusiasts alike worldwide.

The evening includes a meet and greet with members of “Team Vivian,”
a College of DuPage team including vintage film processor, Jackowiak, and
several film and photography students who processed her film.

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In advance of the Frank O’Hara Fire Island Pines Poetry Festiva, Adam Fitzgerald writesl: “Whyte Hall, beachside, where we will have lots of partying and act perfectly disgraceful, no collapsing…”

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KGB BAR Reading

KGB Bar reading to feature  recent NYFA fiction fellowship winners, 85 E. 4th St. (at 2nd Ave.). Reading to take place Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m.  Poets include Thad Rutkowski, Melinda Susan Goodman, Arlaina Tibensky & Allison Thompson. Free admission.

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The New York Quarterly Reading Series—THIS MONDAY—June 9, 2014

MONDAY, June 9, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC – An extravaganza of voices as eclectic as the City itself: George Witte, Monique Ferrell, Maria Lisella, and Clint Margrave will read. With our new partnership with the Bowery Poetry Club and with thanks to the NYQ Board of Directors, NYQ Readings are now FREE – NO COVER CHARGE. This event will begin promptly at 6:30, please arrive a little early.

Visit the event page on Facebook.

This event is also available FREE, worldwide, via internet streaming. Just go to this link at showtime:

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Somewhere in AUSTRALIA


Reclining Nude, 2014, oil on canvas, 21.5 cm x 28 cm.

Robert Malherbe, New works
June 11th  – July 6th 2014
Opening Thursday June 12th. 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Robert Malherbe is an established artist, exhibiting widely in Australia. He has been a finalist in the 2013 and 2012 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 2010 Archibald and Wynne Prizes as well as a finalist numerous times in the New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. He was recently awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Contact James Makin:
P: 03 9416 3966

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Peter Turnley, Brasserie de L’Isle de Saint Louis, Paris 1993


Leica Gallery Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90048

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Commemorating the end of slavery in the US


The Falcon
Thursday June 19 7:00pm|
1348 Route 9W Marlboro NY
845 236 7970
No Tickets. No Cover. Donations Encouraged. Support Living Artists! 

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ando moon

“Gekkou” Moon Light 19, Silver Leaf and Pigment on Arches Paper, 41 x 29 inches, 2014

“Aurora” Solo Exhibition London, May 28 – June 21, 2014,
ad Carney Fine Art
Opening Reception May 28, 6:30-9PM
45 Dover Street
London W1S 4FF
+44 (0) 203 178 3564



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maysles house logo

A New Schedule Every Week:
343 Lenox Ave
New York, New York 10027

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“T H E   M A R S H A L L   B A R E R   P R O J E C T”






Tickets are $75 and $100 (includes a special reception at 6:30 p.m.). Call (212) 935-5820, or purchase in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.).

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Brooke Mason: La Haute Main

May 26 – June 15, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 28th 7-10 pm
Collector’s Reception: Friday, May 30th 7-10 pm  

Brooke Mason’s inaugural US exhibition, La Haute Main, challenges the long-held stereotypes of femininity and power by addressing issues of gender roles, perceptions of strength and the identity of women. Influenced by the tenets of Greco-Roman mythology and the refined elegance of classic films, Mason’s artwork captures the essence of female beauty and the interdependence of the sexes in 13 luscious, large-scale, intimate scenes printed on high-definition gloss aluminum.  Mason says of her work, “I enjoy delving into contrasts – yin and yang, femininity and masculinity, and the role reversals within.” 

Mason is an Australian-born, Los Angeles-based photographer with 15 years’ experience in the fashion and entertainment industries.  

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La Ruche - Oasis Poetry Poster by Wm. V. Musto Cultural Center

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NYU Creative Writing Program

Friday, May 9, 5pm
Fiction Reading: Rivka Galchen and Laura van den Berg
Introduced by Uri Ferruccio and Steph Arditte

Tuesday, May 13, 4pm
Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading, with Guest Author Yusef Komunyakaa
Please come out to support the Fellows and Golden Writers, participants of a weekly creative writing workshop for disabled adults led by fellows from the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Note location: NYU Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall, 100 Washington Square East
RSVPs required

NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212-998-8850

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Call for Cast / Audience Members

for Recreation of John Cage’s

Seminal Performance 4’33”

THE TUBA THIEVES / Directed by Alison O’Daniel
Call for Cast / Audience Members

Date: May 25th, 2014
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM

Alison’s film will be included in the exhibition LOUDsilence, curated byAmanda Cachia, opening this September at Grand Central Art Center. The film is also schedule to screen at Art in General, NYC (Winter 2015) andCentre d’art contemporain in Brest, France (Summer 2015). The project is supported by Art Matters, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and theFranklin Furnace Fund.

Call for cast / Audience members for a recreation of John Cage’s seminal performance of 4’33”

Alison is looking for a cast of all ages to act as audience members for a one-day shoot at the beautiful and historic Maverick Concert Hall. Food, drinks, copy and credit and our undying gratitude will be provided in exchange for your time.

Location: Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
Date: May 25th, 2014
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM

About the project:

THE TUBA THIEVES is a film about a Deaf drummer whose relationships with her hearing father and hearing boyfriend are impacted by the history of the 1952 Woodstock premier of John Cage’s 4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall.


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Herb Rosenberg at the Tunnel Show

booth 112


from a top a 14’ high chair of aluminum and brass

The Contemporary Art Fair NYC | Chelsea opens Thursday,

May 8th  through Sunday, May 11th at The Tunnel

on 11th Ave between 27th & 28th Streets.

champagne opening reception: May 8th 4-8pm

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Zilvinas Kempinas

Pawel Althamer


Meschac Gaba


Pawel Althamer, Queen Mother of Reality

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Ari & Mia

Ari & Mia

Ari and Mia with Bethany Waickman
Saturday, May 17, 2014,
Canaan Institute, Brooktondale NY 14817

All day event: participate in all, or take in a-la-carte
RSVP to to reserve your place in any or all … (audio samples) 

About 5 miles from Ithaca, NY….

Michael Ludgate
607.227.0090 (c)

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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
on view through July 28, 2014

Los Angeles, CA

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“ T H E   M U S C L E S   I N    OU R    T O E S ”



JUNE 2014


New York, NY Labyrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director Mimi O’Donnell, Managing Director Danny Feldman), the award-winning, downtown ensemble, announced today the complete casting for the New York Premiere of The Muscles in Our Toes by Labyrinth Company Member Stephen Belber, directed by Anne Kauffman. The play begins performances on June 14, with an official opening night set for June 26, 2014, at Labyrinth’s home in New York City’s West Village, the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street).

The complete cast of The Muscles in Our Toes includes Amir Arison, Nadia Dajani, Bill Dawes, Samuel Ray Gates, Matthew Maher, and Mather Zickel. 

In this dark comedy, four friends meet at their high school reunion, and ponder a plan to free their old friend who’s been kidnapped by a radical political group. Absurdity, intensity and plain ole weirdness ensue when this inebriated, stoned, adolescently arrested, religiously confused group of friends attempts to tackle the task at hand and at the same time, debate the forces of international terrorism.

The design team for The Muscles in Our Toes includes 2014 Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Lee Savage (Set Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), and Jessica Paz (Sound Design).

Labyrinth Theater Company is devoted to providing affordable ticket prices for the community. We are pleased to announce that tickets for The Muscles in Our Toes are $20 when purchased on or before June 25. After that date, tickets prices will be available starting at $35. Tickets are available online at or by calling (212)513-1080. More information is available at

CLICK HERE to see an interview with playwright Stephen Belber:

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Academy for the Arts will honor its president, Pamela Jordan, with the Kupcinet Civic Award during A Taste for the Arts Gala performance Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Harris Theater, as she prepares to take on a new role as President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation in Idyllwild, Calif. at the end of the school year. The Kupcinet Civic Award, named in memory of The Chicago Academy for the Arts’ founder Essee Kupcinet and her husband, Irv, honors individuals who strive to positively impact and develop the Chicago arts community. 23 Academy alumni, representing each of Jordan’s years at The Academy, will take part in the award presentation.

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HOMER – If one word describes the new Red Molly CD, Light in the Sky, that word is joyous. Once again, with the “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” that the Boston Globe praised, Red Molly creates an album with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly’s trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. The title sets the theme for the 14 tracks: optimism, joy, and excitement for the future.

Catch them next at The Center for the Arts in Homer, located at 72 South Main Street in the village, at the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off exit 12 of I-81.

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B O O G I E   S T O M P !
Performances Begin May 8

Buy tickets at:

Variations Theatre Group proudly presents a limited engagement of BOOGIE STOMP! direct to NYC from the production’s sold out tour of Russia. Performances will begin May 8th, with the Opening Night set for Thursday, May 15th at The Chain Theatre. BOOGIE STOMP! is a theatrical evening starring two of the greatest jazz/boogie/stride/blues pianists in the world, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza.

Tickets to BOOGIE STOMP! are $45 and are available through or by calling 866-811-4111. The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45th Road in Long Island City, just ten minutes from Times Square via the 7, E, G, and M trains to Court Square Station.

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Spool MFG

    Saturday, April 2014,  at 8 pm.

Brooklyn-based experimental band
Sontag Shogun will perform an intimate set of new material
composed for piano and electronics (treated vocals, field recordings,
tapes, amplified surfaces),  accompanied by projections
of the 16 mm films of Tomonari Nishikawa.

Nishikawa, a world-renowned experimental filmmaker and
Binghamton University professor, will screen his films live during the performance.
Brian Murphy, a performance artist and musician, will open for Sontag Shogun.
Doors open at 7 pm;  admission is $6. (Small bills appreciated!)

To listen and learn more about the band, visit

Spool Mfg. is located at 138 Baldwin Street in Johnson City, NY.
Please visit for more information.

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HUGO BASTIDAS: Metamorphosis:

04-02, 2014 through 05-10, 2014



730 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

 (212) 888-3550 

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The Lord giveth and He taketh away.
Michael Ashkin
Davide Cantoni
Anne Deleporte
David Dixon
Elizabeth Harney
Jackie Hoving
Pete Moran
Dan Snow
Suzy Spence
Nathan Townes-Anderson
Lynda White

with exhibition design contribution from Stephen Dean
April 18 – May 11
Opening Friday April 18th 7-10PM
Gallery Hours, Saturday and Sunday 12-6PM
260 Richardson St. Brooklyn 11222

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“The Spirit of Cuba Favoring José Martí” by José Rodeiro

An Evening of Music & Poetry

at the Union City Museum of Art/William V. Musto Cultural Center
Robert Rosado, Director, LaRuche Arts Contemporary Consortium (LRACC)
and emcee Lucy Santiago will present Poets Paul Sohar, Mike Foldes,
Sal Tagliarino and Alan Britt
plus pianist Pierro Romano & opera singer Jacqueline Milena
for an evening of poetry and music on Saturday,
May 10th from 7-9 p.m.
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420-15th Street, Union City, NJ 07087

Visual artsts:  José Acosta, Maria Aguiar, Willie Báez, Walter Barco, Olga Bautista, Pablo Caviedes, Gerardo Castro, Carlos Chávez, Laura L. Cuevas, Christine Devereaux, Edwin Gaud, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Elizabeth Jimenez Montelongo, Irelys Martinez-Tejada, José Rodeiro, Salvatore Tagliarino, Isabel Villacis

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Following the success of The Spectrum of Ultra Violet at Volta NY honoring Ultra Violet and a private performance by pianist Christopher O’Riley, Culture Shock has secured the release of Ultra Violet’s self titled LP, with cover art by Andy Warhol. Recorded for Capitol Records in 1973 but never before released, Ultra Violet’s studio album is now available on iTunes. It includes 10 tracks ranging from popular tunes by Al Dubin and Harry Warren to original songs by Ultra Violet and Richard Currier as well as the French standard La Vie en Rose.

Get it HERE

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The John Cage Trust and Bard College Conservatory of Music present

“New Restorations and Discoveries from Center for Visual Music” – a Film Program

From absolute film to psychedelia, this program of revelatory moments from the history of visual music and kinetic art explores lost, legendary and rare treasures from the archives of Center for Visual Music (CVM).  Featuring the east coast premiere of the newly discovered film by John Cage and Richard Lippold, The Sun Film (1956), about the kinetic art sculpture. Rare works by Jordan Belson include his infamous LSD (1962); a presentation reel from the legendary San Francisco Vortex Concerts (1959) and Quartet (1983). Early films by Oskar Fischinger, an influence on Cage, Belson and many others, include 35mm prints of Spirals, Ornament Sound and Studie nr 5. Made in Upstate New York, Turn, Turn, Turn (1966) by Jud Yalkut is ‘a kinetic alchemy of the light and electronic works of Nicolas Schöffer, Julio Le Parc, USCO, and Nam June Paik, with sound by USCO.’

The program, featuring many newly preserved 16mm and 35mm prints, will be introduced by curator/archivist Cindy Keefer of CVM. Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, will introduce The Sun Film by Cage and Lippold.

April 26, 7 pm. Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.  

Free admission, no reservations required. 

 For more information contact:
Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles:
John Cage Trust at Bard College:

Many of the films in this program were preserved by CVM with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation; others with support from private donors. Center for Visual Music is an archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media.

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Artist Talk/Gallery Tour April 27, 2014
Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS 180 Grand St Jersey City
Regular gallery hours Th/Fr 4-7 Sat/Sun 2-6

Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS, the new ten-room art center in Jersey City, is hosting an Artist Talk and Gallery tour on Sunday, April 27th, 2014, for the Pictures of Everything: Abstract Painting Now exhibition.

From 3:00 to 4:30pm, director James Pustorino and curator Anne Trauben will lead small groups through each gallery room giving an overview of the exhibit, and engaging the artists and viewers in a dialogue about the art.

RSVP by email to secure your spot!  If you would like to attend the talk, please contact DRAWING ROOMS as soon as possible at

The talk will be followed by a meet-the-artist social time  4:30 to 5:30 that is open to the public. Free refreshments will be provided.

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Stockholm Art Week – A platform for the Stockholm art scene – was held for the first time 2013. Leading institutions, museums, fairs and other participants is arranging special events through out the week. 

Stockholm Art Week 2014 is being held 1 to 6 April.

The calendar for Stockholm Art Week 2014 is available here.
Subscribe to the SAW bulletin curated by Artworksjournal here.

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The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill
Opens Its 2014 Gallery Season
& Begins a Celebration of National Poetry Month Sunday, April 6!
Contact 607-829-5055 or 

“It’s Only a Paper Moon,” an exhibit of original collages and poems by Brooklyn poet and artist Steven Hartman.

Bright Hill Press & Literary Center
94 Church Street, Treadwell, New York 13846-4607

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 “Cirque Shanghai” is returning to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave).  Tickets will go on sale May 2 via ticket master at 800-745-3000 or visiting Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are currently available by calling GroupTix at 773.327.3778 or visiting

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La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Blighted Eye: The Collection of Glenn Bray
Book Release & Signing Party with Special Guests
Friday, April 25, 2014
7 – 9 PM

Glenn Bray will be on hand to sign his book, as will Robert Williams, who supplied a foreword.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606996959
ISBN-13: 978-1606996959
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
Price: $100

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Salsali Private Museum (SPM) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Iranian artist Amir Hossein Zanjani. The exhibition begins 17 March and ends on 17 August 2014.

Salsali Private Museum, Unit 14, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

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Exhibit: “An Alternate Vision: A Celebration of the National Association of Women Artists”
N.A.W.A.’s 125th Anniversary, 1889 – 2014
National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.)
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011
phone: 212-675-1616

Location: Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
For hours and information:
Dates of exhibit: March 20 – June 15, 2014
Reception: March 20, 2014, 6 – 8 pm

Contacts: Marie Hines Cowan; Allison Ioli

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Sol Hill, Red Shirt Urban Figure

DATES: SAT. MARCH 8, 2014- SUN. APRIL 13, 2014
Leica Gallery LA is pleased to present together for our next exhibition three Los Angeles leicaarea emerging photographers to overlap with April’s Month of Photography LA (MOPLA): Sol Hill, Domenico Foschi and Sara Jane Boyers. Each photographer uses a different Leica camera system and has established three completely fresh perspectives and styles. Although their work may be diverse in process they all fix their lenses in and
around Los Angeles as a subject matter whether it is Domenico’s street photography of women, Sara Jane’s traffic stuck on the 405 or Sol Hill’s urban landscapes of LA. The reception for the artists will be held from 5 pm To 7 pm on Saturday March 8, 2014 and is open to the public. The exhibition continues through April 13, 2014. Gallery hours Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Complimentary valet parking is available.

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Tough Love
by Sebastian Errazuriz
February 15 – April 12, 2014
Opening Reception: February 14, 7pm-9pm
Press Preview: February 14, 6pm


More information at


 Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, 10012 New York, NY
Tel. 212.431.5795, Fax 212.431.5755

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Literary Partners Event: Program for Publication of


March 5, 2014 – 6:00PM
Elizabeth Kray Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Join The Seventh Quarry and Cross-Cultural Communications in celebrating the publication of Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village (2014), as part of the world-wide Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations.

Peter Thabit Jones, Welsh poet and editor/publisher of The Seventh Quarry, will provide a guided talk/tour of Dylan Thomas in New York. Stanley H. Barkan, poet/publisher of Cross-Cultural Communications, will read a selection of poems by Dylan Thomas

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

The Seventh Quarry and Cross-Cultural Communications
Other Events

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Terry Waldo Solo

The Dead Rabbit
Grocery & Grog

Voted the “Best New Cocktail Bar in the World”
30 Water Street
New York, NY
Phone: (646) 422 – 7906

Time: 9:00 to 1:00,  Every Friday  &
Saturdays, February 1, 8 and 22 (with Tamar Korn)
“Tell the doorman that Ragazine sent you”

The Stride Piano Jam
Featuring: Terry Waldo, Ehud Asherie & Special Guest
The Fat Cat
75 Christopher Street (just W. of 7th Avenue)
New York, NY

Sundays, February  2 & 23 @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM


 Terry Waldo &The Rum House Jass Band 

The Rum House is presenting a series of late Monday night jam sessions with veteran ragtime and early jazz pianist, Terry Waldo and his Rum House Jass Band. The shows feature many of the young musicians who have recently been getting fame in the NY trad jazz scene as well as the old masters of  this great music who have become legendary through recordings and numerous appearances. Join the musicians, their friends and special guests for some of the hottest sessions in town.

The Rum House
In The Edison Hotel
(47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Ave.)
Mondays,  10:00 to 2:00 (or later)


 Jazz At Lincoln Center
Swing University
JELLY ROLL MORTON with Terry Waldo
4 Monday nights: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17; 6:30-8:30pm

Jelly Roll Morton, a New Orleanian Jazz pioneer, was the music’s first great composer. Morton’s composing made jazz a fully developed music, adding repertoire. Jelly Roll Morton, the pianist, was one of the new music’s greatest ad-libbers. Terry Waldo will explain it all to you, often demonstrating his point from his seat at the piano.
All classes are held at the Irene Diamond Education Center
Jazz At Lincoln Center. Broadway at 60th St. 5th Floor
For questions, call 212-258-9922

Terry Waldo – ragtime & stride pianist, entertainer and protege of the late Eubie Blake, has produced over 40 albums. His THIS IS RAGTIME (newly reissued with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis) is the definitive book on the subject and his 26-part series with the same title for National Public Radio fueled the 1970s’ ragtime revival.

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The Streets of Cairo: 

Between Documentation and Art

Images by Mohamed Abouelnaga, 


Tuesday January 21 at 7pm at the Middle East Institute, NUS

        Streets of Cairo, 2013, ©Sana Gallery

“Solo exhibition by renowned Egyptian artist Mohamed Abouelnaga. His piercing work documents the moment from historical, artistic and social perspectives through multiple layers and mediums expressing the turmoil, variety and sheer creative explosion playing out on revolutionary streets.”

Middle East Institute, NUS:
29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Blk B, Level 6, #06-06
Singapore 119620 

January 22 to March 2 2014. Read More…




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 Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave, (127th and 128th streets)
New York, NY 10027 

  Saturday, January 25th, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 26th, 7:30pm

 Jock Docs Presents: Lenny Cooke

(The best in sports documentaries.)


Lenny Cooke

Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie, 2013, 90 min.

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. In an era when high school stars were forgoing college hoops in favor of the potential multi-million dollar contracts promised in the NBA draft, Lenny was supposed to be the next superstar. He had the world at his fingertips. But over a decade later, while his peers are taking home MVP awards and championship trophies, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. What went wrong?

With incredible access to Lenny’s story as it unfolded over the past decade, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie follow Lenny from his run-down home in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to the New Jersey suburbs where he spent his high school career through to the present day, with the friends and family who shared in his dreams and aspirations. Lenny Cooke is a quintessentially American story about dreaming big, the fickle nature of sports celebrity and the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach.

The Maysles Cinema was founded by documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and is directed by Jessica Green. Contact the Cinema at  (212) 537-6843. Saturday’s screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie and producer Adam Shopkorn.

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02/01    Ed Palermo Big Band CD Release Party “Oh No! Not Jazz!”
02/02    Sunday Brunch w/ Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis
02/06    Chris Cubeta & The Liars’ Club
02/07    Hugh Brodie’s 81st Birthday Celebration!
02/08    TBA

02/09    Sunday Brunch w/ Bob Stump & The Blue Mountain Band
     Stephen Clair + The Millionaires and The Stacks

02/13    Casey Erdmann Group
02/14    Alexis P. Suter Band’s Valentine to The Falcon
02/15    TBA

02/16    Sunday Brunch w/ Saints of Swing and Rene Bailey
02/16    Ben Flocks CD Release  “Battle Mountain”
02/20    KJ Denhert with Geoff Gallante
02/21    Joe Caro & The Met Band w/ Anton Fig, Clifford Carter,Mark Egan,

              Aaron Heick & Scott Wendholt!

02/22    TBA

02/23    Sunday Brunch w/ Akie Bermiss
02/23    Cyrille Aimee & the Guitar Heroes

02/27    TBA

02/28     Larry Campbell Quartet w/ Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs & Justin Guip

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Invit Ultra Violet recto

Ultra Violet’s “Selfie”

vernissage samedi 18 janvier 2014 à partir de 16h.
en présence de l’artiste
exposition jusqu’au 8 février 2014
Galerie Depardieu, 18, avenue des Fleurs 06000, Nice – France
Tél. +33 0 493 964 096 –

(Au fond de l’impasse, entre le consulat de Tunisie et le CROUS)
bus n° 38 av. des Fleurs ; n° 3, 9, 10, 14, 22 rue Bottero ; n° 7 Alsace-Lorraine, parking Palmiera
“Selie”, autoportrait photographique réalisé avec un téléphone portable puis mis en ligne sur
les réseaux sociaux, a été choisi comme le mot de l’année 2013 par les Dictionnaires d’Oxford,
ouvrages de référence en langue anglaise.

SELFIE: Noun (plural selfies) informal: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken  with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary. S E L F I E deinition. Oxford Dictionaries Online announced 2013 August, the latest batch of words that are being taken off the street and into their database. The new terms and definitions added to their reference this quarter cover everything from resurgent ’80s fashion  to gadgets to questionable dance moves. Origin: Aout early 21st century: from self + ie
Read more: Dictionary Adds ‘Badassery’, ‘Selie’ and ‘Twerk’ |


The 3rd Bob Johnston

Photography Show & Competition

January 3-18

Cooperative Gallery 213 State Street Binghamton NY

coop gallery

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Art Fair HanseArt in Lübeck, Germany

14th to 16th, March 2014

In Lübeck’s music and congress hall ( ), presenting about 60 national and international artists, galleries and art groups their works in the fields of painting, illustrations, graphics, calligraphy, drawings and sculptures from Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th, March 2014.

A vernissage will take place on Friday from 6 to 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday the hall is open from 11 am to 6 pm. The entrance fee is 5 euros .

MuK, Willy-Brandt-Allee 10, 23554 D-Lübeck.
For more information:

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“It’s A Wonderful Life”

On Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 PM,  join Clarence, George Bailey, Mary, Bert and Ernie, Old Man Potter and all the rest at the Center for the Arts of Homer for a wonderful trip back in time via the radio airwaves with “It’s A Wonderful Life, The Radio Play!”, a presentation by Scarlett Rat Entertainment. Originally broadcast in 1947 on the Lux Radio Theater, this adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic is a wonderful reminder that all of our lives have meaning. George Bailey, the everyman hero at the Bailey Building and Loan in Bedford Falls becomes despondent when it appears that his business and all that he has worked his whole life for may be lost.  As mean-spirited Mr. Potter says, “You’re worth more dead than alive!” In answer to his prayer, Clarence, Angel, second class, is assigned to bring the joy and meaning back to George’s life on Christmas Eve.

General admission tickets for this special Saturday night performance are $20 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $10 for Students 18+ with Valid ID and Under 18 are Free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Center’s website at or by calling (607) 749-4900.

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 Writers House week’s events:

Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.: The New Salon: D.A. POWELL in conversation with Alice Quinn

Friday, November 22, 5 p.m.: Poetry & Fiction Reading, NICK LAIRD & JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS, Introduced by Angelo Nikolopoulos & Soren Stockman

Friday, November 22, 7 p.m.: Emerging Writers Series, NATALIE DIAZ, Guest Author
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street 

NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
(p) 212-998-8816
(f)  212-995-4864

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Adolfo Faúndez, Gersony Silva e Helô Alcantara Machado
Novembro/Dezembro 2013
R. João Lourenço 79 – Vila Nova Conceição I Tel (11) 3842-5135


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And, between events, check this out:

The Mary Pat Hyland Daily

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And, between events, check this out:

The Mary Pat Hyland Daily

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Cooperstown Concert Series


Alpenglow at Brewery Ommegang

November 9, 7:30 PM


A five – piece Folk-Rock Band from Vermont, Alpenglow is solidly in the vein of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and The Low Anthem. Formed in the fall of 2010, the group began to write songs and now, just a year and a half later, the band has crafted a repertoire of folk songs that are both sprawling and moody. And they bring the familiar faces of Cooperstown natives Colin Weeks, Peter Coccoma and Kenneth Root!

The Ommegang Café is open! Call 544-1800, ex. 825, for reservations.

Tickets are available at Ellsworth and Sill, Church & Scott, and The Fly Creek General Store.  Tickets are often available at the door, though concerts sometimes sell out in advance. Please call Concert Series, not the venues, for concert information. All concerts are rain or shine, snow or ice. Tickets and/or More Information, Please Call 607-547-1812 or E-Mail us at

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On Sunday, November 3, from 3 – 5 pm, the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Literary Center will hold an opening reception for “Two by Two”, an exhibit of artist books by Elaine Downing, Oneonta, and calligraphic works by Tara Hu, San Diego (formerly Treadwell). 

During the opening, the artists will discuss and answer questions about their work. The event is free and open to the public; and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will remain through Saturday, November 23, when Bright Hill holds its 21st-anniversary Open House & Marathon Reading.  The Word & Image Gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 am – 4 pm; Wednesdays, 9 am – noon; during Word Thursdays on November 14; and by appointment. The gallery is located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, one block north of Barlow’s General Store on Main St. (Rte 14).

Elaine Downing has been an artist all of her life, but making artist books only since 1991. A former librarian at SUNY Oneonta, she makes artist books and boxes, marbling paper, specialty cards, designed silk scarves, and customized scrapbooks. She studied drawing, design, printmaking, and painting at SUNY Oneonta, Women’s StudioWorkshop Workshop, and the Ink Shop in Ithaca and with such artists as Nancy Callahan, Jim Mullen, Daniel Kelm, Ed Hutchins, Dolph Smith and Carol Barton; and she studied traditional bookbinding with master binder, Fred Jordan.  Her BA in Germany is from SUNY Buffalo and her MLS is from SUNY Geneseo. Downing’s books have been chosen for juried shows at Bright Hill, the Wilber Mansion (Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts), the Cooperstown Art Association, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, as well as several exhibitions of the Guild of Book workers.

Tara Hu is an artist who was raised and trained in Taipei, Taiwan. She has lived in the US since 1995.  While she is primarily known for her Chinese calligraphy, her ceramics, and jewelry have been exhibited and sold throughout California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and New York since 1997. Using traditional techniques, Hu brings a contemporary style to the pieces she creates, making the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy speak to the modern world. Although Hu utilizes many of the time-honored techniques of calligraphy, her favorite is derived from “Grass Style,” a method that allows her to incorporate a great deal of freedom and movement into her work. Beyond their simple elegance, the Chinese characters she paints have special spiritual resonance and are inspired by essence of the heart. Moreover, she describes the act of making her art as a form of meditation. Creating these pieces, which are both decorative and inspiring, has deep spiritual meaning to Hu.

Contact 607-829-5055 or for more information.  

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NORTHERN MANHATTAN ARTS ALLIANCE NoMAA GALLERY OPENING SHOW “Immigrant Too” 178 BENNETT AVENUE 3rd FLOOR (AT 189TH STREET) NEW YORK, NY 10040. The exhibits runs from October, 10 – to November 21, 2013 Additionally, We Are You Project artist Pablo Caviedes’s film On the Map (based on his WAYPI onthemap“On  the Map” image) was selected for both the “INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION on IMMIGRATION, and the “INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION on HUMAN RIGHTS in Rovereto-Trento (aka Trent, Italy).   The film will be on view from September 28, 2013 to January 6, 2014.  The Trent Film Festival is sponsored by Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti. To view the short animated film, click on the URL below.  ON THE MAP -PABLO CAVIEDES,  directed by Rogelio Viteri, now available for RAGAZINE CC audiences:

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Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival
Local Author Event at One More Page Books

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00pm
Location: 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington

It’s like speed-dating, but with authors! They’ll have just three minutes to capture your imagination!

Free admission; RSVP suggested. Reception following event. To attend this event, please register here:

Hosted by Alan Orloff, Deadly Campaign: Meet these local authors on November 12: Valerie Brown, Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington DC;  Gale Deitch, A Fine Fix; Marcia Friedman, Meatballs and Matzah Balls;  Nahum HaLevi, The Color of Prophecy: Visualizing the Bible in a New Light;  Stephen Kaminski, Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk: A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery; Robert Rudney, Lovers Lame; Rachel Scheer, By Mom, By Me: A Tale of Two Childhoods; Leanne Tankel, Broken Hallelujah: Notes from a Marriage; Hillary Hoffman-Peak, Wings of Hope

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Congo in Harlem is a weeklong program of films and special events focused on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic Congo. The goal of the series is to deepen the global community’s understanding of DR Congo through art and dialogue. Each year, we strive to present a diverse program that encourages audiences to think critically and challenge their own assumptions about Africa. But we also want people to have an enjoyable experience! Congo in Harlem is more than just movies and discussions — it’s an opportunity to discover Congolese food, music, and artwork, learn about Congo’s challenges, and get involved in efforts for change in the Congo. Highlights from this year’s program include a spotlight on pioneering Congolese filmmaker Mweze Ngangura who will be in attendance, as well as a range of films from Congolese and international directors, live music and special guests. Congo in Harlem is a volunteer-run, non-profit series produced byMaysles Cinema,True-Walker Productions, andFriends of the Congo. It is made possible by the generous support ofCultures of Resistance Network,United Methodist Women (UMW) andV-DAY. Series Partners and Friends include:California Newsreel,Elokomakasi Productions,Mutaani FM,The New York African Film Festival,MFA Social Documentary Film program – School of Visual Arts,V-DAY – Harlem,Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – NY Metro Branch, andYole!Africa. Media partners include:Applause Africa,Face2Face Africa, OkayAfrica, Black Star News andWBAI. Screenings are open to the public at a suggested donation of $10. Box office opens 1 hour prior to show time and advance tickets are available through Brown Paper tickets. A special group discount is available for the purchase of 5 or more tickets to any one  screening. Series passes for access to all events throughout the week are $50. Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before event’s start time to secure a seat in the main screening room. Overflow seating with simulcast projection will be available for latecomers.

 Maysles Cinema

343 Lenox Ave (127th and 128th streets) New York, NY 10027 

 The Maysles Cinema was founded by documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and is directed by Jessica Green. Please direct press inquiries, including requests for complimentary tickets to, or contact the Cinema at  (212) 537-6843

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Ayn S Choi at ASC Project Space

Opening Night: October 18th 5-8 Open studio: Sat & Sun Oct. 19-20

526 West 26th Street, NYC, Room 304

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Morphology of the Print

Morphology of the Print

October 8, 2013 – January 8, 2014 Reception: October 21, 6 – 8:00 pm

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Yael Brotman, Melissa Brown, Lesley Dill, Rosemarie Fiore, Scherezade Garcia, Jane Hammond, Valerie Hammond, Beryl Korot, Joyce Kozloff, Nicola Lopez, Marie Lorenz, Whitfield Lovell, Tammy Nguyen, Jill Parisi, Elaine Reichek, Alexander Ross, Jens Schubert, Jean Shin, James Siena, Gary Simmons, Jeremy Coleman Smith, Josh Smith, Kiki Smith, Rob Swainston, Sarah Sze, Randy Wray, and Andrea Zittel.

Lehman College Art Gallery 250 Bedford Park Blvd. Bronx, NY 10468

718-960-7831 Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Studio Redux

thru October 26th, 2013

Cooperative Gallery 213 On State St. Binghamton NY

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Music by CHAPPO and Monogold Art by Elena Stonaker and Benjamin Clarke

Curated by Caitlin McGarry and Nyahzul Friday October 18th 7-11PM $10.00 Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery Espritu Lauro Mezcal tasting 7:30 to 8:30PM 

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10.18 Transient Visions evite

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Angie’s Diary: Book reviews & More….

This issue: Robert Thorhill’s  “Lady Justice & The Assassin”

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10.3-11.3 Tides and Phases of the Moon

November 25, 2014   No Comments

Masami Teraoka/Artist-Interview


The Cloisters/Arrezo Converters

 Oil and gold leaf on panel in gold leaf frame | 60 x 64 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches | 2014


Bridging Life and Art

with Mike Foldes, Founder and Managing Editor

Ragazine: Thank you very much for agreeing to this e-interview, and for allowing us to share your unusual and thought-provoking (if not controversial) work with Ragazine readers. Most of the paintings included in your online portfolio are in the style you have developed blending the influences of both classical Japanese Ukiyo-e or wood block print tradition, and Christian iconography. Can you tell us a little about your painting before this style evolved, and what led you to it?

Masami Teraoka: While (Marcel) Duchamp’s conceptual art had been discussed when I was going to Otis Art Institute, I had thought this early on that I wanted to pursue a vision that was totally of anti-trendish LA art scene. While I was absorbing new energy from Pop Art, I said to myself re: content-wise, these inspiring artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and (Roy) Lichtenstein made great sense. Basically what they were saying had been about consumerism culture in US.

Since I always had been fascinated by Ukiyo-e wood block print and it’s beautiful vocabulary coming from Japanese cultural background, what if I use my favorite vocabulary to create my work. I could make comments on Japanese culture and US culture in Ukiyo-e style work. I stayed with the vocabulary until the huge thematic series evolved, the Catholic Church’s historical clergy sex abuse. As I grew out from Ukiyo-e theme work, the next major evolution came with the concept that is all about history of western culture and current social issues. Although the basic approach toward my vision was strongly based on freedom of expression to investigate classical vocabularies and explore how far I can push the boundary of the ignored or totally abandoned vocabulary in the ‘60s, why not explore this path instead of focusing on breaking boundaries of materials and expressions. Classical vocabularies could give you enormous inspiration; perhaps, I thought… in order to tackle Catholic clergy sex abuse, I regrouped my thought about the medium and vocabulary.

There had been another inspiration, sort of a backward way – coming from the close association with Gutai Group in Japan. I used to live within a few blocks away from Jiro Yoshihara, the Gutai leader’s residence in Ashiya city. I often visited his son Michio Yoshihara, my buddy who was a Gutai Group member. We often got together for Mishio’s group jam sessions. I closely watched what Gutai had been doing and what the Gutai’s spirit was all about. This is a good way to start my freedom of expression concept, or vision. Gutai Group’s attitude was whatever you are inspired by, you do it with unconventional materials and take it freely to express in an unconventional approach, to express their feelings. I had lived through my college student time with the close associations, or perhaps closest associations, with them; it was great to learn what was going on in the USA. Gutai Group often had referred to Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis and Anthony Tapies. In fact I had met Sam Francis and Tapies in Ashiya city where he gave a public speech.

In fact one of the most significant and important Gutai Group’s performances, called “Happening,” was held at the Sankei Kaikan Theater in Osaka. I was asked to assist Michio’s concrete music for the happening’s background. In retrospect, I can describe it as John Cage-inspired sound effects for the background audio effect. Recently I was interviewed by Ming Tang who had co-curated a huge Gutai Group show in the Guggenheim. She visited me and I had given her Gutai Group’s catalogs that I had treasured for centuries. While I was growing up, I had such great opportunity to see what Gutai Group had been doing as to their own things, and in the meantime I was nurturing my own vision to evolve.


New Wave Series/Sarah and Dream Octopus

Watercolor on paper | 20-1/16 x 29-7/8 | 1992

Q: Many traditional Japanese works portray waves, and you creatively elaborate on that with your Wave Series and New Wave Series. Do you plan on doing anything influenced by the waves that led to the meltdown at Fukushima?

A: I’m not sure, but the inspiration for the waves theme were inspired by two reasons. I was trying to get used to being in the water. Since I moved to Hawaii, I was inspired to learn to swim. I actually had almost drowned when we had the field trip to Momoshima island. Shortly after that incident, I decided to be an artist. It was more like there were personal reasons that I was ready to teach myself swimming. The wave paintings I created are all about my respect for the friendly Hawaiian ocean.

Although Fukushima tsunami was horrendous, I think natural disasters may not have the same sort of personal complexity that I had been struggling with for ages regarding the fear of drowning. Plus, waves became my helping hand to deal with the AIDS theme painting series. It helped me to balance out the emotional issues. Social implications and historical edges as regard humanity issues always compelled me to paint, and I have wondered about this myself. I tend to be drawn toward humanity (and how people are) caught in complex cultural webs.

Q: What were your paintings/drawings like before your present “style” evolved?

A: My drawings/paintings are as precisely and closely inspired by Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, because they are stunning, fantastic and expressive! Beautifully drawn and articulate. Their vocabulary had a lot to do with the skills of artists who conceive figurative themes in abstract ways. Such transformation inspires me.

Drawings done by Ukiyo-e artists articulated unique narratives. Ukiyo-e artists’ strength is inspired by Kabuki stories. They considered themselves artisans, while depicting Kabuki actors and actresses in the stories is not tied down with rules or technique or theme. They had freedom of expression.


AIDS Series/Geisha in Bath

Watercolor on canvas |108 x 81 inches | 1988

Q: Who or What was the greatest influence on you as a developing artist, other than your father, whom you have said wanted you to do something other than take over the family’s Kimono store?

A: I learned a lot about waves and composition from Katsushika Hokusai. As to figurative drawing, Gototei Kunisada is my favorite artist, since he never went for stylized faces but brought out individual characters and faces. Conceptually, Hieronymus Bosch inspired me at the other end, since his vision is all about humanity. He created a timeless statement.


Burqa Inquisition/Chicken Torture

 Oil on canvas | 100 ½ x 77 ½ inches | 2003

Q: Do you believe that art can influence culture, or vice versa? For example, paintings from the time of the Inquisition reflected the times, but did not necessarily change them. Your works frequently comment on the hypocrisy of the times, but are they are a reflection of the times or a force for change?

A: I’m certain art has such powerful realm where no one can deny when it works in poetic form. It reflects time and forcefully presents what we feel, think and face today. Art documents times and influences social attitudes if it is presented in highly evocative way. I hope to present my statement in high aesthetics and powerful visual poetry.

Q:  What is your preferred medium? Why?

A: Currently I prefer oil. Oil is good for textual subject matter and watercolor for serene surface.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece or series? What makes it your favorite?

A:  Yes. Every series that I created is my favorite one. By far Catholic clergy sex abuse had a lot heavy duty thoughts that involve many layers of social and cultural issues. Having a critical view about thematic issues, composition, drawing and how well it reflects the thematic motif and narratives − that means a lot  to  me. My favorite ones have abundant and richly profound implications.


The Cloisters/Venus and Pope’s Workout

Oil on panel in gold leaf frame | 119 1∕8  x 122 1∕2  x 2 3∕4  inches | 2005

Q: Why has the Catholic clergy sex abuse story become the biggest series you’ve committed to in the last few decades?

A: When I looked at the Catholic clergy sex abuse issues, I saw the institutionalized, long history… where the Catholic Church’s mysogynistic view, confessors, penitence, indulgence, authoritative prayers versus powerless believers, authority versus individual rights. And among others, the gay marriage, same sex marriage issue and the tendency to a totalitarian approach against individuals, the hypocrisy, (and issues of) celibacy, humanity, healthy sexuality, women’s equality, warped sexuality or prohibited conversations between nuns, the institution’s absolute secrecy versus transparent current culture – are all boiling in the same pot. However I looked at it, the clerical sex abuse became  the focus, the core of western culture coming from Vatican history. There had been a lot to do with confession, baptism and all sorts of the church’s institutionalized rituals that have enhanced the institution’s financial mechanism. This is a profoundly amazing place to look into, the confessional room. The dark box or black box holds all of the secrets. And that is the driving force in the institution I wanted to investigate.

Q: You speak of human nature and repression of sexual instincts in the priesthood… Can there be hope for real change?

A: I believe there is hope if the Catholic Church recognizes that confession is the main gear that had a lot to do with misguided behavior. This is the engine that needs to be tuned up to current times, instead of harkening back to the male chauvinistic institutionalized structure.


Venus’ Serpentine Confession

Oil and acrylic on panel in gold-leaf frame | 38 x 44 x 1 ½ inches | 2003

Q: What inspired you to start the initial  series you began in the early 1990s, right after your AIDS series?

A: Definitely many questions came up when I watched (President Bill) Clinton’s and Monica Lewinski’s trial. In a “Who was telling us what to do in bed” sort of the way. I was looking at the entire episode, it was such a ridiculous media circus. Then I wanted to know where the basic morality and politics were coming from. Eventually I traced it back to the Vatican.

Q: Why does Catholic iconography dominate your recent triptych paintings?

A: The thematic choice defines it into iconic images I really enjoy. I also feel many great artists are among the Catholic Church’s patrons and beneficiaries of the amazing Medici’s support. The Medici family had patronized great and phenomenal artists in the medieval times. What if we did not have those greats that enriched and contributed to human history in visual terms. In the meantime, the Vatican had erased all of the major documents about Catholic clergy sex cases… Am I correct to say this?


   The Last Supper/Eve and The Giant Squid Hunters

Oil and gold leaf on panel in gold leaf frame | 199 x 122-1/2 x 2-3/4 inches | 2012

Q:  What do the gold leaf and gold leaf frames mean to you?

A: The gold leaf frames imply the rigid Catholic Church as a formidable institution where individual rights are not respected, but squashed by a powerful institution. The gold leaf frame work addresses the sickening over-the-top symbolic wealth of the Catholic Church. Gold leaf is an uncompromising medium to me to use. But in order to address the serious historical background of the Catholic Church’s history, it became such a big challenge for me to tackle and work with it. Gold leaf is a tough medium. By contrasting concept against the framework of ancient triptychs allowed me to address the current socio-cultural issues more appropriately.

Q: Your answers to our questions are as revealing as your art about your concerns with thematic issues and narratives. Some artists say they cannot talk about their work, that it speaks for itself. What do you say to that?

A: All depends on how you want to see. That is their choice.

I personally feel conceptualizing my vision by verbalizing helps it to evolve into a powerful composition. It helps so much visually. When I get stuck visually, verbalizing becomes a handy tool. In the creative process, especially in a narrative work, I focus on the conceptual aspect focusing constantly on compelling issues as a mantra. I see talking about an art work has dual edges. The positive side may help enhance a viewer’s interpretation, but it can also work against as negative to limit how a viewer would interpret the work.

What viewers may not be able to specifically figure out would be the figures or characters and props that I intentionally choose. Since selecting the props and who I may be depicting have a lot to do with a mixture of personal, general, historical or current social and cultural contexts that have a lot to do with the narrative. There are many layers of congruent concepts that make all the stars in the narrative, and the props, work compellingly. Nothing is accidental in the end.

Q: What do you think about Anime’, and do you have any favored young artists you can identify by name or their work? 

A: I’m afraid not. I cannot make much comment on anime content-wise, since I’m not into anime at all. I am much more a devoted Ukiyo-e woodblock print fan, which I have extensively investigated. In my view, Ukiyo-e’s vocabulary means so much as aesthetically profound and exciting. Those texts in Ukiyo-e prints are fascinating, since they depicted Edo people’s mind in beautiful way. What appeals to me about Ukiyo-e drawing is the figurative drawings created by feelings peppered with abstract interpretation and freedom of exaggeration. The figurative drawing and the poetry is so inspiring in aesthetic ways.  

Q: Do you anticipate that we will ever see a feature-length film based on the style and content of your art work?

A: Definitely. I foresee it coming since the narratives that I have created are all about social and cultural issues that we are concerned about today. My work has reflected those thoughts in that particular time of the history I had lived. In historical context, my work has an abundance of philosophical implications regarding humanity, individual rights, oppression, totalitarian views and bringing out and asserting how important it is to have freedom of speech. Moreover, what art can do to help people to understand who we are – and the most important values (we) may want to have. These aspects will be, perhaps, needed to be examined in an historical sense.


 The Cloisters/Birth of Venus 

Oil on canvas in gold-leaf frame | 90 x 94 inches | 2002-2005

Q: You grew up in Hiroshima prefecture. You were a boy during WWII. How much of that do you remember and how much of that early experience influenced you to become the artist you are today?

A: I used to draw airplanes a lot. After the war a GI gave me a Coca-Cola. I had treasured the tin can, since it was so beautiful. I loved the way it looked and I made a fantastic pencil drawing. I wish I had kept it. Although it was lost, unfortunately. I still have a great American airplane drawing I did when I was 12 years old. In retrospect, perhaps this already might have set me going for Pop Art.

When my sister and I were just about going out to our school, we saw the two suns. One from the east and one from the west. They are exactly identical sizes and brightness. It turned out that day was the day the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima city. I was 9 years old.

Q: How do you start a painting? Do you do study drawings or sketches before you paint? From Ukiyo-e watercolor and Renaissance style oil painting?

A: For my watercolor painting, I have to make so many study drawings and sketches. The drawing and the composition have to be finished and set to go before I start the watercolor. Whereas with oil, the process of painting is reversed. This is one of the reasons why I had switched over to oil painting. It was a big challenge mentally and physically.

I can start from a blank canvas or panel without any sketches. Then I continue to tweak the initial composition. While it is easily, perhaps, overlooked between the two entirely different vocabularies, there is the obvious undercurrent thematically that is so consistent about my work. There is a lot to do with sexuality, health of individual rights, equality and environmental concerns.


McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan/Geisha and Tattooed Woman 

Watercolor on paper | 14 ¼ x 21 ½ inches | 1975

Q: What made you evolve your Ukiyo-e painting style into Renaissance style painting? Their vocabularies seem vastly different from each other. Could you elaborate on that?

A: Largely the two vocabularies have reflected where I had been and am now. Plus, the thematic issues demanded a certain medium. For instance, I felt I could really use oil to address Catholic clergy sex abuse since the subject is textually a complex theme. Watercolor could fall short to bring out the richness of thematic concerns. Concept defines form and vocabulary, in my view.

While I was still learning about American life and culture, I felt my statement had been focused on my Japanese cultural background. Then later on I had realized I had lived in the States longer than in Japan. The experiences I had in America, I felt, my work should reflect. What should I say about USA as a statment in my work? When I was realizing the personal evolution sensing inside, it was getting close to the end of the 1980s. I asked myself what are the most compelling social and historical issues? After I did the personal research summarizing my early shunga series, AIDS, Clinton and Monica Lewinski’s scandal, I realized the most compelling related issue had turned out to be the Catholic clergy sex abuse. I felt it would be a large enough, and profound enough, theme.

Q: Have you done any other form of work in earlier days?

A: I have worked with sculpture such as stone carving, clay figures, resin sculptures in the ‘60s, and also I was really into abstract painting. As a matter of fact, I have loved the way Mondrian abstracted his Dutch landscape into New York Boogie Woogie abstract painting. I was so inspired. When I was a college student in Japan I painted seriously in the Mondrian style painting. I bet he must have loved jazz, imagining from his  apartment that the New York streets looked like his paintings. Grids of the street, with exciting jazz. This is just my guess.

Q: What makes an artist significant in historical context? 

A: In my view a great artist created art work that is identical with who she or he was. If an artist could articulate what is all about the person, history recognize them. However you looked at him or her, the artist’s being has been expressed in the consistent way – showing who they are. Very consistent about themselves. You know what they are all about. When an artist lacks this, the artist would drift away from history.


Adam and Eve/Web Site 2000

Oil and watercolor on canvas |83 1∕2  x 152 5∕8  inches | 1997-2004

Q:  A common thread in your work is sexuality. Where does that come from? Why is it  so?

A: I always wondered about this myself. Basically what had become controversial in  society has a lot to do with sexuality. It seems we cannot get away from sexuality, since we were born from mothers. Adam and Eve started western history with such warped view about the genders. What if someone comes up with series that the artist presents a reversed view. Eve is a good woman in the reversed order? Adam is somewhat put into Eve’s position instead.

Q: How was the most recent show at the MAC/McKinney Avenue Contemporary received in Dallas, Texas?

A: It was of  the fantastic reception! Since showing my large triptych pieces in one huge gallery was more than the dream I was hoping for. I had six large triptychs, each about 10 feet x 10 feet, and one medium Gothic triptych piece. People responded so enthusiastically. They were excited and inspired by the exhibition. Plus, a Pussy Riot member showed up at the opening, since I had been talking about Pussy Riot lately. Actually one of my friends in Dallas had dressed up like a Pussy Riot and showed up. Cheers! There was also the beautiful ballerina among the opening crowd.

Q: Are you preparing the next show now? And where are they going to be exhibited?

A: My solo show opens at the Honolulu Museum in May 2015 for a few months. Then another solo show opens at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco October 2015.

Q: What can you say about the new work? Do you already have a vision of what it will be?

A: I do. I’m writing a Kabuki narrative for the new work. I will feature Geisha Momotaro, Pope Francis and Pussy Riot and Putin. The story should reflect current global socio-political issues.

Q: What are you working on?

A: I’m still working on the new triptych paintings, and also several triptychs in progress that had been in the incubation period for more than a few years. Perhaps several years. Soon they will hatch! Fingers crossed!!!!!


 Lacquer on resin/1966-1970/
Size: 3-3/4 x 29-15/16 x 5-1/8 in. (9.5 x 76 x 13 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Q:   Your scope of work from 1966-2014… it’s a vast work expressed in different media and conceptual visions, but what ties it together? What do you feel is consistent about your work?

A: Working with sexual and erotic subject matter, empowered women predominate in the narratives. My triptychs focus on equal rights, gay rights, gender issues and health issues, and examine environmental and cultural issues that are pitted against authoritative institutions and power hungry people.

Q: Are you religious person?

A: I am not, but more like I lean toward art power as my guidence for life. Poetry and visual richness in arts are the ones that I value the most.

Q: Thank you, Masami Teraoka.

A: Cheers!


Masami Teraoka Studio

Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 399-1439

Samuel Freeman Gallery

Samuel Freeman Gallery
2639 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034


About the interviewer:

Michael Foldes is the founder and managing editor of Ragazine.CC. You can read more about him in About Us.

November 9, 2014   Comments Off on Masami Teraoka/Artist-Interview

Galanty Miller/Retweets

John William Waterhouse: The Crystal Ball [with the skull] - 1902

Crystal Ball (with Skull), John W. Waterhouse, 1902


I’m looking for an oldies rap station…

By Galanty Miller

I truly hope it works out between whichever Kardashian and the next professional athlete she marries./ The only thing we have to fear about clowns is fear of clowns itself./ I go to the bathroom outside because I’m more of a “dog” person./ I would only quit my job if I’m absolutely certain I’m going to win the lottery./ I’m looking for an oldies rap station./ Going to a psychic tomorrow. But I think he might be a scam artist because he just started following me on Twitter./

My patient only has two days to live. I told him, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”/ You know what they say about meth-coated potato chips; Bet You Can’t Eat Just One./ Hey, even a clock is right three times a day. (I own a f**ked up clock.)/ The woman ahead of me in the supermarket aisle took forever because she paid by barter./ I only read articles about naked women for the articles./ I ate an entire plate of pot brownies and got a real sugar high./ There are so many incompetent college students. But they’re protected by the Student Union./

I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning. And yet I can still remember the popular kids from high school./ I’m feeling great because my mortician gave me a clean bill of health today./ (Thanksgiving) Happy Thanksgiving! You know what that means, don’t you? Christmas shopping officially began two and a half weeks ago!/ If Michael Jackson didn’t die, I believe he’d still be alive today./ Today is “Small Business Saturday.” And so I’m going to give my meth dealer a little something extra./ My wife and I hate each other, but we’re staying together for the sake of the children we might eventually have./ I wish we lived in a world where EVERYONE could afford a live-in maid./ We were trapped in a house fire, but it wasn’t uncomfortable because it was a dry heat./


I found a Picasso at a garage sale…

If dog is supposed to be man’s best friend, how come he still hasn’t accepted my friend request?/ I consider myself bipartisan because I’m sexually attracted to both political views./ Condoms: they’re not just for sex./ Thank you for coming to my garage sale. And here’s a garbage bag to carry your purchases./ It’s sad that more American children can name ‘Ronald McDonald’ than can name the President of McDonaldland./ I don’t let my kids watch TV because of all the sex & violence I’m having next to it./ My lucky day! I found 30 million dollar Picasso painting at a garage sale for just 12 million./ My VCR is state-of-the-art./ I don’t believe in “flags.” My allegiance is to the Pledge./ I only send Facebook friend requests to people I may know./ We don’t want the kids eating junk food. That’s why my wife and I keep all the snacks in our bedroom./ My New Year’s resolution is to drink beer and kick ass. And we’re almost out of beer./ For just a few dollars a day, you can help a starving African child buy lottery tickets./ If the plural of “person” is “people,” then shouldn’t the plural of “purse” be “peep”?/

I’m starting to think that Prince Charles will NEVER become king of beers./ My girlfriend and I have agreed to see and get engaged to other people./ I tried “speed dating” and it actually went pretty well. I picked up my date, took her to dinner, & had sex all in under 15 minutes./ “Maybe we SHOULD let the witch have the ruby slippers since they ARE her property,” said the only munchkin with a conscience/ Why can’t all of our different Gods just co-exist peacefully?/ My friends always have my back… as long as my back has money they can borrow./ I constantly warn my kids about the dangers of smoking pot without a prescription./ I think it would be a much better world if everyone stopped having children./ My mom keeps nagging me to find a nice girl & fall in love. She doesn’t care about my happiness; she’s just tired of being a teapot./ Not counting ‘Norbit,’ name the best movie you’ve ever seen./

There are literally billions and billions of people on the planet who will never love you./ There’s never an inappropriate time to smoke crack because it’s always 3 in the morning SOMEWHERE in the world./ I like to go to the zoo and watch the people at the concession stand./ Only God should be able to take a human life, which He does millions of times a day./ I have several emails in my inbox from friends asking me to help them move. Or as I call it: “my spam folder.”/ You know what you never hear? “You’re never too old to wear a Speedo.”/ I don’t understand why people would want to alter their minds by using drugs… is one of the many thoughts I have while high./ I don’t have an accent, but it’s very thick./ My kid got beat up by your honor student. (My kid is dumb AND a pussy.)/

My son is allergic to peanuts. So during family meals, he has to leave./ I hope I never become famous because I hate my fans./ Enjoy this tweet, but take some time to think about the millions of children in poverty who don’t have access to it./ They say when you have sex with someone, you’re never more than six degrees from Kevin Bacon./ Statistic: “Leggo my Eggo!” triggers approximately 10 murders per year./ Are you in the Middle Class? Here’s how to calculate your wealth; (Your Income + Your Assets minus Your Debt) x Zero = Your Wealth/

War and Peace

War and Peace

If celebrities’ children hate the paparazzi so much, how they all want to grow up to become actors?/ I FINALLY finished Leo Tolstoy’s “War & Peace.” Geez, that was a really long movie./ My grandmother died in her sleep. (I waited until nighttime to shoot her.)/ I would never try crystal meth unless it was literally right in front of me./ When drug companies want to test out a new placebo, what do they give the control group?/ At dinner, everyone has to turn off their cell phone so we can have a nice family discussion about what to watch on TV during dinner./ I keep all my ex-girlfriends on speed dial because it’s hard to remember phone numbers when you’re drunk at 3 in the morning./ I’m making a pornographic sex movie. But I had to trim the violence in order to keep the PG-13 rating./ I don’t care what people think about me. I only care what they SAY about me./ I hope my life has a surprise twist ending./ I never show up to work drunk. However, I sometimes *leave* work that way./

If, instead of a prison, the punishment was “an all expense paid trip to Europe for a week,” that would still deter me from committing crime./ Before Twitter, we used to have to send our tweets through the mail./ Don’t make gasoline jokes because I’m dieselly offended./ Why does everything have to be so instant? Take some time to reflect. I’m going to join Eventuagram./ I’m not a big “birthday” person. That’s why I never celebrate my birthday more than 20 or 30 times a year./ I would only consider running for President if my sit-com pilot doesn’t get picked up./ I suffer from a fear of not being afraid of anything./ Hey, if life was easy, they’d call it a slut./ My position on “intelligent design” is still evolving./

True love is never having to feel you’re sorry./ I’ve set the bar low… due to the number of shorter drinkers here tonight./ My wedding day was the happiest day of my life because that’s the day I won 40 bucks on a scratch-off ticket./ I have my privacy settings up so that only friends and friends of friends can receive my unsolicited dick pics./ I received my doctorate in “avoiding the real world by staying in school well past the appropriate age.”/ Never stop believing in yourself unless you’re absolutely sure that you’re a loser./ My magic act requires that the audience closes their eyes a lot./ Kids today have it easy. When I was young, I had to walk three miles in the snow to get my porn./ I have the Constitutional right to do whatever I want./ Open the safe and give me the money! This is a stick-up! Oh, and I’d also like to deposit this check./ I went to a psychic who told me that my house would burn down. I was amazed because there’s no way she could’ve known I was an arsonist./

I tattooed your name on our relationship, but I don’t think it’s permanent./ My friend’s birthday is on 9-11. Every year I wish him a very somber birthday./ I’m filming a documentary about why I’m so unsuccessful. Hopefully, this will be my big break./ I went to a gay dating site. I’m not gay, but I figure everyone always lies on those things, anyway./ Friends are just lovers you’re not attracted to./ If dogs could speak English, they’d probably say “bark” and “woof” a lot./ If I had a time machine, I’d travel 2 seconds into the future to see how this tweet turns out./ I know a guy making a living teaching people how to carry a purse & hammer nails. But what kind of idiot would hire a purse & nail trainer?/ You know what you never hear? “My life is so happy and fulfilled. Hey – let’s go to a nightclub.”/ The food on the plane was terrible! (I brought Taco Bell in my carry-on.)/ My child’s teacher is sick. So I’m having a parent-teacher conference with the sub./ I’m not homeless. Every night I just need a place to crash./

Maury Povich Show

Maury Povich

My wife and I won’t let our son play football because he’s so bad at it./ May 11, Mothers Day,  Today we’re ALL mothers./ I don’t let my kids use their cell phones at the dinner table… unfortunately, I can’t enforce the rule since we eat separately./ I’m reading a magazine on the plane. I hope the guy sitting next to me takes the hint and starts up a conversation./ According to the home pregnancy kit, my wife is having a baby. But just to make sure, we made an appointment with the Maury Povich show./ When you go in for a job interview, it’s important to ask what kind of “quitting benefits” they offer./ I got out of a speeding ticket by bribing the police officer with my time machine./ It’s better to give than to receive… especially ‘death threats.’/ My loyal friend is an obsessive gun owner, which is why I know he’ll never stab me in the back./ When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a fireman or an astronaut because they get all the best pussy./ ‘Choices’ are simply regrets before the fact./

I found out my wife was cheating on me through Facebook! (Because she changed her relationship status to “cheating.”)/ I allow my children to bully other kids at school as long as they keep their grades up./ I would never let the government take away my gum./ If Lindsay Lohan and the Hulk had a baby together, the baby would constantly be getting smashed./ Every time a matador is brutally gored, an angel gets its wings./ If you are a black cat, is it bad luck to walk in front of a superstitious imbecile?/ The world may never know if OJ Simpson really feels bad about murdering those people./ I hate when teachers stifle creativity. Hence, I tell my students that 2+2= anything they want it to be./ At weddings, they usually sit me at the enemies table./ “Let’s not kid ourselves” is what I said right before we turned on the humans-morphing-into-baby-goats machine./ Laughter *was* the best medicine. But now there’s Prozac./ A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why I judge humanity by Kanye West./ I have an American flag cooking in the oven, but there should be a Constitutional amendment against burning it./

I wanna be a rock star until I reach the age of 28 or I die, whichever comes first./ My fiancé finally got a chance to meet my friends with benefits./ I ask that the media respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time of us being on a reality show./ I’m concerned that my son will grow up to be a serial killer because he’s only 11-years-old and he has already started killing people./ I’m writing 4-hour play about what it feels like to sit in the audience. I hope audiences like it./ I’m listening to a mash-up of Nicki Minaj and Me Screaming For It To Stop./ I wrote a kids joke! QUESTION: How many monsters does it take to change a light bulb? ANSWER: Look under your bed tonight to find out./ It should be illegal to spank your children unless it’s in self-defense./ When I play basketball against Al-Qaeda, I never spot them any points because that’s letting the terrorists win./ I don’t think you’re supposed to interpret televangelist Pat Robertson literally./ I hate you specifically because you’re YOU… but don’t take it personally./

Big Brother may be spying on you. But, when I was a kid, my big sister made me wear dresses. That was worse./ And on the 8th day, God created the dormant alien species that will eventually rise up from the ocean and kill us all./ I started my own religion, but I’m non-practicing./ I’m seeking Donald Trump’s advice on how to be born into money./ I always stand during the National Anthem because it’s impossible to dance while sitting./ I really only need to lose about five or ten pounds. Is there a reality show for that?/ I performed my stand-up act for a group of subatomic particles determined by their invariant mass. It was no laughing matter./ When I was on the operating room table, I saw a white light and an angel who said, “Tell people about this on a talk show.”/ We need to legalize marijuana, or at least make it easier to get./ My nudist colony lets you carry a concealed weapon./

8th Rule Of Fight Club: Clean up after yourself./ When people try to keep you from reaching your dreams, just flip it around and try to prevent them from reaching THEIR dreams./ I’m not very high up on the “liver transplant” list. Not too concerned, though, since I don’t need a new liver./

Prison Break

Prison Break

I’ve spent my life in and out of prison − mostly because I escape a lot./ What’s interesting is that even if people are having a nightmare, they’d still rather sleep in than go to work./ I named my boy “Sue.” That way it will be more convenient if he ever gets a sex change./ Here’s another kids’ joke for adults. QUESTION: Why won’t a grizzly with a flashlight make you fat? ANSWER: It’s a light bear./ My lucky day! I found a 20-dollar bill on the sidewalk. It was just lying there next to the wallet I stole./ I wish people would just leave me alone while I’m bothering them./ Gas prices in Colorado are so high./ I stay healthy by eating at least one fruit a day − or at least one thing that’s fruit *flavored*./ I changed my password to something only honest people would know./ Presidential historians rank Donald Trump as the worst President the nation would have ever had./ According to my job evaluation, I spend too much time goofing off and… ooh, I better get back to work − my boss just came back./

Last night I dreamt that I couldn’t get to sleep. I woke up tired./ I’m not hitchhiking. I just like to give cars the thumbs up./ I hate trying to make conversation with birds of prey because it’s always so hawkward./ My phone number is easy to remember because it’s also my Internet password. So give me a call sometime at 123-4567.


About the author:

Galanty Miller is a contributing humorist to Ragazine.CCwriter for the  Onion News Network, and professional joke writer. Read more about him in “About Us.”

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Michael Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor.  Mike Foldes is an electronics sales engineer specializing in electronic MikeFdisplays and power sources. A graduate of  The Ohio State University in anthropology,  he has edited and published magazines, poetry anthologies, chapbooks, alternate newspapers, technical publications, and was an editor and columnist with Gannett newspapers in Binghamton, NY. He is author of Sleeping Dogs: A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping …” (Split Oak Press, Ithaca, NY, 2012; Smashwords; Amazon), and Sandy: Chronicles of a Superstorm, a volume of poetry and images in collaboration with artist Christie Devereaux. He sits on the advisory board of the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry (, and the poetry committee of “We Are You Project” ( His articles, editorials, poems and stories have appeared in publications worldwide, some in translation into Romanian, Hungarian, French and Spanish.  e-mail:


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While continuing to travel he divides his time mainly  between Endicott, New  York, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



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Jeanne Mackin Wins Fiction Award

SYRAC– USE, N.Y. — Writers Jeanne Mackin and Joseph E. Fahey and poet Jasmine Bailey are the winners of the 2014 CNY Book Awards in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Jeanne Mackin.JPGrespectively. Marianne Angelillo received the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The winners were announced at a reception at La Casita Cultutral Center. This is the third year of the awards, sponsored by YMCA Downtown Writers Center.

Jeanne Mackin won for“The Beautiful American,” and Fahey won for “James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist.”Bailey was recognized for“Alexandria.” Angelillo won for “Sharing My Stones.”
Three independent judges selected the finalists and winners in the individual categories. Here is the list of the finalists in each category:

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And the winners are…

International Feature Film Competition
Representing a wide variety of styles and genres, these works compete for the Festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, a symbol of discovery.



A scene from “The President”

Gold Hugo, Best Film:The President” (Georgia, France, UK, Germany) Director: Mohsen Mahkmalbaf

Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize:Refugiado” (Argentina, Colombia, France, Poland, Germany) Director: Diego Lerman

Silver Hugo, Best Director: “Timbuktu” (France, Mauritania) Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Silver Hugo, Best Actor: Anton Yelchin, “Rudderless” (USA)

Silver Hugo, Best Actress: Geraldine Chaplin, “Sand Dollars” (Dominican Republic, Mexico)

Silver Hugo, Best Cinematography: John Christian Rosenlund, “1001 Grams” (Norway)

Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (co-writer and co-directors), “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Israel, France, Germany)

Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction: Mauro Radaelli, “Human Capital” (Italy)

Gold Plaque for Best Costume Design: Pia Myrdal and Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen, “Speed Walking” (Denmark)

Gold Plaque Special Mention for Originality: “The Owners” (Kazakhstan) Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov

The International Feature Film Competition Jury includes Kathleen Turner (USA), Margarethe von Trotta (Germany); Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy); Giora Bejach (Israel); and Parviz Shahbazi (Iran).

New Directors Competition
This selection of first and second feature films receiving their U.S. premieres in Chicago celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation upon which the Festival was founded.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Underdog” (Sweden), a modern take on class conflict that keeps its focus on its believable characters instead of highlighting the melodrama inherent in its narrative. When a young Swedish woman named Dino begins working for a successful Norwegian man named Steffen, the consistently genuine performances and Ronnie Sandahl’s mature handling of difficult themes allow the film to resonate. It is a film that both addresses specific cultural issues and yet feels simultaneously universal through its honesty. Director: Ronnie Sandahl.

The Silver Hugo goes to “Next to Her” (Israel), an accomplished portrait of sisterhood with striking performances conveying a difficult subject matter. Liron Ben-Shlush anchors the film with her stunning turn as Chelli, intimately capturing how responsibility can turn into codependency. Asaf Korman subtly portrays that the victims are not always who we think they are. Director: Asaf Korman.
The New Directors Competition Jury includes Anna Croneman (Sweden); Izza Génini (Morocco); Wieland Speck (Germany); and Brian Tallerico (USA). The New Directors Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago.

The Roger Ebert Award
The Roger Ebert Award will be presented annually to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh and uncompromising vision. Films competing in the Festival’s New Directors Competition are eligible for this award.

The Roger Ebert Award goes to “La Tirisia” (Mexico), which instills empathy through its director’s strong sense of visual composition and handling of difficult themes. Setting his film in a surreal, sensual landscape in Oaxaca, Mexico, this subtle drama of two pregnant women transports viewers to a unique part of the world, but deals with universal human emotion at the same time. It’s the kind of unforgettable journey that only film can replicate. Director: Jorge Pérez Solano.

Docufest Competition
This selection of international documentaries competing for the Gold Hugo go beyond the headlines in telling those true stories that surprise, entertain and challenge us.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Echo of the Mountain” (Mexico). Through extremely intricate artistic works, a Huichol artist conveys the symbols and meanings of his own native culture—a traditional culture kept alive for thousands of years in the deep mountains of Mexico. Director Nicolás Echevarría follows artist Santos de la Torre for one year, as he elaborates his next mural. Rich aural and visual textures provide an intimate view of Santos and his world. Echevarría’s documentary conveys the hybrid complexity of the exchange between modern and traditional cultures still coexisting in our globalized present. Director: Nicolás Echevarría.

The Docufest Competition Jury includes Luisela Alvaray (USA), Peter Berggren (USA) and Clayton Brown (USA). The Docufest Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago

OUT-Look Program/Q Hugo Award
Chosen from the Festival’s OUT-Look program, the winners of this award exhibit new artistic perspectives on sexuality and identity.

The Gold Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Xenia” (Greece) for confronting an unfriendly world with defiant gaiety. Director: Panos H. Koutras.

The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Something Must Break” (Sweden), for telling a brave, modern story about characters whose relations to gender and sexuality are hard to categorize but are lived with passion and guts. The jury looks forward to the unfolding career of this exciting filmmaker who presented this tale in such an uncompromising way. Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark.

The Q Hugo Film Award jury includes Mihai Chirilov (Romania), Nick Davis (USA), David Robinson (UK), and Brenda Webb (USA).

The Founder’s Award
The Founder’s Award is given to that one film or performance across all categories that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image. The 50th Chicago International Film Festival presented actor Michael Keaton with the Founder’s Award for his electrifying performance as an actor who hopes to revive his moribund career in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s daring comedy “Birdman.“To pick a single film or performance from this year’s incredibly strong lineup of more than 150 films was difficult, but an eagerly anticipated challenge – they all exemplify the Festival’s spirit of innovation and discovery. And yet, Michael Keaton’s performance in ‘Birdman’ moved me deeply; it confirmed that Keaton is not only one of our greatest American actors, but one whose work will soon be reevaluated and further appreciated,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Director: Felix Herngren

Chicago Award
The Chicago Award, presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature or short film, goes to “The Alley Cat,” directed by Marie Ullrich, an exceptionally innovative and refreshing first feature representing the auspicious and exciting start of a promising filmmaking career. Bold, gritty, and full of energy, Ullrich’s film is a prime example of first-rate low-budget filmmaking, serving as an intriguing announcement of a new voice.

The Chicago Award jury includes Monica Long Ross (USA), Julian Antos (USA), and Malik Bader (USA).

Short Film Competition: Live Action
The Gold Hugo for Best Short Film goes to “Amazon” (Norway).  Marianne O. Ulrichsen’s “Amazon” finds its power in contrasting the small heartbreaks of childhood against the vast beauty of the Norwegian landscape. This coming of age story, involving shifting vulnerabilities and eventual connection between two young girls, pulses with life, buoyed by the human performances of its two young actors and the breathtaking cinematography of Annika Summerson. The lyrical short film captures and celebrates the undefined possibilities inherent in liminal spaces: those unscheduled afternoons, new meetings and open landscapes that lead to self-discovery. Director: Marianne O. Ulrichsen.

The Silver Hugo for Live Action Short is awarded to “In August” (USA). Through its beautiful cinematography and sincere performances, “In August” exquisitely captures the moment between a little girl realizing her world is changing forever and the change itself—the sublime before the storm. Director: Jenna Hasse.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Short is awarded to “Skunk” (USA). Demonstrating instincts similar to early David Gordon Green or Debra Granik, “Skunk” masterfully teases the audience with the promise of a lazy summer day and the nightmare that other teens induce upon each other. The young actors’ nuanced performances wonderfully illustrate youthful humiliations via the conflicts of puberty—the bravado of boys who can’t yet control their bodies, and the retribution of a girl not interested in taking things lightly. Director: Annie Silverstein.

The Gold Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “Artun” (Iceland/Denmark), a pale yellow, Black Metal ode to that age when you feel like the dirtiest thing in the world because you’re still so clean. Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

The Silver Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “The Immaculates” (France). In this affecting document of tragedy, director Ronny Trocker weaves a quilt of 3D imagery, leading viewers through a disorienting landscape of retelling and remembrance. Director: Ronny Trocker.

The Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Short goes to “Prehistoric Cabaret” (France).  In this colonoscopic reverie, courtesy of the world’s most dangerous camera, we penetrate the cosmic mystery shrouded in secrets within the enigma at the very center of being (or at least through the center of our lovely hostess.) Life IS a cabaret.  Director: Bertrand Mandico.
A Special Mention goes to “Washingtonia” (Greece). With humor and heart, “Washingtonia”  exists in the space between narrative and free association, offering an absurdist urban myth that is somehow recognizable, even as it eludes definition. Director: Konstantina Kotzamani.

The Live Action Short Film Competition Jury includes Lindsay Bosch (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Spencer Parsons (USA).

Short Film Competition: Documentary
The Silver Hugo is awarded to “Love.Love.Love.” (Russia). Sandhya Daisy Sundaram’s “Love.Love.Love.” is a rotating treatise on the forms love takes in the lives of Russian women. In a beguiling series of deceptively compact tableaus, it evokes a universal hunt for romance and companionship from the dawn of birth to the twilight of old age.  We award “Love.Love.Love.” Best Documentary Short because, in rare form, it lives up to its title, and reflects invisible truths found in the combination of everyday moments. Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram.

A Gold Plaque – Special Jury Prize goes to “Ghost Train” (Australia). “Ghost Train” paints a vivid portrait of a man who is drawn to a cabaret dancer at a local haunted house. As he deals with his wife with Alzheimer’s and faces his own death, he finds solace in her vivacity and energy in a house dedicated to death. Through found footage, stunning black and white cinematography and borrowing the style of bygone horror films, “Ghost Train” leads the audience on an exploration of life, death and legacy. Directors: James Fleming and Kelly Hucker.

Special Mention to “A Paradise” (Cuba), a brief but compelling observation of a poor family in rural Cuba, and a discreet look into complex issues surrounding children living in poverty. Director: Jayisha Patel.

The Documentary Short Film Competition Jury includes Jack C. Newell (USA), Brian Ashby (USA), Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (USA).

Short Film Competition: Animation
The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short Film goes to “Coda” (Ireland). “Coda”’s elegantly simple visuals, minimal lines and solid patches of color, describe an urban nighttime world of disconnection and insularity. Here, the moment of dying is seen as a chance for re-evaluating the individual’s relationship to humanity and life itself. The jury recognizes this film for the challenging depth of its themes, and for the spare but powerful aesthetic which presents those themes with lyrical complexity. Director: Alan Holly.

The Gold Plaque-Special Jury Prize goes to “Symphony No. 42” (Hungary). The jury was hypnotized by the associative links between the domestic and the natural, and by the portrayal of animal exploitation as a farce. These nihilistic allegories functioned both as a dystopia and as an indictment of contemporary human activity. Director: Réka Bucsi.

The Silver Plaque is awarded to “Drifting” (USA), for its strange manipulation of time, and the notion of capturing the uncapturable, for no witness. A documented life critique. Director: Joel Benjamin.

A Special Mention goes to “Man on the Chair” (South Korea), for its poetic pastel beauty and its willingness to be calm and powerful at the same time. Director: Jeong Dahee.

The Animation Short Film Competition Jury includes Eric Patrick (USA), Timothy Brayton (USA), Chris Sullivan (USA).

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101 Reykjavík
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

INTERCOM Competition
One of the longest-running international competitions of its kind, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational and branded films.

The Gold Hugo goes to “The Art of the Pit Stop” (Germany) from Kemper Kommunikation GmbH. Truly living up to the spirit of INTERCOM and appropriately titled, “The Art of the Pit Stop” is a simple, poetic film that addresses the branded video with the highest level of cinematic achievement.

The INTERCOM Competition jury includes Dan Sutherland (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Ron Falzone (USA)

Special Awards
The 50th Chicago International Film Festival honored director Gina Prince-Bythewood with an Artistic Achievement Award and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw with an Emerging Artist Award during the Festival’s 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute on October 10.

Evening Hosts: Michigan Avenue Magazine and Sofitel; Lead Partner: Wintrust Community Banks; Evening Partners: Stella Artois, Casale del Giglio and Effen Vodka.

Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College
Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partner: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

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Association of Illustrators 
Illustration Awards 2014

AOI Illustration Professional Award 2014
Geoff Grandfield

“The text was the key, I was keen to represent both the subject of Alexander as an extraordinary character and his world and the interpretation and staging that Mary Renault had made across the three novels in her trilogy. Her selection of events as known/recorded are dramatised in an increasingly powerful way vividly showing the increasingly epic scope of his short life. Each picture I made attempted to convey a narrative idea that would visually add to this approach.”  — G. G. 

The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 is being exhibited at Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms from 10am – 6pm, everyday until Sunday 2nd November 2014. Admission is free.

Association of Illustrators
Somerset House, London, United Kingdom
London, England WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

For more information:

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A Daily Dose of Gurbo

Fans of surreal imagist/illustrator Walter Gurbo will be pleased to know you can view a new panel every day on the artist’s Facebook page. Walter has been contributing to Ragazine.CC for a few years now, but since we only publish every two months, you aren’t going to get your fix on a regular basis. So, make the most of it, and see what Walter has up his sleeve ….:

It’s a circus in there!

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A gathering of the tribe: Former (that is, mostly former) Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin staff got together for an afternoon picnic at a local park… some came from Buffalo and Potsdam. Others came from back in the day when hot type was still the norm and stories came in on teletype. It’s true. Thanks to Chris Tevyaw for sharing the pics.

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This One-On-One Poetry Workshop is for those interested in an in-depth series of email exchanges about their poems between themselves and the workshop leader, poet Arthur Vogelsang.  Each week for 7 weeks the workshop member submits a different poem which Vogelsang critiques in a 700-750-word email.  That week the member responds to the critique and Vogelsang responds to the member.  After 7 of these exchanges, one per week, in the 8th week the member writes a “conference letter” to Vogelsang, topics initiated by the member, then Vogelsang responds, and the member has an opportunity to respond again.

As each workshop member’s exchanges are done on an individual, private basis and there is no group interaction, all levels of writing are welcome, from beginners to poets with a publishing history and all of those between.  Application is free, but the workshop is not.  The next session is October 13 – December 5.  The application period is September 10 – 22.  Decision on admission by September 24.

Complete information about the workshop application process, fee policies, and workshop schedules is here:


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Framingham, MA

Gloria Mindock & the Červená Barva Press
Poetry Reading Series
Presents Flavia Cosma & Alan Britt
at the Červená Barva Press Studio
Date: Saturday, June 21st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: The Arts for the Armory, Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission $3.00. Refreshments will be served!

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Art & Transformation


Brazilian artist Duda Penteado launched his new tabletop book,  ARTISTIC REVOLUTION, ARTE & TRANSFORMAÇÃO, at Cultural-Conjunto Nacional bookstore in Sao Paulo. This comprehensive art historical text examines the artistic achievements of one of Brazil’s leading visual artists. Penteado, a multimedia artist, has lived and worked for over twenty years in both the United States and Brazil, creating a unique oeuvre  via various genres, including: performance, video,  installations, murals, sculptures and paintings.


Duda Penteado, Book Signing

Hundreds of people attended the book signing at Brazil's largest bookstore, BOOK STORE CULTURA – CONJUNTO NACIONAL (Avenida Paulista, 2073 – Bela Vista, Sao Paulo – SP, 01311-940). Here are photographs from the event.

In recent years, Penteado has devoted much of his work to important transcultural issues currently facing mankind: peace, globalization, poverty, tyranny, immigration, inequality, ethno-racism and other 21st Century geopolitical and socio-economic problems facing the Americas.  Penteado’s primary message is the affirmation of the transformative power of art, presenting  the concept of Artistic Symphony, a concept he defines within the new text.  The book culminates more than two years of work, collaborating with art critics and writers including: Katia Canton, Olivio Guedes, Oscar D ‘Ambrosio, Joao Eduardo Hidalgo, George Nelson Preston, Jose Rodeiro, Alejandro Anreus, Carlos Hernandez, Michael Foldes, Alan Britt, and others.   The book was released simultaneously with a corresponding website that will feature interviews, lectures, reviews and a special introduction to a new art project in the Amazon.

The book was launched with the support of the publishing company GRUPO REAÇÃO NATURAL (Rua Caiubi, 137 – Perdizes, São Paulo, Brazil – SP CEP 05010-000 (, and the assistance of  editorial-coordination by Maria Luiza Paiva (  Over the years, RAGAZINE.CC  has covered Penteado’s work and the activities of the We Are You Project. See more at:   and


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Fountain Street Fine Art presents

June 19 -Aug 3, 2014
Reception Saturday June 21, 5 – 7 PM
Poetry Reading Sunday June 22, 1-4 PM
Wed. June 25th at 7pm.,
160 Hollis St.
Framingham  MA  01702

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An Evening of Music & Poetry

William Musto Cultural Center Reading 5-10-14

Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Roberto Rosado
Roberto Rosado
Pierro Romano
Pierro Romano
The Musto Gallery
The Musto Gallery
Sal Talgiarino
Sal Talgiarino
Paul Sohar
Paul Sohar
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Michael Foldes
Michael Foldes
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt

All photographs by Sergio Villamizar

Saturday’s event at William Musto Cultural Center – Union City (N.J.) turned out to be a very special evening, indeed. Rain threatened, and there was drizzle in the air that for a moment required an umbrella or sidestep under an awning as an assemblage of poets and artists walked Union City’s streets in search of just the right Cuban restaurant for a late lunch and multiple espressos. Led by LaRuche Artists’ director and OASIS organizer Roberto Rosado, the group returned to the “recital hall” and gallery space to chat with guests and prepare for “work.”

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the music and spoken word. If you didn’t make it, see you next time!

(Photo information can be seen by clicking on the “Information Icon” in the upper right corner of the photos.)

See also:

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Africa Speaks

“Come and Join the Conversation”

Meeting Mrs. Winnie Mandela

As a follow up to the articles we ran last year in Ragazine, the conference sponsored by the University of South Africa and Study Abroad to Africa (September-October, 2013) was a success with engaging speakers and the “Evolution/Revolution 2” exhibition by internationally renowned artist, Ben Jones.  The U.S. based group attended the conference and traveled extensively in South Africa.  Some members of the group were honored to meet Mrs. Winnie Mandela who autographed her new book  491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 – Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

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to Egypt’s Albawtaka Review,

Winner of Two Grants from

The UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo

to produce audio books for the blind in Egypt and Libya, 2014

From over 1,500 submitted projects, the Albawtaka Review has won two grants from the UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo to translate a dozen stories from English to Arabic as audio books for the blind. The stories will be read in Arabic by 12 female Arab authors who will choose the stories they most want to read aloud. The stories deal with community and ethical themes and all feature women protagonists dealing with issues such as the question of abortion rights, cultural traditions, disease, racism, poverty, and other community hardships. These stories reflect a sustaining collection celebrating women’s struggles against misogyny and prejudice. Some stories to be translated include: Doris Lessing’s, “An Old Woman and Her Cat,” Margaret Atwood’s, “Giving Birth,” Louise Erdrich’s, “Fleur,” Nadine Gordimer’s, “The First Sense,” Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s, “Refuge in London,”and Melanie Rae Thon’s, “Letters in the Snow – for kind strangers and unborn children – for the ones lost and most beloved.” 

Despite the fact that there are estimated millions of blind people in Egypt and Libya, the Ministries of Culture do not currently acknowledge the needs of the blind in their plans for providing educational materials. With these books, visually-impaired youth will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the world’s most innovative fiction. The audio books will be distributed for free in Egypt and Libya for the benefit of the visually-impaired youth aged between 18 and 30 years old. Organizations endeavoring to cater to the welfare of the visually impaired have volunteered to accomplish this mission: the Egyptian Blind Association, Cairo; the Association of the Blind, Benghazi; and Taha Hussein Hall in Cairo University. A number of 5000 audio books (DVDs in MP3 format) will be made in Cairo by the Albawtaka Review while the 5000 copies allotted to Libya will be made in Tripoli.

Hala Salah Eldin, The Albawtaka Review editor and publisher, expressed gratitude not only for the grants, but also to the officials of all institutions working in the service of the blind in Egypt and Libya, and to the Blind Association in Cairo, The University of Cairo, and the Blind Association in Benghazi for their future cooperation. Eldin is hopeful that this project will encourage other institutions to organize funds and produce more books for the blind.

The Albawtaka Review is an Arabic independent nonprofit online quarterly concerned with translating contemporary English short fiction (

For more details on the grants and their recipients:

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DECEMBER 18, 2013


to Avery Irons,

winner of Ragazine.CC’s

“Speculative Fiction by People of Color” contest

for his original story

“The Chance”

Final Judge: Sheree Renée Thomas…


Thomas, is the author of “Shotgun Lullabies” and editor of “Dark Matter,” a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror produced by people of African descent. “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora is a groundbreaking achievement by any measure and was the winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.”

Thomas had this to say of Irons’ story:

“…Your near-future story was a provocative, frightening, and moving work that explored a socio-economic problem – and its intergenerational impact – that is rarely discussed frankly in American society and is certainly not often explored in literature.  As I read your story, I came to feel deeply for the family you depicted and their struggle.  Your writing was clear, evocative, and riveting at times, with natural dialogue that read like truth.  The ending of the story was surprising and inspiring…”

“The Chance” will appear in the January-February 2014 issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it!

Runners up (stories to be published in Ragazine in 2014):

Ely Azur’s “Never. Give. You. Up.” (moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? And a disclaimer, don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling)

Lisa Bolekaja’s “Don’t Dig Too Deep,”  (spooky children’s lore), and

Sharon Warner’s “The Color of Time” (short and sweet microfiction).

Honorable Mentions for Imagination and Lore:

“Jacob and the Owl,” by Shawn Frazier

“Ruth’s Garden” by Kyla Philips

Honorable Mentions for exciting locations/settings:

(Dogon tribe /Africa), Sacha Webley

(Brazil),  Adanze Asante

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This was Ragazine’s first fiction contest and we received so many strong entries that I would seriously encourage all of you to send me work for subsequent issues. Our judge was also impressed with the quality of the work. We hope you will continue to read and submit to Ragazine. We are looking forward to doing more speculative and fantasy fiction in the future.

                                                             Joe Weil – fiction editor


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We are most thankful to all the writers who entered our Speculative Fiction by People of Color contest, and offer our sincere congratulations to the winner and runners up, whose stories were critiqued by our final judge, Sheree Renée Thomas.  We trust you’ll stay tuned to future issues and will look for these stories as they appear throughout 2014.

Our attempt to promote this underserved genre was our first publishing fundraising venture, and we look forward to many more contests celebrating various genres in the future. We appreciate the support and effort by the judge, Sheree Thomas, who skipped the work to rule dictum to help spread the word about the contest. Thanks, too, to the many publications, venues and people whose time and energy contributed to providing an opportunity for these writers to be heard.

— Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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Franklin Furnace Still on fire …

A Letter from Martha Wilson

Dear Franklin Furnace Aficionados,

We extend sincere thanks to those of you who have already renewed your memberships for 2013-14.  If you have not yet joined, please read about our upcoming programs below and follow this link to our online membership page:

In 1976 I saw a void in the art world: major institutions were not seeing that downtown artists were creating ephemeral works dealing with the social, political, economic and philosophical world — socially engaged art. Ever since, we’ve been keeping such art practice from falling between the cracks.

Now it is 2013, and climate change is upon us.  Many of us do our part — recycling bottles, cans and plastic bags; forgoing AC; buying local produce — although in light of our planet’s most calamitous problem, these steps feel ineffectual.  Regina Cornwell, an independent curator, proposed a city-wide exhibition by artists who wish to confront climate change; in the coming year, Franklin Furnace will launch her project, InClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action. This ambitious exhibition focuses on underserved urban communities and confronts global warming through art by calling upon artists, in collaboration with climate change experts, to find solutions and antidotes.  The participating artists are Lillian Ball, Lynn Cazabon, Billy X. Curmano, Agnes Denes, Alicia Grullon, Planetary One collaborative, and Andrea Polli.

Here are examples of some InClimate projects now underway:

• Mega Dunes: For the People of the Rockaways:  Internationally acclaimed artist Agnes Denes, who has been called “the mother of eco-art,” is producing a pilot for her Mega Dunes. This is InClimate’s only permanent work. InClimate has partnered with community organization Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to identify local adults and youth to plant salt-resistant trees and other vegetation on the pilot dune.  Denes’ project will contribute to the artistic heritage of the City of New York; build protection and resilience for the Rockaway residents and their homes, schools, businesses, places of worship and beaches which were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and be a catalyst for youth to consider careers as artists, landscape architects, oceanographers and more.

• Particle Falls is a night-time projection of cascading blue falls on an outdoor wall. Suddenly, disturbing blotches invade the soothing image. Media artist Andrea Polli’s project employs specialized technology to monitor, record, and make visible the amount of invisible CO2 and other pollutants in the air. More blotches appear when a jetliner flies overhead, less when a motorcycle passes nearby, so viewers can immediately grasp the reality of climate change.

EcoNet is a phytoremediation project which the Planetary One team of artists will create with children in a Brooklyn public school, P.S. 20, the Clinton Hill School, with which Franklin Furnace has partnered since 2006.  The students will help build mini-wetlands and place them in their schoolyard.  Specialized sensors in these tiny marshes monitor the process of the water’s decontamination. Indoors, a dynamically designed installation driven by sensor data allows viewers to experience results in a variety of media that chart the constantly changing process as the plants decontaminate water.

I believe artists can and should try to change the world with their work, and never get tired of seeing how artists engage with the real world.  I hope you will join Franklin Furnace in 2013-14, our 37th season, as we mount InClimate, and continue our three principal programs — the Franklin Furnace Fund, SEQuential ART for KIDS, and the Unwritten History Project.

Please click this link to be taken to Franklin Furnace’s 2013-14 Membership page:

Very truly yours,

Martha Wilson

Founding Director

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place, #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
T 718 398 7255
F 718 398 7256


Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Harley Spiller, Deputy Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Jenny Korns, Program Coordinator
Mary Suk, Financial Manager
Agustina Bullrich, Project Manager


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New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie and artists at the opening reception for “New Jersey Impressions”.

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“New Jersey Impressions

at Drumthwacket

By Dr. José Rodeiro
Art Editor

New Jersey Impressions,”  a highly perceptive, visually stunning collection of art works by 13 landscape artists representing “The Garden State” will be on display through July 21, 2014, at Drumthwacket Mansion, the official residence of Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey’s First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Artists represented include W. Carl Burger, Califon, Hunterdon County; Myles Cavanaugh, Lambertville, Hunterdon County; Todd L.W. Doney, Gillette, “Great Swamp,” Morris County; Amy Evans, Califon, Hunterdon County; Julie Friedman, Randolph, Morris County;  Gary Godbee, Westfield, Union County; Jeff Gola, Moorestown, Burlington County; Maria Mijares, Plainfield, Somerset County; Nancy Ori, Berkeley Heights, Union County; Gerald Slota, Paterson, Passaic County; Stan Sperlak, Goshen, Cape May County; George Tice, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, and  Tricia Zimic, Maplewood, Essex County.

The show provides a mix of imaginative studio pieces inspired by photographs and sketches, and an array of virtuoso plein-air works that reaffirm 21st Century Radical Postmodern “‘Re-Impressionist” tendencies.


Among the works is a vibrant 2012 oil painting by Todd L.W. Doney, Swamp, Oct. 18, 5:58 PM, (above) created near his home on the edge of the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge (   The opening reception  for the artists was hosted by Mrs. Christie, along with The Drumthwacket Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The mansion is located at 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.  The exhibit is open to the public any Wednesday in 2013 with the exception of November 27, and December 18 and 25 when it will be closed.  Reservations are necessary and visitors  need to schedule at least one week ahead.  For more information, go to


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Foldes reads from “Sandy Poems”; Devereaux painting to his left.
Richard D’Egidio photo.

Port Washington’s ART & POETRY Observance
of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy:
October 2-30, 2013

by Dr. José Rodeiro, ART Editor, Ragazine CC
 Christie Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather Series:
A Post-Sandy Reflection in Paint on the Forces of Nature”
In Collaboration with Michael Foldes reading
Chronicles of a Superstorm: “The Sandy Poems.”  

During October 5’s opening-reception (from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM) of Christie Devereaux’s art exhibition titled: “Stormy Weather Series: A Post-Sandy Reflection on the Forces of Nature,” the Port Washington Public Library (One Library Drive – Port Washington -NY 11050) presented a unique “artistic” collaboration between painter Christie Devereaux and poet Michael Foldes. The exhibition runs thru October 30, 2013, and is part of the national observance of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

This distinctive visual-literary coalescing of “art-&-poetry” by two 21st Century masters sensitively and perceptively recalls the overwhelming catastrophe known as “Superstorm Sandy” that hit especially  hard New Jersey and New York on October 29-30, 2012, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing 285 people.

Together, Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather exhibit with her insightful illustrations for Foldes’s Chronicles of a Superstorm poetry collection, and his reading, represent the collective hallmarks of an extraordinary creative partnership whose thoughtful and thought-provoking “poetic-artistic” joint venture sheds light upon, as well as memorializes and commemorates, last fall’s overpowering tropical storm.

This artistic collaboration began in early November 2012, in the wake of the storm, when both artist began independently to put together their collections.  Deeply and directly affected by the storm (Devereaux’s mother’s home was inundated by the Atlantic Ocean),  she reexamined her emerging “Stormy Weather Series” as a post-Sandy reflection (in paint) on Nature’s power. Soon she was in contact with poet Michael Foldes regarding his emerging “Sandy Poems” that grew with Devereaux’s illustrations into a visual and literary benchmark, Chronicles of a Superstorm.

Sandy 1

We are the bottom of the sea
The City That Never Sleeps
Awakening from a bad dream
An Atlantis in the making
Neptune and Poseidon,
Thetis and Oceanus,
Aphrodite And Sedna,
Matsu and Mizu-Gami,
All the names of all the Gods We pray to,
and those we don’t,
Who like the air we breathe
And the water we drink
Flow in and out of our lives
Leaving behind detritus
Evidence of unyielding power
Even as their liquid arms
Clamp our granite columns
Fill our caverns with sea water
Order us about demanding
An acknowledgement
Not off how small and insignificant
We are, but of how great and true
And without prejudice they be.

Devereaux, a native of Brooklyn (NY), has always been drawn to the power of the sea as a source of inspiration for her paintings. Since 2007, she has unerringly directed her keen attention to every aspect of sea-storms (e.g., Her current show represents this fixation or singular focus on the intensity, energy and awe of storms that can be experienced while living in or near a seaside community. Many of the paintings on display will appear in their book as sublime and penetrating illustrations (or, in truth, as sacred “illuminations”).

For more of Devereaux’s work, see

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Paul Ballard, Ana López,Paolo Ruiz, N A’Yara Stein, Carment Doreal (front), David Brême, Morelia Flores, Anna Loiuse E. Fontaine (front), Sharl, Louise Carson, Jüri Talvet, Eva Halus, Flavia Cosma, Maria Caltabiano, Jeremiah Wall, Katherine Kretler

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ International Festival at Val-David, QC, Canada By Ana López  

Twice a year, the Writers’ and Artists’ Residence at Val-David, Quebec, Canada, celebrates its Writers’ and Artists’ Festival.  The Residence directed by Flavia Cosma opens its doors to receive poets, authors, musicians and visual artists from all over the world, and fills the forests of Val-David with poems, stories, arts and music.

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ Festival “The Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest,” took place  5 and 6 October, 2013, with the collaboration of L´Association des auteurs des Laurentides and with the support of the Municipality of Val-David.  The Festival started on Saturday with the work of the prestigious Estonian poet and scholar Jüri Talvet, followed by the poets Louise Carson (Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec), N. A. Yara Stein (Estados Unidos), Ana López (Argentina), David Brême (Francia/ Montréal), Flavia Cosma (Val-David, Québec), Carmen Doreal (Deux Montagnes, Quebec), Paul Ruíz (Italia) and, the presentation virtual of  Luis Raúl Calvo (poet, compositor and interpreter from Argentina).

Flavia Cosma

A musical interlude was also provided by Jeremiah Wall, author and performer of Val-David, Quebec.

The day of Sunday the 6th October started with a conference sustained by the poet and editor Michel Mirolla “The new Guernica Press and the state of books publishing in XXI Century”, followed by Jüri Talvet, who presented his book about the Estonian poet Juhan Lliv and by Flavia Cosma, who spoke about Cervena Barva Press, a successful publishing venture out of Somerville, Massachusetts.

In the afternoon, Paul Ruíz presented a retrospective of the Canadian/Italian artist painter Rito Caltabiano, at 10 years from his death, followed by lectures by Diane Robert Dit Lafontaine (Montréal), Louis Philippe Hébert (Saint-Sauveur, Québec), Talleen Hacykyan (Montréal), Anna Louise Fontaine (Laurentides, Québec),  Connie Guzzo-McParland (Montreal/Italia), Eve Duhaime (Laurentides, QC), Roger Lauzon (Morin Heights, Québec), Eva Halus (Montréal), Maria Caltabiano (Montréal).

The Festival ended with an exuberant finale full of music and merriment realized by Sharl, musician and performer from Laurentides, Québec. During both days the spirit of the meetings emphasized the richness brought forth by the artists and writers from various cultures and countries, the sharing of experiences and creativity, and made possible the meeting of new friends in a fertile and cordial atmosphere. For the visual arts show we must mention the contribution of Rito Caltabiano, Morelia Flores, Carmen Doreal, Talleen Hacikyan, Eva Halus, Roger Lauzon, Paul Ballard, Anna Louise Fontaine and Sharl.

For me as an individual this gathering was like a gate opening towards the work of important artists and authors of the world, with whom we shared during two magical days the pleasure of poetry and of arts in a fraternal climate of friendship and kinship among persons from distant lands.

Ana López, writer Buenos Aires, Argentina Val-David, 9 October 2013.
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Good news for Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley. Baldori was awarded Best Director of a Documentary and Best Picture at the Chain NYC Film Festival for “Boogie Stomp! The Movie”.  “Boogie Stomp!” will screen at the 2013 Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, MI, from September 26-29, 2013 and  the Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park, KS, October 4-10, 2013. You can check out the trailer, and stream the 86-minute video, at or purchase at

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Poetry at the Gallery
WAYPI artist Jose Rodeiro reading the poetry of Duda Penteado, Alan Britt and Rafael Montañez Ortiz.

WE ARE YOU INTERNATIONAL’s  “CALIFORNIA EXHIBITION” at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California


On August 2-3, the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, Calif., hosted a reception for the opening of the We Are You Project International traveling art exhibition. The reception Friday night, August 2, was followed on Saturday with a reading of poetry by We Are You Project poets. Poems of poets who could not be present were read by WAYPI artists.

More information about the exhibition

and the reading can be found at

Cristina Velazquez the MC of the poetry event
Cristina Velazquez, emcee of the poetry event.
Raul Villarreal with  Rochelle Leininger Ramos
Raul Villarreal with Rochelle Leininger Ramos.
In a back alley ...
Alan Britt (aka “El Britto”) organized the Poetry Recital and re-enactment of Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s WAY Poetry PROJECT (José Rodeiro, Gabriel Navar, and Charles Hayes).

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HERITAGE Exhibit at WBGO/Jazz88FM, Newark, NJ with artists represented by LaRuche Art LLC, Union City, NJ 07087


July 11, WBGO studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director, presented by WBGO Jazz88. Artists included Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry by Mike Foldes. Piano by Elio Villafranca, and Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.


WBGO/Jazz88 studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director. Artists include Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry at the opening reception by Mike Foldes. Jazz piano by Elio Villafranca, with Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO. On exhibit now at WBGO gallery, Newark Public Radio, 54 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102. For hours and further information visit:  Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful complement to the NJ PAC street fest taking place a block away!  All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.

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Minotaur in Brooklyn!

 VOID SEED part of 2013’s amazing

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival

Kylin O’Brien to perform with artist/minotaur Rob Andrews

at Collective Spectacle, Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.

The Gowanus Ballroom

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Babs Reingold, The Last Tree, ISE, 555 Broadway, NYC, 5/10/13 Read the interview: Interview by Midori Yoshimoto

The Last Tree

Babs Reingold “The Last Tree” installation opening May 10, 2013, ISE Gallery, 555 Broadway, NYC

Photos by Panida “Panda” Suwannawisut

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Thanks to LOCUS Magazine, Online !

Good news from Locus about the Ragazine.CC fiction contest.

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Ellen Jantzen wins

“Prix de la Photographie Paris”

Ellen Jantzen’s photo series “Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature,” has won First Place in the prestigious French Photo Exhibition, PX3 for Fine Art Photography. Her  image “A Resonant Chill” will be on view at the exhibition in Paris. Opening reception is Wednesday July 10th at Espace Dupon, Paris. Jantzen, a frequent contributor and long-time supporter of Ragazine.CC, can be contacted at Her web site is

You can see other images in the series by Clicking Here.

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Art Stars Out for Nocturne Opening   


It might seem ironic that on one of the longest days of the year, an exhibition celebrating darkness and night opened at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.  Nocturne, curated by Dr. Virginia Butera, art history professor at the college, includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed media works by nineteen New Jersey and New York contemporary artists. The exhibit is on view now through September 22, 2013. An extensive overview of the exhibit and its place in the historical record by Dr. Butera is scheduled to appear in the July-August issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it.

For location, hours and directions:

Photos: 1) Virginia Fabbri Butera (curator), Christie Devereaux and Dr. Jose Rodeiro;  2)  Raul Villarreal and Rodeiro;   3) Leonard Merlo; 4)  Pasquale Cuppari; 5) Joyce Yamada

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The poets and presenters; photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto.
Art by Edmon Khalil from Sudan, living now in Sweden.

PALABRA EN EL MUNDO Revisited By Flavia Cosma

 The Seventh International Writers’ and Artists’ Festival at Val-David, Quebec Canada, “Palabra en el mundo” (Words in the World) came to an end on May 26th 2013 in the presence of distinguished artists, poets and writers from all over the world. The Festival is organized biannually by The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency, Val-David, QC, Canada, and took place 25 and 26 May, 2013

The prestigious event counts with the support of the Council of Arts, Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, the Municipality of Val-David and the Association des Auteurs des Laurentides. As the Director of this Festival and a poet and cultural promoter myself, I consider that poetry has its own life, its own music and that one can enjoy poetry even in a different language, and even when one doesn’t speak the language in which we listen to it.

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Charles Hayes, USA. Photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Moreover we live here in Canada in a society totally multilingual, with immigrants who came her from around the world searching for a better life. But as anyone knows, the economical aspect is never enough. We have to find ways to express our spiritual and artistic aspirations and talents, and the Festival was a good answer for many writers and artists who have been born in another country and were feeling like foreigners in this wonderful country of ours.

From the very beginning the Festival started developing in an incredible manner. A combination of poetry, visual arts and other artistically expressions weaved themselves together as a natural extension. The Seventh Festival was the best festival ever for the quality of the presentations and as well as for the participation of a numerous public at large. We counted with the presence of writers and artists of an excellent level from Canada and from abroad as well as contemporary international artists of an incredible quality of expression.

It was like an immersion in a never ending fairy tale of poetry, stories and art works that although very different one from another, were harmonizing together extraordinarily. After the Festival the reaction of the participants and of the public was very encouraging. I’ll cite one comment at random:

For me as a poet the Festival at Val-David was a wonderful occasion to meet the other poets and artists from all over the world, to see and listen to their work and their reflections on poetry. What a variety of people there were: a true United Nations of artists. (Hugh Hazelton, poet, Montreal).

Very educational, professional and much appreciated by the public were the two Sunday morning conferences (May 26, 2013):

  1. Alan Britt, USA, “On modern tendencies in American poetry
  2. Patricia Tenorio, Brazil, “ On Ekphrasis (the verbal representation of a visual representation) in poetry, particularly in Brazilian poetry” 

The Eighth International Writers’ Festival Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest, a multilingual Poetry and Prose reading and Art Exhibition will take place on October 5th and October 6th, 2013. For more info and possible participations please write, and/or visit

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Steve Westlake has the inside track on the low down. As one of the few people with Total Access to the original National Police Gazette archives, he’s the man in demand when filmmakers need props for those ’30s mobsters to be reading in the barber chair when they get whacked…. Check it out here:   * * * * *

Imagining the AudienceViewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice

audiencHow do artists and curators imagine the audience in their work? How do they weave a picture of the individual viewer’s mental, physical, and emotional experience into the production of art events and what impact do these conceptions have on the finished artworks or exhibitions? Which new perspectives are useful in explaining the changes that have occurred in the art field and the concomitant new viewing positions?

These are some of the questions that are the basis for Imagining the Audience. This book focuses on the role that notions regarding the audience play in artistic and curatorial practice, in the development of concepts and ideas, as well as in the actual production of artworks and exhibitions. It is an attempt at circumscribing an approach to the audience within contemporary art that differs from audience education and communication, rather highlighting the experience of the individual viewer, which the artist and the curator carry with them throughout the creative process.

Contributors include:  Kader Attia , Lundahl & Seitl, Raimundas Malasauskas and Phil Collins, artists; Jacquelyn Davis, writer, art critic; Clarie Doherty, writer, curator; curators Magdalena Malm, Simon Njami, Johan Pousette, Joanna Warsza; and film theorist Annika Wik. Editors: Magdalena Malm och Annika Wik. The book is a collaboration between Swedish Exhibition Agency and Mobile Art Production and published by Art and Theory Publishing. 

For more information, contact Anna Eriksson: +46 70 647 00 68.

Imagining the Audience Viewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice 240 pp, English/Swedish, Softcover, Graphic Design: Sandra Praun ISBN 978-91-979985-5-0

* * * * * crossroads2013   * * * * * Todd Doney at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ  March 28 reception, 6-8 p.m. Runs through June 23. doney Todd L. W. Doney, assistant professor of art at County College of Morris (CCM), will be displaying his artwork at the Morris Museum in a solo exhibition. The exhibition, titled Nature Sublime: Landscape Painting by Todd L. W. Doney, features more than 20 of Doney’s works d. Doney’s artwork features a variety of landscapes inspired from his own backyard—the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. See also: * * * * * PaintingPortal app for Art & Artists

Ed Marcus recently came up with a great idea for quick referencing classical works of art that are in the public domain, many of which were retrieved from or by the Yorck Project, hosted by WikiMedia. The app, which is available on iTunes for $6.99, allows i Pad users to quickly pull up high-resolution images of paintings by masters from Michelangelo to Monet. The app allows users to search and sort, zoom, save and much more. Puts  much of the world’s great museum collections at your fingertips.

For more information, see

* * * * * Where do you get your news? THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM  RADIO SHOW With hosts: Chuck Gregory in Fort Lauderdale & Mike Palecek in Duluth “The battle has to begin here.  In America. The only institution more powerful than the U.S. government is American civil society You have access to the Imperial Palace and the Emperor’s chambers. Empire’s conquests are being carried out in your name.” Arundhati Roy Go here to listen:   * * * * * Kielnhofer in Dubai dubai-art-design-architecture-sheikh-monk-guardians-of-time-sculpture-tower-hous-of-art-manfred-kielnhofer-kili   Kielnhofer’s sculptures are traveling the world, showing up in museums and exhibitions all over. With Art Dubai Week 2013, they made their journey to the United Arab Emirates capital, picking a new place to turn up each night of the event from March 20-25, 2013.  See where “The Guardians” will settle in: Photography by Jeany Gabrielczyk   * * * * *




Gabriel Navar


Galerie B Haasner - Mel Ramos



Galerie B Haasner - Gabe Navar


Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” by José Rodeiro Ragazine Art Editor March 21 – April 27, 2013

Galerie B. Haasner (Wiesbaden, Germany) presents a memorable, visually titillating and thought-provoking spring exhibition that brings together two of California’s premier artists: Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar. In this German exhibit titled “Teachers & Students,” the Ramos/Navar “dynamic-duo” offers an insightful re-examination of their unique “mentor/mentee,” “teacher/student” relationship that juxtaposes Pop master Ramos with former pupil and Metaphorical Realist, Gabriel Navar.

Mel_Leta_&_Gabe_Jan_2013 Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” March 21 – April 27, 2013 See:

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Bye-Bye, MAP Stockholm
(Mobile Art Productions)
From the makers of MAP:
THANKS … All of us who have worked at MAP over the years will take our wealth of experiences from working here with us into a variety of new contexts. We wish you all a prosperous new year and hope to see you again in the future in different constellations. Thanks for the time we’ve had together! Best regards and warm wishes from all of MAP’s co-workers since 2007, brought to you by: Magdalena Malm, founder and artistic director until August 2012 Anna van der Vliet, acting director and curator Annika Wik, head of research
Access the archive here: 
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From PowerHouse Books:
Seven American Deaths and Disasters

In his first book published in 5 years, author Kenneth Goldsmith, brings us back to those moments in American history that have left an indelible impression on our memories. These were the occurrences that we recollect then ask, “Where were you when…?” These were the occasions when the collective human society’s reaction evolves as the facts unfolds and when the broadcast commentators are equally as confused, saddened, terrified, and impacted. In Seven American Deaths and Disasters the chilling first moments of the J.F.K. assassination, R.F.K. assassination, John Lennon assassination, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Columbine shootings, World Trade Center attacks, and Michael Jackson‘s death are recounted through radio transcripts.

Goldsmith is a conceptual poet and artist who has been invited to read at President Obama’s A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House. This spring The Museum of Modern Art appoints Kenneth Goldsmith as First Poet Laureate for their winter/spring 2013 term.

Following the book release in March 2013, Goldsmith will give his Laureate Lecture, followed by a book launch and reading from Seven American Deaths and Disasters at the MoMA.

Contact: powerHouse Books, 37  Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel 212 604 9074 x  118

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Cooperative Gallery 213/Two Rivers Photography Club
Announce Photo Competition winner
Tuscan Storm - Low Res

Greg Chiannis takes Best in Show for “Tuscan Storm”

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club  Memorial Exhibit is a tribute to the art embodied in the photography of Bob Johnston, a founding member of the gallery who died in 2010. Thirty one photographers entered the Competition in either Color or Black and White categories. Photographs were judged by Kirk and Leslie Van Zandbergen of Van Zandbergen Photography, guided by this sentiment from Bob Johnston’s artist’s statement: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

The show runs Jan 4-26, 2013, 213 State St., Binghamton, NY 13905. 607-724-3462 or

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 Winter Solstice 2012 David Gittens & Friends offer a portal into 2013: And when you’re done watching tune in to  In gratitude to Stephanie Heidemann, Julian Douglas, Linda Maree, Michael Rutherford, Chinling Hsu, and many others in our Sarasota, FL community who made these videos possible.
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Kathmandu, Nepal
Priscila De Carvalho 
Work in Progress Report
 The wall is located in Jawalakhel Chowk, Kathmandu, Nepal


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The Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF)
 presents the 2nd Kathmandu International Art Fest
November 25 thru December 21, 2012

A total of 95 artists from 31 countries, are exhibiting at 15 venues around the Kathmandu Valley for a month. Festival sponsors include: The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands), Brazilian Embassy, USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program, Metropark, British Council, Siddhartha Art Gallery, US Embassy, Indian Embassy, Nepal Investment Bank, Habib Bank Ltd., ICTC, Samsung and Pashupati Paints.  

Priscila Carvalho and assistants work on her installation for the fest. 
Featured artworks will highlight our relationship with nature and anthropomorphic forces that have fueled a rapid changing of the climate. Although Nepal is not cited as a global polluter or a nation that is over exploiting her resources, its fragile and unique ecosystem (the Tibetan Plateau is the 3rd largest storage site of ice in the world) has been one of the first to suffer from rising temperatures and change in weather patterns.
Festival organizers write: “We feel responsible to raise a voice. Art has the power to heighten our sensitivity and to challenge the way we view complex situations, we believe the festival to be the perfect platform to promote meaningful dialogue on such issues of critical importance.”
Detail of Carvalho installation. 
Artworks will encompass: paintings, digital prints, photography, new media works, sculpture, installations and performing arts. A majority of the international artists will be exhibiting existing work, whereas all 21 of the Nepali artists will be creating new works for the Festival.
Participant Priscila De Carvalho was one of the Three “Hot” Brazilian Artists featured in Ragazine.CC:
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Laumeier Sculpture Park Receives Major Work by Ernest Trova as Gift from Estate of Grace Brod Falling Man/Study Represents Artist’s Mature Period

ST. LOUIS – Laumeier Sculpture Park has received a donation of Falling Man/Study (Wrapped Manscape Figure), 1984, a complex figurative work by American artist Ernest Trova (1927-2009). The life-size, stainless steel sculpture based on graphic works from 1967, is a gift to Laumeier from the Estate of Grace Brod. Brod was a long-time docent and Board member, who passed away in March 2012. Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the leading dedicated sculpture parks in the world. The largest visual arts organization in St. Louis County, Laumeier showcases more than 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre County park open year-round. Photo courtesy Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Albert Watson Photography Exhibit
Albert Watson Photo
Hasted Kraeutler presents Cyclops, an exhibition of rare, unique vintage photographs by Albert Watson, beginning December 1, and running through January 19, 2013. If you can’t make the show at the Gallery in New York City, see the Albert Watson interview and galleries in Volume 6, Number 5, of Ragazine.CC:
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Colorado and Washington states vote to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use.
Old News: 
“American reformers seem to have no idea, at any time or in any connection, that the only remedy for wrong is right; that moral education, self-control, good manners, will save the world; and that legislation is not merely a broken reed, but a suffocating vapor. Further, an excess of legislation defeats its own ends. It makes the whole population criminals, and turns them all into policemen and spies… “
— Aleister Crowley
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Smithsonian To Honor Nam Jun Paik 
Film & Media Arts:  Gardening in the Age of the Moving Image

 Next month we will install 310 living plants in our gallery. An unruly mix of Warneckii, Aglaonema, Pathos, and Areca Palms, potting soil and planters will welcome visitors to our exhibition, Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. The plants are part of Paik’s groundbreaking installation titled TV Garden, on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Paik’s garden also includes sixty-five Cathode Ray Tube televisions sets (CRTs), multiple video and audio amplifiers, speakers, cables, 2x4s, green paint, and the pioneering, single channel video Global Groove from 1973. But don’t get too distracted by the flickering green spectacle. There is a great deal more to this beneath the topsoil.


The subject of the exhibition is the artist Nam June Paik. He died in 2006 but his art and legacy continue to inspire generations. We speak very fondly of him around the museum. Our senior curator of media art, John Hanhardt, was a friend of the artist and worked with him for many years. In 2009 we acquired his complete estate archive, which helps shape the foundation of our Film and Media Arts program. Nam June Paik’s contributions as an artist cannot be overstated. He democratized technology and transformed video into an artist’s medium. He redefined art making globally.

Normally, we would not place living plants in our gallery space. Paik was constantly challenging those conventions. Trained as a musician and acting as a performance artist in the early 1960s, he was an important part of the Fluxus network, an international art movement that exploded various disciplines and sought to mash-up high and pop cultures. Fluxus founder George Maciunas authored a manifesto stating that, among a host of other goals, Fluxors aimed to “PURGE the world of dead art” and “promote living art”. In response and collaboration, Paik incessantly broke things, from musical scores and violins, to TV sets and robots. As an avant-garde artist, he mangled the mechanics of pianos, intervened in scores for performances, and manipulated the circuitry of CRTs. By doing so, Nam June Paik fused some humanity with our techno-cultural progress and changed the way we see art and ourselves. 

Visit the museum’s blog Eye Level for the full post, and mark your calendars to see Nam June Paik: Global Visionary, open December 13, 2012 — August 11, 2013.

Download the Paikbot:
Inspired by the “Flat Stanley Project” of the 1990s, you can download an image of PaikBot from the Smithsonian website, then print him out and take photos of him in interesting locations or (if you don’t feel like leaving the computer) digitally insert him into images.
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Carlos Chavez

Left to right. Ricardo Fonseca, We Are You Project; Jaime Vásquez, artist; Paul Baron, entrepreneur; Guillermo Chang, entrepreneur; Pablo Caviedes, curator; Gail Carrillo Smith, President & Manager of Impacto; assistant representative of Panama; Don Jaime Andrade, collector; Ximena Hidalgo, Impacto; Mar Verdugo, Impacto; Carlos Chávez, exhibitor; Susana Patiño,designer; Guido Remache, artist; and, Vanessa Smith, Vice president, Impacto.

Impact Gallery in Manhattan
Honors Carlos Chávez

Both in Perú and in the USA, in the 21st Century, Carlos Chávez is widely considered a great Latin American master in the art of painting. In his youth,  Chávez did rough sketches on napkins and other perishable found-surfaces. He obtained formal artistic training under esteemed Peruvian artist, Angel Chávez (who stressed the old masters). In 1982, C. Chávez arrived in New York City, where he frequented major galleries and museums, attentively absorbing contemporary art trends, while enhancing his growing “freedom-of-expression.” C. Chávez thereby forged a style that merged metaphorical imagery with Latin American Magic-Realism, Neo-Surrealism, Immanentism and Amnesis.

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Here is a link to George Pingeon’s Times Up bicycle generator article… The bikes are operating in NYC’s lower east side, recently devastated and without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy. In addition to charging batteries, Pingeon’s system stores energy in supercapacitor  modules in a modification of the storage battery system, and if things work out, will be going into production in the not-too-distant future…. * * * * *

Butterly wins 2012 Smithsonian art award

Kathy Butterly is the tenth annual winner of the museum’s contemporary artist award. Butterly was recognized by an independent panel of jurors as an inventive and independent sculptor whose work reflects the fading boundary between craft and contemporary art.

The jurors wrote in their decision: “Butterly’s voluptuous ceramic objects explode traditional conceptions of earthenware art through careful manipulation of the medium, resulting in unconventional forms, colors, and surfaces. Her small, nuanced, labor-intensive sculptures are richly communicative and wildly imaginative. Each enigmatic work balances between humor and horror, seduction and repulsion, abstraction and figuration. Butterly masterfully harnesses these tensions to transform the familiar into something new and strange. She stands out as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.”

Butterly’s recent solo exhibitions include at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City, and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Butterly was born in 1963 in Amityville, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (1986) from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and earned a master’s degree in fine arts (1990) from the University of California, Davis. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Jurors included Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art; Ian Berry, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Irene Hoffman, Site Santa Fe; James Nares, artist; and Alma Ruiz, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Pictured: Kathy Butterly, Cool Spot, 2012, clay and glaze, 5 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches, Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Photo by Alan Wiener. © Kathy Butterly

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For a unique reading experience… 

real: Pure Slush Vol. 3 is available now!

Upfront! Uptight! Up yours! Non-fiction from 31 writers who spill their guts! memoir / essays / creative non-fiction
Yes! Pure Slush’s first print anthology of
non-fiction is now available, for only US$13.00.Featuring stories about love and lust and food and tourists and drag queens and lead poisoning and throwing up, this unique collection will leave you with many answers and just as many questions … including, when’s the sequel?
Writers include Gessy Alvarez, Cheri Ause, Meghan K. Barnes, Layla Blackwell, Laura Bogart, John Wentworth Chapin, Rebecca Chekouras, James Claffey, Joanna Delooze, Mira Desai, Gloria Frym, S.H. Gall, Cinda Gibbon, Walter Giersbach, Jane Hammons, William Henderson, Gill Hoffs, Claire Ibarra, Joanna Jagoda, Maude Larke, Michael Gillan Maxwell, S.B. Phoenix, Matt Potter, Mark Rosenblum, Shane Simmons, D.M. Simone, Jonathan Slusher, Sharon Louise Stephenson, Thomas Sullivan, Susan Tepper and Diana J. Wynne.
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Is this an app which I see before me?

Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth reimagined for iPad

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, 30 October 2012 – Cambridge University Press yesterday launched the Explore Shakespeare series at RADA, bringing Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to life on iPad in the most truly interactive and inspiring version ever made. These unique apps bring the latest technology together with 500 years of dramatic tradition and more than three decades of research and teaching experience. In so doing, they transform the plays for the 21st century while respecting the core values that make them classics.

Released worldwide and available for download on Apple’s App Store, the apps retail at £9.99 each and have been created by the world-famous Cambridge University Press and the BAFTA-nominated developer Agant. The first two titles, Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare and Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare, let you read, listen and interact with the characters and text. Cambridge University Press’s definitive versions of the text have been beautifully reimagined for iPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and a compelling audio performance.

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Binghamton, NY
Great time at the Orazio Salati Gallery Friday night on State St. in Binghamton, at a reading organized by Mario Moroni of the Romance Languages department at Binghamton University.  By the time the event began, the gallery was SRO.  An appreciative audience was privileged to hear poetry in Italian, English and the nearly extinct Ahtna language of the diminishing Alaskan tribe recited in the original and in translation by John Smelcer, one of the few surviving speakers of the language, and the only person alive who also reads and writes the language. If you’re wondering, it’s an exhibit of Brian Keeler paintings.
Poet Joe Weil engages with the moderator and event photographer
Mario Moroni (left) & John Smelcer
Salati Gallery Reading
Dennis McMicken
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Angel Spotted in Sao Paolo
Maria Oriente Photo
It could be “The Second Coming” of ART to Brazil. Gersony Silva‘s images remind one instantly of James Ensor (1860-1949) – The Entry of Christ into Brussels in 1888  (1889) [Getty Museum, L.A.).  Notice in Ensor’s title, the number 1888 is used; in numerology the number “8” is the number of God; the title has three “8s” with a one (“1”) in front of the three “8s,” suggesting three Gods in One: The Trinity!!   

Maria Oriente Photo

Eight is a lemniscate, an ancient Egyptian and Aegean symbol for infinity!  As a member of Brussel’s XX, Ensor was well-versed in numerology and other higher forms of mathematics,  In this light, between 1913 and 1930, Albert Einstein frequently visited Baron Ensor during various Brussels’s Solvay Conferences on Physics.  Once, Einstein even helped Ensor to move the enormous The Entry of Christ carrying it through the street in Brussels.

That “event” is comparable to Silva’s current Sao Paulo Articulations and Interventions.  Thus, Silva’s bizarre street-art has a direct relationship to Ensor and Einstein.

Iuri Oriente Photo

“The performance was very good!” said Silva. “I did one in my atelier, and another in Paulista avenue (it was an action). Some people participated and I am happy. On the street I talked about accessibility. I was with black clothes and white wings on the back, so I invited people to pass through the slit of a white tissue written acessibility, freedom, and told them that they could go because there was access there, and that in a lot of places that’s not so. I did that in some places the main avenue in Sao Paulo, where the sidewalk had access to disabled people. Some people were embarrassed, some  passed through tissue. It was amazing!”

Iuri Oriente Photo

Another artist fixated on angels is Ultra Violet – always insisting that she is an angel.  Meanwhile, Gersony Silva has sprouted wings as well. Ultimately, all that can be deduced from Silva’s enigmatic images is that she instantly needs to sojourn in New York or Brussels or Los Angeles for at least a decade, ASAP!!!   Especially because her dramatic images depict an agitated Brazil on the verge of a wild and dangerous ART revolution!!

– Dr. Jose Rodeiro 
Contributing Art Editor
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September 20th from 5-8pm in the Lemmerman Gallery at NJCU. Populous: Exploring the impact of people on the spaces they inhabit. Featuring the work of Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy Curated by Michelle Mumoli September 20 – October 25 Opening reception: Thursday, September 20th 5-8pm Artist talk: Thursday, October 25th 6pm Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery Hepburn Hall Room 323 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:  

Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy create a thorough artistic dialogue through their work relating to over-crowded landscapes and the residual manifestations of those forces brought on by the people who inhabit those areas.”

*Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour

Curator, Michelle Mumoli – With a background in Film and Media from New Jersey City University, Michelle Mumoli has been curating art events for close to 10 years in the NY Tri-State Area, most recently under the guise of ‘Pop-UP Art’. She was awarded a Newark ArtStart Grant in 2005 for her video production workshops with Newark public school children and in 2007 worked as Associate Producer on a feature length documentary, which premiered to a sold out crowd at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is now Assistant Director of the Not Yo Mama’s Fair alongside Founder/Artist Megan Gulick and independently curates art exhibitions throughout the New York Tri-State Area.

Arcadia Now Contemporary Art In Country September 13 – October 24, 2012 Artist talk: Saturday, October 13, 4pm Visual Arts Gallery 100 Culver Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07305 Gallery hours: Monday- Friday 11am-5pm and by appointment Special gallery hours: Saturday, October 13, 12-6pm* *Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:

Arcadia Now invokes the idea of the pastoral past, and combines art in an ensemble vision of what that pastoral idea, or an idyllic place of remove, might look like in the present. Combining photography, painting, sculpture and video, the exhibition addresses issues of nature and human consequence on nature, beauty and banality, and the ideal and the real in both abstract and figurative terms. How do we “see” the country?

Curated by Tom McGlynn This exhibition was originally presented at the Christine Price Gallery of Castleton State College, VT, in April-May 2011.  Visit: for more information. * * * * *


Courtesy of CML:

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For Those Who Have Never Been To War

by DR Goff

I personally am grateful for the media exposure in Vietnam. It was a fucking un-winnable war. Another week of bombing Hanoi only would have killed more civilians. We won every battle I saw. That’s called a Pyrrhic victory. When you win every battle but lose the war. We won everything worth winning in the first six months in Afghanistan. Now 10 years later, we have more suicides in the ranks than KIAs. I wish the media were publishing the real daily effects of rotting bodies, both ours and theirs. The only winners are in the “defense industry.” The reality of war has already been masked by our government. W and now Obama forbid the pix of returning caskets at Andrews AFB. Your heroes W and Cheney never spent a day under fire nor has Black Elvis. Not them or the citizens (calling for more war) have smelled burning, mutilated bodies of our troops, as well as the enemy and children. I have, and so have the poor fuckers being sent back for tour after tour. I say let the media show the reality! Maybe then this fucking war will stop. I believe The Media are a bunch of pussies for not exposing the true cost of war. Just like Vietnam, after we leave, those Taliban assholes will again fuck over the civilians. The only difference will be that we’ve  pissed off another country and given the terrorists more propaganda ammo and made Halliburton and KBR a fortune. I’ve seen this movie before and didn’t buy this or Iraq from the beginning. Fuck War! Fight when you really need to. The military doesn’t necessarily mean defense.

Doug Goff was a wartime photographer in Vietnam.


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Occupy Kassel: Guardians of Time

By Manfred Kielnhofer 

The Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer are issued in the Documenta city Kassel. You can see the mystical sculptures on different public places in the Docuementa city for 100 days. Most of the images were made on Friedrichsplatz in the “Occupy Kassel” camp.  

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WE ARE YOU PROJECT INTERNATIONAL           “National Hispanic Heritage Celebration”

  September 9  to  October 4, 2012   Arts Guild New Jersey   1670 Irving Street Rahway, New Jersey 07065 Telephone:  732-381-7511

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and is open to all. Admission is Free and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will take place at Arts Guild New Jersey galleries at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ.  Developed by We Are You Project, the exhibit reveals both prescient Latino concerns as  well as achievements, which are reflected in paintings, prints, and  mixed-media works by thirty-five prominent, contemporary Hispanic artists. The We Are You Project Website is . Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located in the downtown Arts District of Rahway. Arts Guild New Jersey:    or

 DORA SI HUGO, We Are You Artist

CARLOS CHÁVEZ’s Trabajadores de la tierra (top)2011, Oil on canvas, 14″ x 42″, Collection of the artist. HUGO MORALES’s DORA (above), 2010, Digital Image, 24″ x 18″, Collection of The Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA).

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Art Flyer

Steve Poleskie just posted an edited version of a video recording his experiences as an artflyer in 1984…..a biplane pilot who ‘performed’ public art for anyone on the ground who could look up and see it …. Check out the You Tube Video…

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Poetry, roller blades and music:

'Stutter the Violins'

A short film on the struggle of structure and chaos.

Stutter the Violins‘ is a part of the full length film, The Shock Video. It is a byproduct of The Apple Juice, the epic poem of rollerblading. The Apple Juice is dedicated to Sean Cullen, creative of the infamous ‘The Apple’ film series and mastermind of NRICLOTH. The musical component of ‘Stutter the Violins’ has been featured in NO!R NEW  YORK‘s Ceremony of Innocence, December 2011. Love and a taste of The Apple Juice to BLK DNM, KOEK NYC, & I Roll NY.

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Suited with Steve, at Baikanor

Thumbs Up

A letter from U.S. Astronaut Sunita Williams

in anticipation of her next launch

from the Baikanor station

Hi, We arrived in Baikanor yesterday!  We are here two weeks early to check out our spacecraft and be in quarantine. Leaving AGAIN was difficult… life has been full of “maybe lasts” for me these last months… leaving Houston and Mike, leaving Boston, mom, dad, Dina, Gorby, Elsie and Thomas, and this last time leaving Star City and all my family there.  Sort of emotional, but I know I will see all these friends again! Change is good and means something else fun is around the corner.  Specifically, here in Baikanor we have been doing the fun things you see in the pictures above.  But first we were met by a group of kids at the airport sporting gold pompons – not sure what all that was about?!?  But certainly memorable.  Yesterday essentially all we had was dinner and a couple of review sessions about what we were going to do today at the suit up building, no. 254. Today we actually got in our space suits and in our space craft.   It is the last time we will see it without it’s protective covering until launch.  Next time we see it, she will be under her “glavni opticatal” so we won’t see her outsides until after we dock. “Suited with Steve” is me and my flight doc in the suit up room.  Check out our cool Nancy Sinatra boots! “Space Kennel” is us walking to the spacecraft with our little air conditioners.  Some people thought that was a lunchbox or a little travel kennel for Gorby.  Unfortunately it is only some additional air conditioning. “Outside the ship” is our crew before we got in for our “fit check”  Yes we FIT!!! “No-no squished” is our crew inside the vehicle from one of the 2 exterior windows in out descent compartment.  You can’t see Aki and can barely see Yuri.  I am farthest away so you can see me.  Close quarters but actually pretty comfortable! Some quick impressions were again, everything seems like a last for me.  Not sure why, but surely this time is different from being a backup. Saw some wild horses in the plains on our way to the suit up building – certainly is the wild, wild east out here. I feel really comfortable in my suit and in the spacecraft.  Maybe it is the test pilot in me that makes all this stuff seem very natural.  What is un-natural and uncomfortable for me still is talking to the many people and the press.  For some reason I get sort of chocked up.  Flying spacecraft is easier for me… Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!  Tomorrow is actually our flag raising ceremony.  I can’t think of a better place to be on this day for this event.  Tom Marshburn (our backup American) and I will raise the American flag here at the cosmonaut hotel.  Aki of course will raise the Japanese flag, Yuri and Roman will raise the Russian flag and Chris Hadfield will raise the Kazakh flag this time around, since he is backup.  Next time when he is prime he will raise his native Canadian flag. There is always a Kazakh flag raised here as we are in their country. Looking forward to it and will send more pictures! Take care, Suni (Letter and photos provided courtesy of Janez Vlachy, Slovenia.)

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Comfest 2012

Sci Fi meets Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction was working the crowd at Comfest 2012, when Columbus’ answer to Iron Man shows up. So who was the crowd favorite? (Harry Farkas Photo)

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From June 2 to October 21, The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento presents a major retrospective exhibition of works by acclaimed Pop Artist and Neo-neosurrealist Mel Ramos entitled MEL RAMOS: 50 YEARS OF SUPERHEROES, NUDES, AND OTHER POP DELIGHTS.   In this comprehensive and thorough Crocker Museum show, along with many sensational 2-D pieces on display; there are extraordinary, gorgeous, and amusing polychrome resin figurative-sculptures, depicting ravishing nude women juxtaposed with enormous commercial-products as props.

These intriguing and engrossing sculptures meet all of the criteria Marcel Duchamp set for “semi-readymades.”  For instance, a prime example of a semi-readymade is Duchamp’s Étant donnés (or “The Spanish Door”) wherein the nude figure of Alexina Teeny Matisse lies spreadeagle in a marsh holding-up a gas-lamp by a watermill within this ultimate semi-readymade Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1944-1966.  In this Duchampian light, art historically, Ramos’s innovative, daring, and alluring 3-D female nude figures  belong within the cache or cohort of radical Postmodern  ground-breaking neo-neoclassical figurative sculptural trendsetters, such as Allen Jones, John De Andrea, Frank Gallo, Carole A. Feuerman, Jeff Koons, Yasumasa Morimura and other leading figurative-artists.

The Crocker Museum show is available for viewing from Tuesday through Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) except Thursdays when the museum remains open until 9 pm.  Simultaneous with The Crocker Museum show is a display of scores of his famed prints at Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd.(Sacramento) that runs through July.

Concurrent with these two shows is the exhibit at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, which was just reviewed in the May-June 2012 issue of RAGAZINE (Volume 8, Number 3) in an article titled PAY IT FORWARD, pertaining to a joint exhibition that featured Ramos and his former student the Mexican-American painter Gabriel Navar.  Also, in that same issue of RAGAZINE (Vol. 8 – #3) is a short interview with Ramos conducted by Navar.

The Crocker Art Museum  216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.808.7000

* * * * * At Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba Jinsing Productions’ ingenious and powerful film is the first 21st Century documentation of politically-charged Pro-Latino activist poetry: Latino advocacy-poetry We Are You Project reading on You Tube  Click. * * * * * A Corner in Bushwick



Brazilian artist Priscila De Carvalho  took part getting ready for the Bushwick art festival by painting a mural on the wall of a building at Troutman and Nicholas in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. While it was a work-in-progress when these photos were taken, the paint is most likely long-dry… have a look.

* * * * * Congratulations to Miya Ando, recipient of a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award! * * * * * Christie Devereaux

See more Devereaux work at:

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Maile Colbert

If you’re in San Francisco, join Maile for the Activating the Medium Festival, Dark Ecology, where she’s premiering her project Come Kingdom Come, with a video including haunting photography using a special drying technique by Olivia Block, and footage of movement artist Rafaela Salvador intertwined and effected in sync with the audio thanks to the amazing SpectralGl and artist Jesse Gilbert. (

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Andrea Polli (Albuquerque)
Andrea Williams (Oakland)
3pm : soundwalks : San Francisco : $10 
The Lab
2948 16th Street : San Francisco


San Francisco Art Institute : Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street : San Francisco

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Talking to Mahmood, Conversation with Fr. Dan Dwyer
SCTV Channel 17, You Tube: Talking to Mahmood

Talking to Mahmood Spend half an hour with Sienna College professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, as he conducts interviews with modern day thinkers on global ideas and events that matter. You Tube

___________What’s new wicz chew? ________

Bill Lavendar posted a link to Charles Bernstein’s essay on Facebook. The copyright permission at the bottom was an invitation to reprint it here …. Thanks to Bill. Thanks to Charles.

Against National

Poetry Month

As Such


by Charles Bernstein Author of My Way: Speeches and Poems

And they say If I would just sing lighter songs Better for me would it be, But not is this truthful; For sense remote Adduces worth and gives it Even if ignorant reading impairs it; But it’s my creed That these songs yield No value at the commencing Only later, when one earns it. —translated from Giraut de Bornelh (12th century) April is the cruelest month for poetry. As part of the spring ritual of National Poetry Month, poets are symbolically dragged into the public square in order to be humiliated with the claim that their product has not achieved sufficient market penetration and must be revived by the Artificial Resuscitation Foundation (ARF) lest the art form collapse from its own incompetence, irrelevance, and as a result of the general disinterest among the broad masses of the American People. The motto of ARF’s National Poetry Month is: “Poetry’s not so bad, really.” National Poetry Month is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, an organization that uses its mainstream status to exclude from its promotional activities much of the formally innovative and “otherstream” poetries that form the inchoate heart of the art of poetry. The Academy’s activities on behalf of National Poetry Month tend to focus on the most conventional of contemporary poetry; perhaps a more accurate name for the project might be National Mainstream Poetry Month. Then perhaps we could designate August as National Unpopular Poetry Month. Through its “safe poetry” free verse distribution program, the American Academy of Poetry’s major initiative for National Poetry Month is to give away millions of generic “poetry books” to random folks throughout the country. This program is intended to promote safe reading experiences and is based on ARF’s founding principle that safe poetry is the best prophylactic against aesthetic experience. Free poetry is never free, nor is free verse without patterns. Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Only an auctioneer admires all schools of art.” National Poetry month professes to an undifferentiated promotion for “all” poetry, as if supporting all poetry, any more than supporting all politics, you could support any. National Poetry Month is about making poetry safe for readers by promoting examples of the art form at its most bland and its most morally “positive.” The message is: Poetry is good for you. But, unfortunately, promoting poetry as if it were an “easy listening” station just reinforces the idea that poetry is culturally irrelevant and has done a disservice not only to poetry deemed too controversial or difficult to promote but also to the poetry it puts forward in this way. “Accessibility” has become a kind of Moral Imperative based on the condescending notion that readers are intellectually challenged, and mustn’t be presented with anything but Safe Poetry. As if poetry will turn people off to poetry. Poetry: Readers Wanted. The kind of poetry I want is not a happy art with uplifting messages and easy to understand emotions. I want a poetry that’s bad for you. Certainly not the kind of poetry that Volkswagen would be comfortable about putting in every new car it sells, which, believe it or not, is a 1999 feature of the Academy’s National Poetry Month program. The most desirable aim of the Academy’s National Poetry Month is to increase the sales of poetry books. But when I scan some of the principal corporate sponsors of the program of the past several years, I can’t help noting (actually I can but I prefer not to) that some are among the major institutions that work actively against the wider distribution of poetry. The large chain bookstores are no friends to the small presses and independent bookstores that are the principal supporters of all types of American poetry: they have driven many independents out of business and made it more difficult for most small presses (the site of the vast majority of poetry publishing) to get their books into retail outlets, since by and large these presses are excluded from the large chains. I also note this year that The New York Times is a major sponsor of National Poetry Month; but if the Times would take seriously the task of reviewing poetry books and readings, it would be doing a far greater service to poetry than advertising its support for National Poetry Month. The whole thing strikes me as analogous to cigarette makers sponsoring a free emphysema clinic. Indeed, part of the purpose of the Academy’s National Poetry Month appears to be to advertise National Poetry Month and its sponsors—thus, the Academy has taken out a series of newspapers ads that mention no poets and no poems but rather announce the existence of National Poetry Month with a prominent listing of its backers, who appear, in the end, to be sponsoring themselves. The path taken by the Academy’s National Poetry Month, and by such foundations as Lannan and the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, have been misguided because these organizations have decided to promote not poetry but the idea of poetry, and the idea of poetry too often has meant almost no poetry at all. Time and time again we hear the official spokespersons tell us they want to support projects that give speedy and efficient access to poetry and that the biggest obstacle to this access is, indeed, poetry, which may not provide the kind of easy reading required by such mandates. The solution: find poetry that most closely resembles the fast and easy reading experiences of most Americans under the slogans—Away with Difficulty! Make Poetry Palatable for the People! I think particularly of the five-year plan launched under the waving banners of Disguise the Acid Taste of the Aesthetic with NutriSweet Coating, which emphasized producing poetry in short sound bites, with MTV-type images to accompany them, so the People will not even know they are getting poetry. This is the genius of the new Literary Access programs: the more you dilute art, the more you appear to increase the access. But access to what? Not to anything that would give a reader or listener any strong sense that poetry matters, but rather access to a watered down version that lacks the cultural edge and the aesthetic sharpness of the best popular and mass culture. The only reason that poetry matters is that is has something different to offer, something slower on the uptake, maybe, but more intense for all that, and also something necessarily smaller in scale in terms of audience. Not better than mass culture but a crucial alternative to it.

The reinvention, the making of a poetry for our time, is the only thing that makes poetry matter. And that means, literally, making poetry matter, that is making poetry that intensifies the matter or materiality of poetry—acoustic, visual, syntactic, semantic. Poetry is very much alive when it finds ways of doing things in a media-saturated environment that only poetry can do, but very much dead when it just retreads the same old same old.

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As an alternative to National Poetry Month, I propose that we have an International Anti-Poetry month. As part of the activities, all verse in public places will be covered over—from the Statue of Liberty to the friezes on many of our government buildings. Poetry will be removed from radio and TV (just as it is during the other eleven months of the year). Parents will be asked not to read Mother Goose and other rimes to their children but only … fiction. Religious institutions will have to forego reading verse passages from the liturgy and only prose translations of the Bible will recited, with hymns strictly banned. Ministers in the Black churches will be kindly requested to stop preaching. Cats will be closed for the month by order of the Anti-Poetry Commission. Poetry readings will be replaced by self-help lectures. Love letters will have to be written only in expository paragraphs. Baseball will have to start its spring training in May. No vocal music will be played on the radio or sung in the concert halls. Children will have to stop playing all slapping and counting and singing games and stick to board games and football. As part of the campaign, the major daily newspapers will run full page ads with this text:

Go ahead, don’t read any poetry.

You won’t be able to understand it anyway: the best stuff is all over your head. And there aren’t even any commercials to liven up the action. Anyway, you’ll end up with a headache trying to figure out what the poems are saying because they are saying NOTHING. Who needs that. Better go to the movies.

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Charles Bernstein My Way: Speeches and Poems ©1999, 334 pages Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-04409-5 Paper $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-04410-1 Copyright notice: ©1999 by Charles Bernstein. This text appears on the University of Chicago Press website by permission of the author. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. and international copyright law and agreements, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that this entire notice, including copyright information, is carried and provided that Charles Bernstein and the University of Chicago Press are notified and no fee is charged for access. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of Charles Bernstein.

From our friends in Bucharest: ___________________ 
At the launching of the CHM Anthology in Bucharest, April 7, 2012:
Left: Actress Lidia Lazu (National Theatrum in Bucharest) presents poems published in the second Anthology; Right: Edith Uncu, translator for the Greek language, reads messages from CHM’s international contributors, including Prof. Don Riggs from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and poet Oscar Hahn from Santiago de Chile.

Daniel Dragomirescu, center, poet and actress Lidia Lazu (left); poet Tatiana Radulescu, contributor of CHM (behind Dragomirescu); poet Victoria Milescu (right), and two unidentified participants at the Launch. The group is seeking donations for their efforts to expand CHM’s multicultural literary programs. Multicultural Project, Dragomirescu Daniel-Florian, Str. N. Balcescu, no 77, bl 77, sc B, et 4, ap 32, 730131 VASLUI, ROMANIA / EUROPEAN UNION


Amy Tan On abuse … 

I am shaped by three generations of sexual abuse, but I am not victim to it. My grandmother, a widow with two children, was raped by a rich man and forced to become his 3rd concubine. Shortly after the baby from that rape was born, she killed herself. My mother's first husband would not allow her to leave the marriage. He raped her at gunpoint and had her jailed for running away. In the years before she could leave him, she had three abortions, Meanwhile, he raped school girls. When I was 15, I was counseled by a youth minister for reading Catcher in the Rye. He threw me on the bed and molested me, then said that I shouldn't read dirty books because it would make people believe I had a dirty mind. In my early 20s, when I was very ill, a gynecologist sexually abused me, and when the nurse walked in, shocked, she left when the doctor told her to. How could I accuse a youth minister who would say I had a dirty mind? How could I accuse a doctor who would say his abuse was normal medical procedure? The epilogue: The youth minister ran off with a teenager and when he returned with her, he was not charged with pedophilia or statutory rape. He simply lost his job. The gynecologist's long history of sexual abuse led one woman's husband to blow up his boat with him in it. He survived and eventually lost his job, then went to work as a doctor at a live porn theater. What has all of this done to me psychologically? I am not suicidal like my grandmother was. I don't live in constant rage as my mother did. But I do have hair-trigger reactions to religious self-righteousness that would decide whether a woman has a dirty mind in her own bedroom, that would force a woman to be vaginally probed --humiliated and punished--before she is permitted to have an abortion, even for rape. These mad men want to take us back to the days of my grandmother and mother, when women had no say. I write stories to give my grandmother and mother their say. "Tell the whole world," my mother said when I told her what I was writing. "All these years, no one knew what we suffered," she said, crying. "Tell the world what happened to us." I am joining millions who will vote, not just for Barack Obama, but with force and unity against the megalomaniacs who get off imagining what women do and should do in bed.

Reprinted in Ragazine with permission of the author.


Eric Marlow's Nest Egg, Photo by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart

Eric Marlo’s Recycled Chicken

Make Nice

My friend Eric Marlow created this Finger Lickin’ Good chicken out of recycled plastic ice-cream tasting spoons, drinking straws and a few plastic forks to shape the wings. An egg pops out of a hidden compartment below. For the past three decades, Eric has been creating art made from scrap he recycles, and he teaches that in numerous schools around the state. Check out more of Eric’s sculptures and jewelry, as well as the magnificent giant fiber flowers made by Gail Larned, his wife and partner, at:

Posted by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart, Columbus, Ohio



Ellen Jantzen at Spiritus Gallery

Point and Shoot at 70 MPH

Point & Shoot at 70 MPH were taken on a 6000 mile road trip from Missouri to California and back using a point and shoot camera. Ellen has captured the landscape while traveling at high speeds resulting in images that give you the feeling of motion and change.

More of the series and other good work at:

 Susan Spiritus Gallery


Lifted from Tamo Noonan’s facebook page … who lifted it from somewhere else …. who had the good sense to share it …..

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Time/December 2011, & Ragazine/October 2011


Bye-bye Freedom …

Where’s the Outrage?

If you’re more concerned about would-be terrorists than the existence of real freedoms, then you probably think the National Defense Authorization Bill going to Obama for his signature is going to put in place mechanisms to protect us from unimaginable threats. But now hear this: that brazen attempt to control Americans and limit individual freedom with the threat of mind control is no less than HUAC, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the Greek Military occupation, the North Korean super-leader mythos, 1984, Brave New World and Guantanamo wrapped into one. The greatest nation on earth imposing an order that would allow unlimited control of thought and action is completely against the so-called American Way, which is driving more and more citizens to their own extremes, left, right and center. If you oppose this limitation on your rights, if you don’t go along with the idea that your Congressmen, President and Military Leaders know more than YOU, Your Neighbor, Your Friends & Family, then speak out…. there’s something happening here, and it really isn’t good.

Read more at:

November 6, 2011, Zuccotti Park, NYC

Beautiful day for a protest. First time there. Surprised at how small the park really is. Remember The Mouse That Roared. This ragtag band of protesters takes the world stage. A half block away a platoon of cops with their mobile command post stands guard 24/7. It’s ominous. Many of the bedgraggled appear to have found a home after moving south from the streets of the East Village, which doesn’t make their argument less — or more — valid.


Zuccotti Park 11-6-11

A walk through the narrow aisles reveals signs of an earnest rebellion. Hand drawn, hand painted, craftspeople finding common ground. A friend in the neighborhood said she hasn’t been there yet, but wishes she could stand with them. Don’t know why she can’t, even for a few minutes on a day like this when the people and the press and police mingle momentarily at the foot of the island where a band of patriots have declared their independence. Let’s hope by the time you read this there’s still time.


DUMBO ARTS FEST, October 2011


Dumbo Arts Fest 10-11

Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass: take the A Train to High Street or find some other way. Get up early and avoid the crowds. Too much like a carnival after that, but early on there’s plenty to see, gallery space to gallery space, crib to crib, rolloff to rolloff. As for the Brooklyn Bridge, the crew making repairs is doing Cristo proud.


 SEPTEMBER 25, 2011  It's inevitable...

DON RUBEN Don Ruben, long time Ragazine supporter, contributor, and most importantly a personal friend of 40 years, passed away Sept. 15 after an 8-month battle with cancer. He fought to the end, interviewing Tamar Todd from the Drug Policy Alliance (interview is in Ragazine Vol 7 No 5 online now), before a serious relapse from which he never recovered. I last visited Don on June 4 with DR Goff at DR’s 64th b’day in Columbus. He was recovering from some serious radiation and chemo therapy and, while suffering measurably, continued working, with the assistance of his long-time partner Lelia Cady, to survive. He will certainly be missed by the hundreds of people he defended, most of them successfully, and the hundreds — or more likely thousands — more he knew and befriended.

The more bad news: Floods. Thoughts are with those affected by the recent flooding throughout the northeast, especially for what was lost and cannot be regained. The good news:  Politics editor Jim Palombo is on his way to Rhodes Forum 2011 in large part on behalf of Ragazine. If you would like to know more about, or comment on, the “Dialogue of Civilizations,” or the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry,, feel free to get in touch with Jim…


For New York Fashion Week, fashion photographer Gabrielle Revere captured top model Karlie Kloss, for a LIFE Magazine Special issue that was to be handed out at Lincoln Center 9/9/11. Want to know more?


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(L-R) Pablo Caviedes (artist), poets Bina Sarkar, Christie Devereaux, Jose Rodeiro, Alan Britt, Vivian O’Shaughnessy, Alex Lima & Paul Sohar. Mike Foldes photo.

Photos from the Reading

Six & Three

Saturday’s reading at Jadite Galleries, 660 10th Ave. between 46th & 47th streets, drew a  welcoming audience to the gallery in Hell’s Kitchen, where the exhibition Six & Three was on display. Joining the scheduled poets at the reading was surprise guest Bina Sarkar Ellias, who was on her way through from Kansas City on the return leg of her visit to the States from Mumbai. Sarkar-Ellias is the publisher of International Gallerie, the socially conscious magazine of art and ideas. Also on hand to read were: Diogenes Abreu, Alan Britt, Alex Lima, Vivian O’Shaughnessy, Paul Sohar and Mike Foldes.

Poets, artists and guests at Jadite, from left, Jose Rohde, Diogenes Abreu & guest, Alex Lima, Sebastian Aurillon, Bina Sarkar Elias, Alan britt, Vivian O'Shaughnessy, Scott Kahn, Paul Sohar & Mike Foldes.

Poets, artists and guests at Jadite, from left, Jose Rohde, Diogenes Abreu & guest, Alex Lima, Sebastian Aurillon, Bina Sarkar Elias, Alan britt, Vivian O’Shaughnessy, Scott Kahn, Paul Sohar & Mike Foldes. Pablo Caviedes photo.

Jadite Galleries, established in 1985 contributes to the ever-changing contemporary art scene in New York. Exhibitions cover the spectrum of art form created by myriad talented artists from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. With three exhibition spaces, Jadite Galleries has fostered a number of promising artists and attracted many serious collectors over the years.

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Neo Latino Artists

The Neo-Latino exhibiting artists gather at the opening.

A “Second Wave” of Neo-Latino Art

hits new CCM Visual Arts Gallery

by  Tara  Dervla

On December 3, at County College of Morris’s brand-new CCM Visual Arts Gallery, the Neo-Latino Art Movement inaugurated its extraordinary “Second Wave.”  Highlighting works by sixteen major Northern New Jersey and Metropolitan New York artists, the “Neo-Latino:  21st Century Latino Artists”exhibition in the Sherman H. Masten Library runs from November 24, 2014 until January 30, 2015.



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These are photos from the opening of the Neo Latino exhibit Dec. 3

Jose Rodeiro and Isabel Nazario
Jose Rodeiro and Isabel Nazario
Christie Devereaux
Christie Devereaux
Julio Nazario, Isabel Nazario, and Nancy Mark with images by Julio Nazario.
Julio Nazario, Isabel Nazario, and Nancy Mark with images by Julio Nazario.
Christie Devereaux and Monica S. Camin with Gabriel Navar's Selfie 4, Ultralove.
Christie Devereaux and Monica S. Camin with Gabriel Navar's Selfie 4, Ultralove.
Rita Villarreal conversing about her new life in Florida
Rita Villarreal conversing about her new life in Florida
Christie Devereaux and Nikolai Buglaj
Christie Devereaux and Nikolai Buglaj
Marisol Ross's Mariano Rivera
Marisol Ross's Mariano Rivera
Monica S. Camin
Monica S. Camin
Art of Nicola Stewart Fonseca and Fermin Mendoza
Art of Nicola Stewart Fonseca and Fermin Mendoza
Todd Doney and Raul Villarreal
Todd Doney and Raul Villarreal
A successful opening
A successful opening
Dr. Virginia Butera, Dr. Edward J. Yaw, Professor Clay Allen and Dean Keith W. Smith.
Dr. Virginia Butera, Dr. Edward J. Yaw, Professor Clay Allen and Dean Keith W. Smith.
Jose Rodeiro and Mariella Chavez Villamizar
Jose Rodeiro and Mariella Chavez Villamizar
Nicola Fonseca with Clay Allen
Nicola Fonseca with Clay Allen
Dr. John Marlin, Raul Villarreal and Richard Ferrara
Dr. John Marlin, Raul Villarreal and Richard Ferrara
Raul Villarreal with Julio Nazario
Raul Villarreal with Julio Nazario
Dr. Jose Rodeiro with Dr. Edward J. Yaw
Dr. Jose Rodeiro with Dr. Edward J. Yaw
Josephine Barreiro with Dawn Delikat of "Pen & Brush"
Josephine Barreiro with Dawn Delikat of "Pen & Brush"
Olga M. Batista and Sergio Villamizar
Olga M. Batista and Sergio Villamizar
Sergio Villamizar
Sergio Villamizar
Josephine Barreiro painting
Josephine Barreiro painting
Josephine Barreiro and Michael Cruz
Josephine Barreiro and Michael Cruz
Bruce Rice (painter) talking to Dr. Elaine Foster (jewelry designer).
Bruce Rice (painter) talking to Dr. Elaine Foster (jewelry designer).
Dr. Barry Katz
Dr. Barry Katz
Olga Mercedes Bautista with Nicola Stewart Fonseca
Olga Mercedes Bautista with Nicola Stewart Fonseca
Rita Villarreal with Monica S. Camin
Rita Villarreal with Monica S. Camin
 Angelica Munoz Castano
Angelica Munoz Castano


Cuban artist Raúl Villarreal is credited with naming the “Neo-Latino” movement in 2003; art historically, it’s the first major 21st Century global art movement initiated in greater New York City.  The exhibit includes works by Villarreal, and “First Wave” artists Josephine Barreiro,  Olga Mercedes Bautista,   José Rodeiro and  Sergio Villamizar.   Included from the “Second Wave” are Isabel Nazario and Julio Nazario, instrumental in organizing the 2004 The Center for Latino Art and Culture’s  arts-initiative, “Transcultural New Jersey.”  The above are joined by Monica S. Camin,  Christie Devereaux,  Nicola Stewart Fonseca,  Ricardo Fonseca,  Fermin Mendoza,  Lisette Morel,  Angela Muñoz Castaño,   Gabriel Navar, and Marisol Ross.

Photo credits: Todd Doney (Director, CCM Visual Arts Gallery); Sergio Villamizar,  Christie Devereaux and Josephine Barreiro.

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Gabriel Navar, Selfie 4, Ultralove

Gabriel Navar, Selfie 4, Ultralove


Neo-Latino Art Exhibit:

A Blend of Paint & Culture


Dr. Nicomedes Suárez-Araúz, the Bolivia aesthetic theorist, poet, and “Father of Amnesis Art” has argued that contemporary culture is marked by “hybridization,” the blending of cultures through globalization and integration, rupturing distinctions between low art and high art, and contributing to postmodern cultural fusion.  Suárez-Araúz attests that all this “hybridization” will ultimately result in cultural renewal, and he acknowledges that no 21st Century art movement has done more to ignite a Hispanic Renaissance than NYC’s/NJ’s Metropolitan-area Neo-Latino group, whose revitalized and resurgent “second-wave” is led by Raúl Villarreal, the acclaimed Cuban American painter, who, in 2003, christened the movement: “Neo-Latino Art.”

Art historically, Neo-Latinoism stands as the 21st Century’s first Hispanic art movement.  Thanks to Villarreal’s enlightened revival of Neo-Latinoism, the possibility of an artistic community linked by cultural solidarity is growing. Under Villarreal’s curatorial leadership, the second wave of the Neo-Latino art movement is being launched in winter 2014-2015 within County College of Morris’s new CCM Art Gallery, featuring cutting-edge images of social significance, imaginative visions, and strong visual vitality that are both archetypal and intrinsic to contemporary Latino community(ies) in the metropolitan area.


Neo-Latino Art Show

“Neo-Latino CCM Edition” — Todd Doney, Gallery Director
An Exhibition of 21st Century Latino Artists
November 24, 2014 – January 30, 2015
Artist Reception: Wednesday, December 3 from 5:30-8:00 PM
The CCM Visual Arts Gallery
Sherman H. Masten Library
County College of Morris

Sandy, Olga Mercedes Bautista
Basket Babies, Olga Mercedes Bautista
Basket Babies, Olga Mercedes Bautista
El Pan de la Vida Cotidiana, Raúl Villarreal
El Pan de la Vida Cotidiana, Raúl Villarreal
The Twins, Raúl Villarreal
Angélica Muñoz Castañoj, "Esperando Por Mi Sabia Interior
Angélica Muñoz Castaño, "Tres Generaciones
Nicola Stewart Fonseca, "Home"
Nicola Richard Fonseca, Chained Borders
Nicola Richard Fonseca, Chained Borders
Monica S. Camin, Passport 2000
Monica S. Camin, Passport 2000
Overcoat, Monica S. Camin
Before and Happily Ever After, Sergio Villamizar
Before and Happily Ever After, Sergio Villamizar
Prisioneros del Imperio, Sergio Villamizar
Prisioneros del Imperio, Sergio Villamizar
Saint Patriot, Sergio Villamizar
Saint Patriot, Sergio Villamizar
Espiritu Maya 1, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 1, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 2, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 2, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 3, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 3, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 4, Christie Devereaux
Espiritu Maya 4, Christie Devereaux
Nicaraguan Bodegon, Jose Rodeiro
Nicaraguan Bodegon, Jose Rodeiro
Flowers, Jose Rodeiro
Flowers, Jose Rodeiro
Seated Woman, Jose Rodeiro
Seated Woman, Jose Rodeiro
Four Cats Bodegon, Jose Rodeiro
Four Cats Bodegon, Jose Rodeiro
Selfie 4, Looney Times, Gabriel Navar
Selfie 4, Looney Times, Gabriel Navar
Selfie 4 Sun, Gabriel Navar
Selfie 4 Sun, Gabriel Navar
Selfie 4, Ultra Love, Gabriel Navar
Selfie 4, Ultra Love, Gabriel Navar
Cat Devouring Bird, Josephine Barriero
Cat Devouring Bird, Josephine Barriero
El Toro, Josephine Barriero
El Toro, Josephine Barriero


Neo-Latinos generally emulate consequential art movements from the previous century (e.g. Dada, Surrealism, and other art movements), that preferred clear, transcendent socio-cultural aesthetic principle(s), and wide-ranging artistic aspirations, to mere stylistic uniformity.  In short, Neo-Latino art is not driven by one universal or consistent style.  Rather, Neo-Latinoism explores six styles: Neo-Informalism, Neo-Pop, Amnesis, Metaphorical Realism, Primordialism and Folkloricism, while adhering to core Neo-Latino cultural values and ideas. Ultimately, they believe that art is the unity in diversity of all things.  Generally, Neo-Latino art assimilates or combines aesthetic traits from Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  In Neo-Latino art, multicultural and multiethnic viewpoints prevail, engendering transcultural amalgams consisting of three elements: 1).  Pan-American  artistic fertilization, 2). Incessant cultural and artistic evolution, and 3). unlimited syncretic fusion in the arts, reinforcing cultural bonds by focusing on aggregate Latina(o) ethnicity and identity.

Since 2003, in their artworks, this Neo-Latino art cell has consistently gauged the cultural impact of full-blown US-Latinization [(a term invented in 1992 by José Rodeiro, the Cuban-American painter)], which describes the current ascent of Ibero-American culture in North America.  In terms of art, aesthetics, and culture, the Neo-Latino art movement is a manifestation of contemporary US-Latinization, as well as indicative of transcultural currents that are simultaneously dispersing and imploding within the New York-New Jersey metropolitan-area Hispanic communities.

“Second wave” Neo-Latino artists include: Josephine Barreiro, Olga Mercedes Bautista, Monica S. Camin, Christie Devereaux, Ricardo Fonseca, Nicola Stewart Fonseca, Fermin Mendoza, Lisette Morel, Angélica Muñoz Castaño, Gabriel Navar, Isabel Nazario, Julio Nazario, José Rodeiro, Marisol Ross, Sergio Villamizar and Raúl Villarreal. The Latin American and Iberian countries represented are Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Portugal and Spain.

“Neo-Latino CCM Edition:” an Exhibition of 21st Century Latino Artists will run from November 24, 2014 – January 30, 2015, with an Artist Reception on Wednesday, December 3 from 5:30-8:00 PM. The reception is is free and open to the public.  Both the art show and reception will take place at the CCM Visual Arts Gallery, (Sherman H. Masten Library), County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869-2086. Tel. 973-328-5000; Contact: Todd Doney, Gallery Director.

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Future assured

for Franklin Furnace

The following letter was emailed earlier this week to friends and subscribers of Franklin Furnace, a landmark arts organization founded in 1975 in TriBeCa. Much has happened over the years, including the migration of FF from Manhattan to Brooklyn. This latest update on the organization’s splendid history reveals that its future will likely be assured for the next 100 years — or more. Great news, at that.

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Dear Franklin Furnace Aficionado,

Franklin Furnace has made the decision to “nest” at Pratt Institute.  Here is the back-story:

In 1975, along with a bunch of other artists, I signed a 10-year lease on a loft building at 112 Franklin Street in TriBeCa.  At the time, I remember thinking ten years was forever.  But a decade turns out to be short in real estate terms, so by the early 1980s I was trying to figure out where Franklin Furnace would move.  (This is when William Wegman’s 1983 drawing, “Visit the New Facility,” was created.)  Could we relocate to the block in the East Village where Claes Oldenburg once had his Store?  (Not fireproof.) Should we move to a disused bank building that would project the value of our archives?  (Too expensive.)  What about space in the Federal Archives Building developed by Rockrose?  (Residential plumbing overhead.)  In the end, Franklin Furnace hired the late, great attorney, Paul Gulielmetti, whose expertise in the Loft Law kept us in our TriBeCa storefront for ten years after the expiration of our lease.  When the landlord died, his daughter offered the tenants of 112 Franklin Street the opportunity to buy the building.  This we did, raising the down payment through an art sale generously hosted by Marian Goodman.


At first, our plan was to renovate the loft to make it a downtown art emporium; star architect Bernard Tschumi prepared an innovative design that brought the space up to code while remaining respectful of its location in a historic district.  Then we recognized that the artists’ community had largely left TriBeCa for the outer boroughs; and that the Internet presented a new, free zone in which artists might create unforeseen works.  We held a Board retreat; convened several town meetings; and ultimately decided to “go virtual” to provide the artists we present with the freedom of expression they had enjoyed in the loft from 1976 to 1996.

Again in 2014, we are approaching the end of our 10-year lease; again, about two years ago, the Board of Directors of Franklin Furnace commenced a planning process-but this time we asked not only where we would move, but also how Franklin Furnace might maintain cultural influence in 100 years’

time.  As a result of a strategic planning process supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and managed by Dunch Arts, Franklin Furnace has made the decision to nest at Pratt Institute.  Pratt is an art and design school founded over 125 years ago in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with the mission to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. We will keep our separate corporate structures, while  collaborating to provide public and pedagogical access to the emerging artists we support; as well as to ensure accessibility and preservation of our archives.  Franklin Furnace has signed an organization-in-residence agreement, and plans to be fully installed at Pratt Institute by the close of 2014.

Now you might be asking yourself, if Franklin Furnace has been so smart as to figure out a sustainable model for the next 100 years, why should you continue to support us?  Because by collaborating with a formidable educational institution, we will be able to undertake ambitious long-term preservation and documentation projects that will have cultural impact in the future.

Additionally, by nesting at Pratt, Franklin Furnace may serve as a model for the field.  Important art space archives have been destroyed or are languishing in basements; some organizations with similar collections charge fees for online viewing; others have chosen not to publish their archives online; and still others have opted to donate or sell their records:  In early 2014, the Kitchen, the storied New York art space founded in 1971 by Steina and Woody Vesulka, announced it had made the decision to sell the first thirty years of its archives to the Getty Research Institute.  It is our opinion that no third-party institution, separated by time and lack of institutional memory, can adequately capture the intentions of the contemporary avant-garde artists who invented Postmodernism.

Thank you for your warm support in the past; your continued support at this critical juncture will ensure that Franklin Furnace will have the capacity to make the world safe for avant-garde art for a long time to come!  Please visit this link to join:

Very truly yours,

Martha Wilson

Founding Director

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place, #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506

T 718 398 7255
F 718 398 7256



Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Harley Spiller, Deputy Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Jenny Korns, Program Coordinator
Mary Suk, Financial Manager

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Constructive Interference:

A Collaboration

Duda Penteado, paintings …

Luiz Ribeiro, photography


The juxtaposition of painted and photographed images is not new, having been with us for around a century. So one is always interested if an old idea can be given a new vitality, a new aesthetic expression. I propose that this has been achieved in Constructive Interference.

So just how has this come about? I think the success of this collaboration rests on the expressive content inherent in the approach to art-making of each of these artists, and in the nature of a Brazil that earnestly is being scrutinized in relation to its inherent, natural   transcendence and the apprehension that its survival is at risk. Because of this combination of unease and beauty these images are unsettling. And they are simultaneously particular to Brazil and universal. Yet the sense of a reinvented spirit of tropicalismo would seem to render more of a regional effect.

Constructive Interference

Paintings by Duda Penteado, Photography by Luiz Ribeiro, Text by Dr. George Nelson Preston


The artistic devices used to obtain this effect are the flat surface of the photographic plane that relies on our memory to recall three dimensional reality; and by contrast the viscous, low relief projection of pigment from this flat surface that actually recedes away from the eye in natural aerial perspective. This ostensible disconnect is held in check by the mystical, spiritual, cosmic sensibility that Penteado and Ribeiro are able to project.

In two of these works the lower trunks of trees and their exposed roots dangle above the landscape photographed in soft focus. In one picture, a child and a dog — obvious images of innocence and guiltlessness — are perched in a tree suspended in the same uncertain future of Brazil as its flora and fauna. The scene is completed by fluttering, falling, leaf shaped lozenges of cerulean blue sky.

A few years ago, I asked Penteado if he would consider being more of a Brazilian artist − as in artist using Brazil as a point of reference. I had mentioned that Brazil is on the ascendent despite some ominous aspects for its natural habitat.  It appears that these images speak of the unusual juxtapositions, extreme contradictions and peculiar harmonies that make up Brazil. I imagine that the title the artists have chosen for their exhibition refers to the insights that are manifest in their way of seeing Brazil  − and beyond Brazil.

− George Nelson Preston, Ph. D.

Emeritus Professor, Art History, City College of CUNY
Co-Founding Director, Museum of Art and Origins, NYC

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Throckmorton VALDIR CRUZ  TROPEADA I pigment on paper 30 x 30 6 of 25 susan@susanpr_ 02 - TROPEADA, I-1990





 at Throckmorton Fine Art 

September 18 – November 1

“Over many years Valdir Cruz and his master printer, Leonard Bergson, have developed a proprietary printing process by which to create exquisite large-format pigment on paper artworks. The emotional nuances and exceptional quality of these original prints catapults them into a niche all their own.”            

Spencer Throckmorton


It has been said that Cruz’s interest in photography began when he first viewed some of George Stone’s THROCKMORTON Valdir Cruz GYPSY WOMAN Mulher cigana Guarapuava series 1991 pigment on paper 40x40 8 of 15  susan@susanprphotographs in National Geographic magazines in the 1970s. “Stone was a master teacher and it is thanks to him that I became a photographer.”  Cruz adds that it was George Tice who helped him become a good printer. At the Germain School he studied photography, but he gained technical skills from George Tice at the New School for Social Research, in New York. He later collaborated with Tice in the authorized production of two important Edward Steichen portfolios, Juxtapositions (1986) and Blue Skies (1987) before focusing largely on his own works.  Valdir Cruz developed a deep understanding of how 20th century photographers such as Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst expressed their creativity in photography. He says, “Mr Horst was not only a great photographer, but a gentleman.  I remember the 80’s with affection.  Those were years of learning and growing tremendously in my vision –  and photography – and in my life!  Those were the years dedicated to New York City…and learning photography.”  Valdir Cruz’s work has been the subject of more than fifty solo exhibitions.

Cruz was born in Guarapuava, in the Southern State of Paraná, in 1954. Although Cruz has lived in the United States for more than thirty years, much of his work in photography has focused on the people and landscape of Brazil. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 for Faces of the Rainforest, a project documenting the life of indigenous people in the Brazilian rainforest from 1995 to 2000. Cruz shares his time between his studios in New York City and São Paulo.


For 25 years Throckmorton Fine Art has specialized in vintage and contemporary photography of the Americas with a primary focus on Latin American talents.  The gallery’s founder, Spencer Throckmorton, has also pursued a long held interest in Chinese Jades and Pre-Columbian Art and Throckmorton has staged important exhibitions and published numerous publications on these subjects.  Throckmorton Fine Art is a featured exhibitor at the world’s leading art fairs.  Spencer Throckmorton and Kraige Block are also recognized for their extraordinary photography collection including strong works of museum quality by luminaries such as Tina Modotti, Manual Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston and Martin Chambi, among many talents they have supported in the past quarter century. 


IF YOU GO:  “Guarapuava”

at Throckmorton Fine Art
September 18th – November 1st, 2014
145 E. 57th Street, 3rd fl. New York, NY 10022
212. 223. 1059 F. 212. 223. 1937    


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Ralph Gibson’s MONO

at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles

The Leica Gallery Los Angeles presents for the first time in the United States photographer Ralph Gibson’s newest body of work MONO shot exclusively with the M Monochrom Camera. The exhibition of 50 black and white digital prints focuses on structures, elegant shapes and lines. Gibson will also be signing his new book MONO at the gallery along with giving a talk on his work on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Gibson’s new book “MONO,” which features images taken with the Leica M Monochrom, was released on December 11, 2013 at the Leica Store Lisse. (

An artist reception, gallery talk and book signing is scheduled from 2 pm To 5 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The exhibition runs from September 13 and continues through October 26, 2014. Hours: Leica Gallery Los Angeles (located at 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood) is open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from12 PM to 5 PM. For more information, call 424-777-0341.

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“Clouds of Sils Maria” (Director: Olivier Assayas • Switzerland, Germany, France): Juliette Binoche stars in this mesmerizing and superbly acted psychological drama about an older actress who agrees to re-stage the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. From the acclaimed director of “Summer Hours,” this fascinating “All About Eve” update co-stars Kristen Stewart as the actress’s faithful assistant and “Kick-Ass”‘s Chloë Grace Moretz as her beguiling young rival.

Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” starring Juliette Binoche.



First  20 Films for 50th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2014)The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, has announced the first selection of titles to be screened during its 50th anniversary year. Featuring more than 150 feature-length and short films, the 50th Festival is scheduled to run October 9 – 23, 2014.

“This sampling includes both innovative new work from around the globe as well as films that pay tribute to our history,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. “For 50 years, it has been my great pleasure to bring the most exciting work in contemporary international cinema to our audiences. This year, we also take a look back and shine a spotlight on some of the groundbreaking work that has helped to make the Festival the enduring institution it is.”

“Each year, we are privileged to view thousands of new films as we seek out those that will be selected for the Festival,” added Programming Director Mimi Plauché. “The submissions this year have been particularly impressive. These first titles offer audiences a preview of what they can expect during our 50th anniversary celebration: a thought-provoking, thrilling program replete with the work of auteurs and innovators alike.”

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $100 for Cinema/Chicago members, $130 for non-members. Passport (20 regular admissions): $190 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members. Passes can be purchased online at or by calling 312.683.0121.

Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.). The full schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Woman from Axel, Loura van der Meule

Woman from Axel, Loura van der Meule


Curated by Anne Trauben
180 Grand St.
Jersey City
Gallery Hours Th/Fri 4-7 Sat/Sun 2-6
7/10/14 – 8/17/14


Nine Artists’

Personal Cultural Odysseys


Artists: Taiwo DuVall, Kyung Jeon, Leona Strassberg Steiner, Roshanak Elmendorf, Monica Camin, Ibou Ndoye, Loura van der Meule, Aliza Augustine, Gerardo Castro.

by Anne Trauben

Our New Jersey metropolitan area is a place where people from all over the world gather to build new lives. They carry with them the past experiences of their native lands. Often personal or family histories reflect the larger cultural/political situations of their countries. In this exhibition of drawings, paintings, video and animation, nine talented artists chronicle their experience of “there to here”,  creating a visual, personal narrative of their cultural histories. The selected artists have a unique eloquence and ability to convey what they and their families have lived, through their art.

Featured Artists:

Loura van der Meule – Oil pastel drawings – Reflections on her Dutch childhood.

Ibou Ndoye – Senegal, W. Africa-Paintings on glass, carpet and fabric that capture the frantic urban bustle and mythic sense of his home city.

Leona Strassberg Steiner– An American who’s videos and photographs tell of her long sojourn in Israel where she moved as a young adult and the relationship between women in Israel and Palestine.

Roshanak Elmendorf’s moving drawings and animations tell of women’s experiences growing up in Iran.

Aliza Augustine‘s Dollhouse Photographs confront family history concerning the Holocaust, Gender, and Race.

Monica S. Camin– Argentinian of German descent, she says “History is in my bones.” Her large “Ancestral Portrait” paintings take us to another place and time.

Taiwo DuVall– In beautifully crafted wood-block prints and a painted mural, this veteran artist and renowned drummer’s work reflects his upbringing in Washington DC, life in Harlem and African heritage.

Kyung Jeon’s work draws inspiration from traditional Korean folk paintings and challenges the stereotypes of feminism; “historical accounts, personal experiences, and contemporary political and social issues weave together to create imaginary worlds.”

Gerardo Castro’s paintings are inspired by the cultural threads of his heritage: Afro-Cuban religions and symbols, spiritual beliefs, Christian iconography and powerful narratives.


James Pustorino, Director  201 823 9393/ 201 208 8032

Anne Trauben, Curator  917 523-5168



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Fountain Street Fine Art gallery on the right, in the Bancroft Bldg. Mike Foldes photo.

Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery

We Are You Project Event:

It’s a wrap!



Fountain Street Fine Arts hosts We Are You Project art show and poetry reading, 6/22/14

Alan Britt
Alan Britt
Flavia Cosma
Flavia Cosma
Gloria Mindock
Gloria Mindock
Michael Foldes
Michael Foldes
We Are You Project Art Show
We Are You Project Art Show
José Acosta and Raúl Villarreal
José Acosta and Raúl Villarreal
Jose Rodeiro
Jose Rodeiro
Jose Acost and Jose Rodeiro
Jose Acost and Jose Rodeiro
Raúl Villarreal
Raúl Villarreal
Agua Dulce Oshun
Agua Dulce Oshun
At the Fountain Fine Arts Opening
At the Fountain Fine Arts Opening

Marie Craig, co-director, Fountain Street Fine Art

Thanks to Marie & Cheryl!

Jose Acosta and Cheryl Clinton, co-director of Fountain Street Fine Art

For more photos and information about the art exhibit opening, visit the WAYP website.

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Fountain Street Fine Art presents:

“WE ARE YOU INTERNATIONAL” is a traveling art show organized by the We Are You Project spotlighting Latino contributions within America’s history. The show, to take place at Framingham’s Fountain Street Gallery, places Latino cultures within the context of an ongoing socio-political struggle for civil rights, tolerance, and freedom.  This  landmark artistic initiative presents key Latino artists and artworks in a group show representing 36 major contemporary Latino artists with heritage of more than a dozen Latin American nations.

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An Act of Love
An Act of Love
Strength in Numbers
Strength in Numbers
High Encounter
High Encounter
Jornada de dos lenguajes
Jornada de dos lenguajes
Concebido en el colonialismo de Espanola,
Concebido en el colonialismo de Espanola,
Fraulein French Fries
Fraulein French Fries
The Healer
The Healer
Fish Patterns
Fish Patterns
Map of Mexico
Map of Mexico
Xicana Birth
Xicana Birth
Envy 11
Envy 11
Vietnam Service
Vietnam Service
All Faces, All Colors
All Faces, All Colors
The Mother That Is The Other Brother
The Mother That Is The Other Brother
She killed him with Huevos Rancheros
She killed him with Huevos Rancheros
Agua Dulce (Ohun Asleep)
Agua Dulce (Ohun Asleep)
Terra Nostra
Terra Nostra
Saint Patriot
Saint Patriot
Ambos Mundos, detail
Ambos Mundos, detail
Tlacuilo Link
Tlacuilo Link
Mi Raza Vive
Mi Raza Vive
Brisenia the Dessert Flower 2
Brisenia the Dessert Flower 2

The Gallery program, under the direction of Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig, includes a poetry reading by We Are You Project poets on Sunday June 22, from 1-4 PM. A number of nationally and internationally acclaimed poets will recite poems written specifically on We Are You Project themes, such as Latino struggles against alienation, and for ethical inclusion in U.S. society. Poets include: Alan Britt, Michael Foldes, Flavia Cosma, Gloria Mindock, and  Duda Penteado.


Hugo X. Bastidas, BEARING GIFTS, Oil-on-canvas, 24″ x 36,” 2009.

A screening of the We Are You Project Documentary film will be held at AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER, 160 Hollis St,  Framingham  MA  01702 on Wednesday June 25th at 7 p.m. Directed by Brazilian Duda Penteado and produced by Jinsing Productions, the film examines current Latino culture through the eyes of prominent U.S.-Hispanic visual artists, cultural leaders, and educators.

Artists represented in the exhibition include: José Acosta, Efren Alvárez, Nelson Alvárez, Hugo X. Bastidas, Josephine Barreiro, Monica S. Camin, Jacqui Casale, Carlos Chavez, Pablo Caviedes, Laura L. Cuevas, Maritza Davíla, Ricardo Fonseca, Roberto Marquez, Elizabeth Jimenez Montelongo, Hugo Morales, Lisette Morel, Patricio Moreno Toro, Gabriel Navar, Isabel Nazario, Julio Nazario, Joe Peňa, Duda Penteado, Marta Sanchez, Mel Ramos, Ana Rivera, Jesus Rivera, José Rodeiro, Rolando Reyna, Sergio Villamizar and Raúl Villarreal.

June 19 -Aug 3, 2014
Reception Saturday June 21, 5 – 7 PM
Poetry Reading Sunday June 22, 1-4 PM
FILM SCREENING: Wed. June 25th at 7 p.m., at AMAZING THINGS, 160 Hollis St., Framingham  MA  01702

GALLERY HOURS Thursday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM; or for an appointment, call 508-879-4200.  FOUNTAIN STREET FINE ARTS Gallery, 59 Fountain Street, Framingham, Massachusetts, 01702.


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Pure Slush Vol. 8


This themed issue, a volume of 32 vignettes by as many authors, provides interesting anecdotal evidence that as we Barcodelive and breathe, we also drink and socialize, even if not always in a civilized way, let alone for the same reasons. I was apprehensive about reading the stories, inasmuch as I half wanted (half didn’t), to find myself staring back at Charles Bukowski clones. Not the case at all, as I discovered jumping from one story to another, happily engaged with relatively pain-free and often ironic events turned out as fictional and semi-fictional tales told from table to stool as if they were best kept secrets, or at least confidences shared over two fingers. A good volume to put in your pocket so the next time you’re the only one at the bar, you won’t be completely alone.

And don’t forget to raise a glass to Matt Potter, Pure Slush editor, who pours a stiff highball with this collection.

The current Pure Slush project is 2014: The Year in Travel, a series of anthologies that take readers to all parts of the available world, and then some. Pure Slush itself is a great little publishing house based in Australia featuring “writers from all over the English-speaking world.”   Check out their site: You’re certain to find something to catch your fancy.


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Flooded Interior, 80″ x 54″, Oil on Linen


Artist’s Statement:

“The approach behind the artwork is firstly visual and secondly conceptual. I apply paint to the surface with quick even short strokes that build and amount to the image. The result is that of a blurry monochrome photograph encouraging closer inspection. Purposely generating a journalistic photographic appearance is used to capture the attention for the narrative. By considering perhaps what is being viewed as actually having happened or just accepting it for what it is, the account/conclusion of the context becomes personal. The situations in the pictures seem innocuous at first, but very much the same way the formal quality slowly reveals itself, the aim is that the conceptual allegorical riffs on cultural malaise and environmental disruption begin to unfold as well.


April 2014 Short Takes & Events, Nora Haime Gallery

Ornate Bridge
Ornate Bridge
In the Clearing
In the Clearing
You Have to Get There From Here
You Have to Get There From Here
11-49 p.m.
11-49 p.m.

“There is a deadpan irony to them that is dismissed after the initial introduction. The conceptual arrangements are presented in a polemical fashion and left open ended. Mark making refers more to the simplest human declaration of existence after speech, thus I gravitate to this idea to record the current state and mark both personally and historically our condition. The scenes are rendered in their most appealing strength allowing for example the re-contextualized landscape or stressed mental environment to be embraced comfortably… Inevitably presenting what we want to see and if we want to see it left in plain sight.”

Bastidas’ work is on view now at Nora Haime Gallery in New York City. For more information, click HERE, or call  (212) 888-3550, for more information.

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Minotaur's Dream

Richard Claraval, “Minotaur’s Dream,” charcoal.

Pittsburgh Calling

Richard Claraval writes about his work:

Mythological subjects have been a rich source of subject matter for artists for centuries. Each has interpreted these stories both in the idiom of their time and in their own personal style. I continue this tradition with my own unique approach of fusing the human figure with Abstract Expressionist. My large charcoal drawings focus on Greek, Christian, Egyptian and other mythologies, as well as the modern day the mythology of J.R.R.Tolkien

The highly imaginative “supernatural” and archetypal elements of myths, which are, in a sense, abstractions, as well as the exotic chimeras, lend themselves to an abstract mode of interpretation. As well, the ability of many of the characters to do impossible things such as fly and become invisible fit well my interest in depicting the figure in very dynamic and sometimes impossible poses.

The show runs from June 1 to June 30 at the Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. There will be an opening reception on Saturday June 14, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. 

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The project Street Art & Cinema was born in April 2013 as a study on how Street Art pays tribute to Cinema. It aims to be educational and cultural, multicolored and without borders, a meeting point between two visual expressions, Urban Art and what is happening on the big screen.

After several months of investigation, Street Art & Cinema became now an original database — a huge photography collection of street artists’ masterpieces, and commentary about motion pictures and iconic people of the film industry.

The web page, launched in January 2014, exhibits the work of hundreds of Street Artists around the world, inspired by the 7th art, and invites movies and street art lovers to (re)discover the films, actors, directors and actresses who are artists’ muses when they spray the corner of a street, the shutter of a shop or a canvas in their studio.

Project Manager Stéphanie Martin Petit, a student of Cinema history, grew up in Nantes, France, and has been living in different countries for the last 15 years (England, Australia, Spain and Mexico).  During her stay in Barcelona, she began to photograph art on shop shutters painted by urban artists and she has now more than 1400 images in her collection. (

In April 2013, she launched the project Street Art & Cinema, an initiative dedicated to the History of Cinema as seen by urban artists and  the encounter of her two passions: Street Art and Cinema.


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Kalvebod Waves

JDS Architects is pleased to announce the nomination of its project Kalvebod Waves for the Big Arne Award. The award is given to completed works and initiatives that have raised the architecture of the metropolitan Copenhagen area in the past year. Kalvebod Waves is nominated for the award because it contributes to reuniting the city of Copenhagen with its harbor. To create this urban spot on the waterfront, JDS Architects teamed up with KLAR, Future Experience, U-turn and White Water Adventure Park.

From Islands Brygge to Kalvebod Waves

At the turn of the millennium, the center of Copenhagen was given an incredible breath of fresh air or rather fresh grass by the opening of Islands Brygge Park. The project injected some 28.000 m2 of outdoor space for all. In 2003, we, as PLOT (now JDS and BIG) designed the harbour bath project, which introduced a new concept of bathing and water sports to the capital. The success was immediate and the first real signs of the city turning itself back to its waterways became evident.

Kalvebod Brygge is situated opposite this popular Copenhagen summer hang out. Kalvebod Brygge has the potential to be Islands Brygge’s more urban addition but has, until now, been synonymous with a desolated office address devoid of life and public activities. The new urban waterfront is the perfect hub for summer festivals and water related activities.

When addressing this infamously gloomy and desolated side of the harbour, we put our focus on two major design aspects: to create urban continuity and to locate new public spaces on the sunny parts of the water. What has doomed the Kalvebod area until now were the long shadows drawn by the imposing structures fronting it. We studied the course of those shadows throughout the day and the year and located two main pockets of shadow-free zones. We decided to program those areas as both resting islands on the water and actual programmed spaces, containing until now the facilities of a kayak club. From there on, all we needed was to find an active way to reconnect those islands to the urban network and to make them relate to the city’s infrastructure.

JDS Architects

Julien De Smedt’s numerous prize-winning projects have helped to re-energise the discussion of contemporary architecture. The Founder and Director of JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects & MWA/Makers With Agendas has offices in Brussels, Copenhagen and Shanghai. Among other awards and recognitions, JDS received the WAN 21 for 21 Award in 2011, the European Steel Design Award in 2011 and the Maaskant Prize for Best Young Architect in 2009.  In 2004, JDS received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert Hall and was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe award. JDS has recently completed several large international projects, including the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo (Architizer A + Award 2013) and the residential project Iceberg in Aarhus (Architizer A + Award 2013 MIPIM Award 2013).

Info Kalvebod Waves on JDS Architects:


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Adel Gorgy, My Meeting with Warhol …. Traces of Warhol © Adel Gorgy

Adel Gorgy:

Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol…

Abstract Photographic Works

at Able Fine Art NY Gallery

Review by Mary Gregory

Adel Gorgy, in his current exhibition, “Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol,”  at Able Fine Art NY in Chelsea, has brought keen observation, a graceful aesthetic and a unique vision and process to an impressive body of work.  In the current age of knockoffs and spinoffs, prequels and sequels, true originality of thought and expression, like Adel Gorgy’s,  is rare and worthy of attention.

In a series of photographic abstractions, both monumental in scale, and dense and complex enough to invite intimate, up-close viewing, Gorgy responds to the work of three earlier artists — Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol.  In his photographs we see, as the title implies, traces of their work, but they are recomposed and re-contextualized into completely new compositions.

There is a reference to the history of found objects that have informed and, in part, formed the art of the past century in works as historical as those of Duchamp and Picasso and as contemporary as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Mike Kelley.  But in Gorgy’s work, the found objects are brushstrokes and drips, lines, colors, and bits of canvas captured from the work of these earlier abstract painters.

Rather than just presenting what he has found, though, Adel Gorgy completely restructures the elements into compelling, new compositions.  Looping lines and splatters that escaped Jackson Pollock’s canvases and landed, instead, on the floor of his studio, have been reclaimed by Gorgy and recomposed into bright, colorful abstract photographic works, such as Traces of Pollock #3, rich with historical reference, and at the same time fresh and beautiful.  De Kooning’s brushstrokes have been repurposed and repositioned in Gorgy’s Meeting de Kooning AgainMarilyn…Persona and My Meeting with Warhol offer bits of Warhol through Gorgy’s eyes and at the same time offer  entirely different meanings.

One of the purposes of found art is to offer viewers an opportunity to see the ordinary in a new way.   Adel Gorgy, in these works, invites viewers to see art anew.  It’s an idea that has been presented in his work for several years.  Previously, he carried out visual dialogues with painters like Van Gogh, Matisse and Monet, using their palettes and lines to create his own compositions, abstracting realism.  Here, he has chosen to abstract abstraction, and in doing so, has opened new ways of looking at familiar work.  We may all be able to recognize a Pollock at first glance, but do we really look at it anymore?  Through Gorgy’s re-presentations, we do.  Warhol, who offered us flattened, commercialized, pop art where labels trumped essences, has been responded to by Gorgy, who gives depth, both visual and conceptual, to both Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans. In an arresting work, Sum of Any … after Twombly (Untitled), Gorgy pares down a sprawling, amorphous work of Twombly to the concise, enigmatic textual scrawls for which his work is known.

Gorgy states that his goal is to engage viewers with the works of these previous artists, but mostly, to engage them with his own vision.  He encourages them “to abstract [his work] further, and discover the infinite and the limitless.”  He adds that “the final reality of an artwork rests with the viewer, and yet for the artist, his vision and his concept are unscathed.  They are different journeys, whose path may or may not cross, but neither is more or less true than the other.”

In offering the opportunity to see new work, and at the same time see familiar work with new eyes, Adel Gorgy is creating both visual and experiential art.  He allows the viewer to become the artist, creating new meanings for works by Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol, and at the same time, for his own.

How any artist relates to the art of his own and previous times is crucial.  At the same time, true art is always a mingling of content and intent.  In Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol, Gorgy’s  skill, talent and vision are the cornerstones that support the concept.   Adel Gorgy ‘s exhibition at Able Fine Art NY presents a thoroughly original idea (hard to do after so many centuries of recorded art) in a visually eloquent and elegant way.

Artist’s website:

About the reviewer:
Mary Gregory is a writer and reviewer. She lives in New York, and frequents galleries and auction houses that set the backdrop for her stories. 

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DECEMBER 18, 2013


to Avery Irons,

winner of Ragazine.CC’s

“Speculative Fiction by People of Color” contest

for his original story

“The Chance”

Final Judge: Sheree Renée Thomas…


Thomas, is the author of “Shotgun Lullabies” and editor of “Dark Matter,” a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror produced by people of African descent. “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora is a groundbreaking achievement by any measure and was the winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.”

Thomas had this to say of Irons’ story:

“…Your near-future story was a provocative, frightening, and moving work that explored a socio-economic problem – and its intergenerational impact – that is rarely discussed frankly in American society and is certainly not often explored in literature.  As I read your story, I came to feel deeply for the family you depicted and their struggle.  Your writing was clear, evocative, and riveting at times, with natural dialogue that read like truth.  The ending of the story was surprising and inspiring…”

“The Chance” will appear in the January-February 2014 issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it!

Runners up (stories to be published in Ragazine in 2014):

Ely Azur’s “Never. Give. You. Up.” (moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? And a disclaimer, don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling)

Lisa Bolekaja’s “Don’t Dig Too Deep,”  (spooky children’s lore), and

Sharon Wa