29th Jun 2013

What’s on Dino Valls’ Mind?

Making a quick dismissal of Valls’ work because it seems a bit kinky and a little disturbing would be to wildly underestimate these paintings, which are much, much, deeper than superficial erotica.

29th Jun 2013

Dino Valls, Madrid: When a Surgeon Paints

Consider the work of Spanish artist Dino Valls, trained as a surgeon yet who upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting. But be forewarned: Valls does not ease into his subjects; he works forcefully and seemingly without fear. Or is it precisely because of personal fears that he makes these incisions?

23rd Jun 2013
Kelly Rees

Embracing Intimacy: Conversation with Sexuality Coach Kelly Rees, Portland, Oregon

Just as every element in a dream can be seen as reflecting a different aspect of the dreamer, so also Kelly Rees feels that fantasies can work the same way.

15th Jun 2013

The Naked Paintings of Teresa Oaxaca

Consider the paintings of 22-year-old Teresa Oaxaca, a classically trained aritst who layers elaborate costumes onto her portrait subjects ~ as well as onto her own body. By all rights, what we take in before us ought to be thick with disguise. But are they? Or is the psyche somehow rendered even more transparent to the viewer's eye?

15th Jun 2013

A Poet Talks About Fatherhood

It happened quite naturally. I liked to quote lines of poetry for them. Once when we were visiting the Atlantic coast and watching the waves crash and the sea spray spouting up, I quoted a favorite line from Hart Crane's poem, "The Dance": “what laughing chains the waters wove and threw.” My children never forgot that. Several years later when looking at another wild body of water, they would remind me of that same line.

08th Jun 2013
Wilhelm Matthies

Wilhelm Matthies, Visual Artist and Teacher

"After playing with prepared guitars, and later prepared mandolin, I realized that perhaps I could create an instrument that would suit what and how I wanted to play" ~ Wilhelm Matthies

08th Jun 2013
Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam: Into the Woods

"Living on a mountain as a kid was not easy. I was a depressed child, and I had to go through a lot of painful situations. However, now I understand I was blessed to have stepped in the mud, looked at wild animals, and smelled rain in woods. It became a spiritual place in my head, and I wanted to share that feeling with the audience." ~ Joanne Nam

07th Jun 2013

Matteo Marchisano-Adamo, Narrative Filmmaker, Hollywood

"With the Internet and the advancements in technology and equipment, a new breed of moviemakers is evolving. This helps in making it an art again – it makes it democratic. It has been a long time coming, but now the technology and quality of the image and sound have surpassed storytelling. Now we need to relearn now to tell stories. We are still telling old stories." ~Matteo Marchisamo-Adamo, Hollywood filmmaker, musician

07th Jun 2013

The Lies We’re Told, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and the Hopeful Truth

"If only I had parented differently, if only I had been a better child, if only I had been more desirable, then the addict would never have chosen their addiction over me. The truth is that addiction is a complicated process that no other person can be responsible for, only the addict. To believe otherwise is at the heart of codependency." ~Andrew Nargolwala, psychotherapist

01st Jun 2013
Ryan Shultz

Ryan Shultz, a Painter’s Painter

I don't do paintings of pretty girls smiling with flowers in their hair. I rather do a painting that delves into the psyche of the individual, that literally and figuratively raises people up. ~ Ryan Shultz

01st Jun 2013

Cedric Le Borgne, Installation Artist; Toulouse, France: The Spirituality of Space

"Street art is an artistic movement, a reaction to materialism. Yes, everybody wants to have the latest iphone; but maybe we need also to be together. It's a basic human desire. To come together as a community to create an artistic experience...It's like a little miracle: everyone can do something from the heart, from the spirit. ...You don't need to be an official artist to be involved in creating art or be in the artistic spirit." ~Cedric Le Borgne, installation artist, sculptor; Toulouse, France

26th May 2013
Jolanda Richter

Jolanda Richter’s Magical Surrealism

While my paintings are a part of myself, completely and authentically, I am reflecting also our society with its hopes, fears and problems. In particular, my female subjects are a mirror of the position of women in our time and society.