For Art Focus: Photo/Synthesis

Some exhibits are so big I can barely walk through without a lunch break. Will Wilson’s Photo/Synthesis was not that huge physically. I didn’t need a sandwich. Photo/Synthesis was mammoth on my mind. It invigorated my curiosity, dismantled my preconceptions and surprised me with controversy–yeah, we’ll get to that. I came to see powerful portraits and found those plus… Featured image: Will Wilson (U.S., Navajo; b. … Continue reading For Art Focus: Photo/Synthesis

Art Crawl: the unexpected

(Above: Artist Denise Duong takes a break from her mural) 1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only … Continue reading Art Crawl: the unexpected

Art Crawl: Insights

Ice storm outside. I need a distraction and enjoy the way art offers fresh insights or flips my viewpoint. Here’s some I enjoyed this month. I’ll let the work speak for itself. Over at PLAZM, I immediately connected with the ragamuffin distortions of Portland artist, Storm Tharp.  The online gallery features twenty brilliant works online.   And at Art Crimes, I took in the multiple dimensions … Continue reading Art Crawl: Insights

Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify

Let me enchant you with the art and love of Sara and Shane Scribner in my latest for Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine on newsstands and online (cover and pp. 8-9): And I’ll creep you out with a tale I read for radio in 2013, “Dolls” by Drake Vaughan on the UK’s Tales to Terrify. It’s about 2 minutes in, I think: If you enjoy the show, … Continue reading Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify

The Power of Love, Not Love Stories

My latest Book Buzz column is all about different types of love: siblings, communities and mentors. Not enough page space is given to these themes so I wanted to focus on three books with plots that turn on the loves we all share. Take a look at the whole magazine. Great times yesterday at the Summer Word Slam. I really could not keep writing without … Continue reading The Power of Love, Not Love Stories