Kintsugi- Beauty in Repair

I have thrown out many, many pots.  I am a potter and I am usually on a quest for perfection, beauty, and function in the pieces I make. However,  when a piece is flawed somewhere in the process of making it, it gets tossed.  Some pots I save to be broken for mosaics, but usually I make the tiles for …

Improvisation- Jazz + Collage Composition

The intersection of visual art and music as representations of culture was particularly prevalent in the first part of the twentieth century in both the deep South as well as in the North after the Great Migration. The African American experience during this period of history was often difficult because of the prevalence of overt and covert racism, Jim Crow …

Baptism

Artists have depicted baptism in their work in a wide variety of media, subject matter, context, and purposes. Some early examples of artists depicting baptism typically utilized the example of John the Baptist baptizing Christ. The ones I’m thinking of specifically are from the Medieval and Italian Renaissance periods. For example, this painting by Paolo Veronese from the Getty’s collection …

Pilgrimage

“Let the Most Blessed be my guide, If ‘t be his blessed will, Unto his gate, into his fold, Up to his holy hill. And let him never suffer me To swerve or turn aside From his free grace and holy ways, Whate’er shall me betide. And let him gather them to mine, That I have left behind; Lord, make …

We Are Treasured

This post is an extension of something I wrote for the weekly newsletter. For the sake of space, I wasn’t able to write more, but here, I’ve got a bit more room to share. The VMFA is quickly becoming one of my favorite museums, and fortunately for me, it’s right here in the heart of Richmond. One of my most …

Edit: Surroundings

Gallery Edit’s co-curator, Ginny Rush, talks about Jon Menkis’s show Edit: Surroundings. See more of Jon’s work here.

Edit: Work Space

Naomi Menkis talks about how she became an artist, what her paintings mean, and what she wants her show to accomplish. View more of her art here.

Series: Part 2

Why do artists create series? This question, while problematic and a bit slippery, is an important one. Problematic and slippery, because traditionally, artist intention is difficult to argue. Most artists, especially in the more distant past, did not leave much documentation on the purposes and ideas of their own art. Therefore, we can only speculate about an artist’s reasons for …

Series: Part 1

By Farley Sanderford This topic I will, in an intentionally ironic way, be writing about in a series of posts. There is so much to say, and I am also incredibly wordy, so thank you in advance for bearing with me as I try to work through the details. What is a series as it relates to art? Why do …

Edit: Pause

Katy Pumphrey and Farley Sanderford talk about their shared exhibit (including Ginny Rush), Pause. In Gallery Edit June of 2016. Read Katy’s blog: myfaintlystainedfingers.wordpress.com See more of Ginny’s work: liberatusjewelry.com