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Artist Nick Cave Unpacks Silence and Compassion Ahead of His First Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

May 11, 2022

Grace Ebert

A portmanteau of forevermore and for others, Forothermore is a prescient title for the first retrospective of artist Nick Cave. The career-spanning survey opens this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, a city the renowned artist, designer, educator, and activist has called home for the last 30-plus years. Forothermore is organized as a sort of triptych of time, not one that collapses past, present, and future but instead considers what recurs and transfigures as the world evolves. It focuses on what has been and will always be relevant. Cave's Soundsuits, the captivating costumes of color and fur…

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Brimming with Lush Texture, MixedMedia Tapestries by April Bey Envision an Afrofuturist World

May 5, 2022

Gabrielle Lawrence

How do we get from where we are to where we want to be with all of these constructs in the way? How do we move forward if we are constantly having to fight back? The past rolls in like a fog and clogs conversations about tomorrow with despair. April Bey, a Black, queer, mixed-media artist, reminds…

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Mixed Media Works Bring an Impressionist Hand to Rural Canadian Landscapes

March 9, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

Blurring the line between the real and imagined, Stev'nn Hall paints and stains images he takes with his 35 mm camera, often landscapes of his rural Ontario hometown. Each mixed media work contains a collaboration of more than 40 images which are combined, blown up, and mounted on birch panel. With acrylic, ink, and pastel he further distorts each image in an impressionist style, imbuing the ponds, prairies,…

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Elaborately Layered Gardens by Ebony G. Patterson Hide Haunting Messages Within Dazzling Displays

March 10, 2022

Grace Ebert

Ebony G. Patterson’s multi-layered works are willfully superficial. The Jamaican artist weaves together a mélange of torn papers, tassels, appliqués, and feathered butterflies to create striking gardens replete with glitter and vibrant hues. "In many ways, I think of the work as the flower and the audience as the bees," Patterson told Nasher Museum. "The…

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Wildlife Intertwine in Finely Rendered Mythological Worlds by Lauren Marx

December 11, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Sinuous, intertwined wildlife bridge worlds of the living and the dead in Lauren Marx’s intricate multi-media work. Twisting fox heads, disemboweled deer, and lambs bursting with flowers and birds are rendered with watercolor, ink, pen, and colored pencil. Marx often places her animal compositions on semi-abstract backgrounds, awash with grey tones that give a sense of weightlessness to the dense drawings by evoking fog or clouds. The artist, who resides in her hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, cites frequent trips…

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Wild Scavengers and Mythological Wonder Converge in Hera’s Dreamy MixedMedia Works

October 28, 2021

Grace Ebert

In a poetic new series of works on canvas, German-Pakistani artist Jasmin Siddiqui, aka Hera, nods to her background in street art with sweeping, spray-painted marks, chaotic drips and splatters, and snippets of text. The gestural pieces are rooted in narrative and feature wide-eyed characters who wear headdresses of long-nosed rats, wolves, and strange, hairless creatures. In each imaginative rendering, Hera positions the possibility and…

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