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  • The Many Faces of Othello

    Ira Aldridge playing Othello in the 19th century, from a painting by James Northcote Humans have a built-in pattern detection facility that is a key method for making sense of things. Making sense is, after all, an essential survival skill. Barraged daily by a firehose of sensory data, we have to employ some means of […]

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  • Bad and Better, Both

    Henrik Ibsen Humans are not particularly good at assessing large patterns. We can make smaller calls, like noticing that our train is late or determining that an apple is particularly delicious. But assessing transportation infrastructure efficiency or the overall quality of food production? It is like the difference between weather and climate: there is that […]

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  • Sublime Persistence

    Trevor Paglen, Blue #3 (Chelsea), detail. C-print, 2016 Stories about architect Louis Kahn‘s legendary tenacity and unwavering devotion to an idea fill the biography of his life by Wendy Lesser, You Say to Brick. Iconic and larger than life, complex while also doggedly singleminded, Kahn is an ongoing symbol of art that comes from relentless […]

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  • Yet to Come

    Trees, in Italy Voice as a creative concept feels worn out and tired to me. As my partner Dave often says about so many things that garner too much attention at the expense of other more valuable concerns, we are overinvested in that idea. But that does leave me without easy words to describe what […]

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  • The Unity of Everything

    THE UNITY OF EVERYTHING Art Times Two 731 Alexander Road Suite 200 Princeton, New Jersey September 9 2018 – March 31 2019 Opening Reception: September 11 6-8pm Featuring: Deborah Barlow, Nandini Chirimar, Lorrie Fredette, Elizabeth Mead, Liz Quisgard, Andra Samelson, Daniel Zeller Curated by Karen Fitzgerald It is a rare opportunity to be part of […]

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  • Storytelling in Dark Times

    Richard III, now on the Boston Common (All photos: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Storytelling fascinates me. It is considered primal to the human condition. My guess is that you, like me, are soothed—and intrigued—when you hear the words, “Let me tell you a story.” Because I am not a particularly good storyteller—my preferred form of personal […]

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  • Progress!

    Studio floor, South Boston The packing up of my studio of 22 years is nearly done, and I am almost ready for the move to Waltham in September. As disorienting as it has been to lose a space I loved and could ride to on my bike (a few pictures of it before it was […]