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Michelle Aldredge
Writer, photographer, editor, paper cut survivor, BBQ lover, arts consultant, speaker. is a crowd-funded arts & culture site created by me that has over 40,000 unique visitors a month.
Writer, photographer, editor, paper cut survivor, BBQ lover, arts consultant, speaker. is a crowd-funded arts & culture site created by me that has over 40,000 unique visitors a month.


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Today's Gwarlingo Sunday Poem is a guest column by writerJudy Halebsky. Her new collection, TREE LINE (about her travels through Japan) was started at The MacDowell Colony and took 6 years to finish. Here is an excerpt from Judy's poem "Stopping Between Whipped Cream and Butter." Read more at Gwarlingo... 

when I go home Warren says you have a wicked bad
American accent

there are all kinds of ways to fail

a piecrust
a snowflake

spring melt June thaw
how to unbend unscar

the birch tree
slightly wounded
is growing toward the sun

#poetry   #japan   #basho   #judyhalebsky  

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Announcing the launch of Gwarlingo Press! Gwarlingo has invited 27 contemporary artists to make art in response to 25 strange, macabre, quirky Grimm's tales. The end result: Mirror Mirrored: A Contemporary Artists’ Edition of 25 Grimm’s Tales. What will artists like DJ Spooky, Joseph Keckler, Carrie Mae Weems, Rachel Perry Welty, Yinka Shonibare, Wangechi Mutu, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, and Amy Cutler create? Read more at Gwarlingo... #grimm   #art   #books   #fairytales  

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My NH Public Radio segment on artists and money will air today around 2:30 p.m. (the show is on from 2-3). You can listen live here. The show will also air again tonight at 9 p.m. I will post a link once it is available if anyone wants to tune in at a later time. Thanks to Virginia Prescott and Taylor Quimby for another fun interview!

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At 2 p.m. tomorrow I'll be making another appearance on NH Public Radio's Word of Mouth to discuss this Gwarlingo article on artists and money. I'd love your thoughts on the subject... Is it ever okay for artists to GIVE work away for free? What kind of organizations ask you to donate work most frequently (no need for names)? How does having, or not having, enough money affect your artistic practice? As an artist, what is your biggest financial challenge?

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"I am very much about dream life, and try to plan out my days in the evenings before I go to sleep, to plant the ideas in my subconscious a bit because otherwise I might start a day aimlessly and end up on the internet or shuffling around. My daily schedule for the past few weeks has been dependent on waking up really early and heading to the studio before I say or hear any words. It’s sort of an effort to preserve a momentary memory, like trying to remember a dream—I’ve read that dreams are stored in the hippocampus, which happens to be the place where we process most of our waking life, so limiting your experiences on waking up (moving, talking, hearing) helps to preserve the memory. Going to the studio every day also helps this kind of remembering. It’s the place where the accreted gestures live and walking in while the memory is still fresh reinforces the patterns of creating."
-Angus McCullough
  #art   #interviews   #studiovisits   #bennington   #vermont   #artist   #benningtonmuseum   #video   #sculpture  

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A battered pan lid sits next to a crudely printed teacup, alongside other odds and ends that look more like the sort of stuff you'd pick up in a jumble sale than exhibits you'd expect to see at a national museum. Yet these humble bits and bobs, on show at the V&A in London, have helped to win rights, change laws and even topple governments.

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The Sunday Poem is back! Check out these fascinating envelope poems by Emily Dickinson. “Seeing the manuscripts shows me what a brilliant architect of space Dickinson is in any state of mind,” artist Jen Bervin says. “I think of her poems as quite visual to begin with—but they really must be seen in manuscript to understand how time works in the poem. It’s utterly necessary. And especially with the variants—how they are positioned or multiple gives an exciting glimpse into Dickinson’s mind in process with a poem.” This is one of my favorite books of the past year. Thank you Jen and Marta Werner for creating such a beautiful publication. You can read more at Gwarlingo... 

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So glad to see John Yau insightful review of Howardena Pindell's new show. I'm a big fan of Howardena's early work. The show is at Garth Greenan Gallery (529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan) through May 17th.

"In this drawing, Pindell unites the obsessive behavior of madness with the logical behavior of the production line. I know of no other work that so perfectly merges order (grid), chaos (numbers in no discernible order or pattern), and the residue of compulsive behavior, which I see as a comment on both the hellish dullness of manual labor jobs and the frustration that artists of color feel about the art world’s closed doors. And yet, at no point does Pindell seem to point fingers or claim to be a victim – she is too proud and, to my mind, courageous to settle for those roles." 
-John Yau

#art   #race   #africanamericanartists   #johnyau   #hyperallergic  

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If you're in Portland, Oregon, go check out Anna Von Mertens' new show opening tonight from 6-8 at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. The show is up until May 31st. (More info here: ) You can also hear Anna speak at PNCA at 6:30 p.m. on May 2nd. (See the PNCA website for more details:
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