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Anthology: Ten Years TQ – Nancy Cantwell

Willie Mays, New York Giants, Polo Grounds, Rookie Season 1951 _____________ First let me say what an incredible privilege it has been to work with all the contributors to Times Quotidian:   Guy Zimmerman, Associate Editor | Contributors: Marla Apt, Alan Berman, Suresh Chandvankar, Lorraine Davis, Brian Forrest, Alissa Guzman, Patrick Halm, Jim Houghton, Sean Hughes, Robert Kato, Constance Mallinson, Michelle Plochere, Naomi Pitcairn, Janet Sternburg, Rita Valencia, Aram Yardumian, Melanie Wudl, Tom Wudl The work has been extraordinary, penetrating and incredibly rewarding. To be able to cultivate such material for our readers near and far has been an … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Alissa Guzman

Wings of Desire Poster in the writer's studio Like my Southern California childhood, Times Quotidian is best described as alternative. My first piece, published in 2011 two days after my 27th birthday, was an essay on young, emerging photographers, written long before I’d worked myself into any kind of critical form. It was the beginning of a decade-long collaboration with a publication that gave many west coast writers, myself included, the room to experiment and a place to publish those odd pieces that didn’t seem to have a place anywhere else. Stepping away from reviewing other artist’s work, I found my voice in photo essays and fragmented text of the overheard and the anecdotal. Looking back, it was finding the right blend of the … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Naomi Pitcairn

Redhawk, Doumenting Standing Rock Naomi Pitcairn is a graphic-digital-performance-street artist and creative advocate who has no set style or medium. Her short films have screened at the Athens Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago and won an honorable mention at the Baltimore Off the Wall Film and Video Festival. Her Exquisite Corpse photo series earned a 2nd prize and was chosen for the Best of Show at the International Photography Awards.   She is renowned by the City of Los Angeles for her giant chalk installations, while her disruptive performances on behalf of whistleblowers have garnered positive media attention in publications including Die Zeit, NYT, … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Tom Wudl

Pure Adornments of the Essential Nature of the Cosmos of Reality 2016 For close to 43 years I have been witness to Tom Wudl's many explorations into the field of painting. And for the last ten years I have watched his explorations into the Avatamasaka Sutra elaborate, intensify, and proliferate into a magnificent body of work. But not only has this investigation produced paintings of intense concentration and beauty it has also led to a life of generosity and heartfelt action. It has been a privilege and a great deal of fun to to be a part of the process - and to be able to say that, without hesitation - the work speaks volumes. ________________________  There was a time when the world was small and man knew his place in … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Rita Valencia

Writing an intro to a selection of your own essays is tough, so I'll deflect the problem by heaping praise on Nancy Cantwell for curating the Times Quotidian Journal. She's created a cultural playground of ideas and images that is unique and vibrant. I have never been a prose writer, so it was fun and challenging to talk about media. I had a couple of principles in creating these essays. The first was to write only about work to which I had a positive response and to report, muse, free associate. In that light, please know that the article about The Art of Killing, entitled Relax and Rolex, is mostly negative. However, in his follow-up film to The Art of Killing, The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer completely answered all the … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Aram Yardumian

For nearly a decade, Times Quotidian has given me the chance to address specifics with a freedom I don't quite have in professional life. It's difficult to see a thread running through my articles, but behind it all I am still staring into the same materialist abyss reconnoitered by Sade, Darwin, Genet, and Bergman— none of whom I ever directly wrote about, but whose shadows fall over the anthropology of cruelty and suffering, zoological ambivalence, Lacanian superego, social dissolution mirrored in aesthetics, and a more real Real. Errol Morris's epistemological interrogations, Michael Gira's overwhelming sense of physical ecstasy, Thomas Mera Gartz's post-music fantasia, a non-Marxist sociology of Lascaux and Chauvet, Tommie … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Constance Mallinson

Constance Mallinson, Woodland Seen, Oil on Paper, 2009 Constance Mallinson has been a contributor to the Times Quotidian since 2010. Her writings on all aspects of art, from museum and gallery exhibitions to insights into the artist’s studio and creative processes, create an important and diverse conversation. Lest we forget her own distinguished 40 year career as a painter, please reference Nature Morte, a narrative by Rita Valencia on Ms. Mallison’s solo exhibition at Pomona College Museum of Art. “These are paintings that are intricate, complex and luxurious, which invite long and languorous gazing. They also contain within them stories of an uneasily shifting reality, an ever-dying natural world, and primal acts of violence … [Read more...]

One Man’s Treasure

Graffiti, A Movement: Judgements and Valuations — People have been distributing unsolicited art to unappreciative recipients since long before Sylvester Stallone left his “movie prop” on the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum, but it does seem to have become a trend these days. “The bronze Rocky statue, commissioned by Stallone himself, was originally placed atop the Art Museum steps, but it has been moved several times over the years because officials thought it was not art.” – ABC 6 (Philadelphia) This begs the question of course: what is art? What, indeed? An unappreciative or uninformed individual may simply not be aware of the value of this or that masterpiece and kick it summarily to the curb. Another may walk by, … [Read more...]

Art in the Age of Trump

Made in LA 2018, Biennial Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles — Related Posts: The Anxiety of Originality, Bad Boys and Good Girls, When Art Had a Heart, Triumph of the Shill, Now it is Dark 2018, the second year into Donald Trump’s presidency, also is the year for the current installment of the Hammer Museum’s sprawling “Made in L.A.” Biennial. As the Trump administration systematically obliterates the groundbreaking accomplishments of several of his predecessors, the exhibition features artists of all mediums who enlist their observations and explorations in the cause for maintaining—or restoring—progressive and critical thinking. Virtually every area of human and non-human activity that has been harmed by … [Read more...]

Inside the Artist’s Studio – David DiMichele

Inside the Artist’s Studio is an-ongoing series exploring issues on contemporary art through direct encounters with the artists themselves. Related Posts: Sean Duffy, Maren Hassinger, Nuttaphol Ma, Brian Forrest, Harmony Hammond  The Gallery In Ruins – In his 1986 book Inside the White Cube based on a 1976 series of Artforum essays, artist and writer Brian O’Doherty examined the pristine white gallery space as the required context and condition for appreciating contemporary art. He wrote of such spaces, “The outside world must not come in, so windows are usually sealed off. Walls are painted white… The purpose of such a setting is not unlike the purpose of religious buildings.” [1] As with congregants … [Read more...]