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On Location/France

Lisa Beck’s installation in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Middle of Everywhere Lisa Beck, “The Middle of Everywhere” proposition de Caroline Soyez-Petithomme du 6 juin au 11 juillet 2015 Circuit, centre d’art contemporain, Lausanne.   By Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret Contributing Columnist   In the most iconographic and metaphysical of the apocryphal scriptures ( the Gospel according to Philip – late Fourth Century) we find the term “temple space” to define the dimensions of a Supreme Being. What Lisa Beck celebrates is the “temple space” of painting, the sensory space formed by the difficult-to-accomplish accord between form, substance, the senses, and the means...

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On Location/France

With “Studies/Humanities,” the artist returns to fundamentals, such as the “procession of models of Wednesday afternoon in the ’70s.” He cites the influence of philosophers, writers and filmmakers, including: Apollinaire, Nerval, Hegel, Freud and Jen-Luc Godard, among others.

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Mark Levy/Casual Observer

Am I Being Too Literal?   The word “literal,” for me, has gone from being mildly annoying to exasperating. After you hear why, I am pretty sure it will literally rankle you, too.   Literal is an adjective that means taking a word in its usual, explicit, or most basic or ordinary sense. When you’re being literal, you’re about as straightforward as you can get. So if you say “the temperature is literally freezing,” it means the temperature is no greater than 32 degrees. And if something “literally takes your breath away,” it means you can’t breathe. That’s literal....

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Got Them Missouri Blues/Music

Nick & Bootsy working the mics during their “music discovery” program in the studios of KKID radio, Missouri.     The Basement Tapes: Up & Coming, Here & There on KKID: “Everyone is local to somewhere.” Imet Nick and Bootsy about 15 years ago in another lifetime, when we both were working the same chain gang pushing heavy metal around New York and New Jersey. There’s more to that story, but it doesn’t really have a place here. Suffice to say, Nick went his way and ended up on the radio with Bootsy giving voice to local bands and musicians, without...

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Savage Mountain/John Smelcer

Sebastian wasn’t sure what to do. He couldn’t just climb back up to the top. Once he stood on the crest, his brother’s weight would pull him off the north side of the mountain. He certainly couldn’t cut the rope. Sebastian slowly formed a plan and began climbing toward the top of the crest. When he was close, he hammered a piton into the rock face and connected himself to it with a carabiner and a short piece of rope; anchored that way, he couldn’t be dragged off the other side.

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