To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
–Wallace Stevens / The Snow Man
Deep into January, no more wishing Happy New Year; it’s just another year now. Welcome to the .080th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
It is no longer just about space, it is a dynamic research. Different attempts to achieve stability arriving at total space, the terminal station of a journey that we just have to embark on. Paolo Icaro, In Search of Balance Lost at Galleria Massimo Minini through January 31, 2019.
Thomas Ralph / Darkest Hour (still)
It’s never felt quite as isolating to live in the British Isles as it does in the wake of the Brexit referendum. That feeling of isolation by the insidious definition separating the ‘them’ and ‘us.’ Darkest Hour, Directed by Thomas Ralph, Winner, Homespun Yarns 2016.
In ancient Greek mythology, it was believed that metals came from the sky and were gifts from the gods above. The works of Beverly Pepper attempts to bridge the spirit of the fantastical with the logical. Through March 9, 2019 at Kayne Griffin Corcoran.
Tatsuo Miyajima’s philosophy, as told through these works, is that the future is not created by the genius of the individual, but by the collective body. Every tiny diode is small and seemingly insignificant, yet together creates the glittering web of the universe. Through February 16, 2019 at Lisson Gallery.
Organized in 8 chapters, early artists associated with Camera Austria are side by side with recent positions. Visual discourses on photography from the 1980s have lost none of their relevance today. Including William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, Nan Goldin, Luigi Ghirri, and others. At Museum der Moderne Salzburg through March 3, 2019.
Blurring the lines between portraiture, documentary, and mediated reality, Hannah Starkey reconstructs glimpses of interior lives capturing her subjects in moments of introspection in ordinary urban spaces. On view through February 9, 2019 at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
American civil inequities have been transformed into legal institutionalized violence and continues today; the very notion of equality as an ideal under attack, even by very governing body. Our previous exposé is revisited for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Photography by Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks, among others.
Paolo Icaro’s sublime minimalism In Search of Balance Lost at Galleria Massimo Minini; Beverly Pepper bridges the fantastical with the logical with sculptural works, New Particles from the Sun at Kayne Griffin Corcoran; Thomas Ralph’s emotive Darkest Hour documents Briain’s youth as they reflect on Brexit; Hannah Starkey reconstructs glimpses of interior lives in her photography in her solo exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; Tatsuo Miyajima espouses the collective body over the individual in Innumerable Life / Buddha at Lisson Gallery; Reintroducing William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, and Nan Goldin, among others featured in Camera Austria at Museum der Moderne Salzburg; and Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks honoring MLK and the Civil Rights Movement on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.