October 25, 2013 |
Elin O'Hara Slavick photographs survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Not human survivors but objects that factor into everyday life - bottles, brooms, combs - and emblematize their users. Technically, the pictures are photograms, direct traces of the physical objects themselves. What Slavick produces are ghosts, haunting images from a past that, to paraphrase Faulkner, is neither dead nor past. A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Slavick is engaged in what she terms “ethical seeing.” She examines the aftermath of war, its visible residue, as an act of remembrance, a kind of post-witnessing laced with pathos and latent protest.
May 21, 2013 |
There is absolutely no reason for Restaurant 1833 in Monterey to be as good as it is. In the first place, well, it's in Monterey, a lovely town that is swamped by short-term tourists - the kinds of diners who will eat at a restaurant once and never go back again. Then there's the setting. Restaurant 1833 is housed in one of the oldest homes in Monterey, for many years the home of the town's leading doctor James Stokes - at least until his misdiagnosis killed California governor Jose Figueroa and an investigation revealed that he had never had a medical license in the first place.
July 30, 2012 |
At Cherry and Martin, a three-artist show takes visitors back to school. But rather than educating us about anything, “Bush of Ghosts” treats the pranks students play as an art form. No one does this better than Nathan Mabry, whose life-size bronze sculpture of a cowboy astride a bucking bronco would be right at home in any collection of Western art, except that the cowboy's head has been replaced by that of a ferocious monster, its fang-filled mouth open wide. Nearly 12 feet tall, Mabry's statue makes Frederic Remington look as hip - and significantly more ambitious - than many young sculptors, who seem to want nothing more than for their work to be accepted as "unmonumental.
November 14, 2013 |
Many documentaries steeped in social or political issues get very insistent and often very noisy in expressing a point of view. Michael Moore is of course the model for effective, engaging and defiantly in-your-face activism in this arena. In contrast, "The Ghosts in Our Machine," a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small - in their natural habitat or in cages - to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment.
May 1, 2009 |
"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is an amusingly sentimental whiff of a romantic comedy, a modern-day morality tale that is a little "It's Not Such a Wonderful Life" and a lot "A Very Un-Christmas Carol." Instead of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey despairing over a life lived in service to the greater good, we have Matthew McConaughey as a man relishing a life lived in service to the greater bad.
November 14, 2008 |
The Metropolitan Opera is giving up "The Ghosts." Cutting costs in the wake of the economic downturn, the Met is dropping next season's highly anticipated revival of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles." Angela Gheorghiu and Thomas Hampson, who were to appear, instead will sing in a less-costly revival of Verdi's "La Traviata," Met general manager Peter Gelb said Thursday. "In looking at ways to economize, that was an unfortunate sacrifice," Gelb said in an interview. "It's a much more expensive revival than most."