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astride a bucking bronco would be right at home in any collection of Western art, except that the cowboy's head has been replaced by that of a ferocious monster, its fang-filled mouth open wide.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.
July 18, 2013 |
Although music fans know him as the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor cracked the bestseller list last year with his book “Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good.” In his newly published second book, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process),” Taylor tackles the world of the paranormal. “If religion were a lounge singer, then the paranormal would be a rock star,” he writes in the book's introduction.
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.