Yesterday Hi-C and I took the quick-ish drive up to Durham to see the Branch Gallery, the Nasher, and, best of all, my Cliff.
It's amazing that one day I opened my eyes, looked around, and found successful artists. . . my age. . . all around me. It's a good kick in the seat, I am great at making excuses and spending all of my time finding "my Place" but really an excuse is just an excuse.

Spot Jen Garrido at these fine sites near you:
Her own site
Design*Sponge Guest Blog
Oh Joy

Jen's work resonated with me, her painting style similar to my own, however, I am not a painter anymore. I enjoy the process only on my own terms and not on a regular basis. The desire to push paint only comes so often, which is exactly why Jen's work excited me enough to make the drive. She is a painter interested in the behavior of paint.
Amanda Barr's work is naive and fun. The folk artist explosion seems to cover North America fully and succinctly. I wonder why, if it is a reaction to the politics of today?
Which brings me to the Nasher's Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China exhibit. The show extensively covers contemporary photography from China. A lot of the work is a political dialogue about the rapid change of culture in China. From this theme, many pieces stem into subcategories, which dissect past, present, and future.
If you're around the Durham area, go check it out. Give yourself plenty of time, the work is challenging and can take some time to really understand.

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