Hi! I’m Allyson, a new blogger for JAM. I enjoy writing and I’m hoping to share my adventures in Sioux Falls with people! I’d like to help people become more aware of the local art community. Wandering through artists’ exhibits puts a smile on my face. I admire the hard work and dedication of talented individuals.
ART COLLECTIVE 7
August 11, 2014 / 6 PM – 10 PM / Lucky’s Bar / 224 S. Phillips Avenue / Sioux Falls, SD
The idea for the Art Collective came five years ago to Em Nguyen, a local artist and bartender at Lucky’s. She wanted to bring together local artists to show off their work. I have been to one in the past and it was a memorable event for me because Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Art Collective 7
It is to save man from the fear of death, so that he may be able to die!
To go forward into death! Not backwards into the womb. Out of the quicksands, out of the stagnant flux! This is the winter of life, and our drama is to secure a foothold so that life may go forward once again. But this foothold can only be gained on the dead bodies of those who are willing to die.
-Henry Miller, Wisdom of the Heart
[Marcelo Daldoce – The Hanging Garden]
Things that Talk: Animism
This is a great read on what makes objects come alive. Michael Taussig gives references to Walter Benjamin, storytellers and shamans. A look at the workers plight and the way objects gain souls through Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #6
I didn’t know if I should write a post telling you about the books I love for artists because who reads books anymore? Right?
No, you know what? Wrong!
I read books still, and I know for damn-sure Continue reading 3 Must Read Books for Artists + a Pep-talk from Ira Glass
This week is gonna be strange. Granted, I really enjoy strange and weird works that are normally pejorative in nature. I love when things take you off your current path or beat, hiccups in time, that echo deep down into your core. Here is my dedication to strange:
It’s All In the Accent: Interview with Werner Herzog
A great interview by Steve Marsh at Slate talking to Werner Herzog about his recent release from the Criterion Collection. Werner dishes out some Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
Sometimes I am a rambling idiot. Twice this past month two different reporters have asked me, “why do you think it is important to support the arts?” I spewed on for couple of minutes without articulating exactly why I think it’s important to support the arts, so consider this my practice for the next time someone asks me.
I find it so obvious and important to support the arts, that the worn-out question turns me into a puddling slob. However, people will keep on asking because it will keep on being important. Another important thing that will not change: People like Continue reading How to Enhance Your Scene
“Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant” by Emily Dickinson
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
I seriously can not wait for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Here is an excerpt that is over at Slate. Its good, and if you haven’t read The Wind-up Bird Chronicles yet, shame on you.
I don’t know how to describe Casey Jane Ellison, the host of this show, but I like her. She has this mix of snark and sarcasm and I’m pretty sure this is an act but its a good one. I love her comment on that everyone on the panel is a woman and that she is not going to point that out.
This is a very interesting rundown of Caravaggio’s life, spoiler, it’s violent. The renown painter was apparently kind of a bastard and pissed off quite a few unsavory characters.
Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
Did you know that there are over one hundred creative reuse centers in the United States? California has sixteen of them!
Do you know what a creative reuse center is? It is a place for Continue reading JAM: A Creative Reuse Center for Sioux Falls
Alt Lit: Frank Hilton explores the apocalypse
This week I want to start out with an excerpt from a new novel by the writer Frank Hilton. Her style strikes me as an expressionistic way of writing and her topic of sci-fi/ social networks/ post apocalypse fits in perfectly with the time period we are in right now. I am beginning to fall in love with futurists lately, their unflinching visions of what’s to become of society are interesting and hyperbolic but always insightful to the psyche of today. The artwork Dazed and Confused magazine chose to go along with the story is very striking as well.
[Detached 2014 – Moonassi]
Please follow that link, Moonassi is pretty brilliant and a good segue into the rest of my Continue reading An Ear to the Ground