ART

A Tangible Glimpse at Society

Self-published work pushes through the clutter of ‘likes’ by way of hands, not thumbs Before hopping on the phone with creators of Duval Comic and Zine Fest (DCAZ Fest)  to get the scoop on the previously postponed event happening in the Jacksonville Main Public Library on Oct. 22, I spent a brief period in the library’s Zine Zone. Lined chronologically on the wall, skinny pamphlets of neon blue and pink poked out of the sea of preserving plastic baggies. Unsure of the content due to the lack of a spine on most of the publications, I grabbed one at random, …

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Night at the (Cummer) Museum

I didn’t know what to expect when walking through the double doors of the Cummer Museum, the sun beginning to set behind me. Would the paintings come to life? Would I need to save the outside world from angry statues that are tired of living a life in stone and marble? I watched Night at the Museum the day before and took some notes, just in case. Instead of statues dancing through the lively kids section, I found a peaceful studio full of easels and eager artists getting ready to draw with artist William McMahan. For the first 30 minutes …

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Past, Present, Future

Four local artists seek to answer three questions—Where has Jacksonville been? Where are we now? And where are we heading?—for JAXNext100, a week of creativity and collaboration envisioning Jacksonville’s next 100 years. The collaborative exhibition, “Past, Present, Future,” on display at The Corner Gallery at the Jessie DuPont Ball Center, showcases the minds and talents of artists Dustin Harewood, Malcolm Jackson, Toni Smailagic and Jordan Walter. The Bold New City of The South street sign, built for the photo featuruing Nicole Hamm and BeBe Deluxe, hangs on the outward facing wall behind the glass of the gallery, viewable to all …

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A discussion with artist Morgan Goldsmith about her exhibition at Florida Mining Gallery

Creation is second nature to Naples-based artist Morgan Goldsmith. Having grown up in a family of artists and builders, she feels drawn to repurpose the materials available to her to communicate her experiences through the physical construction and deconstruction of visual artwork. This mentality is sure to pass down to her own children as she allows them to collaborate with her in this process. A majority of Goldsmith’s pieces begin as blank paper scattered on the floor or taped low on the wall—within little arm’s reach—inviting her children to create with her. She then combines and collages with a keen …

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Femme Fire Books

What began as a fun hobby for Vanessa Nicolle in 2020 has turned into a brick-and-mortar dream come true for book lovers who are passionate about diversity and inclusion. Nicolle started Femme Fire Books as a way to “celebrate diversity and encourage reading for all.” You may wonder, what’s so different about this bookstore? Nicolle’s shop is stocked with books written by women and people of color who have been marginalized in the publishing industry in the past. Femme Fire Books is a way to raise the voices of those who have felt silenced. “Representation matters, and I felt as …

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Kara Walker Rewrites the Rewritten

“Picture the center of the Earth, picture your spine and feet firmly grounded, picture a light beam connecting you into the ground, connecting you to the roots of all life. Breathe in the connection of all human beings, breathe out injustice.” David Jameson opened his discussion with this short meditation before diving into the lives of enslaved women during a lunch and learn event at MOCA Jacksonville. Acknowledging that a woman might be better suited to speak on the subject, Jameson read book excerpts and interviews from enslaved women rather than pushing his own ideologies on artist Kara Walker’s intense …

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Shelter in Place

Words & photos by Janie Day The current installation at the Corner Gallery is unlike any I’ve ever seen before. You don’t stand in a room looking at framed paintings on the wall. Instead, you become immersed into Erin Kendrick’s colorful and distorted maze of textures and objects. This multi-sensory installation titled “Shelter in Place” forces you to navigate your way around large brightly painted panels depicting various scenes and symbols of Black women and girls’ experience. You sift your fingers through the sand in the sandbox as the eyes plastered on the wall stare you down. You pass through …

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