Inside the Wasp’s Nest – The Work of Julia von Eichel

By Riad Miah / January 10, 2019

When a Vespula vulgaris—the common wasp—builds a nest, it usually selects an accessible, yet hidden, site. The female does the majority of the work in the assembling process. The Vespidae, which belong to the Hymenoptera order, constructs their nests with wooden materials. The queen begins the process by chewing wood or bark, breaking it down…

John Descarfino- Pressing the Space of the Middle

By Riad Miah / December 12, 2018

“Spiritually I am wherever my spirit allows me to be, and that is not necessarily in the future.” – Willem de Kooning In Arnold van Gennep’s book Les rites de passage (The Rites of Passage, 1909) he writes about the three phases and the journey that was observed in cultures, from an anthropologist perspective. He…

Painting on Paper as a Form of Drawing

By Riad Miah / December 8, 2018

What are the benefits of working on paper? Can painting on paper be a kind of drawing? Working on paper has a certain liberation to it, one does not have to be precious with it. Working on paper allows me to work through a process. The thought process reveals itself differently. Because of the casualness…

Trudy Benson- Moving Forward by Looking into The Past

By Riad Miah / October 30, 2018

“The grid declares the space of art to be once autonomous and autotelic.”[1]– Rosalind Krauss Part of the job of an artist is to pay attention to both contemporary artists and know the history from which they have developed. This was the case of when I first became familiar with the work of Trudy Benson.…