“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi
Looking around us, it is easy to feel like there is a tremendous amount of change that needs to happen – and needs to happen fast. Alas, in the grand scheme there is often little we can do as individuals to exact the sort of change that has enough meaning to create larger transition. That does not mean we can’t create change. Far from it. What is required is a shift in how we think about change. Perhaps we can’t make sweeping change, all at once, but we most certainly can reframe the way we think, feel and act toward those things in need of our attention. This becomes the first step toward finding ways we ourselves can mobilize for reform of all sorts.
Terry Haggerty joined us from Italy where he has been for the last year and a half in a live/work situation at the home of a collector friend. For his work, which is very processed based, Haggerty had to move quite a bit of equipment from Berlin, where he had been previously. Haggerty’s work has shifted since moving to Italy due to a conscious effort to allow his surroundings to influence his art. His most recent show, Into the Wind, reflected the elements of the coastal setting in which he now lives while staying with his established linear style. To hear more about Haggerty’s work and how living in Italy has changed things, listen to the complete interview.
Angela Westwater recently spoke to us about her gallery, which opened in 1975, during the early years of SoHo. In the ensuing years, there have been many changes, and Westwater’s gallery is now located on the Lower East Side. Of course, the pandemic wrought many difficult changes. Westwater left up the show that had run for only a week when lockdown began, but very few people set foot in the gallery. Among the shows she has carried off since the early days of COVID is a traveling Bruce Nauman show. To hear more about the gallery and other ventures, listen to the complete interview.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:
By starting right where we are, change is possible.
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Books to Read
What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Terry Haggerty spends a lot of time reading the news these days, like many of us likely do. Praxis editor Julia Tolstrup has been recently escaping into the book Smithy by Amanda Desiree.
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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.