“With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.” -Rumi
Tomorrow is not guaranteed. It is a phrase we hear repeated over and over again as we walk through life. So much that often it becomes nothing more than background noise, a collection of words we take for granted. But consider the gravity of this – for just a moment, believe with all your being that this is the absolute truth. How would it change today if you knew that tomorrow may never come? Would you embrace things that you have long put off? Speak words that perhaps you tell yourself you can just say later?
Lucia Buricelli spoke to us in early October about her show, Wild City, which ran until October 9 at New Collectors Gallery. The show included 12 of Buricelli’s photographs of animals inhabiting urban spaces. The interaction between animals and the human-dominated urban environment gave the show its title. In one image, a raccoon looks directly at the camera as it climbs a fence with tourists in the background. To hear more about the exhibition and other aspects of Buricelli’s work, listen to the complete interview.
Vusi Beauchamp spoke to us from Pretoria, South Africa about his show at David Krut Projects in New York. Titled The Cult of One, Part II, the exhibition, which ran until October 9, incorporated mixed media paintings and works on paper as a visual exploration of South Africa 30 years post-Apartheid. The works evolved from a past series titled Paradyse of the Damned. To learn more, listen to the complete interview.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket
Live one day as though the next will never come.
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Books to Read
What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Praxis user Sherie Harkins offers two titles for consideration: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain Mcgilchrist and The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber.
Mesa Refuge invites artists to apply for spring residency. The program welcomes diverse creators for two-week residency periods without a fee. Selected artists are responsible for their own travel, transportation and food. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is December 1.
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.