ARC Magazine announces the release of Issue 6

By ARC Magazine Thursday, October 4th, 2012 Categories: ARC, Updates

The 6th volume of ARC Magazine brings together a mélange of artists, scholars and writers in collaboration exploring and experimenting with formal and preconceived elements of beauty, alchemy, aesthetics, nationhood, independence, and burdens of representations. Featured artists and writers from Haiti, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Chile, France, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Suriname, The Netherlands, The United States, and Australia, interrogate and expand on a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, illustration, new media, drawing, performance, and mixed media.

Blue Curry from the series 'Like Taking Sand to the Beach'

Trinidadian artist and scholar Dr. Andil Gosine intervenes with Shastri Maharaj’s practice. Gosine traverses the traditional surface of Maharaj’s work to resolve the reconstitution of memory and identity that reimagines Indianness in its relationship to the creolite. Martinican writer Suzanne Lampla explores the growing exploration of artists conquering the streets to present social, political and multicultural concerns. Through the works of Thierry Alet, Alfredo Jaar and Claude Cauquil, Lampla analyses the use of the street as an unlimited source of inspiration, offering artists another way to communicate with the world while emphasizing the importance of tradition and truth.

Educator and writer Janice Cheddie investigates the formal works of Sasha Huber who investigates familial and historical bonds with Haiti while confronting sites of colonization and belonging. Huber claims a space and the right to construct narratives that challenge and question historical assumptions. Her self-representation suggests a renaming and unveiling, one which positions creolized subjects as an important constituent of history. Anne Errey eulogizes Jamaican sculptor Laura Facey’s ‘Radiant Combs’ in a beguiling essay, which seeks to explore the metaphysical and spiritual awakening of the prolific artist. In this space of quietude and reflection, alchemy, healing and acceptance are assimilated in a series of large-scale works that interact with the rolling mountains, deep in the recesses of Jamaica.

A collaborative project conceived by Guadeloupean artist Audry Liseron-Monfils and French writer Frédérique Blaize reveals a mind map that traverses the mental scape of the artist as he broods self consciously, philosophically and contradictory in verse. Liseron-Monfils’ pauses, tenses and creations articulate his process, which relies heavily on deep introspection, the mapping reveals a powerful mining constructed around literature, philosophy and art. What may be ARC’s most ambitious study to date occurs when critic and educator Dr. Erica M. James, deconstructs the work Bahamian artist Blue Curry. Working with tropes that are stereotypically exotic, Curry’s installations and objects border on the elusive and are defiant of categorization, as they examine wholeness, material and meaning.

Detail shots

Guyanese/UK photographer, Roshini Kempadoo collaborates with Marta Fernandez Campa to produce an exchange that highlights the artist’s interrogations on the politics of representation. Kempadoo’s practice critiques historical representations of the black body; by embracing digital advancements and technologies the artist develops work that speaks to the archive’s importance in the creation of a multi vocal and perspectival exploration of cultural and socio-political ruptures in the United Kingdom.  While, curator of El Museo del Barrio, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado’s comprehensive study of The Body in Caribbean Art details the work of Albert Chong, Janine Antoni, Elia Alba, Renée Cox and Ana Mendieta. This contemporary overview engages with the way the body is studied, analyzed and referenced as deeply a political and referential site for many prominent contemporary artists in the diaspora. Continuing our engagement with institutions across the region, we present the graduating work of 6 students from the College of The Bahamas in a portfolio coordinated by educator and contemporary artist Heino Schmid.

Issue 6 features the work of Audry Liseron-Monfils, Sasha Huber, Alfredo Jaar, Thierry Alet, Claude Cauquil, Ana Mendieta, Renée Cox, Albert Chong, Janine Antoni, Elia Alba, Blue Curry, Michael Spears, Stacey Tyrell, Steven Schmid, Gabriel Ramos, Shastri Maharaj, Roshini Kempadoo, Wendy Nanan, JB Barret, Ryan Oduber, Manuel Mathieu, Patricia Kaersenhout, Olivia McGilchrist, Andy Robert, Laura Facey, Nancy Hoffmann, Cydne Coleby, Christina Darville, Giovanna Swaby, Tyler Miller, Veronica Dorsett, Yutavia George, Alyson Holder and Mickael Caruge.

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ARC Inc. is a non-profit print and online publication and social platform launched in 2011. It seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical space for contemporary artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. ARC is an online and social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its diasporas.