The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 
congratulates BOMB Gala honorees
James Keith Brown
and Eric G. Diefenbach

BOMB 124 Summer 2013

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Interviews

Hope Gangloff by Yuri Masnyj

In Gangloff’s latest paintings, student protesters at Cooper Union (her alma mater) loom large. With sculptor Masnyj she discusses her path of becoming a painter of her peer group.

Richard Thompson by Keith Connolly
Richard Thompson

Fairport Convention helped to bring traditional music into British folk rock back in the ’60s. Connolly traces Thompson’s evolving style from his Fairport days to his latest solo album, Electric.

Matías Piñeiro by Clinton Krute
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Matías Piñeiro makes intricate films that play with literature, history and language. His Shakespearean Viola opens on July 12 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center alongside a retrospective of his films.

Joanne Greenbaum by Jeremy Sigler
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Greenbaum on the fundamentally personal and private process of creating art, and how modernism, rage and rebellion fuel her creativity.

Gyula Kosice by Lyle Rexer & Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

Visionary artist and poet Gyula Kosice on how he has tried to reconcile “the language of the diction” and “the language of form, volume, and the kinetic.”

Fiona Maazel by Justin Taylor
Fiona Maazel

Fiona Maazel on her second novel, Woke Up Lonely, and how its apocalyptic themes of loneliness and emotional isolation are reflected in its unique, fractured structure.

Phillip Lopate by Shifra Sharlin
Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate has had a good year, publishing To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and Portrait Inside My Head. He spoke with Sharlin about humor, honesty, and his identity as a native New Yorker.

Abraham Cruzvillegas by Haegue Yang
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Before I met Abraham Cruzvillegas, more than once I’d heard curator Clara Kim mention in passing that he was a special person. This piqued my curiosity.

David Grubbs by C. Spencer Yeh
​David Grubbs

Musician and composer David Grubbs collaborates with improvisatory artists—including C. Spencer Yeh—to attain an unrepeatable quality on his new album, The Plain Where The Palace Stood.

Editor's Interviews

Violeta Went to Heaven by Cecilia Vicuña

Andrés Wood’s film, Violeta Went to Heaven, brought me back to a decisive moment. I am 14 and I am crossing a threshold. I am walking down a hallway at my aunt Lola’s house on Manuel Montt Street in Santiago de Chile.

Iris Smyles’s Iris Has Free Time by ​Frederic Tuten
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“To be honest I don’t really read magazines … I’d much rather read a classic like Madame Bovary,” Iris tells an HR rep from Maxim magazine in the comically disastrous job interview that opens Smyles’s debut novel, Iris Has Free Time.

Tabboo!: The Art of Stephen Tashjian by Sean Mellyn
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On New Year’s Eve 1980, I watched the new-wave band Human Sexual Response perform at the now defunct Boston Phoenix. I was 14 and my sister and her classmates from the Massachusetts College of Art snuck me past security.

Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void by Liza Béar
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It’s a rare delight when a film makes a little-known, hermetic community that is bristling with traditions, customs, rules, and regulations come alive, transcending that subculture through its humanity.

Above and Below: Gordon Matta-Clark by Lytle Shaw
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The 17th-century townhouses that Gordon Matta-Clark and his friends chipped away at in Conical Intersect (1975) did not collapse immediately—like, say, flimsy clapboard ranch styles built where neighborhood site plans had been rushed and mistaken.

Christa Wolf’s City of Angels or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud by ​Larissa Zimberoff
Christa Wolf

Imagine that the place you call home is no more, not just your house or apartment, but the entirety of your surroundings, including ideological ones. What if borders that were once maintained by thick concrete slabs and barbed wire suddenly disappeared?

BOMB Specific

BOMB Specific by Fredi Casco

“The movement of the crowd edged towards the Avenue Mariscal Lopez where the processions wre passing” (Graham Greene, Travels with my Aunt, p. 217). 

Artists on Artists

Nadja Bournonville by Zoe Beloff

If one believed in nominal determinism, one would say that Nadja Bournonville was destined to work on the subject of hysteria.

Lucy Skaer by William Corwin
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Lucy Skaer might be hiding a time machine.

First Proof

Portfolio by Susan Bee

With My Dog-Eyes by Hilda Hilst

“Vita brevis, sensus ebes, negligentiae torpor et inutiles occupationes nos paucula scire permittent. Et aliquotients scita excutit ab animo per temporum lapsum frudatrix scientiae et inimica memoriae praeceps oblivio.”

Two Poems by Tomaž Šalamun

To the repentant philantropist / the blood runs short. / He drinks only the paste, the paste / of oxygen.

She Will Be Flesh by Dylan Landis

Rainey locks herself into the ladies’ room of the Madison Gardens coffee shop, not far from the Met.

Four Poems by Leslie Shipman

Marine Life

Remember that time we stood in the surf
and mourned its havoc before it was gone,

The Cloud of Unknowing by Mimi Lipson

Meanwhile the Corinthians completed their preparations and sailed for Corcyra with a hundred and fifty ships. Of these Elis furnished ten, Megara twelve, Leucas ten, Ambracia twenty-seven—

from The Bottom by Betsy Andrews

sea fairy, sea wizard, water-horse, sea-queen
picked clean on long conveyor belts and sorted by shape and size

Two Stories by Thomas Israel Hopkins

An Obstacle to Empathy

I am conducting an interview with a general who is in the process of authorizing an invasion of a country that borders both his and mine.

from less than one, more than one by Jen Hofer

more than none, none between—immeasurably gray—more
vaporous masses massing—

Portfolio

Portfolio by Paola Ferrario

For the past five years I have been engaged in a quixotic process cataloguing the artifacts of a material world in decline.

The Wick

This is the Last Time I Do a Charity Event by Jim Torok