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

BOMB 143 Spring 2018

Bomb #143
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Interviews

Lydia Ourahmane by Ben Blackmore

The oil barrels Ourahmane shipped from Algeria to the UK became the first artwork legally exported from her home country since 1962. Her practice engages escape and displacement narratives. 

Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi
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From Super PAC to supernova, two artists view photographs through the lens of time, and time through the lens of colonialism.

Summer Wheat by Tina Kukielski
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On the eve of two solo exhibitions, Wheat discusses her tapestry-like paintings, stained-glass works, and tulipieres.

Barbara Hammer by Corina Copp
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A pioneer of feminist filmmaking considers how social engagement, literature, and a keen sense of the corporeal inform her vision.

Kaneza Schaal by Christopher Myers
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Putting diverse cultural and aesthetic traditions in dialogue, Schaal’s new performance work, Jack &, is a comedy of errors based on prison reentry programs and debutante balls.

Nina Hoss by Nicholas Elliott
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A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.

LaToya Ruby Frazier and Fred Moten by Dawn Lundy Martin
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Two poets and a photographer discuss the presence of absence, the power of the number three, and art as documentation and disruption.

Joseph Keckler by Olivia Laing
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Writer and vocalist Keckler performs impersonations of obscure larger-than-life personalities he meets. In her first novel, Laing impersonates Kathy Acker.

Sergio De La Pava by Veronica Scott Esposito

A New York City public defender and author of a self-published bestseller returns with his third novel, Lost Empress. Sources range from quantum physics to the gospel.

Editor's Choice
David Behrman’s Music With Memory by Clinton Krute
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We often think of music as flowing from memory or being committed to memory. Music With Memory—the title of a new LP of three ’80s-era performances of works by the composer David Behrman—implies some conversation and interplay between the two. 

Sheila Heti’s Motherhood by Monica Uszerowicz
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When I was young, my mother told me that when she was a fetus in her mother’s womb, her own body already contained the egg that would one day be fertilized and become me. It’s an image akin to an infinite-loop motif—a Droste-effect woman in a woman in a woman

Manuel DeLanda: ISM ISM by Jon Dieringer
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To witness the vulgar, Zap Comix–inspired panorama in Manuel DeLanda’s 1979 film ISM ISM—its blubbering testicle-breasts and segmented-plumber’s-pipe phallus scrawled in marker on the tiled walls of a Manhattan subway station, just to start—is to share in the brief, bewildering encounter a commuter may have had with street art before the soap and cleaning brushes arrived.

Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki’s El Mar La Mar by Matt Turner
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An experimental documentary on border crossing, less about that place than what it represents.

Ellie Ga’s Square Octagon Circle by Emmy Catedral
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Artist and explorer Ellie Ga’s voyage to Egypt began with the end of a previous expedition near the North Pole. She spent five months of 2007 with a French crew aboard a ship called Tara, drifting without daylight along Arctic ice cracks. 

Lynne Tillman’s Men and Apparitions by Michael Valinsky
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Lynne Tillman’s first novel in twelve years, Men and Apparitions, follows a narrator ruminating on his own subject position: Ezekiel “Zeke” Stark, a cultural anthropologist, conducts a study of men’s reactions to and impressions of the changing nature of masculinity in America today. 

First Proof
Portfolio by Ville Kumpulainen
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Ville Kumpulainen is a photographer living and working in Helsinki, Finland. In his new book, Out of Sight (Hatje Cantz, 2017), Kumpulainen manipulates archival images to solidify the tenuous connection between present and past, attempting to fill the gaps left between himself and his history.

Messenger by Simone White

PREPARE no night creature accidental enemy / encounters return to us in witch cradles, monsters by a hairsbreadth / these our works melted no / accident these fires these crashes / capitulate to what is meant by the past as a whole / melt, fall back into accomplishment the grasp of who / prepares to give the message     

Remainders by Valerie Werder

When she told N she was leaving, his response was that doing so would ruin him—financially. 

Owl with Monobrow by Stacy Szymaszek

if the conditions for learning aren’t humiliation  / then I must be alone in order to be a modern / kind of student one whose failures have not made them / so anxious they are unable to be a steady archer 

A Small Sheaf from Sham Refugia by Mark Francis Johnson

It was a rough road—the roughness agreeably generic, not without art: good bumps and pneumatic fakeroots, little pools of gel. Into one of these last I let myself tumble, thinking, as I fell, how I would have liked to watch the pool crackle and blaze like the fire-in-fireplace I’d been sexting without response for years. 

Fleeced by Joanna Goldberg

It was nearly winter, according to the sun and shadows and temperature’s plummet, when the poor girl lost her job at a greenhouse for the misdemeanor of pocketing rare plants. 

Three Letters by Remedios Varo

I have let a prudent amount of time go by and now believe, or more, I am absolutely certain that your spirit will find it auspicious to be in contact with me. I am a reincarnation of a friend you had in other times. 

Archives of the Crystal Museum by Sammy Stein
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Sammy Stein is a French artist and publisher. His work has been shown in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, Printed Matter, the French Institute of Tokyo, Essential Store, as well as book fairs including the New York Art Book Fair, Tokyo Art Book Fair, Safari, and Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême.

Embouchure, 1970 by Dylan Landis

“Nothing you will see tonight is normal,” said Elihu’s mother. It was the first exciting thing she’d ever said. 

Essay
As for Langston Hughes by Terrance Hayes
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On more than one occasion I have been accused of disliking Langston Hughes. Untrue.

Journal
Village Wen, Fragrant Brook, and Other Vanishing Townships by Yun-Fei Ji
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Reaching June, it had not rained for eight months at Village Wen. The river had long dried out; crops were not growing. On the 13th, it finally rained. Raindrops the size of green mung beans hit the camphor trees by the road, making a sound like popping sesame seeds.

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