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Issue 02: Field Work

Fall 2018

Inspiration for Issue 02 stemmed directly from the work that we saw artists engaging with around Boston. As you flip through these pages, you’ll find that “Field Work” does not exclusively refer to a granular methodology, but rather extends to artists, writers, designers, and scientists whose work directly engages with the land we occupy. Field Work concerns itself with the human experience, the symbiosis between existence and environment, and our relationship to Earth, matter, and its elements.

Throughout this issue, we are posed with questions of stewardship, agency, and empathy towards our planet. As members of the creative community, it can be easy to overlook our contributions to waste and our use of toxic materials for the sake of noble deeds: art, research, civic engagement, community building, etc. Yes, you are currently holding 150 pages of heavy paper lathered with rich inks. Therefore, it’s not to say we should not con-sume, create, or experiment, but rather that we should do so with active consciousness. Field Work presents an opportunity to evaluate our relationship to the earth and to one another as collaborators on this planet.

Excerpt, Editor’s Letter, Jameson Johnson

In this issue

Reviews

Watershed: The ICA Sails Across Boston Harbor by Olivia Kiers, A Farewell Trail: The “Hemlock Hospice” by Sophie Kissinger, Studios Without Walls Explores New Environments for Public Art by BAR Editorial

Features

A Stage for Emergence: Fujiko Nakaya’s Installations Reveal Fog as a Sculptural, Medium by Jameson Johnson, Afterlife in Detroit by Isabella Achenbach

Concepts

Post Partisan: A Look Inside For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative by Pola, Dobrzynski, Mirabelle Espady and Madeline Jorn, Reframing Boston’s Waterfront: The Emerald Tutu’s Approach to Climate Change by BAR Editorial

Profiles

Clint Baclawski Imagines an Ad-less America in Flashing Lights by Phil Zminda, Island of Simulation: Three Monologues by Andrea Carrillo with an Introduction by BAR Editorial

Interviews

The Art of Pollination: A Conversation with Paige Mulhern by Jameson Johnson, Surface Tension: An interview with Katarina Burin by Lauren Pellerano Gomez, Ground Control: A conversation with Cassandra Klos by Lauren Pellerano Gomez, NCAA + QSS: Courtney Stock in conversation with Maria Molteni, Field Notes from the Human Garden: Çaca Yvaire In Conversation with Lani Asuncion, Hope is a Consequence of Action: A Conversation with Jane D. Marsching by Mark Alice Durant

Critical Perspectives

Placing the Uncanny Valley on Google Maps by Stella Egelja, A Reconfigured Simulacrum: The Contemporary Art Diorama by Betsy Willett, To Sense The Land, As It Is by Laura Knott, Historical Amnesia, Patriotism, and the Boston Tea Party Museum by Jessica Caponigro