By Ann C. Collins
MARCH 2023 | ArtSeen
Francois-Marie Baniers Writings & Pictures, a small yet ebullient sampling of nearly sixty years of artmaking, provides a snapshot of an artists practice that is as unconstrained as it is prolific. Persistently following inspiration and impulse, Banier refuses categorization and has worked in whichever collisions of medium and style best serve his continuous need to create.
By Jarrod Shanahan and Abby Cunniff
SEPT 2022 | Field Notes
A crumbling strip of asphalt winds through the craggy countryside of eastern Kentucky, striated with power lines sagging in every direction. Wobbly pavement markings and errant skidmarks vanish at a hairpin bend buffered by low guard rails framing a rolling, sparsely tree-spotted expanse of hills. On one side of this road stands a roughly chiseled open coal seam, marking the remnants of a former mine. On the other, a bowed chain link fence capped in razor-wire announces the outer periphery of Otter Creek Correctional Facility. This remarkable image by photographer Jill Frank adorns the jacket of prison scholar Judah Schepts Coal, Cages, Crisis (New York: NYU Press, 2022), confronting the reader with the books central preoccupations.