Artist Russell Craig joins Rail ArTonic Editor Jessica Holmes for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Dante Clark.
In this talk
Philadelphia-based artist Russell Craig is co-founder of Right of Return, USA, the first national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists. Craig’s artwork was prominently featured in the critically-acclaimed Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1. His first solo exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, was featured at Magic Gardens (Philadelphia). Craig has been a featured speaker on multiple panels about criminal justice reform, and he recently served as keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Student Engagement Lecture Series at Manhattan College. Dark Reflections at Malin Gallery is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City. Craig’s work is in several prominent private collections and in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
Writer, editor, and critic Jessica Holmes’s writing features regularly in BOMB, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail, where she also edits the ArTonic column. Other bylines include Vanity Fair Spain, The Magazine Antiques, and The Woman’s Art Journal. Recent exhibition catalogue contributions include_Judith Braun: My Pleasure_ (Opalka Gallery, Russell Sage College), Ellsworth Ausby: Somewhere in Space, Paintings from the 1960s and 1970s (Eric Firestone Gallery) and Markus Linnenbrink: THEREARESPACESTHATBREATHE (Museum of New Art, Portsmouth). Previously she served as Editor-in-Chief of the arts publication Degree Critical. For nearly two decades, she worked for the Calder Foundation, including 6 years as its Deputy Director.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Dante Clark reading.
Bronx- based Dante Clark is a writer, musician, and actor. A two-time Pushcart nominee, his work has been featured in The Root, Afropunk, wildness, Brooklyn Poets’ Poet of the Week, The Slowdown, Hooligan Mag, and elsewhere. Clark graduated from Hunter College with a BA in creative writing and he has the student loan debt to prove it. He’s performed his poetry at venues like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, The Montauk Club, and his living room (much to the chagrin of his downstairs neighbors). Clark has also received support from organizations including Catapult, Cave Canem, and In Surreal Life where he served as a co-fellow for the 2021 sessions. Along with wanting to free the land, Dante just wants to create in a world where all his homies can prosper.