paul souders spent two weeks in the hudson bay looking for polar bears, but spotted only two. luckily, this one, photographed thirty miles offshore of churchill, manitoba, felt comfortable enough to get “very, very close. scary close,” as he put it. “i couldn’t believe i was doing something this crazy close. …i could hear her slow, regular breathing as she watched me below the surface, increasingly curious. it was very special.”
Most people in this day and age probably would have turned and ran right out of that good ol’ boy’s bar, but not Davis. He stayed and talked with the Klansman for a long time. “At first, I thought ‘why the hell am I sitting with him?’ but we struck up a friendship and it was music that brought us together,” he says.
That friendship would lead Davis on a path almost unimaginable to most folks. Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave the organization because of their friendship with him.
"as i sat down on a stump for a rest after a stroll in [japan’s] nara park to watch dear peacefully eating fallen cherry blossom petals, a strong wind suddenly blew. it was like a shower of falling cherry blossom petals. it is called “hana fubuki” in japanese, which literally means flower snowstorm." - hisao mogi
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Erwin Redl. The Toledo Museum of Art is exhibiting Redl’s newest work, Floating, In Silence (2013) in its SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion. Redl developed Floating, In Silence as a resident artist in the TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project.
These are Redl’s photos of Matrix II (2000-11), which was included in “Ecstasy: In and About Altered States” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2005. Redl discusses this work — and altered states! — on this week’s program.
Redl was born in Austria, came to the United States on a Fulbright and now lives and works in Bowling Green, Ohio. He’s exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, in the Whitney Biennial, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where he was in residence in 2003. Thorough documentation of Redl’s work is available on his website.
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