Enraptured Visions: A Conversation with Carlos Luna

December 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter Issue Carlos Luna is an artist and storyteller whose emblematic themes engage fables and mysticisms, eroticisms and prejudices, religiosity, anthropology, and the socio-political contexts of life. His semiotic narratives depict not only his rich Latin American heritage, but also his take on the contemporary currents of […]

Tm Gratkowski: NOTHING SHOCKING

Tm Gratkowski_Nothing Shocking by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “Word Play: A Conversation with Tm Gratkowski.” By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, Miami, Dec. 2014 – Jan. 2015 Issue. Review: Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, 10 Sept. – 1 Nov. 2014 In our quest to assimilate mass communication in a 24/7 news stream, […]

A Catalyst of Meaning: The Art of Karrie Ross

See also: “Synergy of Expression: A Conversation with Karrie Ross.” A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition at LA Artcore Gallery at the Union Center for the Arts (August 25 – 31, 2014), Los Angeles, California, by Jill Thayer, Ph.D.      For centuries, artists have explored the conceptual boundaries of art and science, such as Da Vinci, […]

Word Play: A Conversation with Tm Gratkowski

See also: “Tm Gratkowski: NOTHING SHOCKING.” December 2013 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter issue “There became a point where art making became the career wasn’t about taking notes, it was about doing.”      Tm Gratkowski A stream of print media is captured, codified, and shared through the process-driven works of Tm Gratkowski. […]

The Cultural Contexts of Arnold Mesches

Arnold Mesches: A Life’s Work at Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design and MDC’s Kendall, Wolfson, and North Campus Galleries reveal the life and times of the prolific artist and activist in an ambitious retrospective. By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine MIAMI – During the Great Depression, artists portrayed the plight […]

In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Søren Kierkegaard In May 2011, Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities invited me to compile and produce oral histories of alumni artists, professors, and professors emeritus of CGU Art. This post-doctoral project evolved from my dissertation, which explored the mechanisms of […]