Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, The Broad, Los Angeles

“Wit and wonder draw audiences into the existential realm of Yayoi Kusama (b.1929), a visual, installation and performance artist; and leading figure in the Western avant-garde and 1960s counter culture of political activism.” Jill Thayer, Ph.D.

Diego Santanelli – Resilience

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, Miami, June, 2016 8 April – 25 June 2016, Canale Diaz Art Center, Coral Gables “My work is precisely the result of that interaction between the artist and the medium with which he works, between the individual and the world that surrounds him. Through this gesture, I attempt to recount my personal story, presenting it […]

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 […]

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 Sublimity of Trang T. Lê

A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition, Trang T. Lê: Quiet Thoughts (October 4 – November 11, 2013) at Artspace Vincennes, Indiana. By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. A calm presence is felt upon viewing the paintings of Trang T. Lê. Her ethereal compositions impart the quiet essence of nature in a visual language of contemplation. For Lê, […]

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 […]