The Berlin-based ex-pat Jen Ray depicts scenes of female empowerment in mind-boggling detail with a technique of line that is breathtaking. Construction, destruction, deconstruction and reconstruction happen simultaneously. In her situations, she develops a timeless, eternal approach to the story of humankind. Paired with a sense of style that rivals Brian Eno and George Clinton, a pattern craziness that links her to Asian 19th century gangster-grandmaster Kuniyoshi, and a humor and boldness that keeps things a little street-tuff, things are super funky out there in Amazonia. Her first monograph, Ain’t We Got Fun, has just been released in Europe and soon will be available worldwide.
Despite both being highlights of twentieth century avant garde art, John Cage and Rahsaan Kirk never met. But documentary director, Dick Fontaine, did a genius job in putting their work next to each other. John Cage would have turned 100 in September. Aside from his musical compositions, he also was a great poet and in this [...]