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Melissa Watt: Symmetry Breaking

UnderMain is very pleased to have Kevin Nance as a new contributing writer. Kevin reviews the Melissa Watt show at Institute 193 in Lexington which closes at the end of September.. He has this observation:

"Watt is less interested in smoke and mirrors, it seems to me, than in setting up odd scenarios that feel like premises (or in some cases aftermaths) of eerie, dark, perhaps darkly comic fantasies that carry some of the dreamlike potency of fables and magic-realist folklore. She’s a storyteller, finally, or at least a suggester of stories – a fabulist who gets the tale started, then sends you off to finish it on your own."

A Tapestry of Talent: An Interview with Kōan Jeff Baysa

UnderMain Co-Publisher, Christine Huskisson, caught up with this year's Great Meadows Foundation Critic-in-Residence for his impressions based on his in-person and virtual visits with almost ninety Kentucky artists. A really interesting interview and summary of Baysa's deep dive into the Commonwealth's art scene.

Review: Fenton Johnson's Meditation on Solitude as a Way of Life

We are so pleased that award-winning journalist and writer Tom Eblen has joined us as a contributing writer in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. In this piece Tom writes about Kentucky-born writer Fenton Johnson's new book exploring solitude and creativity. 
Taking Care: A Studio Visit with Diane Kahlo

We are highlighting in this newsletter the last studio visit we published, Emily Elizabeth Goodman's piece on artist Diane Kahlo. Goodman writes:

"Throughout her practice, Diane Kahlo ruminates on what it means to care. Whether in the form of the meticulous labor that she puts into her work, from her inclusion of hand-carved elements in her multilevel paintings to the careful collection and arrangement of found objects in her Mandalas, or with regard to the emotional labor she exerts in memorializing victims of systemic and systematic gender-based violence, Kahlo makes apparent that care is an active process."

As galleries, museums, and other cultural venues reopen carefully and on a more limited basis we are hopeful that we can provide our readers with a resumption of our image-rich pieces bringing great work by artists, performers, and writers work closer to you. We are looking forward to a more regular newsletter publication schedule going forward. We have some great new content lined up including exhibition reviews, studio visits, and book reviews. We see our mission as supporting arts and culture in the region by writing about it. Thanks for sticking with us and supporting arts and culture in Kentucky and beyond. It's more important than ever.

The addition of Tom Eblen as a literary arts contributing writer and interviewer is a wonderful step for us in expanding our coverage of all things writing, especially as pertains to Kentucky and Kentucky authors. After an award-winning journalism career, Tom is now literary liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and we are appreciative of our burgeoning partnership with that very fine organization. They have an ongoing Kentucky Great Writers Series, which brings together some of the great contemporary Kentucky writers. Check it out.

Please stay safe!

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