Liz Biddle, Regine Granne, and Katherine Tzu-lan Mann at A.I.R. Gallery

This exhibition showcases Biddle’s continuing interest in mixed media, with a twist of humor found in much of her work. Old wires, light bulbs, screws and other found objects protrude from holes in ceramic objects, while creature-like robots – strange, disturbing and endearing – appear in collages and drawings. Liberty is a contemplation of the present in the wake of 9/11. The Statue of Liberty itself simultaneously represents an overused icon and a diminishing concept. These works offer a means of viewing such images and enable reflection of our world, our nation, our politics, our person, our perspective, and our relationship to all. Mann’s large paintings in Root, created by combining chance stains with highly rendered decorative elements on oversized, un-stretched paper, function as human-sized portholes into a landscape alive with minute details, patterns and interlocking systems.

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Valediction for the Lake of Small Silence by Bethany Carlson.

How this lake Collects hearts, incredulous

at the thick of its seam; how you might tremble

to know the rind at the water’s bare edge,

surfaces zeroing across the mezzo.

Beyond the sandbar’s reach, trees exchange

glass teeth & shades of Red. How she is saying Open,

Open wider. This is what it means to be created:

the water, in relief, moves across the frozen

dome of sky fraught with sky. I know it’s vague,

she murmurs, the trees leaning in to listen; laissez-faire,

their singular arms, the rustle of this deep lake. Segue

to last night, the same arms falling in unison around her–

soon these winters accumulate like souvenirs,

pairs of wings (tepid, indistinct) caught on the passing months

while the Lake of Small Silence continues to love her

& love her, the freshwater charged with cinema. 

Bethany Carlson is currently studying poetry in Indiana University’s MFA program. She has been published in Memorious, Washington Square Review, Cream City Review, Bellingham Review, Night Train, Diagram, Drunken Boat, Ruminate, Juked, Boxcar Poetry Review, among others.