ARC Magazine announces the release of its second volume, which presents a collection of works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Featured artists from Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Haiti and Jamaica represent a variety of media including photography, film, painting, drawing, graphic design, illustration, performance and sculpture. ARC Magazine is a quarterly, independent visual arts magazine made possible by the subscription and support of its readers. ARC is “a projected motion that ascends, moves outward and beyond into a space of curiosity.” [Also see previous post ARC: New Art Magazine Launched.] The editors explain:
Issue II brings together the work of Andrea Chung, a Jamaican visual artist, who takes an ironic look at tourism and its neo-constructs in the Caribbean. Writer and critic Annie Paul has partnered with Chung to bring a haunting vision to life. A Hand Full of Dirt, the first feature by Barbadian filmmaker Russell Watson, is broken down to its core, and writer/filmmaker Tracy Assing examines funding and organizational structures in place to bring Caribbean filmmaking into 2011. Dalton Narine’s occupation with Peter Minshall’s practice presents a poetic revelation of an artist who for decades lost himself in his creations. Detailing Minshall in his incompleteness and genius, Narine provokes, tempts and enchants us with the power of mas.
Featured artist Brianna McCarthy’s collage and paper constructions strive to redefine our views of the Afro-Caribbean woman; working within repetition and beauty she constructs patterns that challenge the notions of its definition. Haitian artist Manuel Mathieu’s oeuvre is in the making and we expose it, where all good fictions, narratives and observations start, at the beginning. His paintings and drawings embrace a chaos and disorder, and memory, colliding with form. Dhiradj Ramsamoedj’s “Flexible Man” is scrutinized on its metal frame where he gently rocks. Its delicate costuming tells a story of the fierce hybridization of the Caribbean’s multiple cultures through an interweaving of languages and histories, his coat demanding attention and observation – delicate in its beauty – jovial and celebratory in its masquerade.
This collection makes visible these boundaries and the contemporary reality of globalization and its effects on our simultaneously expanding and narrowing fields of perception. Migration, tourism, hybridization, race, the landscape and gender are all referenced in the edition to define a space and a culture that cannot be simplified. The impossibility to make declarations on how to negotiate and reconcile loss, permission and ownership are peripheral spaces that are exposed with full understanding of accountability. We are attempting to understand our dispersal and the potential of ARC’s collective ideologies and content. Larger ideas of supporting emerging artists throughout the duration of their careers will be our first step in defining the collaborative space we occupy.