Keith Haring, ‘Untitled’ 1982

My mother never told another soul about this family secret

Extreme closeup of two people’s faces pressed cheek-to-cheek. The older man has blue eyes and the young woman has brown.
Extreme closeup of two people’s faces pressed cheek-to-cheek. The older man has blue eyes and the young woman has brown.
Photo: Kseniia Kapris/EyeEm/Getty Images, color adjusted

My aunt bought me an AncestryDNA test as a 32nd birthday present. I knew I was a quarter Irish and a quarter Jewish; my dad’s mom was an Irish Catholic immigrant and his dad was a New York Jew. My father’s family emigrated to the U.S. shortly after the turn of the century and quickly assimilated, so no one was absolutely sure where the Zechnowitzes came from. Were we Russian Jews? Polish? Lithuanian? If you asked my grandpa where our last name came from, he just gruffed, “Whaddya mean? It’s Jewish!”

Little did I know that the true circumstances of…

Go Beneath the Surface: Underworld, artwork by Alexis Amann

Death and her Friends (detail), gouache on paper, Alexis Amann

Alexis Amann’s upcoming exhibit examines the clandestine forces that shape our existence. The artist superimposes the inner workings of the physical world over the universal theme of inner psychological struggle. Underworld will open on April 25th and promises to be a rabbit-hole experience where Amann’s work, mostly realized in gouache on paper, presses into a world full of dreams, fears, and magic.

The earth parts in Amann’s paintings, and what comes to the surface is an introspective glance into “the worlds and stories living beneath our skin, our heads, our sky, our rocks, our waves.” The fault lines crack and…

works in progress by Laura M. Cincotta

On exhibit at Oxtail Studio & Gallery May 16 — June 15, 2015

“Each small adjustment to the world of the house contributes to a kind of domestic archaeology…”

— Brian Dillon, In the Dark Room (cited in Gill Perry, Playing at Home)

If you’ve ever wondered about the process of oil painting — the pigment mixing, the priming, the layering, the brushwork — visit Oxtail Studio this weekend.

Forrest Bess, Before Man, 1952

Among the giants (Rothko, Still, and Pollock) represented by the Betty Parsons gallery in the 50’s and 60’s, there roamed the small but potent work of an artist named Forrest Bess. He hailed from Bay City, Texas, a bait fisherman and oil rig roughneck by day, and a conduit for the visualization of eternal truths by night.

Parsons heard his name through the grapevine, and when she came to Texas, she ate him up with her silver spoon. …

Jessie Zechnowitz Lim

Jessie Zechnowitz Lim is a designer and art gallery owner living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and artsy musings.

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