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Claire Voon

Claire Voon is a writer based in Chicago. She has contributed to publications including the New York Times, ARTnews, The Art Newspaper, and New York Magazine. She was formerly an assistant editor at Chicago Magazine and a staff writer at Hyperallergic.

Julia Bland: The Half That Ties, the Half that Breaks

An unshakable sense of magic pervades almost all of Julia Bland’s laboriously fabricated fiber works in her first solo show at Andrew Rafacz gallery. Cut, stitched, painted, and burned canvases joined with hand-woven textiles hang like tapestries that thrum with entrancing geometric configurations. Even the exhibition’s measured title, The Half That Ties, the Half that Breaks, evokes an incantation—a sort of ritual poem seeking to resolve seemingly contrary forces.

Wei Weng’s Eat A Chili/吃辣椒

A self-published work that uses its namesake plant as the linchpin of a sensorial saga. The half-inch-thick publication is part photobook, part sci-fi story, with photographs interspersed with short texts that stitch together a chili-centric and action-packed narrative.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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