Nate Lerner Nate Lerner

Winter 2019

Hello good people,

There's still time to see In Plain Sight/Site at Artspace New Haven, which features six of my large prints along with a photobook, Devil Town, alongside the work of truly brilliant folks like Deborah Jack and Tariku Shiferaw. A closing meal and artist talk with Coleman Collins, hosted by curator Niama Safia Sandy, will take place on Sunday, March 2nd. Information and tickets are available here - I hope to see you there!

In other news, I've been playing with sculpture as a very roundabout way of enhancing my photographic practice (don't worry about it). This won't be a regular thing, but making objects is a fun and healthy human activity. Speaking of healthy lifestyles, I'm eating a banana every day and documenting it on Instagram @bananate_daily.

As usual, here are some things that have been inspiring me lately. I hope you'll find some enjoyment as well:

1. This article does good work in presenting the Sackler museum issues brought to light by Nan Golden, Dominic Esposito, and others, as part of a broader crisis. (The work of Decolonize This Place in relation to Warren Kanders and the Whitney is of course intimately related.) Zooming out even more, the late Mark Fisher's Capitalist Realism helps to elucidate our current situation. You can read it in an hour or two!

2. Deskilling (e.g., my sculpture experiments) is all well and good if one has the skill to begin with (I don't), and if nothing else George Shaw has plenty of it (along with a keen sense for the spiritual, the historical, and the melancholy). George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field at Yale Center for British Art was revelatory for me, especially in showing quite clearly how an artist can grapple with an unorthodox and difficult medium (in his case, enamel paint) to create something at once realistic and synthetic - film photographers can relate.

3. I've been spending a lot of time with Bach this winter, SLOWLY working my way through the preludes and fugues of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. This activity is partially inspired by the wonderful clavichord performances presented on youtube by Belgian keyboardist Wim Winters. His tempi are unorthodox (especially in his renditions of Mozart), but I find them reasonably compelling and his playing is deeply sensitive. (Bonus Bach: if you want to hear an unbelievably good recording of the Goldberg Variations played by a guy who looks like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, here you go.)

As ever,
In solidarity,