Joyce’s Process

The Drafting of “Proteus” Lines 390-398 A side eye at my Latin Quarter hat. Walking across the sands of all the world, origin of the sun’s flaming sword to the west, to evening lands. She trudges; schlepps, trains, drags, trascines her load. A tide westering, moondrawn, in her wake. Moondrawn tides within her, a [illegible], […]

The Big Wonderful Digital Première

Filo Sofi Arts invites you to celebrate with us as we launch our Digital Première of the work of Iris Scott. Please join us for The Big Wonderful, presented in collaboration with Burnet Fine Art.

The virtual event will take place at 12 pm EST Tuesday, May 26, when we will also celebrate Iris’ birthday. Access to a digital viewing room will be extended after the event. Click here to register. Continue reading “The Big Wonderful Digital Première”

Everybody Gets a Cat

Iris Scott and the Problem of Kitsch

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Iris Scott, Tabby’s Star, 2017, oil on canvas, 40×60″, private collection.

In the winter of 2018 there was a row in PN Review over the work of poets who have taken to Instagram and YouTube as alternatives to traditional publishing that foreshadows a similar reckoning in the world of painting. Rebecca Watts takes aim at “The Cult of the Noble Amateur” in issue 239 of PN Review, criticizing poets such as Rupi Kaur, Kate Tempest, and Hollie McNish for reducing poetry to mere honesty and accessibility. Watts argues that such a reduction ignores important elements of craft and leaves such poets devoid of “the aspiration to do anything well.” Similar complaints have been lodged against artists working in other mediums who have used social media to boost their profile and have, over time, achieved massive commercial success through digital accessibility. Paintings by artists such as Iris Scott carrying substantial price tags in the tens-of-thousands and have garnered her a huge following on social media platforms. It seems the problem of “kitsch” has again reared its head in the art world – but can such a criticism stick and does it even matter? Continue reading “Everybody Gets a Cat”

An Anarchist Education

Disciplinary Education

It is often said that Foucault compares everything to a prison. Schools are like prisons. Hospitals are like prisons. The factory or office are prisons. But this is simply not true. We could just as easily say that prisons are like schools. Insofar as both are outgrowths on what Foucault understood as a disciplinary episteme, they are alike. The prison does not give us a form upon which other institutions are modeled. Rather, disciplinary knowledge provides the blueprint for institutions that resemble each other because they are cut from the same cloth, so to speak. So, schools are like prisons and prisons are like schools are like hospitals and so on. This is nothing new. The anarchists of the Modern School Movement understood this just as well. Continue reading “An Anarchist Education”