April 2nd, 2019
ARC Magazine Releases 5th Volume
ARC Magazine announces the release of its 5th volume, which presents a collection of works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Featured artists and writers from Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Martinique, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. John, U.S Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada, The Netherlands, The UK, The United States, and Venezuela represent and analyse a variety of media, including photography, illustration, film and video, drawing, sculpture, painting, poetry, performance, installation and mixed media.
ARC frames its content in sections: 24FPS presents a review of established and experimental film and video works; THE GRADIENT offers a dissection of a larger body of specified projects; CONVERSATIONS reminisces and heralds the significance of influence and exchanges; SPOTLIGHT highlights emerging artists’ works; and COLLECTIONS showcases the portfolios of four artists. We introduce a defined CULTURE department and REVIEWS, which vacillate between traditional and more expedient views on the place of Caribbean art, as we continue to characterize and determine the function of ARC as a container.
The 5th issue of ARC brings together a range of artists and writers exploring and experimenting with concepts of Power, Identity, Interpretations of Creolization and Belonging. First-generation Puerto Rican artist Melissa Calderón’s performances and ephemeral projects, Linger and Nevermine, breed a new reasoning into the nature of nurturing and motherhood. Art critic Tatiana Flores partners with Calderón to build a poignant story of art as surrogate. Goldsmiths’ graduate Charles Campbell investigates the excess and impermanence that is prevalent through the work of Guyanese artist Hew Locke, whose executions of spoils of conquests and colonization are a testament to the fact and fiction of the West Indies, and as performance, they are a powerful regurgitation of the scars of prejudice and power.