Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

On Art

Incarne

The description of Shannon Newby's outdoor installation Incarne reads: "Abandoned refrigerator, light, and sheep casings stuffed with acrylic gel medium and shredded Bible pages set in the forest of Leavenworth, Washington." The sheep casings hold words of scripture, and the surrounding trees make their own dark scribbles against the remaining light in the sky. Newby writes, "The materials are like tactile stand-ins that have the capacity to point to more ethereal, intangible constructs." With Incarne, it's as though we were meeting the New Testament in forested dusk. The eternal dwells in what is broken and temporal.

—Lil Copan

Music

Lonely Avenue, by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby

Lonely Avenue recalls beautiful-mess collaborations along the lines of Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson.

Music

Privileged, by Nick Moss

Chicago mints blues artists like a factory spits out widgets. Not all of them pass inspection, but Nick Moss has passed the tests of time and substance, and here he delivers a potent working-man's blues-rock blend. His version of Chester Burnett's "Louise" is a bare-fisted boogie with just a touch of southern-rock swagger.