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Geoff Wichert

Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

The Old and the New: UMFA Reopens with a Reimagining of the Permanent Collection

Angela Ellsworth’s “Seer Bonnets” frame works in the modern and contemporary gallery. Perhaps the only constant for venues that show art is change. Exhibits come and go, while curators faced with more objects to show than space to display them rotate often uncompromising objects through necessarily flexible, though […]

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Jeff Juhlin’s Sleight of Mind

Also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, sleight of hand refers to the manual dexterity used by conjurors and magicians to manipulate commonplace physical objects so that they appear to materialize and dematerialize right before our eyes, making the impossible and remarkable appear normal and ordinary. The painter Jeff Juhlin does something analogous in […]

Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: David Baddley and a pop-up experiment at the Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas […]