Growing up in a small town, the city always seemed to be a magical place. People in cities were, without a doubt, the smartest, the hippest, the most cultured, the coolest. They had places to go and deadlines to meet – they had purpose! Over time though, the city’s reputation began to falter in the eyes of a hayseed. The excitement is always there, the flash, the fun, yet something else became evident. The city may be jam-packed with people, buildings, restaurants, museums and theaters... but there is hardly time to breathe, relax, or pause.
The three featured artists this month help us take that time to reflect on many aspects of a city. Kyle Bryant’s graphic sensibility allows the viewer to feel the oppressiveness of the architecture and experience the intrigue of the city streets. Stevie Krueger, a sculpture artist, takes that which the city tosses aside and turns it into expressive art that speaks to recycling and reuse, and our need to break from busy lives and be thoughtful about how we use resources. Our third artist, Randall Bass, creates photographic prints that use images from the urban landscape. By repeating and repositioning, he creates a whole new piece of work that draws the viewer in and asks the viewer to question what they see.
In our word features, Dr. Jan Rivero spins the tale of her exploration of a town in Sweden, where she discovered more about her family then she expected. Our poetry is from a daughter whose love of literature and words was shared by her now deceased father. Both father and daughter have poems in this issue, that speak to our city theme.
Last, in music, we have three diverse selections for you. We are also pleased to now have, in addition to our monthly music feature-page, a music contributor's gallery, with all of our featured musicians (The 2011 gallery is live at this link: Featured Music 2011; musicians from before will be added soon!).
Status Hat Editor, Winter Issues 2011 (Jan-March)