October 25, 2015
I interviewed Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber by email in the spring of 2015. I was interested in the work of the Winnipeg artist collective, The Royal Art Lodge, founded in 1996 by Michael and Neil along with Marcel Dzama, Drue Langlois, Jon Pylypchuk, and Adrian Williams. When it ended, Michael, Neil and Marcel were the remaining members, but in between Myles Langlois and Hollie Dzama had also become members.
Their work is a curious blend of the naive and the sophisticated. Their combination of alla prima painting and darkly ironic text appeals to me on many levels. As I dug a little deeper into their history and their work, I realized that we shared a number of common interests, but there was one aspect of their work that I was puzzled by—something that is totally alien to me—their ability to collaborate in such a seamless way.
This is how it went down.
September 30, 2014
In 1967, after five years at Time-Life Books and Fortune magazine, he established his design studio, Marcus Ratliff, Inc. Until he closed his New York office in 2007 Marcus Ratliff and his staff worked exclusively with galleries, museums and publishers producing ads, announcements, posters, catalogues, brochures and books. Since 2002 Marcus has lived and worked in his studio in Norwich. (Big Town Gallery)
"Too Late" 2013 is the cover of Issue 10 of the Saranac Review.
September 30, 2014
“I can’t remember exactly what prompted my fascination with border fencing. I suppose it was years of immigration stories from friends, family, coworkers, and the media. Their tales of challenge, relief and tragedy have found shelter in my heart and mind where I consider the possibilities in life—the lines we cross inside and outside of ourselves. Today, as the horrific narrative of two young immigrants unfolds in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Congress debates immigration reform, it is a fitting time to revisit the structures that divide us.