By Matthew Kabik, EIC
This issue came at a weird time. It’s part of the reason I pushed off publishing it until a bit after we typically let an issue go live. It’s the reason the editors of Third Point dragged our feet a bit. For a few days, our hearts were other places.
This is typically where one would hope to find some kind of reverse statement to the above. Some Dumbledorian statement that talks about always finding the light in the dark. But I’m going to go a differen’t way: it’s time to dig in.
It’s time to push more art out of yourselves. To promote and embrace the art of people who have the most to lose. It’s time to use art for the purpose that many of us never had a reason to: as an act of defiance.
This issue is heavy on poetry and has heavy-hitting short stories, and I’m thankful for that. It’s got teeth.
And it’s baring them.
Art: “Plunge” by issue 6 featured artist, Matthew Chapman
Working from relationships observed in his day-to-day, Matt finds his work in an interaction between two people, the space between the meeting of nature and architecture, or the spill of light on the ground. Using painting and drawing as a way to speak to the these relationships, a language of geometric abstraction and considered mark making is developed.
Chapman lives and works in Lancaster PA, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia (MFA) as well as Lancaster’s Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (BFA). He has exhibited at: The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at PAFA, Philadelphia PA. Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia PA. Rothus Halle, Solothurn, Switzerland. The Ware Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University, Lancaster PA. Sunshine Art + Design, Lancaster PA. City Hall Permanent Collection, Lancaster PA.