The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
I was glad that on my recent trip to the Hudson Valley I was able to see Carol Diamond's evocative piece now hanging in the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, through April 16. Carol is quite an alchemist. Many artists today repurpose street garbage, but Carol is one of the few I know who truly transforms these materials, turning them into completely different readings with each work of art. In the Woodstock piece, I feel I'm looking at the earth from beyond the moon, as if I'm a helpless savior crying at my inability to save our beloved planet from the horrors of climate change and other catastrophes, as if I'm the battered mother praying for an intervention against the father of her equally battered child. Also uploaded in this post are a few of the other works in this show that stood out to me, which interestingly were all hanging around Carol's piece.
Joan Shhman, Carol Diamond,
Dolores Lynch, Paula Nelson
Ginny Housam Friedman