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Rye Dag Holmboe
Rye Dag Holmboe is a writer and PhD candidate in History of Art at University College, London. He has recently co-authored and co-edited the book JocJonJosch: Hand in Foot, published by the Sion Art Museum, Switzerland (2013). He has recently edited Jolene, an artist's book which brings together the works of the poet Rachael Allen and the photographer Guy Gormley, which will be published later this year. His writings have appeared in The White Review, Art Licks and in academic journals.

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Art and its Functions: Recent Work by Luke Hart

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June 2016

Rye Dag Holmboe

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June 2016

Luke Hart’s Wall, recently on display at London’s William Benington Gallery, is a single, large-scale sculpture composed of a series of steel tubes held...

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February 2015

Filthy Lucre

Rye Dag Holmboe

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February 2015

White silhouettes sway against softly gradated backgrounds: blues, purples, yellows and pinks. The painted palm trees are tacky and...

ST JOAN The great actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti stands trial for heresy, a woeful story told with her eyes and their shadows, deep ponds of grey long-written about Carl Theodor Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc was filmed in 1928 Falconetti’s Joan wobbles between the fortitude of her beliefs and the struggle of her impertinence Poor girl soldier Down some wild time tunnel that unfurls to reconnect us, it’s 1431 She’s nineteen years old  The judges at her trial are glib and rotund, spoils of screaming meat robed and hooded, their spittle landing on her cheek in sharp whips   FRAGMENTS The iconography of the Catholic Church calls to me on every damned vacation I can remember taking I can’t resist visiting ornately carved altars where tokens of grotesque and antiquated clues to faith, and to the unravelling of faith, are tucked away Teeth, bone fragments, hair, splinters and textiles Burned, flooded, bloodied, treasured Put them together and an odiferous lair of mystical toxicity could sink a parallel world Where does the pain go that pulls people apart, bloodying them, setting them on fire, yanking out teeth?   On a bookshelf in my living room, there is a ceramic Noah’s Ark container that fits in my palm The bottom half is the boat, and its lid is decorated with sculpted giraffes and elephants, desperate for their storied escape, but smiling their animal smiles all the same Inside, I’ve stowed my son’s baby teeth, one by one, after pilfering them from his letters to the tooth fairy It’s only after they’ve all fallen out that I learn their synonyms: ‘milk teeth’ and ‘deciduous teeth’ Milk teeth have filament-thin roots; not strong enough to grow a whole life, but useful nonetheless Deciduous trees shed their leaves annually, signalled by the changing seasons We are all subject to this flying planetary axis, taking this wild ride, shedding our milk teeth for some greater cause   JONI When all the single mothers of my childhood gathered over the cauldron of the CrockPot potlucks, they listened to Joni Mitchell The album cover was beige and austere, with five words written in cursive: Court and Spark/Joni Mitchell

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August 2014

Rye Dag Holmboe

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August 2014

Rye Dag Holmboe is a writer and PhD candidate in History of Art at University College, London. He has...

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October 2012

Pressed Up Against the Immediate

Rye Dag Holmboe

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October 2012

The author Philip Pullman recently criticised the overuse of the present tense in contemporary literature, a criticism he stretched...

Existere: Documenting Performance Art

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September 2012

David Gothard

Jo Melvin

John James

Rye Dag Holmboe

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September 2012

The following conversation was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in May 2012. The event took place almost a year after a...
Gabriel Orozco: Cosmic Matter and Other Leftovers

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March 2011

Rye Dag Holmboe

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March 2011

‘To live,’ writes Walter Benjamin, ‘means to leave traces’. As one might expect, Benjamin’s observation is not without a certain melancholy. Traces are lost...

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May 2016

Postcard from Istanbul

Sydney Ribot

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May 2016

    Saturday       On March 19, at 1 p.m. in a café off Turnacibaşı St., an...

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July 2014

Another month, another year, another crisis: eleven years in Beirut

Paul Cochrane

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July 2014

Rumours of impending conflict can wreak a particular type of havoc. This is not as physically manifest as the...

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October 2013

The Good Soldier

Jess Cotton

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October 2013

Two hundred names are inscribed in a totemic list that opens Alice Oswald’s Memorial. The deaths of the Greek heroes,...

 

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