Friday Swipe: New Mexico, new Rolo Tomassi and Corinthian-Casuals FC

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.

Where Myth Becomes Memory

I was lucky enough to get a review copy of the latest by British progressive mathcore band Rolo Tomassi in time to review it before it hit the virtual airwaves overnight. While I have high hopes for another album due for release today, Where Myth Becomes Memory is by far the best I’ve heard so far in 2022 and a fitting follow-up to Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It.

Where The Valley Sings

Never knowingly not a sucker for a perfect black and white photograph, I was always going to be a mark for Austin Quintana’s latest series as featured on BOOOOOOOOM. Its subject is the mountains of Northern New Mexico, where Quintana finds harsh, gritty, beautiful, moody reality in every shot.

Where sight replaces sound

Also via BOOOOOOOOM, photographer and visual artist Chad Unger immediately had my attention thanks to the presence of pink neon lighting and a burning truck in his work. Easy wins. Unger’s varied works are connected by a shared sense of silence – Unger is deaf, and his photography reflects his experience remarkably.

Where the Corinthian spirit remains

I don’t know Corinthian-Casuals goalkeeper Danny Bracken but I know a lot of people who do, and they all speak incredibly highly of him. Likewise, I don’t personally know photographer Stuart Tree but I know his work because he’s brilliant. His twenty-shot monochrome tribute to Bracken as he heads for his 500th game for the club is wonderful.

Stuart Tree

Where the abstract reigns

As a thoroughly illiterate layman of art, enjoying Patricia J. Finley’s abstract resin and acrylic paintings, the fruits of personal sorrow and profound upheaval, leaves me with more questions than answers. I intend to explore those questions, beginning with perhaps the most open-ended and important of all: why do I like these paintings so much?

Where art illuminates the past

I have no such difficulty with the work of Robert Little, whose realistic and “light-filled” nostalgic landscapes are immediately beautiful even to the untrained eye. At once realistic and ethereal, Little’s paintings are inspired by a childhood spent exploring and painting with his artist father in rural New Jersey.