I wont fall down a What is art? hole, but I think it is in examining the tenuous division between artistic and scientific creation that a viewer best understands what makes Carsten Höllers work so exciting.
When Nick Relphs Vestiarium Scoticum first landed on my desk, my stomach fluttered in excitement. It revived a familiar feeling from when I worked at the New York Historical Society some years ago, the unmistakable thrill of uncovering some forgotten history.
A few months ago I was reading Benjamin Marras Gangsta Rap Posse (Traditional Comics)a comic book series about an N.W.A.-style group that spends its days brawling with rival rappers, fighting a racist L.A.P.D. force, and running lucrative drug and prostitution rackets (while paying scant attention to actually recording music)and wondering, Who wrote this crazy shit?