RIP Luciano Fabro: A key Italian artist and participant in the 2002 Walker/Tate exhibition Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962–1972, Luciano Fabro has died at age 70 of an apparent heart attack. He’s likely best known to Walker visitors for his 1994 sculpture Sisyphus, “a self-portrait of the artist incised into a cylindrical volume of marble that is rolled over a bed of flour to create a ‘drawing.'” The use of a high art material and a domestic grain speaks to both Italy’s tradition of fine art and Arte Povera’s embrace of non-traditional media.
Low Art: For 11 years, Zak Sally was best known as the bass player for the Duluth, Minn. band Low, but today, as a comic book artist and head of the independent publishing house La Mano 21, he’s gaining recognition as a purveyor of fine visual — and literary — art. He tells mnartists.org’s access+ENGAGE that he’s not so interested in maintaining the rigid lines between the “book” and “comic” genres. “I am a total nerd, I love the comics form so much, but it’s not like that’s all I read, or that’s all I’m interested in, and I think most people are the same way,” he says. “So when the stuff comes up that’s more confusing, that’s when I get really excited. And I think the stuff coming down the pike with La Mano, if it happens, is pushing that a little bit more.”
Dateline Mt. Holly: La Mano’s profile has grown thanks to cofounder Mike Haeg, who declared his property in Shakopee, Minnesota’s smallest city. With a population of four and Haeg as mayor, the town of Mt. Holly — named after the New Jersey town where the first modern advertisement was allegedly sold — has its own newspaper, city limit sign, and GoogleMaps listing. The media, from the local Fox affiliate to Boingboing have taken note (to the chagrin of some).
Mini Morris doc: A brief — that is, 46-minute — history of filmmaker Errol Morris, via YouTube.