The Carrack returns


After taking a well-deserved break, a month long hiatus from exhibiting, the Carrack Modern Art reopens on Tuesday with new lights and a fresh coat of paint. The first year of the Carrack was a triumphant, eclectic, Durham tale of roads not typically taken. A zero-commission gallery was a brave dream, many doubted the viability of such idea. Self-curated? No commission for the gallery? No charge for admission? How very Durham to take an exclusive realm like the “art gallery” and make it egalitarian and accessible to the people.

Local artist, Iris Gottlieb, will have the first show of 2013 with an exhibit titled, “Inventories and Observations.” According to the Carrack’s newsletter Gottlieb, “explores the meaningful and meaningless nature of everyday possessions by placing them in a different context.” See wants to probe objects, asserting that they hold meaning for most people. Believing the object itself is rarely the source of significance, Gottlieb challenges us to explore the memories, feelings, and connections associated with our material things.


Hope to see you there…

from artist Iris Gottlieb

from artist Iris Gottlieb

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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