“The Royalings” and “The Long Road”
meet at the Carrack


“The Long Road” is an installation that combines ceramics, drawings, and photographs to answer burning social questions: What is the long road and why are we on it? If corporations really are people, what do they look like?

As your editor, I am strongly opposed to corporate personhood. It is a capitalist fiction that has distorted the First Amendment beyond recognizability. Money is not speech. I am intrigued to see how Durham artist Maready Evergreen handles this hot button issue.


The exhibit is paired with Peter Alf Anderson’s mostly clay works, “Royalings.” The works in “Royalings” are, according to the press release, mostly ceramic busts inspired by the power narratives in chess. Again, I am curious to see how this will be handled, remember the most powerful piece on the chessboard is the Queen.

I am wholly ignorant in regards to the significance of that in-game reality, an early feminist counterpunch at the patriarchy?

Anderson’s exhibit is based loosely on the postmodern semiotician Umberto Eco’s essays, “Travels in HyperReality”, and examines the connections with Neo Medievalism embedded therein.

Opening reception is tonight, Halloween, from 6pm to 9pm. And the exhibit runs through November 8th, with the artists’ talks on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm.

A portion of the proceeds of “The Long Road” will be donated to the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, a local non-profit organization that works to rescue farm animals in need (piedmontrefuge.org).

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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