Arts Issue 2017

The Arts Issue 2017

Joseph R. Peterson

Last year’s Arts Issue opened with a story titled “The Past Keeps Happening”—and it does. A year later, we bring to you a new Arts Issue, packed with reviews and interviews, profiles and photographs. In these pages there’s history: years of hard work by our featured artists, the generations of people before them, and the historical canons that help us understand the importance of what they do. And in these histories, there lies potential for the future.

Housing | Photography

Isolated Building Studies

Photography by David Schalliol

David Schalliol’s series of Isolated Building Studies, which he started in 2006, hopes to draw attention to new ways of seeing the common impact of divergent investment processes on urban communities. When their neighboring buildings are missing, Schalliol says in his introduction to the series, a tension emerges: the urban form clashes with the seemingly suburban, even rural setting. Thoughtfully engaging the landscape requires further investigation to resolve this tension: Why is this building isolated? It is from this friction that he says the series, which now comprises hundreds of individual studies, launches. More of David’s work is available at