It’s said that people tend to believe God believes what they believe.

When I was young I loved to get up before every dawn of the world, still sweetly baffled by the possibility of unbelief.
Perhaps grace is not so poor a thing that it can’t also appear in this instance like a new definition of luck,

akin to tiny blossoms out of cactus thorns in spring, their loneliness crushing your lungs.

Isn’t everything sloughed from the same star? What is believable and possible, what is acceptable and what is nothing?

Caught between the old and new year, why do you think that the old will be famous for its pain, the new from the liberation from pain?

Some kind of belief still runs off me in strings;

to enjoy the clarifying effect of participation without remainder may be the most mysterious thing.

When I come to the right place, I believe I’ll paint a door on it and walk right through.

Untitled 2021
digital photograph
Nicole Belle @nicole_t_belle

The Vanishing World 2013
from The Wilderness
Sandra Lim
W. W. Norton

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Curated by members of the Durden and Ray curatorial collective

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Steven Wolkoff
Alexandra Wiesenfeld
Eugene Ahn

Nicole Belle, Gary Brewer, Gul Cagin, Joe Davidson, Mariquita “Micki” Davis, Danny Angel Escalante, Nancy Evans, Rebecca Farr, Leslie Foster, Christine Frerichs, Gajin Fujita, Iva Gueorguieva, Hasef, Mike Hazel, Regina Herod, Kiel Johnson, Aline Mare, Stephanie Mercado, Sandeep Mukherjee, Hung Viet Nguyen, Elizabeth Preger, Max Presneill, Bruce Richards, Colin Roberts, Karrie Ross, Orly Ruaimi, Debra Scacco, Sonja Schenk, Greg Schenk, Coleen Sterritt, Devon Tsuno, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Marnie Weber, Lisa Wedgeworth, Liat Yossifor, HK Zamani

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