James Kalm had been hunkered down in the studio for a week, escaping freezing drizzle, and the Art Basil Miami doldrums of early December. Venturing out into Red Hook Brooklyn, he makes a detour into Peninsula Art Space to view “Strange Form of Life” curated by Johnny Mullen. This group of mostly painters exhibit works that play with the notions of what a painting is, not only regarding what it might depict but, ideas regarding its physical structure, the support and surface. Then we segue to Bushwick to take in “Never Learn Not to Cease to Exist” a collection of recent painting by Nat Meade at Honey Ramka. Mead pictures monumental heads though in an intimate size, with allegoric references to gods, buffoons and “angel headed hipsters” …This is all accomplished using a rich palette of warm tones and textural layering of paint. A musical introduction is provided by Yacobucci. This program was recorded December 13, and 16, 2018.