TESS GRUENBERG

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I mine the brains of good people and flip words for wholesome brands.




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TESS GRUENBERG

writer & editor



I mine the brain of good people and flip words for wholesome brands.




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On the Mushroom Chapel
Flaunt Magazine

“The sun poured down like honey while we sipped on amphora aged Begleri, an indigenous white grape cultivated by the wine-loving monks of the island. Cigarette smoke escaped our lips when they weren’t interlocked. My mouth was, for all intents and purposes, wide open.”

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Column
Magic Issue
Flaunt
2021



Elena Damiani
Flaunt Magazine

“Light and darkness is one of many dualisms Damiani rearranges, as her work fearlessly delves into the conundrums that dualities breed. Within every tendril of our conversation, dialectics of fact/fiction, past/present, and virtual/real continuously materialize like some sick philosophical game of Whac-A-Mole.“

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Profile
Home Issue
Flaunt
2020





Avram Finkelstein
Good Trouble 

“For legendary artistic activist Avram Finkelstein, resistance is perennial; a continuous string of gestures that passes from one generation to the next. He plays the long game. He makes room for resistance and like cultivating fertile soil trusts that something great will grow.“ 

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Q & A 
Issue 21
Good Trouble 2020





Jex Blackmore
Beauty Papers & Good Trouble

“As a Satanist, she empowers radical theory by cultivating a diverse practice of nontraditional direct action. Jex has been characterized as a both religious heretic and a feminist icon. Duly noted is her role as a prime disruptor.” 

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Q & A
Issue 8
Beauty Papers
2020






Lucia Hierro
Flaunt

“The question we ruminate on is a difficult one: how does one subvert an art scene that has
 a particular talent
 for codifying acts of resistance? Making the work accessible and simultaneously hard to dissect is a tenuous balance,
 and failure means
 conflating political 
identities into bite-
size consumable 
moments.”

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Profile
Looming Issue, 2019
Flaunt




Lizania Cruz / We The News
Good Trouble


“Lizania Cruz—participatory artist and designer—counters the pervasive spread of divisive rhetoric by physically creating space for the multitude stories that humanize immigration and its tendrils of being and belonging. We The News aims to rewrite the reductive expression of immigration as one, solidified struggle into the plural: a thriving, ever-present and complex web of narratives that can be voiced in many tones.”

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Q & A
Digital
Good Trouble
2019




Future Of...
Dazed Magazine

250-word profiles of artist Jacolby Satterwhite, designer Pyer Moss, non for profit Justfix.nyc, sex worker Maya Morena, graphic designer Ezra Miller, curator Meg Onli, artist Mary Mattingly, and trans activist Linux.


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Profile
Dazed Magazine
Summer Issue 2019






W.E.B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives
Good Trouble

“Vital to Du Bois’ sociological work was the translation of empirical evidence about the livelihood of African Americans into digestible, actionable graphic truths. At the turn of the century, Du Bois was a prominent leader among a generation of activists and scholars dedicated to countering pseudo-scientific, racist propaganda insidiously spread by white supremacists in Jim Crow’s America.”

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Review
Good Trouble

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