~ALLYSON MELLBERG . . . in PARIS

actually, another CINDERS artist . . . is off and running !!


ARTWORK BY – ALLYSON MELLBERG, COURTESY: CINDERS BLOG

that would be ALLYSON MELLBERG who has a solo show up in Paris right now.

titled, ‘ENDOGENUS’ it runs SEPT 6 – OCT 13, 2012
GALERIE LJ – 12 rue Commines – PARIS

dig that title: ‘Endogenus’ – !!

well, first off the google translation – is way off !!
as far OFF as you can get !!
ALLYSON MELLBERG – is a SHE !! not a he !! and no, as far as I know – SHE hasn’t MUTATED EITHER !!
and the gallery slideshow of the exhibition, installation shots, doesn’t do her work – any justice.
she’s a great artist. I would say if KELIE BOWMAN is an artist/shaman/observer (!!) . . . ALLYSON MELLBERG is like an artist/shaman/biologist !!

both, Kelie and Allyson are futurists, for sure.
but Kelie is more site specific – looking at OUR world, for example taking photos of herself, usually in social situations – as with a partner/artist or artists – that presents a commentary of some kind, both on her locale – and the cultural/political ‘temp’ – i.e. ‘temperature’. more often than not, hitting a hidden nerve that vibrates both backwards – and into the future.

nod to the next generation: FLEMING TWINS for making this more ‘apparent’. remember their recent summer photo of themselves with their heads buried in the sand ? GAME ON – DUDES !!

as well Kelie makes art, drawings, watercolors, silkscreens – that transform into illustrations which have a narrative that reflects the cultural discussion – and moves it, on. usually in a very soft, but still haunting, totally metaphorical way . . . even though she is ‘addressing’ – the BIG questions !!

Allyson is more of a solitary animal. she makes works depicting single humans: male, female, child. she addresses society as a whole – through her renderings of life – as is, as imagined, and as in: degrading – the sure as hell – natural BIO degrading of our ‘habitat’.

this show in Paris, my observations based only on the galerie ‘slideshow’ images, duh !! – I didn’t leave my body and go there aurally !! – astral projection, dudes !! – NOT !!

though the word, astral projection (!!) does to come mind, hand-in-hand . . . with the (internet) web !!

but back to show:

is kind of what happens when a foreign body attacks us, except in this case – it is not attacking, but liking, which can some time amount to the same thing, if you know what I mean, reproducing, sharing . . . that is killing us off !!

DON’T get me wrong. I’m all for the sharing – but this was kind of a small-minded effort on behalf of the gallerist – in the way they hung the show and/or the photos by which they represent it. just compare this huge photo file image, below, from the CINDERS blog (the originating source gallery) to what the Paris galerie puts forth, digitally. there is a big drop in communication – skills.
it’s not the GROUPING – that is important in Allyson’s work – it’s the single image.

although obviously – any sharing of this work is great – and I’m thrilled to see Allyson’s work in PARIS !!

it might just be the difference between an artist-run space, check F.L.A. – Kelie Bowman’s new artist-run space !! post below – vs. a more conservative-type space. or maybe it’s just the difference in getting your ‘graphics’- up to speed ?

but . . . bottomline: as long as they are supporting the real art & the REAL artists – that’s great . . . but, do we miss CINDERS, in a physical space – or what ?!!

first off, the work was FRESH off the line – so you could buy in, for not much !!
yeah, most def !! I scored a great ALLYSON MELLBERG drawing, and a pretty decent-sized one, too – for like $60, unframed and with just . . . a little bit of haggling !!

two: the Cinders crew were all artists, so the shows they put up were all done from an artists’ point of view. (ditto this ‘blog’.) either they had some kind of accessory ‘scenery’, designed and produced by Kelie or Sto, or they were huge salon type hangings with HUGE energy – anything to BREAK DOWN that damn white box.
as opposed in short: to the way this galerie above . . . boxes in Allyson.

and plus, CINDERS put up great one-off photos – on the web, to telly transport for all.

three: there was a dynamic context provided in the background, in that just behind the front exhibition space – was a zine bookstore (!!) – so all these ideas and cutting edge conversations – that informed the (often) purely ‘pictorial’ art on the walls in front – was there, backed in, in ‘verbal’ format, to be freely flipped though. and the nascent ideas, bounced back and forth – between the art and the zines. and vice versa.

vice – nice word.
I think we’ll end there – because that’s what Allyson’s work is all about, despite its pretty aspects. innocence vs. vice.
trying to maintain the natural gene flow – into the changing environment aka progress. as we impact it in ways we don’t even fully understand, yet.


ALLYSON MELLBERG, left, with CINDERS co-founder, artist & musician, STO.
at the opening of Allyson’s solo show at CINDERS, BROOKLYN, ‘AN UNEARTHLY CHILD’, SEPT 12, 2010.
ALLYSON MELLBERG (b. 1977) is originally from RACINE, WISCONSIN – but has been CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA based for quite some time now.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


ALLYSON MELLBERG – work on paper. she uses only colors which she makes herself – organically. like from walnut shells.
check: Peruvian weaving – and how wonderful their ancient color dye knowledge was/is, just saying. full prism spectrum.
no disrespect to Allyson – her hues mark the spot, she inhabits . . . right on !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, ALLYSON MELLBERG, ‘An Unearthly Child’, CINDERS, BROOKLYN. SEPT 12, 2010.


ALLYSON MELLBERG also makes sculptures, though I prefer her drawings, because they are so mysterious by about 1,000 to one. I put this photo up – mostly so you can get a sense of the scale of her drawings, my bad !! I know.
and so you can see – what a CINDERS installation – looked like. box, NOT !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, ALLYSON MELLBERG, ‘An Unearthly Child’, CINDERS, BROOKLYN. SEPT 12, 2010.




~REWILDING FLA ..with KELIE BOWMAN . . . OPENS TODAY

‘REWILDING FLA’ – the inaugural show of F.L.A. GALLERY – a new collaborative project between KELIE BOWMAN and JOHN ORTH – OPENS TODAY, SEPT 22, 2012
the show runs thru OCT 20, 2012

the start-up project features the work of the two founding artists, KELIE BOWMAN, recently based in Brooklyn, (though I believe she originally hails from Florida) and JOHN ORTH, of GAINESVILLE – and guest artist SERRA VICTORIA BOTHWELL FELS.

F.L.A. GALLERY – 10 N. Main St – GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

from the CINDERS BLOG – POSTED SEPT 7, 2012:
For the inaugural show, artists KELIE BOWMAN, JOHN ORTH and SERRA VICTORIA BOTHWELL FELS . . . “create new wilds inspired by the Florida landscape. The state’s visual vocabulary includes: oaks dripping Spanish moss, sandy sunny days, shell strewn beaches, palmettos, cypress knees, loud and flashing thunderstorms . . . “

JOHN ORTH showed several times at CINDERS GALLERY, when it was located in an actual physical storefront on Havemeyer St. in Williamsburg. his work is very hands-on, no industrial fabricators here !! . . . usually using wood and very on edge. like they say: GAME ON.
see: ‘UNSUNG’ – George Ferrandi & JOHN ORTH, NOV 4 – DEC 28, 2008 – Cinders Archive

we most recently caught up with KELIE – at the BOATEL LAUNCH PARTY, ROCKAWAY – MAY 31, 2012. where she decorated the SEA WOLF.
see: BOATEL LAUNCH PARTY – artlovers archive – MAY 31, 2012

ALL IMAGES – COURTESY: F.L.A.




~DIAMOND LEAVES: Overflowing Fullness by KELIE BOWMAN

one last post: DIAMOND LEAVES: Brilliant artist books from around the World
SEPT 18 – OCT 28, 2012 – CFCA ART MUSEUM, BEIJING, CHINA
curated by MARSHALL WEBER (of BROOKLYN), and XU BING – and including a selection of almost 40 handmade artist books or ‘zines’ – from CINDERS of BROOKLYN, founded by KELIE BOWMAN and STO.


inside the new CFCA Art Museum – designed by Japanese architect ARATA ISOZAKI, BEIJING, P.R. CHINA, see: CFCA/overview – architecture


front cover – ‘Overflowing Fullness’ – by KELIE BOWMAN
a samll handmade book or zine produced in the summer of 2009 in an edition of 55. it sold originally for $6.

I don’t know if this particular handmade book by Cinders co-founder KELIE BOWMAN is in the ‘Diamond Leaves’ exhibit – but it is one of my faves. a slight slip of book, with a light-handed approach that belies it’s true grit guts – it still takes on some heavy issues – it’s the stenciled cover art – that really send me – ecstatic !!


talk about snowflake prism diamond American folk art meets new world and flies . . free !!

this ‘artist book’ cover . . . is a folded sheet of ordinary, mid-grade weight, brown wrapping paper – with 2 staples through the center fold/spine – to bind the inner pages together. each cover was stenciled individually so each ‘book’ is unique, though of pretty much the same spray paint/stencil elements.
no two were exactly alike – this is number 4 out of an edition of 55.


inside: ‘Overflowing Fullness by KELIE BOWMAN.
“best friends forever” . . & . . “dating pool, I mean tree . . . ”

the book is quite diminutive in scale and feather-light. and so are the line drawing illustrations inside, and though the sentiments it addresses are – well, ‘heavy’. in the social sense. the questioning is more poetic, than finger-pointingly head-on.

folded, the little book is 4-1/4 in. wide x by almost 6 in. in height. open: almost 9 in. x almost 6 in.
inside are 16 pages of black line drawings, printed on yellow paper.


‘Overflowing Fullness’ by KELIE BOWMAN: “She was desperate to start something.”
I think that’s what the ‘Diamond Leaves’ co-curators MARSHALL WEBER and XU BING – mean by: ‘brilliant’.


“FORECLOSURE”
“RAINY DAY PROJECT: 1. couch 2. lamp 3. table 4. t.v. 5. grandma 7. book”

omg – what happened to … 6 ?
an error like that: that’s called the hand of god !! proof that we are human, and NOT gods !!
a ‘pattern’ error, a ‘skip’ or ‘slip’ – like that – is considered a ‘tangible’ sign of god’s blessing on the ‘weaver’. or in this case – the ‘tale – spinner’.
it is considered an actual divine ‘intervention’, god’s hand in the work.
in ancient native weaving lore across the globe, or even American colonial quilt making, you can find this profound ‘abstract’ thought intertwined with basic hands-on handiwork. . . I guess, it was also a way not to make these detail-oriented intricate craftspeople go crazy – when a tiny s error showed up – to keep them from having to rip up the piece and start all over !!

but serious, the Amish and Mennonite colonial quiltmakers are recorded as having deliberately, reversing a block – to show that they were human, and had ‘awe’ in the face of God – because to be ‘perfect’ – was sinful pride.

so in it’s small, un-deliberate way, this tiny handcrafted book follows in a great global craft-making tradition.
this book is: PROFOUND. simply put it finds truth through its craftsmanshio. not its physical scale or art world ‘seriousness’.
and I think – that’s also what the curators of this show – ‘Diamomd Leaves’ – meant by ‘Brilliant’.

of course, as well, this being a book by KELIE BOWMAN, an artist who looks inward with eyes outward, if you can follow the ‘thread’ – there is NO escaping some commentary on contemporary society . . . and its woes: “FORECLOSURE”, “ISOLATION of AGING”, “lack of respect” & “loss of SKILLS re: home crafts”.
aka ‘the red dust’ aka earthly troubles, attachment . . . . . . in the ancient eastern world !!

ARTWORK: DIGITAL COLLAGE BANNER – by NANCY SMITH
TITLE: ‘as a red plastic dog . . . is to 18TH CENTURY PEKING GLASS !! – SO 21ST CENTURY ZINE . . is to book’.

p.s. love how the colors in Kelie’s book cover . . . echo the ‘JUBILATION/RUMINATION’ card from the recent AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM SHOW – ghostly !!

like a diamond refracts light, and creates many sparks and rays of different colored light – I guess that’s what the curators had in mind – when they titled this show. what a beautiful title, what a beautiful thought . . that something so small and fragile (vs. JEFF KOONS !!) and handmade, could be compared to the hardest of the hard: the diamond.
the brilliance being its thoughts, its infinite visual spectrum, tiny gems of human creation – in a nutshell.

a prism of the human mind. in the humblest form: paper. paper as . . . as ‘diamond’.

it’s interesting how the Chinese language is so absolutely and fundamentally different from ours, but the translations are such literal ‘occasions’. and yet, a gross misuse re: American function. you know, double happiness tissue paper !!
love it – don’t ever change it.

it’s what allowed an exhibit of zines to be called: ‘Diamond Leaves ‘ – how precious, in and of itself. but then we go to . . . “Brilliant”.
words fail me. right on ?

so funny, since we started the ‘thread’ of September 2012 with ‘FAMILY JEWELS’ & the (brilliant craftsmanship) of the IMPERIAL RUSSIAN FABERGE !!

of course, the title of KELIE’S ZINE, discussed above, ‘Overflowing Fullness’ (!!) fits perfectly into this ‘literal’ language conversation, or what !!

the other irony . . . is that DIAMOND, as in DIAMOND PATH (VAJRAYANA) is the common term for TIBETAN BUDDHISM – repressed so viciously by the Chinese regimes. VAJRAYANA.
VAJRA means DIAMOND. YANA means PATH.
VAJRA is SANSKRIT for diamond – it translates: indestructible (!!).
it is considered the highest or purest, hence diamond – form or path to enlightenment. as opposed to the ‘middle ground’ r paths.

now, YANA or ‘PATH’ . . . is very interesting, too.
it is connected to tantra – a word too infinite in scope to define simply – but basically comes down to the rituals, beliefs, texts, pratices, yoga – one follows on the ‘path’.

now, TANTRA is sanskrit for: weaving !!
weaving as a metaphor, a totally divine one at that – and a very basic one too – that all can understand in all its implications. which gets us back, full circle to the ‘hand of god’ . . . in a weaving pattern error, or even a zine !!
so ‘Diamond’, or what !!

and yep, from the FABERGE JEWELS of the IMPERIAL RUSSIAN FAMILY, we did diverge, scroll down, see artlovers SEPT 2012 post history – right on into – the vintage weavings of PERU !!

coats of many colors – diamond prisms, in and of themselves, think on it.

TIBETAN BUDDHISTS SAY: “KEEP THE VAJRA VIEW – the “DIAMOND” PATH.

which means: “enter into the the natural sphere of unwavering attentiveness.”

CHINA: take a note – a leaf from the page of a NYC artist/blogger (!!) – who just like all the other artist/ziners, Kelie Bowman included, doesn’t come without her ‘laundry’, message, history – and outward look: you can NOT talk about artistic creativity and use the word: DIAMOND – and not get TIBET – thrown back at ya !!

just saying.

the world, getting smaller and more global, as we get more technically advanced, day by day. Brooklyn, WILLIAMSBURG !! zines in China, who woulda thought, in a museum designed by a Japanese architect – no less (!!).

and yet conversely, the more technically, wirelessly advanced we get – the more attuned to individual, from-the-ground-up, hands-on, grass roots-up ‘handiwork’ we get: whether contemporary ‘Diamond’ zines, in this case. or craftsmanship, in general. whether high-end precious metal and gems FABERGE, or local native traditional weavings in PERU, their colors derived from ancient plant recipes – !!

the very yin yang irony of the internet web – is that the ‘value’ of hands-on handmade product & individual, as in unique – as opposed to mass produced and industrially scaled (think KOONS) – is more appreciated.
case in point, this show, in a nutshell.

and, if the internet web ain’t that big huge ole ;weaving’ in the sky – I don’t know . . . what is !!

VAJRAYANA – the DIAMOND PATH: “enter into the natural sphere (translate: web) of unwavering attentiveness”
check: google & networking.

big ideas from little books – ‘Diamond Leaves: Brilliant Artist Books from around the World’ – in CHINA.

continues . . .




~HAIRY DAYS by KELIE BOWMAN

yep, for sure I have my own little collection of handmade zines from CINDERS.
esp those made by CINDERS co-founder KELIE BOWMAN. I’m sure many of them are among those exhibited in the DIAMOND LEAVES show in CHINA, and in fact I’m willing to bet, this one – ‘HAIRY DAYS’ – produced in September of 2007, in a limited edition of 42 – is among the many “brilliant” gems currently on display.

hey, when’s the last time anything YOU (!!) bought for $10 – ended up in a museum show – and, one half around the world . . . at that !!


the zine cover is ‘hard-ish’ card stock folded over to make a book cover. the 19 paper & a few thin tissue insert pages are held in place by that slightly ragged, machine sewn binding edge – about 1 inch in from the left hand edge.
the price, $10 at the time – is still visible in faint pencil, on the top right hand corner.


open the book – and you can see the zine cover is maybe made from the re-cycled outtakes of a screen print ?
yes, she signed it for me: Kelie B.


Hairy Days by Kelie Bowman
edition 26/42
cinders press
info@cindersgallery.com
www.cindersgallery.com
September 07


the third page in – is a tissue insert with a hand drawn tree outlining or echoing the following page. it is done in brown marker and looks to be unique to each edition. that is, it is drawn by hand into each separate edition, while the rest of the book / zine seems printed, digitally, or silkscreened ? . . . in fine black ink ?
the marker gestures: the hand … of the hand … in the handmade book.


the following page: and we get to the ‘root’ of the matter.
trees/nature vs. people/nature
male vs. female
yin and yang – the endless circle of life. conflict – at play ? at rest ?
but wait her hair . . . is covering his face – doesn’t that mean something, too ?
are we at war ? and don’t even know it ?


“MAKE ME”
make me – do me ?
make me – perform ? make me obey ? make me – fight ? make me – confront you.
Make My Day ?
Make My magic ?


“STOP THE WAR”.
all zines want to say something. all artists want to say – something.
from the inside (magic) – going straight . . . out (the world).
hairy days . . what was happening in 2007 ? couldn’t be any worse than what’s happening today, SEPT 2012, the world seems to be on fire. set ablaze by the eternal yin yang, 2 halves of global civilization clashing head on – the western civilization vs. the muslim civilization . . . and the web itself is the arrow – YouTube !! being the arrow that shoots through – and sets an electricity, cursing through the global Tower of Babel.
tell me, is YouTube – handmade, or what ?
freedom of expression – is a zine. and when it speaks, with power and poetry: that is Brilliance, leave it to the Chinese to be upfront with great words, like that.


another hand drawn insert of tissue, and marker.
this zine is kind of contrary. it is very peaceful outwardly, but takes on the BIG issues.
it covers a lot of ground for a very small book.
oh yeah, it is approx 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (!!)


the book is also about: the self.
the organic growing self. the rings of age, experience.
the portals – that allow others – to enter.


this is one of Kelie’s signature images. the tree head – on the top of the woman . . amongst the mountains.
it’s a great metaphor for ‘the’ artist, like Kelie – who looks out, and sees all, and stores much, and has even more to say. nature/nuture/communicate. house. store. open door – walk in. communicate. preserve the knowledge of the world. hitch hike through the mountains.
through the mind.

it’s a great metaphor for an artist/blogger. who sees much and stores more and communicates in trails of smoke.
puffs of smoke.

something sad going on there, I can relate.


the last page: “don’t fall.”
okay, I’ll try not too.
world says: me too.




~DIAMOND LEAVES: Brilliant Artist Books from around the World . . . BEIJING

‘Diamond Leaves: Brilliant Artist Books from around the World’ . . . an ambitious international exhibit opening tomorrow, TUES SEPT 18, 2012 at the state-of-the-art CAFA ART MUSEUM in Beijing . . . will include (nearly) 40 handmade books – from the CINDERS COLLECTION.

way to go, KELIE BOWMAN & STO !!!

the show is co-curated by BROOKLYN’S MARSHALL WEBER . . . and, XU BING.

this cutting edge survey exhibit will run thru OCT 28, 2012 – so if you find yourself in CHINA, you know where to go !!

more about the exhibit: DIAMOND LEAVES – CAFA

see: CAFA ART MUSEUM – BEIJING, P.R. CHINA / overview & history


CAFA ART MUSEUM – BEIJING, P.R. CHINA




~FESTIVAL RUE-STICK . . . PARIS

meanwhile over in PARIS, specifically PUTEAUX – this weekend, SEPT 15 & 16, 2012 – is a big 2 day festivity celebrating street art !!

they have a super catchy (!!) slogan: STAY STICKED !!!!!!

(and the ONLY words in English in the whole press invite, pretty much !! so, say what . . about global street / slang . . . invasion !!)

PUTEAUX is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France, located in the heart of the Hauts-de-Seine . . . 8.7 kilometers from the center of Paris.

see: Festival Rue-Stick a Puteaux

see: Riofluo – their graphic design/communications partner

they are also on FACEBOOK – where you can find translation (!!).
see: RUE-STICK Facebook

and where they have just posted some new, and pretty awesome images:


Asty + loeilpartoo – RUE-STICK / FACEBOOK


Infonews Rue-stick a Puteaux:
la grande fresque de 6m sur 10m sera realisee par Bims et rems des GF qui viennent d’etre rejoint par Darkelixir et Red du C3P – RUE-STICK / FACEBOOK

they also have posted a collection of diverse clips to YouTube, check this hub !!




~OPENING at Mr. FINE ART … to-nite SAT SEPT 15

JAMES MOORE will show sculptures, along with a new video, ‘Sacred Portal’ in this small group show opening to-nite. JAMES says “it’s about spirituality and the forest, and psychedelic transformation.”

the show also features work by BENJAMIN CHANTERAC and TIMOTHY STANLEY, and will include a performance by TIMOTHY STANLEY.

the show, titled . . . ‘NEON AND CANDLES’ is curated by THOMAS ARSAC – opens to-nite SAT SEPT 15, 2012 / 7-10 PM
and runs thru SEPT 30th, 2012 (the exhibit runs by appointment only)
MR. FINE ART – 105 Bowery, 3rd Floor, Lower East Side, NYC


IMAGE – BY JAMES MOORE / COURTESY of the ARTIST

see more work: JAMES MOORE

see: JAMES MOORE at the BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL DEC 2011




~FLEMING BROS … ‘GAME ON’ … opens to-nite SEPT 14

yep, I made it to the opening. beautiful strong show.
pix going live next week – !!

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DEDICATED, I GUESS (!!) TO: 9-11-01 ??? – WHETHER DELIBERATE or UNCONSCIOUSLY CONSCIOUS – no diff !!
this being SEPT 14, 2012.
though I guess the image of the NYC subway – is as ‘iconic’ a symbol and metaphor for the Big Apple as you can get – site specific – without invoking the date. but it’s the cardboard box -that did the trick !!
as for 9-11: you know I saw it go down from a bird’s eye view – so yeah, it made a lasting impression.

as for the CARDBOARD BOX: “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” – it’s getting up, there – along with the Warhol soup can . . . ha.

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ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING PRESENT . . . ‘GAME ON’ – OPENING To-NITE – FRI SEPT 14, 2012 / 7-10 PM
the show continues thru OCT 12, 2012

curated by LUCY SMITH, assistant gallerist at THE ACTIVE SPACE, an ambitious new ‘community-centric’ artist space in Brooklyn, this show marks her debut presentation – at the gallery.

the show features “two bodies of work . . . one from (a recent) year of separation and the other made after reuniting in New York.”

read more: THE ACTIVE SPACE/GALLERY POST

THE ACTIVE SPACE – 566 JOHNSON AVE – L TRAIN TO JEFFERSON STATION, BROOKLYN

we caught our first look at the FLEMING TWINS last Spring at the BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND, and it was a no-brainer of a visit. FAB !! on all levels: full speed ahead.

see: ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING – ‘HEADS IN THE SAND’ – time for change, or what !!

see: the STUDIO VISIT PIX: ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING – BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2012


ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING – IMAGE COURTESY: THE ARTISTS & THE ACTIVE SPACE


ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING – IMAGE COURTESY: THE ARTISTS & THE ACTIVE SPACE

UP-DATE: MON SEPT 24, 2012

PHOTO: ‘What’s wrong with this picture ?’ – NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY – NANCY SMITH, SEPT 15, 2012




~SPX 2012 . . . & UP-DATE . . CHRIS WARE to be at BCGF 2012 !!

SPX / SMALL PRESS EXPO is this weekend: SEPT 15-16, 2012 – BETHESDA, MARYLAND

founded in 1994 . . . this festivity celebrates ‘non-mainstream publishing’ and was ‘created to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics’.

this year’s featured guests include: DANIEL CLOWES, CHRIS WARE, GILBERT & JAIME HERNANDEZ

as well as: FRANCOISE MOULY, ADRIAN TOMINE, MICHAEL DE FORGE, and NICK ABADZIS . . .

see: SPX / SMALL PRESS EXPO . . . for more info. plus, it’s a GREAT !! site to cruise!!


SPX 2011 – PROGRAM COVER BY JIM RUGG


SPX POSTER 2012 – LOOKS TO BE BY CHRIS WARE.

yep, the SPX 2012 POSTER – IS . . . by CHRIS WARE. it’s spawned a whole mini-universe of well-deserved, huge fan comments already, as in: “awesome, I have no words . . . ” – google it.

yep, it rates a close-up !!

in fact, the title slogan on the SPX 2012 poster is: “celebrating 200,000 years of non-mainstream publishing activity”. ha. though I think the earliest ‘documented’ cavemen drawings only go back 40,000 years, or so, but what’s a couple of hundred thousand years in the face of great art !!
we get the message, right on !!


detail: SPX POSTER 2012 – by CHRIS WARE


detail: SPX POSTER 2012 – by CHRIS WARE


detail: SPX POSTER 2012 – by CHRIS WARE

p.s. YOU CAN FIND THE LARGE SPX 2012 – CHRIS WARE – POSTER, here !!

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UP-DATE: SAT SEPT 15, 2012 – TALKING ABOUT . . . CHRIS WARE !!

. . . just noticed in the newest SMOKE SIGNAL – NUMBER 13 / JUNE 2012 that CHRIS WARE will be a SPECIAL GUEST at the 4th ANNUAL BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL !!

as well they seemed to have moved up the date from the usual Dec 5th to NOVEMBER 10th – for this year, 2012.
same location.

see: BROOKLYN COMICS & GRAPHICS FESTIVAL

see: SMOKE SIGNAL

p.s.
btw: that BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL LOGO, above – is by ANDERS NILSEN, another super awesome comic book artist – who was a special guest at the . . . 2nd BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL (2010).
see: ANDERS NILSEN – BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL 2010 – POSTER




~SAMMY HARKHAM & JONNY NEGRON . . .

booksigning at DESERT ISLAND, to-nite, THURS SEPT 13, 2012 / 7-9 PM

SAMMY HARKHAM and JONNY NEGRON launch their respective NEW books !!

SAMMY HARKHAM’s ‘Everything Together: Collected Stories’ gathers the very best comics by this acclaimed artist who is also well known as the editor of ‘Karmers Ergot’.

‘Negron’ contains an array of JONNY NEGRON’S highly erotic drawings and comics printed in glossy high def.

from DESERT ISLAND in BROOKLYN, Sammy and Jonny (!!) will continue their book tour onto SPX SMALL PRESS EXPO in Bethesda, MARYLAND, and then it’s off to LOS ANGELES, AUSTIN and PORTLAND.
click here: for more tour info

p.s. SPX will also see the debut of 2 limited edition booklets. FRANK SANTORO’S ‘Pompeii’ (painting and sex before the volcano) and RENEE FRENCH’S ‘Bjornstrand’ (enormous creature comes ashore).

DESERT ISLAND – 540 METROPOLITAN AVE – WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN – JUST OFF THE L LORIMER STOP.

SAMMY HARKHAM – ‘Everything Together: Collected Stories’, more info: PICTUREBOX . . .

JONNY NEGRON – ‘Negron’, more info: PICTUREBOX . . .

ok ok, I’m sure it’s gonna be a great event . . . great books, great artists, that’s for sure.
but . . . I ALSO wanted to get that super cool book cover of JONNY NEGRON’S, with the inscrutable chick in big shades (!!) up on the same page as – TRACEY EMIN’S book cover !!
super cool chicks . . . in over-size shades – unite !!