Takahiro Iwasaki, Out of Disorder (Coney Island), 2012. 15 3/4 x 63 x 51" (dimensions variable).  Mixed media and beach towels. (c) Takahiro Iwasaki. Courtesy of URANO. (This artist is featured in Coming of Age, a group show at Sector 2337, opens Sep 09, 2017).

Betsy Odom, LZR Suit, 2015, leather, paint 20 x 18 x 12". Photo courtesy of artist. (This work is featured in The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, a group show at the Chicago Artist Coalition, opens Sep 08, 2017).

Readings / Fall Curatorial Projects / + Recent Conversations

August 23, 2017 | News

UPCOMING READINGS 
In celebration of The Chronicles of Fortune, I’m reading here:

08/24 “Therapy Sessions,” The Hungry Brain, Chicago IL @ 8:30pm
09/22 Quimby’s, Chicago IL @ 7pm
10/12 Wolfman, Oakland CA (time TBD)
12/17 Malvern Books, Austin TX (time TBD)

I’m also tabling with Radiator Comics at SPX, (Bethesda MD) on 09/16  and CXC (Columbus, OH) 10/01 in case you want to stop by….

UPCOMING CURATORIAL PROJECTS

“COMING OF AGE”
at Sector 2337 
Sep 09-Nov 20
Opening Reception Sep 09 from 6-9pm

2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

Featuring Rebecca Beachy, Rhonda Holberton, Essi Kausalainen, Takahiro Iwasaki, Aki Inomata, Ebony G. Patterson, and Tsherin Sherpa

The libidinal flux of the teenager has left a permanent mark on culture, normalizing radical consumption in service of an endless will to change. With the end of earth’s resources in sight, this paradigm needs revision. Coming of Age presents the work of seven artists from different parts of the world that subvert our material and cultural landscape with meditative gestures. Whether looking at Takahiro Iwasaki transforming a toothbrush into the site of an electric pylon, Aki Inomata’s alternative housing for hermit crabs, or Ebony G. Patterson’s coffin procession, these works acknowledge a predominant state of violence while calling for a greater  optimism. Rebecca Beachy inserts a taxidermied bird into the gallery walls as a time capsule-cum-relic. Tsherin Sherpa uses traditional Thangka painting techniques to swirl subjects in a reflection of instability, and Rhonda Holberton presents a virtual desert, recalling  the ambiguous possibilities of digital space and its impact on daily life. Coming of Age subverts scale, technology, and location in search of sustainable agency and repair.

THE ANNUAL: THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS
The Chicago Artist Coalition
Sept 08-28 
Opening Reception Fri, Sept 08, 7-9pm
217 N Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607

Featuring Candida Alvarez, Jorge Méndez Blake, Robert Burnier, Julietta Cheung, Assaf Evron, Roberto Harrison, Dominika Jackuliaková, Betsy Odom, Stephen Lapthisophon, Nazafarin Lotfi, Heather Mekkelson, Matt Morris, Michael Milano, Bailey Romaine, Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Ellen Rothenberg, Selina Trepp, Anne Wilson, and Fo Wilson.
Euclidean Geometry is based on the precept that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. An elegant and comprehensive geometry unfolds with that supposition in mind, a geometry whose logic yields other shapes and relationships, surfacing by way of conclusion in material architectures, cities, and regulatory bureaucracies that society navigates daily as a matter of course. Implicit in this inherited approach, however, is the premise that space itself is stable, flat, and consistent. What if we propose that space itself is curved? For a plane crossing from one part of the world to another, for instance, the arc is its most direct route. If space bends, an entirely other logic presents itself, realizing an alternate field of potential. “The Shortest Distance Between Two Points” explores the relationship between logic, geometry, and the social actions that unfold, react, or resist therein.

The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators. This year The ANNUAL will run for three weeks on either end of EXPO Chicago, opening Friday, September 8 and closing on Thursday, September 28. More information available here

Recent Conversations

The Narrative of Comics Conversation on itunes; Challengers published a panel discussion with Moderator Neil Brideau (Radiator Comics), Anya Davidson (Band for Life), Jessica Campbell (Hot or Not), Marnie Galloway (In the Sounds and Seas), and me on the narrative of comics, strategies for (slower) production, and what to do after you finished a major work.

Episode 595: Coco Picard on Bad at Sports 
I got to chat with Bad at Sports about the graphic novel, alter egos, and what’s coming up at Sector 2337/The Green Lantern Press.

Documented Dialogues: No. 3
Green Lantern Press’ spring 2017 artists, Lindsey Dorr-Niro, Lisa Vinebaum, talk with me about aesthetic form and historical content, material references and site specificity, and precarious utility and labor production. What platforms and models might emerge when the strategies of appropriation create reconfiguring conditions?

Also this interview with CAC about The Annual: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points.

BOOKS

The Strangers Among Us
A long-form (years-in-the-making) essay about my cat was recently published in chapbook form via University of South Dakota’s Astrophil Press. Using philosophy, memoir, art criticism, YouTube videos, and James Joyce’s Ulysses, the essay explores how little I know about my four-legged roommate. More here if you’re curious.The Chronicles of Fortune
Originally published as a series of minicomics, The Chronicles of Fortune (Radiator Press, 2017) is a quirky and idiosyncratic adventure of Fortuna, the greatest superhero who could do anything to improve the world, but is tragically stricken with ennui. Visit Radiator’s webpage for more info.“In the guise of a fantastical hero comedy, The Chronicles of Fortune is a story about succumbing to and triumphing over loss and grief in all its forms…” – Hyperallergic

“…each facet of [The Chronicles of Fortune’s] publication illustrates how, when publishers, distributors, and creators are truly invested in a work, the result will be wonderful.”-Women Write About Comics

The Chronicles Of Fortune stands as a confirmation of the misfit’s path in life. Not only is it okay to be different, it’s okay to look like a failure in the eyes of others. Who cares? Just you, you’re the only one who needs to care. And are you happy? That seems to be what Picard is asking.” – Comics Beat

“Edith May/Fortuna’s urban adventures are reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland’s vignettes. With the appearance of Death as the ultimate foe, Picard creates a superhero with emotional resonance and a deeply empathetic story of one woman re-entering the world.” – Chicago Artist Writers

“You should buy The Chronicles of Fortune, read it, then share it with someone you love.” – Entropy