"Party Crashers: Comic Book Culture Invades the Art World," curated by Jeffry Cudlin and Cynthia Connoly, is opening this Friday at the Arlington Arts Center, in Arlington, VA. The exhibition is partly an Abstract Comics reunion, as four contributors to the book and one who was not in the book but who has been an active poster on this blog are included (though not all of them will be showing abstract pieces): Rosaire Appel, Derik Badman (whose art is featured on the invite), Warren Craghead, Blaise Larmee (who also designed the catalog) and yours truly (who also wrote the introductory essay for the catalog). I don't know exactly what pieces the others will show, but my contribution will include the original art for "Two of the Missing Pages from 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'" and for the first seven pages of my ongoing project, "Ruins." I will also have two animated digital projection pieces.
The exhibition, I should add, also contains work by non-abstract cartoonists such as Jim Rugg, Gabrielle Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Dash Shaw, and many others. Of particular interest to the readers of this blog will be the work of Joshua Cotter, whose amazing recent book, "Driven by Lemons," is at least half-abstract.
The opening reception is 7-9 on Friday (members' preview at 6). I'll be attending and, if you're in the DC area, I hope to see you there! (Address, directions, etc., are in the link above.)