Friday, January 28, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

From Paris: Jean Cosentino

I was in Paris recently, passing through a gallery expo in Le Marais, and came across the work of an artist I thought was beautiful and appropriate with our concept. Linking directly to his images, and hopefully the attention will be appreciated!

All work of course is copyrighted Jean Cosentino at

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Treeblogging Abstract Comic

This abstract comic was created as part of @Platea's "Project VIII: Tree-Blogging."  It uses source material from here, here, and here.  You can find the protocol for Treeblogging here, as well as other useful commentary on the project in recent posts at that site.  Feel free to join the project, posting linked work here (only if it is content-appropriate) or elsewhere. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

We've reached coffee-table book status!

Or, I should say, the status of "book you’ve planted on a coffee table to impress someone." Not to mention that, according to Anne Germanacos (whose short-story collection, In the Time of the Girls, looks mighty interesting), the anthology is "gorgeous and fascinating". Why, thank you!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Abstract comics in the Washington Post

Jessica Dawson of the Washington Post on "Party Crashers," at the Arlington Arts Center:

Look ma, no images! The abstract comics tucked into the center's basement boggle the brain. They're what Cudlin calls "comics for comics' sake." Your mind searches for images to latch onto, but these formalist exercises trip us up every time. Abstractions are presented panel by panel, suggesting a narrative but always frustrating one. If it weren't for the deadly charms of Afrodisiac, these comics would have topped my list.

I just wish Dawson would have actually mentioned artists' names. Her description applies to my pieces, Rosaire Appel's, and to Warren's "Un Calligramme." (Derik Badman and Blaise Larmee are also exhibiting in the "Abstract Comics" section, but their work on show, though bracingly experimental, is representational. Warren also had pages from other of his comics that can't really be called "abstract." I hasten to add that all of their work is extraordinary, and it's an honor to be in their company.)

And, oh yeah, if you follow the link you'll see that the critic describes my catalog essay as "uninspired musings." (She does at least think that my "art is better than [my] writing"...) Never mind the adjective, I seriously doubt what I wrote qualifies as "musings;" but I'll seek permission to post the piece on this blog (maybe after the show closes) and let everybody judge.