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  • Unknown Salts Update

    The campaign has only 8 days to go and I'm not too far off from my goal! The director of the Goat Collective has locked in the space for the final exhibition to take place and I couldn't be more excited. We have been in contact with Silo1, and details about the space can be seen here.

    To donate, please visit my Indiegogo page. Unknown Salts.

  • Unknown Salts

    It is with great honor and excitement that I announce my latest project, Unknown Salts. I have an active residency with the Goat Collective, taking place in Munich, Germany from August 24th through September 4th. In addition I am pleased to announce the FRACTURED ATLAS will be my fiscal sponsor. With their help and sponsorship, I will be able to fullfil all iniatives for the project. 

    In an effort to expose our society to the current human drama facing the plight of refugees resettling in Europe, this project serves as a comprehensive platform in understanding the meaning of what is poignantly perceived as a home, the difficulties associated with a new beginning and the relationships we create with one another.

    The primary objective is to interview subjects and discuss their journeys, daily experiences and future intentions.  All commentary aims at highlighting the effects on the citizens in the local community as well as the refugees that are now part of it.

    All contributions are appreciated. You can donate by credit card online to the Unknown Salts campaign where, in exchange for your donation, you will receive a gift from yours truly. 

    To donate and learn more please visit the Unknown Salts Indiegogo Campaign.

    Unknown Salts is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Unknown Salts must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    The print shown of the gifts being offered to those that donate to the campaign page. This piece is part of the "Damascus Series" of monoprints. 10'' x 12" and on Rives BFK 100% cotton paper. The project logo will be part of the sticker and tshirt gifts.

  • Comic review

    Comic review

    I have been collecting artwork and comic books from friend and fellow artist Jack Jerz since 2009. I am proud to introduce his latest presentation of Way Far Out: At the Edge of the Earth.

    The comic chronicles the denizens of a fictitious subarctic boomtown. Jerz takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to highlight events from a historical context, with relevance to current events. Surreptitious, non-apologetic, and aware, Way Far Out is by far more insidious than his previous pieces. Reader beware, you may have to re-evaluate current social, economic, and political structures. It beckons to say that your --our-- futures depend on it.

    Bizarre and otherworldly landscapes reflect on signature styles from the past, while inventing futuristic, and an almost dreary, futures as result of humanity’s ignorance. Each page markedly different than the last, the amount of detail and thought is ever present in the body of work. Each piece is collectively tied to one another using heavy black atmospheres, and textured gray scale.

    Anthropological and introspective, Jerz’s work promises to take you on a long winding journey into your subconscious.

    You can grab this and other issues here: http://jackjerz.bigcartel.com/

    Issues in the photo include:

    Way Far Out, At the Edge of the Earth

    Low Tide in the Big Grimy City

    and Sacred Adventures on the Golden Enscarpment

  • Latest Prints for Appalachia, Route 23

    Latest Prints for Appalachia, Route 23

    Good Night, #3

    One of the recent pieces for my project, Appalachia, Route 23.  I've been working on the project for a few years and recently picked up momentum by reading a lot of great source material. Here is some of the readings I've been looking at this week that helped inspire the prints and other aspects of the project.

    I just finished reading the United States of Appalachia by Jeff Biggers and can't say enough about the book. Its introduced me to quite a few other literary pieces, written primarily by women. NPR did an interview a few years back on All things Considered with Jeff Biggers and Rudy Abramson that touches on some of the history throughout Appalachia. I recommend giving it a moment of your time. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5386355

    Other reads, much more recent, have been on sites such as Buzzfeed. All while the story on there is sad, its also refreshingly surprising that the story was run. Whenever I visit the Buzzfeed website, I don't go to scan the intense reads, I go to give my brain a rest by taking silly quizzes and looking at internet memes. Big mistake on my part. The site is filled with not only comedic and snide approaches to serious issues, but has the occasional tone to bring attention to something much more earnest. Have a read of one man's fight with black lung and being misdiagnosed by a doctor working for the mining company. Story here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrishamby/how-a-coal-miners-autopsy-proved-a-top-doctor-wrong?utm_term=2mcdjt1#1q2is25

    The internet is littered with stories about the people's of Appalachia. Most oftent these stories show the nature of how we treat one another in the name of a greed. Its a malicious cycle that has been happening for too long- especially in an America that claims to be so pious, so willing to help, and so quick to use its sharp tongue against oppression; we have a lot of mirrors we need to start fixing the cracks. The more I write, the more heated I get I suppose. 

    In closing, I'd like to share an excerpt from an article by Amy D. Clark in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times, on August, 2, 2013. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/opinion/appalachian-hope-and-heartbreak.html )

    There is potential in our rural community and those nearby for landmarks to be renovated and reopened, and crumbling buildings replaced with gardens, spaces for farmers’ markets and theaters. If towns want to thrive again, they have to focus on preserving and promoting their signature attractions. Small businesses like the Mutual must be part of that plan to draw people back.

    After all, no one ever takes a road trip to see a CVS or McDonald’s.

    We must make an agreement to support our small businesses and make the hope of saving our towns a reality.

    Its all a domino effect at the end of the day. When we start losing site of being kind to one another, darker motivations take over and the realm of humanity is transcended by something much more inhumane.

    For more reads on the region, have a look at the links below. If you have any suggestions for me please send them my way.

    HUFF POST

    NY TIMES OPINION

    VICE ONLINE

    NY TIMES LIST

  • The Project Room at Arte Actual in Quito

    The Project Room at Arte Actual in Quito

    Last November I had the pleasure of doing a portfolio review with members of the Antagonist Art Movement, Central Dogma, and fellow area artists. Recently they did a write up about it and added us to their catalogue for 2013. I'm honored and humbled to see some of my work on their site, and in the catalogue!

    For more have a look here: http://www.flacsoandes.org/arteactual/?p=1844

  • Revamping some Letters

    Revamping some Letters

    I'll be part of the "Antagonists Art Movement Goes back to School" at Bennington College the weekend of October 3rd through the 5th. After using these letters in two other workshops, they sure have gotten their use. I'm going through cleaning them, recarving some, and backing them all. Its a lot of work but definitely worth it. I spent the better part of the morning sorting out stock images and lettering stuffs for not only my workshop, but the Fanzine one as well. The weekend starts off with films from the last two Antagonist Projects, where I will be there to answer a few Q & A questions with Ethan Minsker and Richard Denny.

    Here is a brief rundown of whats happeneing while we are in town. If you know anyone interested, send them our way!

    Fanzine
    Making fanzines from scratch. What is a fanzine? An independently made publication. Bring your own artwork. Not originals. We will cut and glue it to the page and make a zine. In a time when blogs rule the web fanzines are the low tech answer to getting your artwork seen in the real world. 

    Print making and Typography 
    The use of letter forms and symbolism has been, and will always be, instrumental in communication. This workshop focuses on students creating their own visual dialogue using type. Letter blocks are handcarved and will serve as printing tools in the workshop. Each print will vary slightly during the process. You can add your own materials to enhance and accommodate your personal aesthetic.

    Friday night 

    The Dolls of Lisbon
    72 minutes, Documentary
    Ethan H. Minsker, Filmmaker
    Winner "Best Of Fest" at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival.
    The Dolls of Lisbon portrays a collective of international artists who were each given a blank canvas doll and asked to create a unique piece of art, the culmination of which was then displayed at an annual art fair in Lisbon, Portugal. The larger story – a story almost every artist knows well – is the struggle to create art while surviving in a monetarily based world. 
    The film employs stop-motion animation and a vibrant alternative soundtrack. The Dolls of Lisbon was the official selection of the Royal Flush Festival, G40 Art Summit, DC independent film festival and the Hong Kong Underground Film Festival and was recently screened at the Queens Museum of Art as part of an art exhibition. The film features the artwork of rock ‘n’ roll royalties such as Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes, Arturo Vega from the Ramones and Ted Riederer of Never Records fame.

    Saturday screening:

    Self Medicated: a film about art
    93 min
    from Ethan Minsker
    Winner D.I.Y. award at RXSM 2014
    Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay by producing new works. Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might. “Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy. The Antagonist Movement was formed by a group of unknown artists in 2000. Begun in bars and clubs of the Lower East Side, the movement promoted lesser-known works by up-and-coming talent. Over the last thirteen years the Antagonist Movement has grown and expanded from its base in New York to show in cities around the world, including Berlin, Lisbon, and Quito. This film documents the entire history of the Antagonist Movement and the artists involved, employing animation, stop-motion film techniques, interviews, and a killer soundtrack that spans the globe. From the street to the gallery and back again, “Self Medicated” reveals a new wave in art from the last American art movement.

    There will be a Q and A after the screening. Free copies of our Psycho Moto Zine will be given out. 

  • The latest Films

    The blog portion of the website is new to me, but something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Well thats sort of true. I started one years ago under the alias "Miss Gunns" somewhere on Google, but has since gone to the wayside. I think I even had a note section on Myspace when that site was still popular. Anyways, I felt the necessity to open a writing platform back up, and what better way than on my own website? I would like to take a moment to introduce the latest film from the Antagonist Art Movement. This is the second film I have appeared in with the group and could not be happier for our director, Ethan Minsker about the latest showing at the Santa Fe film festival coming up. Through the years he has filmed the events that I have done with the group. Its been a blessing in disguise. I have watched myself grow on camera: not only as a person, but my artwork and how I discuss it with others.

    I have added the trailers to the post, but when you get a moment, have a look at the link and for all of Ethan's other films. You can check him out on Vimeo, or the AAM's website at Antagonist Art Movement. You can also see the other films available on Amazon's one-click movie option. 

    The Self Medicated trailer:

    http://vimeo.com/104053581

    Dolls of Lisbon trailer:

    http://vimeo.com/22367952