I'm in Mexico, so let's talk about NAFTA. Or the wall! Just kidding ... we're all inundated with politics so think of this as a short break from the horrors of our government's nefarious shenanigans (by looking at another government's shenanigans).
While public art and work of the storied Mexican muralists have been significant here (and around the world) for decades, 2006 marked a resurgence of art in the streets in Oaxaca. In June of that year, a theretofore annual teacher's strike ended violently and spurred masses of people to demand resignation of the Oaxacan state governor (e.g. Cuomo) and to express their strong opposition to the chronic problems of poor education, poverty, indigenous rights, environmental degradation, among others (sound familiar?).
The first three months of 2017, I’ll be living in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I’ll be drawing, writing my blog and practicing my Spanish. Should be fun! There have been numerous worker strikes and blockades in Oaxaca City (including deaths), but I’ll also certainly follow the disruptions in El Norte, so keep up the good fight! I’ll send out information about my blog upon first post, probably late January.
My work is in the final issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, as the editors, Mira Schor and Susan Bee, celebrate their last 30 years of publishing this magazine by asking "some long-time contributors and some new friends to create images and write about where they place meaning today. As ever, we have encouraged artists and writers to feel free to speak to the concerns that have the most meaning to them right now."
It was initially posted of "A Year of Positive Thinking."
Click here and scroll down for my submission.
Launch party Saturday, December 17, for a magazine that my work is in: Spells, Issue 1: Dreams, published by Irene Lee and Debo Mouloudji.
“The launch will be at The Emerson bar in Clinton Hill. There will be Tarot readings, temporary tattoos/body art, a reading, musical performance, an art show, a raffle, and magical goddess vibes to splendor in!”
The Emerson, 561 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (closest subway is the G at Classon Ave).
6:00-7:30 body art and tarot readings
7:30-8:00 Irene Lee reads original work featured in Spells
8:00-8:30 Open mic: Dream sharing/Dream anaylsis
8:30-9:00 Sasha Chang serenades us with a dreamy medley.
9:00-10:00 dance party and announcements of raffle winners
Stay after for The Emerson's weekly dj set!
The New York Times recently listed A Book About Colab (and Related Activities) as one of the top books of the year for art lovers. Check it out and buy it here (just in time for the holidays)! For those new to this website, I was an early member of Collaborative Projects, and my work is in this book!
"Books and Museum Treats for Art Lovers," by Roberta Smith, Randy Kennedy, and Ted Loos. The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Nov. 2016. Web.
The great Lunar Chandelier Press has me designing a book of poems by the talented Vincent Katz, called Southness. Keep your eyes peeled for a release party.
I'm also finishing up the design for A Picture of Everyone I Love Passes Through Me, a book of collages by Lynn Behrendt with text mixed by John Bloomberg-Rissman, remixed by Lynn Behrendt.
What a lovely collaboration to behold!
Quadro Tonto (by VK)
I’d like to be a better person
I know that in their eyes I’m fine
that everything has been left in order
but in my own I fail at interval
I’m not enough there for people
I evanesce or my own desire’s paramount
but I also know it is within my power
to be a better person
I need only look into their eyes
instead of longingly down streetlights
of the limb-strewn boulevard
VOLKSWAGEN RECOMMENDS (by LB+JB-T)
Volkswagen recommends that you point your key fob at your chin, making your head a kind of organic radio transmitter, in order to boost the signal to unlock your car.
You have a spore in your brain: it moves. Pan holds back his cry; instead of “A Day in the Life of a Naropa University Writing Professor” — it is now: “A Day in the Life of a Monster.” Prepare for journeys to the ER; know that your guides will be Miss Piggy and meth and shadows. Highlights: a plate of foaming innards. A life-size silver stencil of Durga sitting on her lion on the side of a boxcar. And, if we dare, the sail will fill and the boat we are in begin to tilt and move.
We are all Palestinians now.
Edited by Max Schumann (New York: Printed Matter), 2016.
This is a wonderful book put together by Max Schumann from Printed Matter, and includes lots and lots of ephemera from various activities by Collaborative Projects, a group of artists I was involved with in the late ’70s/early ’80s.
BOOK PARTY & A MORE STORE
April 15, 5-7 @ Printed Matter
231 Eleventh Avenue NYC
In celebration of the book, Colab is re-creating the “A More Store” at Printed Matter from April 15–May 15. The store will feature artist multiples for sale at reasonable prices. I’m including a 5-postcard set (reproduced from work made with Robert Kleyn in 1983) ...
... and an edition of two prints of more recent work.
Mark your calendar for "Colab Talks" at Printed Matter on April 30, from 5–7.
September 8, 2015 – January 29, 2016
Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscript Library, New York, NY,
My work is included in this exhibition, a tribute to 30 years of publishing by Granary Books, which Columbia has archived and exhibited. Granary published two books of mine: Debtor’s Prison, created with Lewis Warsh (2001); and If It Rained Here, with Joe Eliott (1998).
A fantastic review of the exhibition, "A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention" by Megan N. Liberty, was published in Hyperallergic in January.
February 2 – March 2, 2015
A solo exhibition of work Wekalet Behna, Alexandria Egypt, hosted by Gudran for Art and Development.
October 1, 2014 – April 1, 2015
Curated by Institute for Women & Art
The online film festival, MTV: Momentum Technology Videos, features video works of women and transgender artists working with new technologies. The film festival is featured on the Institute for Women and Art website in a video playlist that will run continuously, giving access to viewers 24/7, allowing filmmakers, animators, and other screen artists to present work in a gallery without walls.
Julie Harrison presents “Radiated Face” (excerpt from Boundary in collaboration with Neil Zusman). 1980, 02:15 minutes.
"Radiated Face" is an excerpt from a longer video, Boundary, that I collaborated on with Neil Zusman in 1980. The work consists of a colorized woman's face combined with sequenced images of female models, a marching band, and a menacing fist while she talks about her lonely childhood and milk contaminated by radiation from a nuclear meltdown. Boundary won the Colorado Award (1st prize) at the Athens Film & Video Festival, an Honorable Mention at the Atlanta Film & Video Festival, a CAPS award as well as toured for three years with Independent Curators International.
Artists include: Joeun Aatchim, Hiba Ali, Renae Barnard, Sarah Berkeley, Sherri Cornett, Sam DeMonte, Simone Doing, Lacie Garnes, Julie Harrison, Hästköttskandalen, Sarah Hill, Alex Hovet, Claire Jervert, Kathleen Kelley and Sarah Rose Nordgren, Elizabeth Leister, Christine Neptune, Sarah Oneschuk, Roberta Orlando, Cindy Rehm, Ela Shah, Loren Siems, Julia Kim Smith, and JingZhou
Please visit the Momentum Directory for links to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations that engage in critical explorations in the field of gender, feminism, art, and technology.
photo: JHarrison, still from “Radiated Face” (excerpt from Bounday by JHarrison and Neil Zusman.
April 19 – May 18, 2014
Cuchifritos Gallery/Essex St Market 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Artists: John Ahearn, Liza Bear, Peter Fend, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Robert Goldman (Bobby G), Julie Harrison, Becky Howland, Lisa Kahane, Gregory Lehmann, Ann Messner and Laurie Arbeiter, Alan Moore, Tom Otterness
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is honored to present The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014. An extension of The Real Estate Show of 1979/1980, this exhibition will serve as a living project space, presenting new work that continues to question the impending re-development of the Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area (SPURA) sites. By addressing certain issues that have both united and polarized the neighborhood over the last 30+ years, the exhibition will encourage artists and community members to become an active part of the conversation by focusing on the particular insights and experimental processes that artists bring to imagining new urban spaces. All of the projects, contributed by former Colab members and participants in the original Real Estate Show, take form through audience engagement, as Cuchifritos becomes a flexible site for the active processes unfolding throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The Real Estate Show, which opened on December 31, 1979, was an extra-legal occupation of and art show in the city-owned building at 123 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. Organized by Collaborative Projects (Colab), a collective of artists and activists that formed in 1977 to create exhibition and funding opportunities for artists, the exhibition sought to address the growing real estate crisis in New York City, with the dissolution of lower-income neighborhoods, amassing evictions and displacement of non-wealthy residents. The exhibition, as much art show as it was collective action, was shut down on the morning of January 2, 1980 by The New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, who replaced the once-broken lock and removed all of the artwork, prompting an influential press conference called by the show’s organizers. This public demonstration, attended by the New York Times, Soho Weekly News and, notably, artist Joseph Bueys, led to negotiations between the representative artists and the city resulting in the eventual founding of ABCNoRio at 156 Rivington Street.
Collaborative Projects Inc. (Colab), the artists coalition, launched the 1980's by breaking into a vacant city owned building at 123-125 Delancey St. on December 30,1979 and installed the Real Estate Show on New Year’s Eve questioning city policies on housing and development. The police closed the exhibition Jan. 2, 1980.
Negotiations with Colab artists and the City led to the NYC Dept of Buildings exchanging another city-owned building at 156 Rivington St to the artists as an alternative to 125 Delancey. Colab artists developed 156 Rivington as the ongoing arts space ABC No Rio which is still running after 34 years. 125 Delancey is now a vacant lot waiting to be developed by the Essex Crossing/ Seward Park Urban Renewal (SPURA) which will include a new Warhol Museum. To commemorate this affirmative history between artists, NYC City and our new Mayor, the following galleries are presenting exhibitions:
"The Real Estate Show, Was Then..... Is Now” exhibition of the original 1980 Real Estate Show artwork; opening Friday April 4th: 6-8 pm James Fuentes Gallery 55 Delancey St (Allen/Eldridge Sts), New York, NY 10002. www.jamesfuentes.com
“RESx: Real Estate Show Extended” opening Weds. April 9th, 7-10pm, ABC No Rio 156 Rivington St (Suffolk/Clinton Sts), New York, NY 10002. Open call to artists to bring disposable real estate related art through April, including media events. contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates & times: www.abcnorio.org
“No City An Island” opening Thursday April 10, 6-8pm, The Lodge Gallery at 131 Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Sts on the Lower East Side. www.thelodgegallery.com
“The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014” opening Weds. April 18, 5-7pm; Cuchifritos Gallery/Essex St Market 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002; art show and performances. Contact email@example.com for event times, artistsallianceinc.org/cuchifritos-gallery-2/cuchifritos
"In and Around Collaborative Projects" at Spectacle Theater, 124 South 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, 11211, real estate show related film screenings in May 2014contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates/times, www.spectacletheater.com
Photo: Julie Harrison, “Guatemala.” 2014, installation view at Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City.