[blog post] Que Pasa? / What's Up? Protests in the Street

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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?).

... read more and view lots of photos.

Residency in Oaxaca

photo: © Laurie Price, 2016

photo: © Laurie Price, 2016

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.

Spells, Issue 1: Dreams

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!”

Spells: Dreams is a feminine compilation of art and writing that reflects on the magical and complex world of dreams.
— Irene Lee and Debo Mouloudji, Spells Magazine, December 2016

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!


A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)

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. 

 

A group of more than 40 artists who — in the Wild West that was New York City in the late 1970s and early ’80s — did things that now seem unbelievable.
— Randy Kennedy, New York Times

photo: c. Tom Warren, 1981-1984.


Design for Lunar Chandelier Press

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! 

With a feeling of a 21st century imagist soul, Vincent Katz reminds us that poetry can be used for many things: observation, personal declaration, and joy.
— Peter Gizzi

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.


A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)

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) ... 

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... and an edition of two prints of more recent work.

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Mark your calendar for "Colab Talks" at Printed Matter on April 30, from 5–7.


"The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books"

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.


"MTV: Momentum Technology Video"

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.


"The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014"

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.