Louis M. Schmidt’s solo show, Cy Twombly Death’s Head, just opened up at Park Life in San Francisco. If you’re in the bay, go check it out! And definitely check out Louis’ documentation of the show on his blog Bridge the Void.
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Cartoonist Ed Piskor’s latest book,The Hip Hop Family Tree(Fantagraphic Books) collects his non-fiction comic strip history of Hip Hop, serialized weekly here on Boing Boing. The Hip Hop Family Treefollows the success of his debut graphic novel last year, Wizzywig(Top Shelf Comics), the tale of a computer hacker. Piskor has a special knack for creating comics that appeal to audiences beyond those of us who frequent comic book shops and bookmark webcomics for daily reading. We caught up with him after a busy month of promotional activity for the new book, including stops at Miami Book Fair, Chicago Ideas Week, Brooklyn Book Fair, and the Small Press Expo.
FEATURED ARTIST: Jessica Vaughn is a New York based artist whose work in sculpture, photography, and installation acts as a catalyst or supporting structure for activism. Through a variety of visual interventions in the urban landscape, Vaughn’s work reflects on the competing or obscured…
Jessica Vaughn featured over at the Sculpture Center tumblr. Check out her always great work!
Listen to Kieron Gillen’s interview with Do Anything artist Bettie Breitweiser (Fatale, Winter Soldier, Captain America and Bucky) and fellow amazing colorist, Matt Wilson (Wonder Woman, Young Avengers).
Also do yourself so many favors and buy the books that these three fine creators work on.
Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce Never Ending Story, a solo exhibition highlighting the new works of Jennifer Murray opening with an artist’s reception on May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, an artist talk and music listening party on May 30 and continuing through June 22, 2013.
Charcoal, ink, acrylic, photography and animal skulls are simply the beginning of the story to Jennifer Murray’s second solo exhibition at Porter Contemporary. Murray imagines a totemic tribute to the power of mythology rooted in nature through a digital and technical lens. Murray will explore the ways in which we experience the power of the natural world using the color white in its varied patterns as the basis for interconnectivity as in the juxtaposed images above. On the left in Ornament (Falcon) the white is the micro—the construction of space around living creatures that characterizes an era of surveillance and crowding. On the right, Tempest Drawing, illustrates the macro of planetary movement, of weather patterns, of the increasingly interconnected ecosystem and world. Murray continues to explore this idea throughout Never Ending Story through various mediums and juxtapositions of work.
“The ‘story’ in these works is my contribution to the timeless practice of harnessing the primordial power of animals and nature to express the mythology of human imaginative existence. That this mythology must constantly be reimagined and retold for each new time is what makes it never ending,” says Jennifer Murray.
What:Never Ending Story – Solo exhibition of new works by Jennifer Murray
ExhibitionDates: May 23 – June 22, 2013
OpeningReceptionwiththeArtists: May 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist Talk & Music Listening Party: May 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM (RSVP required)
Suzie Silver was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian about Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities.
SEX In an email interview in advance of her Fri/10 appearance at the Center for Sex and Culture, Suzie Silver told me that her interest in alien sex was spawned by a mix of her childhood fascination withStar Trek: The Original Series, NASA’s launch of the Kepler space observatory in 2009, and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno” short film series on the sensual activities of insects and marine animals. Silver recently co-edited (along with Christopher Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira)Strange Attractors, a book-DVD project (www.extraterrestialsexuality.org) that explores the notions of extraterrestrial sexuality held by 70 artists, writers, and filmmakers. If that doesn’t inspire you to read the rest of this article, I give up on you.
San Francisco Bay Guardian Please explain your fascination with extraterrestrial sexuality.
Suzie SilverStrange Attractors asks the participants and audience to try to imagine otherworldly and unknowable life-forms and sexualities. We are imagining sexual possibilities beyond gender, beyond genitalia. In my short story “Donkey Show,” one of the things I describe is a live sex show made up of shape shifting platonic solids that can create pleasurable and climactic responses from all audience members. I’m attempting to envision universal ecstasy and orgasm!
SFBG Have you noticed commonalities related in true-life alien sex experiences?
SB I have read some accounts, mostly online. For the most part I find them rather unimaginative and not very interesting. The focus is usually on penetration. It all seems rather BDSM, which has its appeal, otherwise how to explain the success of all those 50 Shades books? Strange Attractors attempts a polymorphous perversity: sex outside of reproduction, for pleasure, communication, joy, connection, fun, more complicated power dynamics than dominance and submission. We imagine erogenous zones in, on, and outside of every part of the body and mind.
SFBG Which contributions to Strange Attractors did you find particularly compelling?
SB I find all of the works truly amazing. Works that I’m particularly compelled by include Vanessa Roveto’s extraterrestrial dating profile where the being’s desirable qualities include “a body comprised mostly of healthy scrotal tissue, the ability to mimic my selves, an oral tolerance for liquid hand sanitizer, a traumatic childhood that will work in your erotic favor, and minimal bloating.” In Michael Mallis and Mikey McParlane’s “Love Puddles:” “In the golden fringe of a far off galaxy, an alien planet teems with exotic life. Twiggy creatures rush to an ominous volcano and rub their bodies against its glittering surface, enticing the volcano to awaken and spray its gooey chaos across the furry world.”
Strange Attractors video screening Fri/10, 7-10pm, $5-10 sliding scale. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF. www.sexandculture.org
"My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
J. B. S. Haldane, Evolutionary Biologist
According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life-bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they “do it?” Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.
Inspired by Kepler’s quest for earth-like planets, Strange Attractors envisions the sexualities of beings that may someday be encountered—if not in outer space, then at least in our dreams! A joint publication by Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors presents the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created an amazing range of expressions expanding our conception of the possibilities of alien life forms and the nature of sexual desire.
Tonight we present a selection of videos from the Strange Attractors DVD. —Suzie Silver, Jasdeep Khaira & Christopher Kardambikis, guest curators. Total Running Time: 69 min.