Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Books About Death

_Evertson_submission to ABAD Belknap Mill_

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I've been a big fan of Matthew Roses A Book About Death project. I contributed to the first project for the Emily Harvey Gallery in NYC and to each subsequent exhibit that has sought additional work. Over the course of the project I notice that I've got 27 tags for ABAD. This fall is crazy with three ABAD openings. So, this weeks post is mainly a photo essay on the various submissions to these. I've actually done double duty on some since I've collaborated on Seeking Kali submissions as well.

The piece above is for the Belknap Mill edition of A Book About Death which runs from Oct. 15th through Nov. 1st.  Belknap Mill is located in Laconia, NH.

_Evertson_ submission to Fluxmuseum ABAD_
At the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Ft. Worth Texas, Cecil Touchon's Fluxmuseum is also sponsoring ABAD. This is a mixed media piece (wire mesh, acrylic, brush and postcard) The piece relates to my original submission to ABAD. I constructed several of these mesh and paint hands to photograph as a stage set for that first work. This artist call is accepting objects as well as cards.

First ABAD - Emily Harvey Gallery

CW Post's SAL Gallery at Long Island University's is host to the Ray Johnson/A Book About Death from Oct. 31st to Nov. 5th.

_Evertson  for SAL Gallery _ Ray Johnson/ABAD_

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reverse of card

The calls for these shows are ending soon so you'll need to look over the links and act quickly if you want to participate.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Wild Side

_From the photobot at Mobius_

The Prostitution of Art and Signs of Our Times really begs for a shorter exhibition title but describing a typical multi layered Mobius production in a couple of words is impossible. Jane Wang and James Ellis Coleman curate both the online blog and physical version, which opened at the Mobius gallery space in Boston this past weekend.   The show featured a large screen video presentation of works that were submitted to the blogs that accompany the exhibit. The Signs of the Times blog currently has over one hundred contributions of “Signs, especially as means of language or miscommunication”. These ranged from the ironic to oblique to the unique signs that make up our visual landscape.  The Prostitution of Art blog featured an artist call for works and proposals for our take on the title. From the sexy voiced photobot that I used to take the pix above (by artist Jason Turgeon) to performances by Jessica Borusky, Liz Roncka and Philippe Lejeune the exhibit had at it's heart the lengths we (artists) go to to produce the art we do.

The video shows a glimpse of some of the art and activities from opening night this past Saturday.  The sound in this clip was part of the Liz Roncka/Philippe Lejeune performance.  Next Sunday (9/25) will also feature a variety of performances.

Jane Wang wearing one of my limited edition T-Shirts at the opening
A compete listing of the participating artists as well as hot links are on the Mobius event site.

Plus - Jane Wangs full length documentation of Signs of Our Times.

Ria Vanden Eynde shows off her T 
Susan Shulman with her T

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fast Forward into Fall

_Seeking Kali Mail Art for Ray Johnson/ABAD_
Autumn is fast approaching; I can tell because I’m already in sensory overload trying to keep track of the exhibits I want to see and the work I’m contributing to exhibits.

!! Plus; with the help of collaborators Ria Vanden Eynde and Susan Shulman we have the Seeking Kali blog in place.  I’ve already posted some pictures of the artist portfolio in progress that we are at work on.  The blog and now the Facebook group is an addition to the personal pieces on the mythic Kali images we are working on for publication early next year.

The Seeking Kali blog in particular has become a labor of love as we showcase an international group of artists that have used Kali or the topic of paradox as an inspiration for works.  Although this is up and running only a bit over three weeks already we have submissions of paintings, drawings, as well as poetry and music.  A rather exciting opportunity has also presented itself for the Kali project by being included in the Ray Johnson/ A Book About Death show in November at the SAL Gallery on the CW Post campus of Long Island University.

If you visit the link be sure to check out their right sidebar for my free poster download and two more great ones by artists LuAnn Palazzo and Angela Ferrara.

The CW Post exhibit includes the complete works of the 480 artists works that make up the original Book About Death that was exhibited at the Emily Harvey Gallery one year ago.  This project was conceived by artist Matthew Rose and has since been exhibited world-wide.

Examples of ABAD are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The exhibit at CW Post will focus on the contributions of Ray Johnson to our current network of mail artists.  Joan Harrison, LuAnn Palazzo and Constance Wolf curate this edition of ABAD.  Johnson, the inspiration behind Matthew’s Emily Harvey exhibit, mailed unbound pages of his book about death to his New York Correspondence School students. Johnson is widely regarded as an originator of Mail Art. Please visit their link for the artist call concerning new mail art submissions. (Oct.15 deadline)

Small teaser of the Kali Shadow Theater
(work in progress for SAL Gallery and the Ray Johnson/ABAD)

The Seeking Kali presence at the SAL gallery is two fold.  We will exhibit a video loop of the contributions to our Seeking kali artist call that have been received by Oct. 30th. Submission information for inclusion at this link. Submissions to the blog by the 10/30 date will allow enough time for your inclusion in the video to be shown at SAL.

We will also present a shadow puppet theater during the performances at the opening.  The shadow theater is loosely based on French cabaret shadow performances and Nang puppets from Thailand.  The theme of our Seeking Kali performance is Kali Yuga; an Age of Confusion. The focus is on the folly of total devotion to personal gain at the expense of the collective. Human forms, puppets and silhouettes cast the collage of shadows in this work.

We hope you will join us in the Kali project... lend an arm as we seek to include artists in our international forum for artists working not only with Kali, but myth, narrative paradox and collective actions. Your visuals, poetry, sound and more are welcome here.

Seeking Kali collaboration for the upcoming ABAD exhibit at Belknap Mill
(Myself with Susan Shulman and Ria Vanden Eynde)
 For all information concerning the past and future of A Book About Death the archive link provides a great history of that sister project as well as new call and collaboration opportunities. We are at the one year anniversary of ABAD and it still continues to thrive as artists all over the world add chapters. Our Seeking Kali collaboration began as a result of introductions during ABAD.

A quickly approaching ABAD opportunity is the Laconia, N.H. exhibit at the historic Belknap Mill. The artist call indicates that work is being accepted through October 1. John Moriarty, executive director of Belknap Mill and Melissa McCarthy of The Studio curate.

Last (for this post) but certainly not least is A Book About Death exhibition opportunity this fall curated by Cecil Touchon of the Fluxmuseum at the Fort Worth Community Center. The deadline here is also Oct.1 Visit the call for works for more information on this opportunity.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall Exhibits

It's almost fall and I've contributed work to several exhibits that are opening soon. There are more that I'm still at "work in progress" status. These are three highlights.

_Red Sea Ducks _ ©evertson _ invitation for UR Toy Story_
The UR Toy Story exhibition was conceived by and is curated by Jennifer Kosharek. As the invitation shows this features the mail art collected during the past year that this artist call has been active.  Jennifer curated the Chromatophore show at ARTpool Gallery last year.  This year's exhibit should prove to be even more popular with the addition of Fluxus performances.  Reed Altemus, Truman Bentley Jr.,Keith Buchholz, Ginny Lloyd, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Andrew Topel, Reid Wood and Jennifer Kosharek will perform fluxus scores. I was very pleased that Jennifer liked this piece well enough to act as the postcard invitation for the exhibit.  September 11th at ARTpool Gallery, St. Petersburg, Fl

_My image contained in the data recorder for Space Shuttle launch STS-133_
 Visit here for the Fluxface in Space Exhibit

Gary A. Bibb, in collaboration with Cecil Touchon, conceived an exciting new exhibition project for the Fluxmuseum. Utilizing the Face In Space Program from NASA - they organized a "Fluxface in Space" exhibition to be launched into orbit on the last two Space Shuttles! These final missions will include a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

121 artists from 25 nations created an original postcard sized work of art, in various media, interpreting the themes of Space Exploration & the Arts, the Shuttle Program, Outer Space, Rockets, Astronauts, Astronomy etc. This will be a commemorative project around the fact that the Space Shuttle program is coming to an end after these last two flights.

My merchandise for the Mobius Prostitution of Art Exhibit
 Jane Hsiaoching Wang and J. Ellis Coleman from the Mobius Artist Group in Boston are running both an online and physical exhibit with the title The Prostitution of Art.  My piece is an edition of T-shirts, which are available for purchase during the exhibit. It is a nod to both the commercial artists designing ad copy and folks that leave Mobius with it's sometimes perplexing experimental art scratching their heads.  At Mobius Sept. 17th - 25th

Coming next post - A Seeking Kali shadow puppet theater in the works for the Ray Johnson / ABAD exhibit at CW Post's SAL Gallery on Long Island.

Toyz at MuBE - Another piece goes on exhibit in Brazil.