Thursday, October 29, 2009

Queens Museum of Art : Poster For A Book About Death

Artist and curator Louise Weinberg asked me if I could produce a poster for The Queens Museum of Art.  Above is the result, with wonderful typography help from David Rager, a designer who produced one of the original posters for the exhibition at The Emily Harvey Foundation.  You are free to download and print this out; the high resolution PDF will scale quite large.

This image is from my series, A Perfect Friend.

If you are in Queens this weekend, please attend the opening.  More than 100 new works have been mailed in to the Queens Museum over the last week.  "And there are more coming everyday," said Louise.  Photographs of the installation will be posted soon.

In the meantime...


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Re: Messages - Allan Revich & Melissa McCarthy In Mysterious Correspondence

It's a strange and beautiful correspondence story, this one. Here a tangle of interested parties write cloud-like missives to each other.  Roy writes Bonnie about fruit, a suit and a spare key,  Caroline writes Miranda : "...and Jake is just now getting home, desperate for the remote (it's in my bag). Won't he be surprised?"  and Jules writes Sarah about the mysterious nature of it all : "...It all means something, even if you don't know what."
RE: Messages is a book of brief correspondences between artists Allan Revich and Melissa McCarthy, who may, or may not, be sending mysterious messages to each other. The correspondence is real, but the messages might be a different kind of real.

Fun, strange, and poetic this correspondence novel-poem skirts Internet chat rooms by taking it to a quiet white page and beeping not in 404 Page Not Found blips but in mystery haikus.  And it's free. (as a PDF).

Download RE: Mesages here, right now:

Allan's full-fledged poetic output/storefront is on Lulu if you want a printed copy: Go here, right now:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Robert Crumb Does God's Work

Robert Crumb, hero to generations of pot heads and comic book obsessives (both readers and creators), author of "Keep On Truckin' " and "Fritz the Cat," has just unveiled his biggest project ever: The Bible.  More specifically, Genesis. Here God makes man (Adam) and woman (Eve) and of course then all HELL breaks loose.

There's God Himself on the cover and starring in all 50 chapters of the first book of the Bible.  Meet the Tree of Life, The Forbidden Fruit, The Snake, Cain and Able and all your Bible friends. Creation and destruction, floods and famine.  It's all there packed to the brim with drama and early Man anxiety. Illustrated in his signature cross-hatch genius, Crumb the once-underground artist is now taking on the Bible Belt and Beyond.  This book is certain to be the stocking stuffer of the Christmas Season and probably around February you'll see the first edition up on eBay for about five times the cover price.

It's in hardcover from W.W. North & Co. And only $25. More than 100,000 copies are already in print. And yes, of course, you'll be able to get a copy from Amazon. What's next? The Koran? Or The Farmer's Almanac?  Bravo Robert Crumb!  Read the story from NPR.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Matthew Rose : West Prize 2009

Matthew Rose artworks entered into West Prize 2009.  Above: Les Affaires Avant Tout (2009). 1.4 m x 1.2 m. Collage on board. This work, among others, will appear in MASTERS OF COLLAGE, published by Lark Publishing, due out May 2010.  Click here to see more Matthew Rose collage works, installations and projects.

A Book About Death : A Short Film By Artist Jac Charlesworth

This film was made for A Book About Death by UK artist Jac Charlesworth. It was screened opening night, September 10, 2009 at The Emily Harvey Foundation in New York.  If you repost this on your blog, please credit Jac Charlesworth, A Book About Death and The Emily Harvey Foundation.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short.



October 15, 2009 - In the wake of global economic collapse, a conceptual artist has introduced a hedge against future catastrophe by creating a mirror economy designed to skyrocket as world markets plummet. The first holistic response to the great recession, this far-reaching financial innovation was formulated by Jonathon Keats, whose previous artistic enterprises include applying string theory to real estate development.

"Economic equilibrium is upset by our unbalanced pursuit of material wealth," explains Mr. Keats. "My plan is to offset materialism with modern science, by exploiting the economic potential of antimatter, which is the physical opposite of anything made with atoms, from luxury condos to private jets."

Backed by private Swiss funding, his scheme will be implemented beginning on November 12, 2009, when the First Bank of Antimatter opens in San Francisco's Monadnock Building, the location of Modernism Gallery.

The bank will serve as a hub for antimatter transactions worldwide, eventually financing the building of antimatter infrastructure and providing the public with a full range of investment opportunities. "But our first order of business will be printing money," says Mr. Keats. "Cash is the foundation of any economy, and an anti-economy is no exception." 

Issued in three convenient denominations, ranging from 10,000 positrons to 1,000,000 positrons, and initially trading at an exchange rate of $10 to $1,000, the anti-money will be backed by antimatter stored in the bank's vault. Because matter and antimatter annihilate each other on contact, antimatter positrons will be continuously produced on location by decay of the radioactive isotope potassium-40.

"We want our customers to be confident that the antimatter is available on demand, but we're advising clients to conduct transactions strictly in paper currency," says Mr. Keats, who has used his artistry to design the money in multiple colors including red, blue and green. "The paper is cotton rag, archival enough to survive economic armageddon" he promises. "It's an essential asset in any balanced portfolio. Antimatter is a natural haven for wealth when everything becomes worthless."

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"The First Bank of Antimatter" opens at Modernism Gallery on Thursday, November12, 2009, with a public reception from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The gallery is located at 685 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. The phone number is 415/541-0461. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 5:30. For more information, see

Jonathon Keats is a conceptual artist, fabulist, and critic residing in San Francisco. Recently he choreographed the first ballet for honeybees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has also exhibited extraterrestrial abstract artwork at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, unveiled a prototype ouija voting booth for the 2008 election at the Berkeley Art Museum, attempted to genetically engineer God in a petri dish in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, opened the world's first porn theater for house plants in the town of Chico, and petitioned Berkeley to pass a fundamental law of logic, a work commissioned by the city's annual Arts Festival. His projects have been documented by PBS, NPR, and the BBC World Service, garnering favorable attention in periodicals ranging from The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, to Nature and New Scientist, to Flash Art and ArtUS. Additionally, Keats serves as the art critic for San Francisco Magazine and as a columnist for both Artweek and Wired Magazine. He's the author of two novels and an award-winning collection of stories recently published by Random House, as well as museum catalogue essays, monographs, and artist's books, and he is currently writing a book on linguistics for Oxford University Press. Since graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1994, he has been a visiting artist at California and Montana State Universities, and a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the recipient of Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships. He is represented by Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. He can be contacted at

Sunday, October 11, 2009