The First Season Publication is finally here and we want to celebrate with you!
As an outgrowth of the series we sent out an open call for submissions based on the films screened. From that grew the Black Aesthetic: Season One publication. A short anthology that combines personal essay’s, poetic criticism, and mixed media into print.
Come join us for a evening of music videos and readings from the publication, bring your friends!
The Black Aesthetic was created order showcase rare, unknown, and influential films that highlight the creativity and generative imagination of black filmmakers. Over the course of 8 weeks we will used this film series to bring together a community of film buffs, students, community organizers, and local citizens to discuss the importance of preserving these films, to document the contemporary struggles that these films run parallel to, and to experience the joy of the black imaginative force.
The First Season Publication is finally here and we want to celebrate with you!
Join us for the opening reception of: Find Yourself, by Chris Kerr
with readings from Genine Lentine, Cedar Sigo, and Stephanie Young.
Reception begins at 7, readings at 8.
Find Yourself is an art exhibit that ponders the parallels between a revealing phrase in story-telling and a common occurrence while reading: “one finds oneself…” Artist/author Chris Kerr combines endpapers, sentences by various writers, and playful, austere sculptures (using books he unwittingly found himself purchasing a second time) in order to guide viewers in contemplation of how we use statements like “I found myself [doing this]” or “she finds herself [thinking that].” Come experience this ideal setting to consider what you find yourself doing, thinking, saying, reading. Find Yourself is a tool for personal attention and a toy for transpersonal awareness.
Chris Kerr is an artist, teacher, and writer who focuses on the ways various art forms reach for each other and help us become more whole. He has organized events that bridge artistic disciplines for the Berkeley Art Museum, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, and the Roxie Theater and curated an experimental film festival for Postcrypt Art Gallery. His artwork can be viewed throughout Projector (www.projectormagazine.com), the journal of creative responses to film he founded and edited. Chris also edited In Process: Andrew Schoultz for the Monterey Museum of Art. His poems and stories have appeared in Eleven Eleven, The New Review of Literature, Sugar Mule, and Work, and he’s performed his writing for Aggregate Space Gallery and Art & Music in the Gardens at Lake Merritt. He has written a chapbook of poetic dares with artist Colter Jacobsen titled Round Weather/O Ether as well as an unpublished novel called The Sound of Her Voice. Chris heads the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts.
Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman are preparing to move to West Philadelphia for a fresh start and the general pursuit of happiness!
You may remember Zach from such hits as: "The Dress-up-as-Zach birthday party", or "Drinking and reading Truman Capote stories to a cemetery fountain." You may know Julian from his own classics, "My dog is really well behaved except for the time he bit someone" and "I swear I'm not a sad person even though I only write about death and suffering."
Please join us at our favorite bookstore for a Bon Voyage reading featuring us and two of our numerous talented friends: Na'amen Gobert Tilahun and Madison Davis. There will be poetry, prose, some light crying, and books for sale.
And, if that wasn't enough for you, join us afterwards at The Ruby Room (10 min walk from the bookstore) for farewell drinks and your last chance at some quality time with Zach and Julian before they head off into the sunset. Can't wait to see you!
Zach Ozma received a BFA in Community Arts from California College of the Arts in 2015. His work engages in "pleasant homosociality" through installations, performances, objects, events, and writing that elicit touch, interaction, and intimacy from the viewer. His work has appeared in Vetch, Hold: A Journal, DATABLEED, IGNORE, the East Bay poetry anthology It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland, Macaroni Necklace and elsewhere. cargocollective.com/zachozma
Julian Shendelman has a weird looking dog (part fawn, part fruit bat) and a nice Jewish boyfriend. After 10 years of living in Oakland, where he was an organizer for the Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Julian is relocating to Philadelphia with hopes of having more time to write. He was a 2016 Pushcart nominated poet for his piece in Bat City Review, and won a Literary Death Match with a true story about queer punk cannibalism. His first published chapbook, “Dead Dad Club,” was released by Nomadic Press in March of this year. You can read more of his work atwww.ofashandbone.com.
Na’amen Gobert Tilahun writes in multiple genres and has had work appear in Fantasy Magazine, io9.com, Queers Dig Time Lords, faggot dinosaur, Full of Crows, The Big Click, Eleven Eleven, Spelling The Hours, Loose Lips and more. One of his pieces, "Culture House" was recently selected to be reprinted in The Best Small Fictions 2017, out this fall. His debut novel, The Root, was named an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten book for 2017. The sequel novel, The Tree will be released in November. You can find him on twitter when he should be writing - @Naamenism
Madison Davis writes about family, water, mourning and disaster. She is the author of Disaster published by Timeless, Infinite Light last year and her recent work can be found in Elderly, Hold: A Journal, and Open House.
Alan Clark is releasing his comic "In Search of the Black Panthers," and will discuss his time in the bay area as he searches for x panther members and learning first hand their experiences in forming the panther party ,and what resistance means today in the age of trump. We talk about issue one of "in search of the black panther party" and the trans Atlantic slave trade , the haunting memories that rest in our deep psyche. And why a group like the panthers existed. He'll be reading alongside novelist, Steven Bramble.
Alan Clark is a comic artist and writer / journalist, and creator of ' The daily earth ' Dailyearthpost.com. he Helms from Atlanta Ga.
Steven Bramble is a speculative/ science fiction writer and helms from Colorado. He now lives in Long beach California. TOTALITARIAN NOVELS IN A FREE SOCIETY // How can U.S. fiction take a new direction in subject matter and characterization away from the author's own racial, gender, or political identifiers in order to answer philosophical questions from a higher vantage point? Or, to say it more simply, what's going on lately with things like race in novels? How can a novel take a political stand without being sloganeering and overt? What readers are novels really being written for? Can novels segregate us? And finally: what questions are authors asking themselves before setting words on paper, and are there some things that authors simply censor themselves from attempting altogether? U.S. fiction authors tend not to tackle political issues like empire, race, or hard politics (like elections, etc.) in their work because - and this is a theory drawn off of Chomsky - there is a kind of self-enforced political culture of silence that the USG and corporations, the controllers of our laws and culture, spawn, and that reaches into our artistic minds as well.
We're hosting Alan Felsenthal and Ari Banias, one from across the continent, one from across the Berkeley/Oakland border. Both have new books! Both are amazing! You will think so too!
Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2017, Lowly is his first collection of poems.
Ari Banias is the author of the book Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), and the chapbook What's Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Offing, Poetry, and others. He lives & works in Berkeley.
Details to come!
We're so excited to celebrate the release of OATFEELS: The Tender Issue AND Ali's birth with a night of tender, fiery readings and dreamy magic songs by the brilliant and amazing SPELLLING ! It'll be a super sweet transcendent night.
This issue is brimming with deep feelings and strength and softness and hurt and questions and friendship. It's gonna be so good! Maybe we said this last time, but this is actually our last issue (!) and we really hope you'll come hang out and party with us !!
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Come Join us to celebrate the release of Colleen McKee's new chapbook: "The Kingdom of Roly-Polys", the second installment in the Pedestrian Poets series by the Pedestrian Press. Hosted by J de Salvo. Readings by Colleen McKee, J de Salvo, Elise Hunter, and Vernon Keeve III.
Photos of nature and urban landscape in, around, and above California.
Sam's work largely consists of moments when he remembers to bring his camera with him.
Closing party for the MOZART Only Record Store.
PWYC hand-painted copies of the new "Nasty" 7" on Iron Lung Records will be available.
Group art show of meditations on the blob featuring Jessalyn Aaland, Judy Bals, Jeffrey Cheung, Jaime Clark, ER Conner, Genesis Crespo, Sinuba Dreem, Zoë Leonard, Max Nordile, Monica Raden, Gabriel Ramirez, Ralph Rivera, Adrian Saenz, Ben Sap, Soleil Summer.
Live music, complimentary beer, supper provided.
A free evening of conviviality. Proceeds from "Nasty" will benefit a radical Bay Area organization, TBA.
EMBRACE THE CONCEPT OF TOTAL FREEDOM
Double Feature from Director Jehnovah Carlise
Day by Day
With lingering financial woes—scanty disability checks and chronic unemployment—Johnny must save every coin to take care of his eleven-year-old son, Michael. Michael is young, and bound to make careless mistakes; it's a part of his growing process. But his father, Johnny, doesn't see it that way.
Man Who Feared
A fictional short narrative that delves into the life of GARRET WESTERVILLE, 29, white, techie, who has recently moved into the district of West Oakland, California, a predominantly black community. His daily jog from his home to a nearby lake is disrupted by an unexpected encounter with a black man, a precarious moment that leads to the persecution of an innocent man.
$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.
$10.00 Poster and ticket
$20.00 Season Pass with Poster
Julie Mannell is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays, and an editor at Matrix Magazine. She is the recipient of the HarperCollins/Constance Rooke Scholarship, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize, the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing, and The Vagenius Award (presented by Roseanne Barr). Her work has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star and Huffington Post, among others. At the moment, Mannell is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in English Literature and Philosophy. Originally from Fonthill, Ontario, she currently splits her time between Montreal and Toronto. She was recently named one of the Top 30 Poets Under 30. Twitter/insta/snap: @juliemannell.
Joined by: Jesse Prado, Ken Ta, Mark Cronin, and more TBA
Breathless follows Larry, an elder figure to his Brooklyn community, who risks his life selling cigarettes.
Larry, a respected figure in his community, visits Major Deli for coffee, to see the owner, Wally, and to pick up a pack of cigarettes. On his way out of the bodega, Larry sees neighborhood teens attacking Adam. Larry breaks up the fight, and the teens take off running. While Adam thanks Larry, he asks if he has an extra cigarette. Larry charges him fifty cents. Soon after, Larry is approached by two officers who accuse him of selling cigarettes. Larry, frustrated and annoyed by the way the officers are treating him, pleads with the cops up until his final breath. [www.breathlessfilm.com]
After Screening there will be a discussion with the director.
$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.
$10.00 Poster and ticket
$20.00 Season Pass with Poster
Oh man, we're crawling on the floor, or just rearranging our shelves, and doing the worm (remember the worm?!), cause we're so excited to host two poets, Lisa Rogal and Sarah Anne Wallen, from out of town, plus the local gray-into-gold spinster Jamie Townsend.
Lisa Rogal's writing has appeared in Greetings, Poems by Sunday, Lungfull!, Brooklyn Paramount, Boog City, and By the Overpass. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Long Island University and the author of MORNING RITUAL (United Artists, 2015) and the chapbook, The New Realities (Third Floor Apartment Press, 2014).
Sarah Anne Wallen received her BA in creative writing from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in creative writing from Long Island University (Brooklyn). She is the editor and publisher of Third Floor Apartment Press. DON'T DRINK POISON is her first full-lnegth book of poetry.
Jamie Townsend is half-responsible for Elderly, a publishing experiment and persistent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is the author of several chapbooks, and his full-length collection SHADE was released by Elis Press in 2015.
Veteran Bay Area performer and artist Brontez Purnell makes his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical "video mix tape", which was filmed on digital video, VHS and 8 MM film. Relying on his punk rock aesthetic to give the world a peek into his singularly unique perspective, "100 Boyfriends Mixtape" takes the viewer on an unforgettable ride that's as audacious and hardcore as it is experimental.
For this first screening all Donations go towards supporting Brontez's Ed Mock Doc
$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.
$10.00 Poster and ticket
$20.00 Season Pass with Poster
I’ve been leading workshops on the creative process for almost two years, joking that it was really group therapy for artists. About a dozen mostly strangers representing different artistic mediums would come together and speak openly about their self-doubt, their drive to create, how they pay the bills, the difference between work and play. Although the workshops were always serious and heartfelt, I did not realize their importance until this recent election followed by the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. After the election, the workshop focused on shock, anger, and feeling called to action; we talked about knowing what we have to offer our community and equipping ourselves for the political landscape in front of us, as well as knowing when we need to rest. After the Ghost Ship fire, there was shock again, and the grief was overwhelming. In our discussion we talked about how we were inspired by beloved community members who had passed, and how making art in and for our Oakland community felt especially pertinent. Through discussion, we realized our bodies are equipped to handle the intensity and darkness, and the more familiar we are with the physicality of the emotional process, the more empowered and self-directed that process can be.
I led three workshops in November and December of 2016 knowing that the conversation would need to open up to include more than just the creative process. I added questions drawing from my experience with somatic psychotherapy as well as meditation techniques I learned from Mollie Moorhead. I wanted to invite my peers to slow down, listen and trust their bodies. Even trust the numbness. Trust the anger and the sadness and confusion, and all the ways they can manifest in our flesh.
But also, to trust their way back out of that darkness. Self-care has been a popular, and sometimes controversial, topic the last few years. Living in the Bay Area, I see my friends learn how to slow down and relax after years of hustling their artwork. But our consumerist culture has co-opted the term self-care, trying to encourage us to spend money to feel better, as usual. And furthermore, certain words are so easily tossed around, but rarely do we define them in tangible ways: like what is presence? what is grounded? what is safe? what is healing? And how these words can mean different things for each person—it can present as different sensations, and each sensation can require different action. But recognizing when and how light can come back in is valuable knowledge. And that knowledge allows us to communicate our needs, and what kind of support each of us might need and can ask for. From here, The Actual Feeling was formed.
I have always felt the power of relationships, but given the political climate, the loss of dozens of beautiful community members and our threatened community spaces, I believe now more than ever in the support of deep friendship, of knowing your community—and that often requires more than just showing up to the gallery or the warehouse or the basement. How can we support each other as humans, how can we create conversations that highlight our similarities and our struggles and our successes, and not just the art that we make? How can you communicate what might help, knowing that someone will show up for you? How will you live and create differently with that support?
We will begin the discussion with introductions, preferred gender pronouns, and ground rules to speak to your own experience and to keep the conversation private. Each participant gets a free copy of the zine, and there's usually tea!
We're so excited to host poet Lise Gaston's "Cityscapes in Mating Season" book release--what?--book release--huh?--book release--yes! It's her first book (!) and the poet Mary Wilson will also be in house, reading poetry, oh and you'll be here too, listening, and duh celebrating, and both poets are coming all the way from Berkeley! We're so so excited and you should be too!
Lise Gaston grew up on both sides of Canada, in Fredericton and Victoria, and has also lived in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Limerick, Ireland. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, the United States, and Ireland, including Arc Poetry Magazine, European Romantic Review, The Fiddlehead, Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Prairie Fire. Her writing has won awards in Arc's Poem of the Year and HOw Poems Work contests, and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She is a graduate of English and Creative Writing programs at the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montreal, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She divides her time between Berkeley and Edmonton. Cityscapes in Mating Season is her first book.
Mary Wilson holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Brown University. She currently lives and writes in Oakland, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley. Her poems have appeared in Everyday Genius, Gobbet, Anomalous, and Coconut.
Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and lives in Berkeley, California. Her first book, My Enemies, was published in 2013 and her second, Yeah No, is forthcoming in 2018, both from The Song Cave. Recent poems have appeared in Company, Cordite Review, Critical Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Elderly, and Erizo. With Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek she has recently launched Nion Editions, a chapbook press. Nion's first title is Perverse, All Monstrous by Cody-Rose Clevidence and should be out very soon.
We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!
Outburst is a politically tinged reading and screening event. Join us at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore for an evening of readings from local poets, a healthy smattering of visual art, a mysterious master of ceremonies and surprise guest star Emma Goldman. It's gonna be a hoot, we're all gonna yell, then be very quiet, and then go home and feel like we got out there and did something.
Tongo Eisen-Martin with Peck the Town Crier
Theodore J.H. Hulsker
Friends! We are so excited to host one of our favorite people on this earth, Rachel Khong, who is releasing her brand new book, All About Eggs!
Also! to celebrate the release of All About Eggs, we're putting together a TOTALLY BONKERS SUPER DEEP CUTS LUCKY PEACH BACK ISSUE GARAGE SALE! You do not want to miss these deals!
You also don't want to miss these eggs!
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We'll be serving refreshments! And maybe eggs!
We hope to see you there!
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All About ALL ABOUT EGGS:
In essays, anecdotes, how-tos, and eighty-eight foolproof recipes, this eggcentric volume from Rachel Khong and the editors of Lucky Peach celebrates everything an egg can be and do. Whether illuminating the progress of an egg through a chicken, or teaching you how to poach a perfect egg, All About Eggs bursts with facts to deploy at your next cocktail party—then offers up a killer deviled egg recipe to serve while you're doing it.
Come share your writing and get feedback! Oakland Writes is a drop-in style workshop and anyone can join at anytime. Feel free to come on by with some samples of your work - 3 - 5 poems, or 2-4 pages of prose. Get instant feedback! Bring about 7 copies to share.
Callie Garnett! Daniel Poppick! Marisa Crawford! So exciting! Poets at Wolfman! Saturday night! All three poets have new books! All three are from Brooklyn! And their first names all have six letters in them! What?! It's fate! Come down to the bookstore and say what up to your destiny! Who knows, we might even add a local poet to the mix! And stop using exclamation marks! Maybe! Eventually!
Oh wait! We did add a local poet! It's Margaret Ross! She's the author of A TIMESHARE, selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic and The New Yorker. She lives in Berkeley and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
Callie Garnett is the author of the chapbook Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (Ugly Duckling Presse), a collaboration with illustrator Tallulah Pomeroy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude, Public Books, Jubilat, and The Literateur. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an Assistant Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing.
Daniel Poppick's first book of poetry, The Police, is out this year from Omnidawn. His work has recently appeared in BOMB, Granta, the New Republic, Hyperallergic, and Fence. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-edits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.
Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (Switchback, forthcoming 2017) and The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the chapbooks 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013) and Big Brown Bag (Gazing Grain, 2015). Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, Bitch, The Hairpin, and other publications, and is forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016). Marisa is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The Postcard Poetry Project is an annual collaboration in which poets from the Bay Area and across the country write and mail nearly one thousand original poems to one another—on postcards—between December and March.
To celebrate the end of this year's project, eleven poets—six local, five calling in from distant parts—share postcard work. To wit:
* Appearing via hologram!
Postcard poems will be on display for general admiration.
There will be cake.
Saturday, March 18th, 2:30-4:30pm
Suggested Donation $5-$10 (proceeds to artists)
Commemorative workbook for sale
We are thrilled to host the first Making Your Plants Meditate workshop featuring live performances by Plant Meditators and Friends.
NEW TO PLANT MEDITATION?
Do plants meditate? Do they want to meditate? Do they want? Plant meditation is a highly speculative field and we will begin to explore through mindfulness and experimentation.
OUTLINE OF THE WORKSHOP
A condensed version of the 6-week course, this workshop aims to begin the process of creating a practice between human attendees and plants that expands definitions and liberates paradigms-- with a focus on sound and language.
Bring your plant. Surrogate plants will also be available.
We start on time, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early.
A reading Featuring visiting poet Michael Tod Edgerton and SF poet Bronwen Tate, who, sadly will be leaving the Bay area to join the Faculty of Marlboro College. Come say hello and adieu! Bios below.
Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013). His poems have appeared previously as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals. He holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, a PhD in English from the University of Georgia, and currently teaches creative writing and literature as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma. His most recent manuscript of poetry is “Yet Sensate Light.” You can check out Tod’s ongoing participatory text and sound project, What Most Vividly, at WhatMostVividly.com.
Bronwen Tate is the author of six chapbooks, including Vesper Vigil (above/ground 2016), if a thermometer (dancing girl press 2011) and Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished (Cannibal Books 2008). She received an MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University in 2006 and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2014. She has taught courses on literature, aesthetics, creative writing, and composition at Brown University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stanford University, where she is currently a lecturer and fellow in the Thinking Matters Program. Her poems have appeared in LIT, How2, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Typo, and elsewhere. In the fall, she will join the faculty of Marlboro College as an Assistant Professor of Writing.
The Second Pedestrian Prose reading features the work of Kwan Booth and Jeff Chon. Each reader is given the opportunity to present a full length short story or essay in its entirety. (Something you don't see every day!) Hosted by J de Salvo.
Kwan Booth is an award winning journalist, creative writer and digital media consultant working at the intersection of communications, community, art and technology. He’s still slightly uncomfortable talking about himself in 3rd person.
Jeff Chon is the editor-in-chief of The East Bay Review and a teacher at St. Mary's College and Diablo Valley College. His work has appeared in Word Riot, Barrelhouse, Heavy Feather Review, Fiddleblack, and Oakland Review among others.
CREATIVE PROCESS with JENNIFER WILLIAMS
This meeting will include several participants who are interested in gathering regularly to create community through conversation with other artists in the Bay Area. The event is free, and you are invited to participate whether you have attended a workshop in the past or not.
This workshop invites participants to look deeply at their creativity, their sense of self, and the demands of society through discussion questions and writing prompts. Given the recent election and the Oakland fire, additional questions will be offered if participants would like to reflect, explore, and voice their emotions, actions, and needs at this time.
As a facilitator, I invite participants to introduce themselves by name and pronoun, and allow participants to lead the majority of the conversation, or to keep their reflections to themselves if they prefer. In doing so, I hope to foster a more welcoming space to speak to individual experience and better realize ingrained habits and thought processes that might hinder or help creative process and balance. Each participant leaves with a copy of the workbook, prompts to refresh their process, and a new community to turn to for support.
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FREE, + HERBAL TEA will be available (please bring your own mug!)
The first issue and now **new** second issue of my zine Timid Hungry Ghosts will be released together through the amazing Adult Punk Press!
Timid Hungry Ghost is a lyrical haunting of poems/songs & fragments excorcized onto the page.
I will be reading , and joined by the talented:
♥ Jordan Knecht of Adult Punk who will faciliate a super fun inter-active mini-workshop of his project Super-Meta-Phone-Line & be slanging work from his press!
Plus readings & zines by,
♥ Tara Marsden, writer
♥ Ali Giordani, writer
♥ Claire, writer, founder of Oatmeal Magazine
There wil be food/ spooky snacks!
It is an event loosely centered around art. drawing. mostly sketch art. the motto is drink, draw, lurk, repeat. BLDC is a rotating event w a residency at The Uptown, Telegraph Beer Garden, and The Rock Steady. it is a designated safe zone and ALL are welcome.
The Unfinished Letter
The Unfinished Letter is a solo exhibition by New York based artist Jasphy Zheng, featuring her recent series Before the Storm, Under the Sun and The Unfinished Letter. Inspired by the perplexity in her personal life, the series reveal the artist’s contemplation on mortality, beingness, as well as the sometimes “failed” or interrupted communication among individuals. Standing at the intersection of photography and narrative, Jasphy’s work is further complicated and enriched by a fusion of texts, video, sound, and hand-made books. Challenging the temporality and ephemerality of photography, Jasphy suspends the passage and eclipse of emotion, memory, and time in her work. The exhibition is curated by Rui Tang.
Jasphy Zheng is an image-based artist who resides in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She was the recipient of the Italy travel grant from Francesca Woodman Family Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; Pingyao Photo Festival, China; Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI, and among others. She uses photography along with other media, from artist books, videos, digital media, to public interventions as her vocabulary to construct her artistic language. She is interested in the notion of mortality and everything short-lived.
Rui Tang is a curator and writer based in New York, who focuses on the notion of locality in visual culture. Graduated with an MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, Rui had previously worked at Guggenheim Museum, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Asia Society Northern California, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her recent curatorial project is Painting is Forbidden, a solo exhibition of artist Martin Wong at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.