Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Other People's Pictures

For about the last six years or so my friend Marianne and I have curated the artwork at a restaurant here in Chicago called Lula. We both used to work there, me flipping eggs, she serving them once flipped, when the original curator fell by the wayside. Marianne and I, imagining that our experience with drawing birds and sewing pieces of toast made us art experts, took over. Shows of varying quality have come and gone. People seem to have liked them, mostly. Because we both have our own work and the art at Lula has been neither her nor my primary vocation we've done a rather dismal job of documenting our work there. I think I might have photos of three shows out of roughly 20 we've hung. As of today's entry, I'm turning over a new leaf.

The pieces above are from the current show. The two above are Residue and Two Neighborhoods 2 by Nick Butcher. The two below are Green Bar Suprematism and The Spines of Rothko by Nadine Nakanishi. You can find more info and pictures from both at sonnenzimmer.com. Both artists are printmakers and graphic design types. Nick makes music, too. They make beautiful, beautiful stuff. Really. The show should be up til mid May.

I'm intending to do posts about a few other recent shows at Lula over the next few weeks.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A book, another book, an appliance out of doors

Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes, the follow up to Monologues for the Coming Plague is now out. This is the cover (sort of):

Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes is the second in what will eventually be a trilogy. The third one will be out...sometime before the next millenium. Here is an excerpt from the present work (click on the image to get a better look):

(Thanks Kyle) Here is the back cover, which carries a perfunctory, incomplete list of the volume's contents:

There is one other excerpt on the Publisher's Weekly site, though if you're a regular reader of this internet world wide web log of mine, you'll have already seen it.

Another book with my name on it also came out last month, but only in Denmark (from Abenmaler) . It's a collection of shorter pieces, some random drawings etc. Below is the cover, partly folded out.

If you were to continue unfolding it, in addition to the material above, you would be presented with a Danish translation of The Game, a three page painted strip I did for Kramer's Ergot #7.

By way of ending for today, here is a picture of a washing machine: