polarsketch by rebecca grady

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Remember how we went to AS220 with “Isolated Fictions?” Now we’re taking the North Georgia Gazette to Philadelphia! The following artists are going to be in a group show based on the book. You can go here to get a copy!


featuring the work of Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher, Jason Dunda,

Rebecca Grady, Devin King, Carmen Price & Deb Sokolow

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – March 6, 2010

Opening Reception: February 6, 2010, 7 – 10 pm

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12 – 4 pm or by appointment

FLUXspace is pleased to present Isolated Fictions, a group exhibition featuring work by Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher, Jason Dunda, Rebecca Grady, and Deb Sokolow, and curated by Caroline Picard, Founding Director of Green Lantern Gallery & Press (Chicago, IL). Isolated Fictions is an Independent Project of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international festival celebrating print in contemporary art. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on February 6, 2010 from 7 – 10 pm. In conjunction with the exhibition, FLUXspace will also host a temporary reading room in the gallery and launch a new project, the yet-to-be-named archive.

About 200 years ago, a fleet of English ships got stuck in the Arctic ice for a year. Their Captain had them run up canvas, covering the ships’ masts. They battened the hatches, so to speak, and watched as the sun set for winter’s entirety, waiting with unimaginable patience for spring. They waited for their passage home to melt. Under Captain Parry’s orders, the fleet printed a newspaper: the entries of which were solicited from the men on deck, under the condition that nothing depressing be published. These men also put on plays.

Chicago’s Green Lantern Press is proud to announce the re-release of this manuscript, The North Georgia Gazette. Touring the country along with this book is a group exhibition, Isolated Fictions, featuring contemporary artists from the publication. The book has been published in an edition of 250 with original silk-screen covers and features excerpts from the Captain’s Journal, the newspaper in its entirety, an essay by contemporary Arctic explorer John Huston, end notes by transcriber/poet Lily Robert-Foley, original artwork by Daniel Anhorn, Jason Dunda, Rebecca Grady, and Deb Sokolow, and a limited edition 7″ record by Nick Butcher. The North Georgia Gazette will be available at FLUXspace for $30.

Isolated Fictions features works on paper by Deb Sokolow that address the second person, incorporating that viewer into the Arctic landscape; large gouache paintings of impossible wood towers by Jason Dunda that parallel the newspaper’s impossible success; maps of the Arctic, as well as a sculpture of an ice floe by Rebecca Grady; and a 7” record made of wood glue by Nick Butcher that plays on repeat.

The Newspaper itself functions as a metaphor for an inherent aspect of humanity: whether the Arctic is a devastating place, or a place wild with imagination and longing, it represents the unknown. That unknown can exist in the world, between neighboring communities. But often that unknown space is within oneself, and though it is essential to try and communicate those territories—to study them and map them out, they maintain a mysterious ground. And it is in the failure of exposing everything, or knowing everything, that we accomplish great heights of beauty.

In conjunction with Isolated Fictions, there will also be a reading room in the gallery space; books, magazines, newspapers, and a variety of printed ephemera will be on display and available for perusal. The reading room will be part of a new project at FLUXspace, the yet-to-be-named archive, which aims to collect printed documents from Philadelphia’s visual art scene, and also books and magazines of general interest.  We hope to build this archive over time and would welcome submissions from other art spaces. Materials included in the archive thus far: Arts Exchange, Green Lantern Press, machete, Megawords, New Art Examiner, and various Philadelphia exhibition postcards and printed materials.


Caroline Picard is the Founding Director of The Green Lantern Gallery & Press, and a Co-Editor for the literary podcast The Parlor (www.theparlorreads.com). Her writing has been published in a handful of publications including the Philadelphia Independent, NewCity, Ampersand Review, MAKE Magazine, the Chicago Art Journal Review, and Proximity Magazine. Twice a year she meets with a performance group and records improvised music under the collective alias Thee Iran Contras. She continues to paint and exhibit her visual work.

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Amanda received her MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. She is also a founding member of the art-podcast: http://www.badatsports.com.

Nick Butcher is an artist and musician living in Chicago, IL. Since the summer of 2006, Butcher has run a studio space/printshop with Nadine Nakanishi called Sonnenzimmer. While the focus is poster design and printing, they also host exhibitions and art events. Recently, Butcher completed a solo-album called “Bee Removal.”

Jason Dunda received his BA in Fine Arts from York University, Toronto and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in Chicago. Jason has previously exhibited in Toronto and Chicago.

Rebecca Grady is a Chicagoan by way of Alaska and Maine. When she was too little to walk, she was pulled around on a sled by a German Shepherd called Namer. When she grows up she wants to be a sailor. Meanwhile, she is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also teaches drawing. Mini comics, mix tapes, tropical storms and more can be found on her website: http://www.rubaccaquon.com.

Devin King is an artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Using text, music and performance as a coalescent medium, King has performed a variety of one-man operas, including most recently “Hadyn’s Head and Madame X,” as part of The 2010 Rhinoceros Festival. His long poem, CLOPS. is due out spring of 2010 with the Green Lantern Press.

Carmen Price’s work creates new relationships between familiar visual elements to express joy in contemporary culture. His celebratory drawings use personal symbolism and a strong faith in the accidental to form occasionally narrative and often confusing scenes. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Carmen Price currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Deb Sokolow’s recent projects include site-specific installations at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO and at Inova [Institute of Visual Arts] in Milwaukee, WI. She is an Illinois Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship recipient, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL. Sokolow received her MFA in 2004 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

The Green Lantern Gallery & Press is a 501(c)3 non-profit gallery and paperback press dedicated to the study, presentation, and archive of contemporary art practice. Because we believe that independent cultural production and idiosyncratic effort is the fount for meaning and friendship, The Green Lantern also hosts monthly art exhibitions for emerging artists and publishes limited-edition books by new or forgotten writers who are making significant contributions to today’s cultural landscape. With a focus on the visual arts, The Green Lantern establishes paths of accessibility between the work and its audience by contextualizing its events through writing, a literary reading series – The Parlor, video, performance and music. For more information please visit http://www.thegreenlantern.org.

FLUXspace is a Philadelphia based 501(c)3 contemporary arts space which provides artists, curators, and instigators the opportunity for unrestricted and uncensored experimentation, professional presentation, and critical dialogue for the purpose of exploring and creating new art practices and media.  FLUX consists of an exhibition space, an artist residency program, as well as public programming including artist lectures, panel discussions, workshops, movie nights and performances.


January 30, 2010

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posted by caroline picard

The Chicago Poetry Project, the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago Writing Program, and the University of
Chicago Committee on Creative Writing present

an evening with poet/translator/scholar


Friday, January 29
5:30 pm sharp
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
5th floor of the Sharpe Building, 37. S. Wabash
Chicago, IL

PIERRE JORIS has moved between the US, Great Britain, North
Africa, France & Luxembourg for some forty years now. He has
published over 40 books of poetry, essays and translations. In
2007 & 2008 he published Aljibar and  Aljibar II (poems, a
bilingual edition with French translation by Eric Sarner,
Editions PHI, Luxembourg). Justifying the Margins: Essays
1990-2006 came out in 2009 from SALT in the UK. His 2007
publications are the CD Routes, not Roots (with Munir Beken,
oud; Mike Bisio, bass; Ben Chadabe, percussion; & Mitch Elrod,
guitar) issued by Ta¹wil Productions  and Meditations on the
Stations of Mansour Al-Hallaj 1-21 (Anchorite Press, Albany).
Other translations include Paul Celan: Selections (University
of California Press) and 4×1: Work by Tristan Tzara, Rainer
Maria Rilke, Jean-Pierre Duprey & Habib Tengour translated by
Pierre Joris from Inconundrum Press. With Jerome Rothenberg he
edited Poems for the Millennium, vol. 1 & 2: The University of
California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry. Green Integer
published 3 volumes of his Paul Celan translations:
Breathturn, Threadsuns and Light-duress (which received the
2005 PEN Poetry Translation Award). He lives in Bay Ridge,
Brooklyn with his wife, the performance artist Nicole
Peyrafitte & teaches poetry & poetics at the State University
of New York, Albany. You can find more information and
writings at his website, http://pierrejoris.com/ .

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This article was published in the NY Times. You can read it in its entirety by going here.

J. D. Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91

J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.

Mr. Salinger’s literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, announced the death, saying it was of natural causes. “Despite having broken his hip in May,” the agency said, “his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.”

Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”

“Catcher” was published in 1951, and its very first sentence, distantly echoing Mark Twain, struck a brash new note in American literature: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

Minced English

January 28, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

I started reading this book by Amira Hanafi; it’s kind of an interesting story in the way of independent/alternative publishing. It’s available through LULU–what makes me pretty excited already, because using Lulu provides yet another means of distributing work. Something once again counter to the traditional agent/publishing house model. From what I can tell, Minced English is an interesting list (provided in paragraph/sentence form) of examples used in the OED when describing the mixture of races. Words like amerasian, biracial, chee-chee, half-blood, metif, metis, miscegenation, mixed breed, mongrel, half-caste, mutt, paulista, sambo, tereceroon, possess their own respective categories with sentences that implement the word to demonstrate, presumably, their usage and meaning. While Hanafi’s presentation of these words is cold and detached (she is after all nothing more than a list maker, a collage artist, an organizer), the momentum of each page speaks for itself, depicting both the color, imagination and violence that categorical words are capable of. The sentences speaks from a variety of different time periods; some of them are old-timey, sounding like they come from newspapers of old America, or the notes of conquistadors, still others seem lifted from rap videos or contemporary speech. Hanafi’s detachment presents all of these with seeming remote aestheticism, as to create an arc of political realization: that a dominant culture created these categories and that the application of those categories is its own subjugation.

An Excerpt from

Minced English

by Amira Hanafi


I was going to bet $100 on Long Bridget at 20 to 1 and take a chance on being crunched to a pulp if the mutt lost the race. He’s not trick mutt, anyhow. Naturally, d’mutt who owns d’store is out an ‘eager to do business. Watch that mut curl up out there. A fellow can’t leave nothin’ on his bed without that mutt chawin’ it up! The mutt ran along the inside of the fence and handed me a bunch of barks that joggled my spine. They commenced picking out the worst mutts they could. Engaged to that Ver Plank fellow that hanging around. I think he’s a mutt. Dougal, the elder brother, was a quiet, inoffensive kind of mutt. Be careful the mutt doesn’t get into a race with a caterpillar some day, and die of heart collapse. There are people who especially desire mutt dog. Got to look up a mutt named Chavenay. We’ll run that jug-headed utt of yours off its legs tomorrow. Two barefooted hippies were sharing a bag of potato chips with a happy-looking mutt. Examples of Rhyming Slang usually used in abbreviation form: Deaf. Mutt. You gone mutt ‘ave you Stobey/ The consultant made such comments as ‘Is she a mutt?’ The laguhter in this case coming because some other poor mutt has been conned and victimised. Mutt, disliked or ugly girl. The leg might have been a tossed bone that any flop-eared mutt could gnaw on. Mutt, slang for a sorry horse. If this Suvorov mutt really was a former KGB officer, then he’d been expertly trained to disappear.

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The Rhino Festival showcases a host of talent during its annual enterprise. You can find out about all of the various things going on by going here.

That said, The Green Lantern Press is about to release a long poem (‘CLOPS.’) by this gentleman, one Devin King, who performed a “b-side” of his opera project at Elastic last year.

Prior to Elastic, Devin performed a one-man opera with Sean O’Connell  in its entirety at a church on North Avenue. Last year, the opera was about Don Quixote, Phil Spectre’s head, Elvis and a Betty.

This year it’s about Haydn’s head and Madame X. This is the blurb, but you should come!

Madame X Paints Haydn Red

by Devin King

Three people trapped in a recording studio arguing about their debut: “I thought I turned you off…such a historicizing of the echo.” Madame X Paints Haydn Red is an operetta that deals with youth culture stuck in a soundproof room moving between centuries of recording technology: Joseph Haydn’s head stolen by phrenologists; the Jam re-recording the Kinks’ David Watts; RCA color-coding their new 45 rpm records; “Opera is a shoddy refuge for emotional dishonesty.” The musicians evolve with their recording techniques and all the while Madame X paints Haydn red.