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Contents for June 6, 2011
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1. Stacy Scibelli, FF Alumn, at Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, opening July 1
2. James Godwin, Doug Skinner, R. Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, June 4
3. John Baldessari, Tom Otterness, FF Alumns, at Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, June 16
4. Eliza Ladd, FF Alumn, on Governor’s Island, NY, June 11-12
5. Kyle deCamp, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, June 8
6. Rev. Billy, FF Alumn, announces new book published by Univ. of Michigan Press.
7. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at Museum of Arts and Design, Manhattan, June 7-September 11
8. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Akademie die Kunste, Vienna, Austria, June 6-12
9. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at STYX Projects, Berlin, Germany, opening June 15
10. Kanene Holder, Judith Sloan, FF Alumns, at Spanish Repertory Theatre, Manhattan, June 10
11. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin, Germany, opening June 24
12. Ellen Fisher, FF Alumn, at 3LD, Manhattan, June 7-11
13. Jean-Noel Herlin, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns at Susan Inglett Gallery, Manhattan, June 9-July 22
14. Helene Aylon, FF Alumn, in Pittsburgh City Paper, May 26
15. China Blue, FF Alumn, at Newport Art Museum, RI, June 4-Sept. 5
16. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, in TDR, Summer 2011
17. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, June 3
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1. Stacy Scibelli, FF Alumn, at Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, opening July 1

"Made with Love"
By Stacy Scibelli
July 1 – August 12
Opening Reception: Friday July 1st 7pm-9pm
Textile Arts Center
505 Carroll Street
Brooklyn New York 11215
718.369.0222
info@textileartscenter.com
www.stacyascibelli.com

Fashion is the manifestation of art and life colliding. Clothing is a vehicle for individual expression that is understood through its materiality. To adorn the body is a universal human condition that allows for versatility, utility, culture, drama, and emotion – all at once.

"Made with Love" is a series of 500 unique garments handmade from slightly varying shades of blue, green, or grey cotton jersey. During the opening, the public is invited to try on and investigate these garments. The nature of these garments is ambiguous and varied with random arm, neck, and leg holes. The pieces can be worn as shirts, pants, scarves, hats, skirts, etc., and should be personally interpreted by each participant. They are mysterious in their intended use and each person is free to choose which style and which way the garment is to be worn, completely left up to their discretion. The atmosphere this incites is one of playfulness, excitement, vanity, and willing vulnerability, as the testing of these garments requires a bit of humor and adventure. These provocative social sculptures induce interpersonal collectiveness. Because each garment is different, the interpretation of each piece relies on a series of simple intuitive combinations and individual choices based on taste and personal representation. The process of trying on garments that can be worn several different ways creates an instantaneous intimate dialogue between friends and strangers. It is a question with many answers. It is, in effect, a living, breathing, moving, morphing installation contingent upon the innovation and personal expression of the audience. The familiarity of wearable objects instigates a higher level of intimacy with the piece and therefore more comfort in participating. This project elicits creative participation that exhibits individual creativity while simultaneously uniting all those involved.

The success of this event hinges completely on the ingenuity of the audience; exchange evolves from collaboration.
Stacy Scibelli is a designer and artist currently living and working in New York City with a communal studio/gallery space in Brooklyn. She is a recent recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant, a project grant from Possible Futures in Atlanta GA, and a residency in Portland ME. She is committed to the practice and history of craft as it relates to contemporary art and design. Scibelli utilizes materials common to conventional habit such as wool, knits, and leather. The conceptual relevancy of this work hinges on viewer interaction with each other through a provided vehicle object. Stacy makes soft machines that facilitate basic, seemingly banal, interactions that conjure overwhelming emotion in the participant. The apparatus is an instigator to a higher understanding of one another.

**This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation.

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2. James Godwin, Doug Skinner, R. Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, June 4

The Brick Theater, Inc. Presents
CAROUSEL
Cartoon slide shows
at The Comic Book Theater Festival

Featuring:
Emily Flake
Sam Henderson
Doug Skinner
Matthew Thurber
Lauren R. Weinstein
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

With special guest voices M. Sweeney Lawless and James Godwin

Saturday, June 4, 2011 9 PM

At The Brick
575 Metropolitan Ave. between Union Ave. & Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY

Tickets ($15) may be purchased online at www.bricktheater.com or by calling 866-811-4111

More info:
http://carouselslideshow.com/
http://www.bricktheater.com/

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3. John Baldessari, Tom Otterness, FF Alumns, at Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, June 16

A silent auction and party to benefit Dumbo Arts Center!

Thursday, June 16, 2011
6-10PM

Tickets on sale now
$50 advance
$55 at the door

http://www.dumboartscenter.org/benefit_auction.html

In the great summer tradition, DAC presents a sequel to last year's blockbuster fundraiser! We will have a relaxed, pleasurable garden-themed environment (with real grass!) in which guests will enjoy wine, music, audio-scapes and a surprise or two! Art by emerging and established artists will be sold as part of the evening-long silent auction.

Proceeds directly benefit the creation of new art through DAC's exhibition program, and allow DAC to provide events for artists and the public free of charge. DAC's mission is to catalyze interaction between visual artists, the local community and the wider public.

The Secret Garden Party Benefit Committee is Jennifer Roux, Julie Martin, Caryn Coleman, Karl Erickson, Heather Hubbs, Lisa Kim, Jen Liu and Maya Taylor.

Artworks from:
John Baldessari
Lea Bertucci
Todd Bourret
Alexander Calder
Scott Calhoun
Heather Cantrell
Sean Capone
Dawn K. Chase
Diana Cooper
Zoe Crosher
Megan Cump
Jim Dine
Karl Erickson
Coleen Fitzgibbon
Jess Fuller
Mimi Gross
Becky Howland
Ryan Humphrey
Richard Jochum
Wade Kavanaugh
Keith Mayerson
Russell Nachman
Jill Newman
Stephen B. Nguyen
Laurie Nye
Tom Otterness
John Ensor Parker
Joe Pfleiger
Mac Premo
Larry Rivers
Peter Rostovsky
John Spinks
Janos Stone
Nicole Stone
and more to come!

Dumbo Arts Center is committed to be a place where artists produce ambitious new work and explore new ways of interacting with the public. Further we provide lifelong training opportunities for artists of all levels. We also produce large public events such as video_dumbo, a key component of the Dumbo Arts Festival. As a small not-for-profit, we rely on the generosity of our community to support our many programs for artists and public. So please, join us today!

Dumbo Arts Center (DAC)
111 Front Street, Suite 212
Brooklyn, NY 11201
gallery@dumboartscenter.org
www.dumboartscenter.org

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4. Eliza Ladd, FF Alumn, on Governor’s Island, NY, June 11-12

Eliza Ladd performing with Sara Zimmerman in Big Exit on Governor's Island June 11 and 12 in Figment Festival http://www.nyc-arts.org/events/13582/figment-festival

Thank You,
Eliza
www.elizaladd.com

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5. Kyle deCamp, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, June 8

hello friends
I'm performing a 15-min piece by Suzanne Bocanegra, at Joe's Pub next week.
In her own words:
"Kyle deCamp is Suzanne Bocanegra talking about how to paint." And she's
got some interesting things to say .....

http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_artists/task,view/Itemid,40/id,3631
"New York's most vital author's series...excellent."
--Time Out New York

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6. Rev. Billy, FF Alumn, announces new book published by Univ. of Michigan Press.

Friends, Comrades, Family-
After many years of stealing away to work on it we are thrilled to announce our new book is really done, and forthcoming from University of Michigan Press. Please join us at the release party Monday June 13th, 7 PM at The Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe on Crosby Street.

This book, edited by the amazing Alisa Solomon, covers the last few years of our work, includes campaigns in NYC and around the world, organizing we have done with many of you and stories from the field.

We hope you will come, Savitri & Rev

A celebration of the release of the forthcoming book The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping.
Monday June 13, 7 pm
Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012 :: 212-334-3324
FB: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164823926913520
our site: http://revbilly.com/events/bookrelease

You can order a book here (http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780472051564-0)
We will also have books at the event. Please call or write if you have questions etc..
347 693 8857 // savitrid (at) earthlink.net

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7. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at Museum of Arts and Design, Manhattan, June 7-September 11

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
40 West 53rd Street, New York 10019, USA
+1 212 956 3535
www.madmuseum.org

7 Jun 11 – 18 Sep 11

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities features recent work and site-specific installations by contemporary artists from around the world including Matthew Albanese, Amy Bennett, James Casebere, Mat Collishaw, Bethany de Forest, Thomas Doyle, Gregory Euclide, Joe Fig, Peter Feigenbaum, Patrick Jacobs, Kim Keever, Frank Kunert, Ji Lee, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Didier Massard, Charles Matton, Michael McMillen, Lori Nix, David Opdyke, Liliana Porter, Jonah Samson, Charles Simonds, Michael Paul Smith, Tracey Snelling, Paolo Ventura, and Alan Wolfson, among others.

Museum Hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
closed Mondays and major holidays

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8. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Akademie die Kunste, Vienna, Austria, June 6-12

Diane Torr, FF alumni in residence at Akademie die Kunste, Vienna, June 6-12
June 9 - Thursday, Talk on 25 Years of Sex and Drag and performance at BRUT Theatre
The evening will be finished with an after-party by Crazy Bitch in a Cave
(http://www.myspace.com/crazybitchinacave)
and a DJ-set by das_em aka das em_ttäuschung
Free event
All invited

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9. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at STYX Projects, Berlin, Germany, opening June 15

STYX Projects Berlin is proud to present Argentinian artist Dolores Zorreguieta’s "The Bleeding Dress", an exhibition of her recent installation work and watercolors.

Hanging from the ceiling of STYX, the show's majestic centerpiece "Bleeding Dress" holds together the white wool fibres of a dress for that most public of occasions with the body’s most intimate fluid, regularly seeping out through its tissue. Combining the macabre grandeur of a figure in Francis Bacon with the material gravity of an Eva Hesse, the installation contains all the force of a single act of suspended violence conveyed to the viewer by the bonding power of blood. A kind of mechanical performance piece, it asks us to mourn for a body we never quite had in our grasp. The dress wishes to speak with us, and it says, in the words of Baudelaire: "I am the blade and the knife."

DOLORES ZORREGUIETA: THE BLEEDING DRESS
15 June - 6 July 2011

Opening Reception:
15 June 2011, 7 pm

STYX Projects
Berlin - London
Landsberger Allee 54
10249 Berlin
+49 177 7095 207
info@styx-projects.com
www.styx-projects.com

Open Fridays to Sundays
3-5 pm or by appointment

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10. Kanene Holder, Judith Sloan, FF Alumns, at Spanish Repertory Theatre, Manhattan, June 10

Greetings,

I will be performing June 10th. (8pm)
Tix are $12 and will support a non-profit devoted to youth interested in theater.

I look forward to continuing our dialog about politics, life and art after the show!

Continued success:)

KAH

Friday June 10
8pm

Spanish Repertory Theatre
138 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016 Between Lexington and Third Avenues
6 train to 28th st.

EarSay presents:
One weekend performance festival of emerging work.
theatre, poetry, and hip hop for human rights and youth leadership
hosted by EarSay co-founder Judith Sloan

Advance Tickets available online go to: http://www.earsay.org/ and click on BUY TICKETS NOW

8 pm Friday June 10

Featured performance by
Yadira De La Riva in One Journey
A woman’s coming of age story through the fences, concrete, citizenship and immigration policies
of the United States/Mexico border situated in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

opening acts:
students from EarSay’s Youth Theatre Program
and Kanene Holder actress/satirist
in her theatrical experiment Shock and Awe with an Intellectual Aftertaste.
And Angy Paola from New York State Youth Leadership Council

8 pm Saturday June 11

Featured performances by:
Judith Sloan excerpts from her work in development Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide
actress/writer Judith Sloan remixes stories from twenty years of reporting on and teaching immigrant and refugee teenagers
and incarcerated youth as they grapple with the cataclysmic global events that shaped them.

LaBruja
With her debut album Brujalicious,
this dynamic, gifted performer infuses hip-hop
and reggaeton with her irresistible blend of potent intelligence, hot sensuality and lyrical skill.

opening acts:
students from EarSay’s Youth Theatre Program
and Bridget Kelso in an excerpt from Slide Show: The Evolution of Radical Feminist Theology,
Bridget Kelso weaves together all the small moments of her life into big stories.

Saturday Night show followed by a discussion about art and social change moderated by
Martha Diaz, Founding Director Hip Hop Education Center with the participating artists and special guests: Abran Maldonado from PEACE/H2ED, and Hasan Salaam

Tickets $12 Premium Seating $25
available in advance online:
http://www.earsay.org/
and follow the links
Advance tickets by phone: 800-838-3006

proceeds go to support the artists and EarSay’s arts programming for immigrant teenagers

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11. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin, Germany, opening June 24
The Mobility Project
Curated by Elly Clarke / Clarke Gallery
at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen
Novalisstrasse 7, 10115 Berlin
Vernissage: 24.06.2011 19.00
Exhibition then open 25.06.2011-23.07.2011. Tuesday-Saturday 12-18.00
With work by Simon Clark, Elly Clarke, Enda O’Donoghue, Kestin Honeit, plan b/Sophia New and Dan Belasco Rogers and Fedora Romita
"Keep connected, you are never alone, never alone with a mobile phone in your pocket."
Over the last decade, particularly since the mass take-up of the mobile phone, the ever-increasing mobility - of people, goods, information and images - has radically altered the way we perceive, interpret, navigate and even describe the world. Notions of presence and absence, solitude and togetherness and even of geography are changing, as our personally tailored collections of contacts, communities, photos and politics are with us 24/7. The way we travel around the places we live in, and how we interact with others whilst we’re there, has a great impact on the way we understand not only where we are but also who we are. Communication and movement are, and always have been, closely linked, dictating the scope of our influence. But today, in a world where one tweeted photo can be seen across five continents within seconds, that influence can reach areas and cultures of which we have no concept.

Here, six projects present six different approaches to the project of mobility. From Simon Clark’s epic cycle journey around the UK delivering postcards he picked up from the Galapagos Islands direct into people’s hands to plan b’s live redrawing of their GPS traces gathered over their past year in Berlin direct onto the gallery wall; from Enda O’Donoghue paintings created from low-res mobile phone photos found on the internet to Kerstin Honeit’s multi-city performance-experiments where she instructs women to stand on the same area of pavement for fifteen minutes - and finally from Fedora Romita’s audio recordings of the U-Bahn network of Berlin as a means of getting to know the city she just moved to, to my own five minute video showing an unexpected moment of stillness on the German autobahn - these are personal portraits of navigation. But, between them, they touch on wider issues that af fect us all as we negotiate our way around the world - including gender, power, surveillance and the relationship between physical and virtual materiality.

Elly Clarke is an artist & curator based in Berlin and Birmingham, UK.
A series of artist talks and related events will take place during the run of this exhibition and a specially commissioned set of limited-edition prints by each of the artists released at the opening. Please check the gallery website for further details and updates.

Clarke Gallery was set up by Elly Clarke in 2008 in her fourth floor, 2 room Hinterhaus apartment in Neukoelln. Following a total of ten exhibitions that took place there, Clarke Gallery took the decision to become in itself mobile. Over the past year, Clarke Gallery exhibitions have travelled to Eastern Edge Gallery in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada and Franklin Furnace in New York, with plans for more to come. Please sign up to the Clarke Gallery mailing list to find out about an exhibition coming to a place near you, soon. www.clarkegallery.de / mail@clarkegallery.de / www.ellyclarke.com. Or join the group on Facebook.

Many thanks to Suvi Lehtinen, Nicole Rodriguez and Clarke Gallery's new assistant in Berlin, Gilad Shachar.

mail@clarkegallery.de
www.clarkegallery.de

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12. Ellen Fisher, FF Alumn, at 3LD, Manhattan, June 7-11

Dear friends,

I will be performing with Meredith Monk and two other company members when she re-stages 'EDUCATION OF THE GIRLCHILD REVISITED'. This will be a unique experience to see Meredith perform her solo during the first half, originally created in 1973. The second half is a mixture of several works from the same time period, performed by other company members, along with Meredith. Please see below for the information.


June 7-11
Tue-Sat. @ 7:30pm
3LD ( 3 legged dog, art & technology center) sponsored through DTW off-site 80 Greenwich Street( near Rector Street) tickets $25 212-924-0077 dancetheaterworkshop.org/monk

Hope you can come,
Ellen Fisher

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13. Jean-Noel Herlin, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns at Susan Inglett Gallery, Manhattan, June 9-July 22

Specific Object presents Lawrence Weiner’s Published Work from The Jean-Noel Herlin Archive at Susan Inglett Gallery, 522 W. 24th St. NYC 10011, June 9-July 22

www.inglettgallery.com
www.specificobject.com

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14. Helene Aylon, FF Alumn, in Pittsburgh City Paper, May 26

Here's a review from the Pittsburgh City Paper: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A95612

MAY 26, 2011
At the Warhol, an artist delves into the patriarchal limits of the Torah.

BY SAVANNAH SCHROLL GUZ

Language and its experience-shaping power are the focus of Helène Aylon's exhibition The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable. The show continues The Andy Warhol Museum's The Word of God series, which features art intended to promote interfaith understanding. The American-born artist's implicit ambition -- to modify religious and social attitudes -- makes her work inherently controversial. Yet her approach is careful, scholarly and thought-provoking.

Aylon grew up in an Orthodox household. At 18, she wed an Orthodox rabbi. Widowed at 30, she broke from Orthodox tradition to become an artist with feminist leanings. By the 1970s, her views aligned more closely with progressive Judaism. Later, she initiated an unconventional Torah study, highlighting (in the distinctly feminine color pink) the patriarchal language she believes illustrates humanity's limiting views of God.

When Aylon works with actual Torah texts, as she does in the 64 books associated with "The Liberation of G-D" (1990-96), she does not highlight the text directly, but instead glues parchment to the borders of each page. This protects the holy text, but also prevents the volumes from being closed. Her lesson cannot be avoided by shutting the book or turning the page.

In her photographs "Self Portrait: The Unmentionable" (2010), she projects, across her forehead, the Hebrew script for God -- a word so holy, it is replaced in religious texts with "The Unmentionable." The image is repeated five times, corresponding with the Torah's five books, or Pentateuch.

Since Orthodox Judaism identifies God using masculine imagery, the appearance of this holy phrase on a female is inherently incendiary. Aylon's concept wholly depends on the Progressive belief that the Pentateuch is an assemblage of narrative fragments composed by a variety of human authors. And with this narrative assemblage -- possibly composed between the 10th and sixth centuries BCE -- comes an antiquated, oppressive and patriarchal world view, made into religious law.

Ultimately, Aylon's examination does not challenge the sacred, but seeks to rescue it from imperfect human understanding and profane encumbrances. Such re-evaluation suggests the possibility of overcoming ingrained, text-perpetuated intolerances. And this unstated but praiseworthy objective fulfills the Warhol series' mission beautifully.

The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable continues through June 26. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

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15. China Blue, FF Alumn, at Newport Art Museum, RI, June 4-Sept. 5

Hey guys, if you are interested in a nice summer trip, come see my show at the Newport Art Museum. It would be great to see you next Friday night at the opening.
China Blue

CHINA BLUE
FIREFLY PROJECTS
Newport Art Museum
June 4 - September 5, 2011
Opening: June 10, 5:00-7:00pm
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island

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16. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, in TDR, Summer 2011

Jeff McMahon’s essay, "Rehearsed and Coerced: Creating Counter Indications," on his 2008 performance/installation with Jake Pinholster examining torture and coercion, has been published in the Summer 2011 TDR/The Drama Review. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/dram/55/2

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17. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, June 3

The New York Times
Lynne Tillman’s Innovative Stories
By FORREST GANDER
Published: June 3, 2011

Despite the claim of the title, "Someday This Will Be Funny," you wouldn’t want to reach for Lynne Tillman’s new book just for a good howl. In fact, that "someday" the title promises may never come. Tillman’s stories are too piercing, the obsessions of her characters too connected to their psychic wounds, for them to be considered exactly "funny." In any case, it isn’t "someday" but rather "meantime" that counts for readers. And in the meantime, Tillman’s fictions tend to be (to steal a line from one of her stories) as "outrageously ineffable, obdurate and evasive" as the forms of desire they describe. Gorgeously at ease and technically virtuosic, the stories are ever on point — on point, that is, if the point of your reading has more to do with psychological nuance and bravura performances of language than with conventional story lines.

SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE FUNNY
By Lynne Tillman
164 pp. Red Lemonade. Paper, $14.95.

Even if the book isn’t ha-ha funny, there is something akin to humor pervading the collection. You notice it in the play of such titles as "That’s How Wrong My Love Is," "Love Sentence" and "The Way We Are." And it’s there again in a naïve deadpan honesty of the sort that is said to occasionally attend the victims of strokes. The narrator of the first story, for instance, is convinced she has developed an intimate communication with three mourning doves that roost on a windowsill across from her home, and which, as the season changes, ceremoniously and mutually turn their heads toward her to bobble goodbye. "I realize this sounds corny, ridiculous, or just another piece of anthropomorphism, or vanity, if feeling appreciated or recognized by birds is vanity," Tillman writes. "Yet I believe it was their intention, though I have since learned that mourning doves lack cunning and are not bright."

The subject of "More Sex," with similar irony-free, wandery bluntness, reflects on movie actors in love scenes: "She hoped they were really good at sex and not just acting, although actual people do act when having sex, too, though why they do and for what purpose, she wasn’t sure."

Such attention-deficit flights and diversionary syntactical adventures typify Tillman’s prose. Her sentences often take pinball trajectories, bouncing through seemingly trivial but revealing associations. Consequently, her stories develop in lateral maneuvers. There are even times, as in "Chartreuse," when particular words take charge of the narrative the way a key signature might shape the tone and direction of a symphony.

The musical metaphor isn’t accidental. Tillman, who teaches at the University of Albany but lives in New York City (the gritty setting for her novel "No Lease on Life"), has cultivated a long history of interaction with musicians and artists. Her 2002 book of stories, "This Is Not It," concerns the lives of 22 contemporary artists. An earlier nonfiction work, "The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965-67," explores Warhol’s art and the narratives of several people working at the Factory. Tillman has written five novels, a volume of essays and three other story collections, and has published her work through both large houses and independent presses — in this case, Red Lemonade, whose Web site may be "in beta," but whose list of titles is already impressive.

The innovations that characterize "Someday This Will Be Funny" — quasi characters who communicate in thought bubbles, prose that breaks into haiku, ambiguous pronouns, contradictions, overt formal structures that include serial quotations and repetitions (with variations) of crucial phrases — are familiar enough to readers who survived the 20th century that there is no reason to qualify Tillman as an "experimental" writer. Emotional subtlety and psychological complexity are at the heart of her stories, some of which, like "Playing Hurt," about a couple whose deep-seated insecurities pit them against each other, are scrupulously plotted. Tillman is simply a terrific prose stylist whose work should have wide appeal.

If the most notable attribute of her writing is a sentence so unpredictable and generative that it constantly propels the story inward to reveal the rapid associations of its author’s mind — at once familiar to us and yet unmappable — what may be most memorable in her stories are those zinger moments when she reveals deep cutaways of character in quick excavational swipes. "Once upon a time a man she loved caught her looking at herself in a mirror and noticed something she didn’t want him to see," Tillman writes in "Love Sentence." Elsewhere, a woman regretfully admits that "the decisive moment was an indecisive one for her." In "The Recipe," a son tries to remember the mother he adored: "Her face, for a long time now, rested only against walls or stood upright on tables in framed photographs, and he scarcely remembered a conversation they had, just a sentence or two." Inevitably, painfully, what Tillman’s characters ask for and pursue has little to do with what they actually want.

It’s weird that since her writing style is influenced by poetic impulses, the least successful of the stories in this collection is the one called "Impressions of an Artist, With Haiku." Nowhere else does she allow herself scholastic abstractions. Nor is she anywhere else as gothically corny as when she writes: "Owls, moonlight unmoors / Wolves, frantic prey scurry / Night licks voraciously."

But such wispy complaints as I have are drowned out in the overriding whoosh of accomplishment. "Someday This Will Be Funny" has a casual exuberance that leaves the reader atilt, tenderized and more than a bit awed.

Forrest Gander’s "Core Samples From the World," a book of poetry, haibun and collaborations with photographers, will be published this month.

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