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Contents for September 04, 2014

1. Circus Amok, FF Alumns, in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Sept. 6-28

Obie and Bessie Award-winning Circus Amok, New York City's only one-ring, traveling political circus, once again lands in neighborhood parks throughout the city for the world premiere of its new 2014 production, "At the Crossroads." All performances have a running-time of one hour and are free to the public, playing Saturdays and Sundays, September 6 - 28, 2014.

About the show:
In "At the Crossroads" we encounter a heroine at a climate change divide! After a mystifying and bewildering vision of the earth at two disparate ends, our desperate circus performer and former operatic contralto must act in haste to in order to save the earth from plunging off the tight rope of doom into the pit of big box capitalism....or will the Raging Goddesses reach their apoplectic hands into the fate of us all?

Saturday, September 6:
ST MARY'S PARK, South Bronx
St. Ann's Avenue & East 149th Street
2, 5 to 3rd Ave - 149th Street

Sunday, September 7th:
1:00pm and 4:00pm
12th Street and the Boardwalk
F, Q to W8th Street, D, N to Stillwell Avenue

Saturday, September 13:
2:00pm and 5:00pm
Broadway & Vernon Boulevard.
Q or N to Broadway.

Sunday, September 14
1:00pm and 4:00pm
Behind the Tennis House
F to 7th Avenue, G to 15th Street-Prospect Park

Saturday, September 20
1:00pm and 4:00pm
6th Ave and 44th Street
D to 9th Ave, R to 45th Street.

Sunday, September 21
1:00pm and 4:00pm
17th Street and Union Square West
4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q to Union Square

Saturday, September 27
Myrtle Avenue & St. Edward's Street
G to Fulton Street, B, Q, R to DeKalb

Sunday, September 28:
1:00pm and 4:00pm
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, East Village, Manhattan
Avenue A & East 7th Street
L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place, or F to 2nd Ave



2. Beatrice Glow, FF Alumn, on CBS, now online, and more

Here are links to new press for Beatrice Glow's Floating Library:







3. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, now online at http://bit.ly/1tHC57N

Magie Dominic's newest, in a series of 1960's mini-essays, is posted at




4. Mona Hatoum, FF Alumn, at Alexander and Bonin, Manhattan, opening Sept. 13

Mona Hatoum
Twelve Windows
September 13 - October 18
opening: Sept. 13, 6-8pm

Alexander and Bonin will begin the fall season with a one-person exhibition of recent work by Mona Hatoum.

On view in the front gallery will be Twelve Windows (2012-13), an installation comprised of one-meter-square embroidered pieces of fabric, attached with wooden clothe pins at irregular intervals to a steel cable which traverses the room. These twelve embroidered panels are the work of Inaash; a Lebanese NGO founded in 1969 to provide employment for Palestinian women in refugee camps in Lebanon. Researched and designed by Malak Husseini Abdulrahim, the panels feature traditional Palestinian needlework which has been passed down for centuries. The act of embroidery functions as an act of resistance against the discontinuities of exile. Each 'window' represents, through its motifs, stitches, colors and patterns, a key region of Palestine. Pinned to a cable which crisscrosses the space, the embroideries and clothe pins evoke images of everyday life even as the cable dissects and disrupts the exhibition space, creating a metaphor for a divided territory.

In the second gallery, Hatoum will exhibit Cells (2014), a steel and glass work whose form relates to earlier iconic installations such as Light Sentence (1992). A bank of 32 institutional lockers are populated by numerous hand-blown glass shapes, each suggestive of an organic bodily form. These corporal motifs are also explored in several recent drawings and a new work composed entirely of human hair. For Hair Mesh (2013), Hatoum has knotted and woven together hair in three shades of brown, to create a minimal grid; an organized and precise pattern that vividly contrasts with the unstable and organic material from which it is composed.

From 1980 - 89 performance and video predominated Mona Hatoum's work. She began to exhibit installations and objects in 1989 and her work has been the subject of numerous one-person museum exhibitions in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. In December, Hatoum's first solo museum exhibition in South America opens at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and travels to Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires in March, 2015. A survey exhibition organized by Centre Pompidou will open in Paris in June 2015 and travel to additional European venues in 2016.

Images of work, a biography and selected writings on Hatoum can be found on our website - alexanderandbonin.com. For press inquiries, please contact Kathryn Gile at 212.367.7474 or kg@alexanderandbonin.com.

The gallery is located on Tenth Avenue between 18th and 19th streets in Chelsea.

132 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 Tel: 1 212 367 7474
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm




5. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, at Asheville Art Museum, NC, thru Jan 4, 2015 and more


Announcing two upcoming events!

a. Asheville Art Museum, NC, Humans and Machines: The Robotic Worlds of Adrianne Wortzel, solo show of videos, September 2, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Featuring "The Veils of Transference" 2012 and "archipelago.ch" 2012. Info at:

b. Fumiya Island by Adrianne Wortzel and Daniel Bisig, Official Selection of the 7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (October 17-24, 2014).
Schedule and tickets at



6. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, at Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, Sept. 23, and more

Doug Skinner will perform an evening of his songs and instrumental music at the Jalopy Theater on Saturday, Sept. 13. I will play uke, tremoloa, and piano; I will be joined by David Gold (viola), Ralph Hamperian (tuba), and Doug Roesch (guitar). It's at 9 pm, it's $10, and it's at 315 Columbia St. Brooklyn. More info is at jalopy(dot)biz.

And, my short story "Hardwood Mulch" can be found in the 8th issue of "Black Scat Review," now available from blackscatbooks(dot)com.



7. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA, opening Sept. 13

D E A R F R I E N D S, Friends of Friends, Lovers of Friends, and Friends of the Family,

Here's some news on two projects we (Zackary and Rhys) have been working on together that will make their debut this month!

A N N O U N C I N G :

Artist reception: Saturday, September 13, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce the LA premiere of Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst's "Post / Relationship / X" in galleries one and two, on view from September 13 through November 1, 2014.

"Relationship", an extensive photographic project created by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst that documents their life together from 2008 through 2013, debuted at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York, and comes to Los Angeles via the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where it is currently being presented as part of Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography through September 7th. The artists will also present a new video created specifically for this LA exhibition.

"Relationship" chronicles Drucker and Ernst's private moments as an opposite-oriented transgender couple, during which time Drucker transitioned from male to female and Ernst transitioned from female to male. Described by Drucker as "pure diary", "Relationship" positions the document as a malleable tool for producing narrative and counternarrative form through snapshots that depict the artists in various states of attachment and moments of solitude.

This exhibition includes the 46 images presented at the Whitney and the AGO along with 21 others that are part of the original series but have not yet been shown. Perhaps the complexity of this iteration lies in how stages of detachment and intimacy are signified through differences of mood and tone as opposed to chronology; whereas Relationship's previous presentations cultivated a more celebratory and sentimental portal into the artists' life together, this broader range of material speaks to Drucker and Ernst's more recent stage of individuation as they initiate a separation of their romantic partnership while continuing their creative collaboration.

Included in this exhibition will be Drucker and Ernst's newest video collaboration, X, a montage of digital footage taken from the same time period as Relationship that references the intersection of their creative and romantic collaboration as they move in mirror-opposite directions. Overlaid with a voiceover track developed from the artists' personal writings, X functions as a parallel to the images' content and mode of accumulation--a compendium of fragmentation that dips in and out of abstraction and adds a textured, layered dimension to the stills. Please see gallery website for full press release: www.luisdejesus.com.


A N N O U N C I N G :

We have been working hard and lovingly as consultants and Associate Producers on the Amazon Prime TV show TRANSPARENT!

Transparent is a show produced by Jill Soloway about a Los Angeles family as they experience their parent (played by Jeffrey Tambour) transitioning from male to female.

It premieres on Amazon's Instant Streaming Site September 26th! Keep your eyes peeled!

We hope you have an amazing, beautiful journey into autumn 2014! And we hope to see you around

Zackary and Rhys

Copyright (c) 2014 ZackaRhys Studio, All rights reserved.
This is the combined mailing list for Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst for collaborative projects of ours!

Our mailing address is:

ZackaRhys Studio
2670 Carlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065



8. Nina Kuo, FF Alumn, at Andre Zarre Gallery, Manhattan, opening Sept. 4, and more


Opening reception THUR- 2014-09-04 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Artist(s) Nina Kuo , Ben Georgia , Don Hazlitt , Albert Popa , Ellen Banks , Elena Borstein

ANDRE ZARRE GALLERY Tue-Sat 529 W 20th St., 7 Fl., NYC -10th ave. ends Oct. 3 Fri, 2014 -- 12:30: to 6:30pm

This is about capturing Shapes in occupied Space 212-348


Other group show- Pierogi - Boiler Room, "Gravity Cars" with Lorin Chow Roser - Sept 11-12 Thur- Friday and race Williamsburgh, NYC


Another Group Show -Museum of Chinese in Americas "35 yrs. of Archiving" Sept 25 Fri. opens with NinaKuo's early Photoworks, Centre St. NYC



9. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Temporary Agency, Chashama, Ridgewood, Queens, opening Sept. 5

Dear friends & colleagues in and associated with New York,

I've got a hand print from my Conversational Traces series (which, strangely enough was shown in NY last summer, but as a digital print), showing at this exhibition curated by the fabulous Amanda Turner Pohan, who I met during the Distributed Intimacies residency at The Banff Centre earlier this summer.

The show opens tomorrow evening and runs until September 18th, and it would be fabulous if you were able to make it. I can't sadly, but I'd love it if you could.


With: Kerry Downey, Phantom Bounce / Sarah Anderson / Itziar Barrio / Natalee Cayton / Elly Clarke /
Kerry Downey / Amanda Turner Pohan / Em Rooney

Opening September 5th, 6-9 p.m.

Exhibition runs through September 18th

Temporary Agency
855 Wyckoff Ave.
Queens, NY 11385

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/796864567001655/

Best wishes,





10. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Robodonien, Cologne, Germany, Sept. 6-15


I am in an exhibit in Cologne at www.robodonien.de

Drop on by somehow. Tell those nearby to be aware! I will be there for 8 days, from September 6-15. The exhibit is over the weekend of 12-14.

There will be a LOT of other people exhibiting, with robots, fire and Mayhem! See more here; http://kaltek.wordpress.com/

I wish I had time to travel around, but alas, I most likely will just be at the Robodonien compound.

all the best



Relax, nothing is under control.

Kal Spelletich one of the veterans of the apparatus-based performance art and is - next to Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories - as the main protagonist of the California machine art scene. Since the 80s he led under the pseudonym Seemen on more than a thousand performances in the United States and Europe, based on the interaction between the audience and its self-developed kinetic machines and apparatus. Several of his works are in the collections of Museums of Modern Art. As a guest lecturer, he has lectured at numerous universities and cultural institutions - among others at MIT, Stanford University, San Francisco State University and the University of the Arts Berlin.

In the context of machine art festivals ROBODONIEN, which takes place from 12.9-14.9 in Odonien in Cologne, Kal Spelletich stops at 9.9 a performance-lecture, in which he introduces several of his works and introduces into the machine art scene in the Bay Area.

He also offers three workshops where he teaches the basics of the apparatus design. Under his guidance, the participants / inside of the workshop on 10 and 12 September have the opportunity to realize jointly with him a kinetic sculpture that will be displayed at the festival, and then burnt.



11. Wilhelmina Obatola Grant at Home Sweet Harlem Bistro, Manhattan, opening Sept. 6

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Colleagues,

If time and distance permit, I would love to see you at the unveiling of Kitchen & Curb: my newest collection of mixed media assemblages. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 5-7 pm at Home Sweet Harlem Bistro, 1528 Amsterdam Avenue, (135/136 Street) NYC. Free samplings of some house specialties will be offered.

This year my art studio has become a kitchen of sorts where I have cooked up an art collection created from objects which had literally been kicked to the curb. I have contemplated the juxtaposition of cookware and utensils found in the kitchen -- the place where the preparation of provisions that nourish and sustain, with castoffs and discards left on the curb -- a repository for items that are no longer considered useful, desirable, or functional. The 25 works in Kitchen & Curb represents a re-evaluation of the life cycle of everyday items in a throwaway society. I have discovered that the transformation of outdated, rusty, or broken objects is a metaphor for personal renewal and boundless possibilities.

Wilhelmina Obatola Grant

"Art is an experience, not a thing." Marcel Duchamp

"Every woman has a militant responsibility to involve herself actively in her own health. We owe ourselves the protection of all of the information we can acquire...and we owe ourselves this information before we may have reason to use it." Audre Lorde



12. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, now online at http://drik.mx/03082014/th1.html

Entrevista a Joseph Nechvatal

Interview in Spanish with Joseph Nechvatal at Drik Magazine: a contemporary art & theory journal
Summer-Fall issue 2014



13. Kriota Willberg, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, thru Oct. 3, and more

Hello Everyone,

Thought I would send an email with a line up of various Projects and Events I'm involved with this fall. Hope you can make some or all of them! Best, Kriota

September 3 - October 3: "Carousel Comic Art" at Dixon Place Gallery

R. Sikoryak's Carousel is Dixon Place's longest continually running performance series featuring cartoonists, visual artists, and theater and music artists presenting their work live. Now their work will be shown on the Dixon Place Gallery Walls. Featuring Emily Flake, Brian Dewan, Danny Hellman, Miriam Katin, Jason Little, Dyna Moe, Doug Skinner, Jim Torok, R. Sikoryak, Kriota Willberg.

I have three pieces in the exhibit: "New Linea Alba," a self-portrait commenting on last year's abdominal surgery, done as an homage to the 17th century anatomist Guilio Cesare Casseri; "Eggscuse Me!" is a color print from my minicomic "Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute"; "Temperaments of Popular Breeds" is a poster comparing the physiognomy of popular teenage heartthrobs and favorite breeds of horses, and is premiering in this exhibit. (I won't be at the Theater until 9 pm.)
Wednesday, September 3
Opening at 6 pm
Performance of select participating artists at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St (btw Rivington and Delancy), NYC
Exhibit runs through October 3
Dixon Place Gallery page: http://dixonplace.org/performances/carousel-comic-art/


September 13-14: Small Press Expo http://www.spxpo.com/

R. Sikoryak and I will be tabling at this mega comics fest in Bethesda Maryland. In my opinion it's one of the best fests on the east coast. I will be selling my injury prevention manual (NO) PAIN!, minis from the Pathology Laffs series, and premiering my latest (tentatively) titled "Zoonosis and Drunken Nephrologists." My work will also appear in the new Ninth Art Press anthology, "Subcultures" http://ninthartpress.blogspot.com/2014/06/subcultures-previews-zell-willberg-and.html
Our table number is C12A (listed in program under R. Sikoryak).


October 18: New York Academy of Medicine Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health 2nd Annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts

Art, Anatomy, and the Body: VESALIUS 500
Celebrate the 500th birthday of anatomist and humanist Andreas Vesalius with a day-long event. Presenters include Daniel Garrison, Heidi Latsky's GIMP Dance Project, Graphic Medicine, Sander Gilman, Hill Hayes, Steven Assael, Chase Joynt, Brandy Schillace, Ann Fox, Lisa Rosner, Michael Sappol, ProofX, and Kriota Willberg. Artist Riva Lehrer is the guest curator (http://www.rivalehrerart.com/).

My presentation will use the anatomical illustrations of Vesalius and other early anatomists and drawing on a live model, as we look at the body with the double vision of the anatomist. Part live-drawing performance, part slide show/lecture, part conversation, we will explore the (kin)esthetic relationships of our anatomy.

You can use this link for the fascinating NYAM blog: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/ (I was a guest blogger on August 14)

Saturday, October 18
11:00 AM- 6:30 PM
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY
General Admission - $35
NYAM Fellows, Members, and Friends of the Rare Book Room - $20
Students and Hospital House Staff (ID required) - FREE
Wheelchair Seating and Companion Seat - $35
To register - http://www.nyam.org/events/2014/2014-10-18.html



14. Stephen Holman, FF Alumn, at The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, opening Sept. 6

Exhibition opening SEPTEMBER 6th at THE HIVE GALLERY in downtown Los Angeles 729, S.Spring St. LA 90014. Curated by performance artist/painter Stephen Holman and animation director Josephine Huang. 'THE SECRET ART OF ANIMATORS' features twenty-seven of the biggest names in today's animation industry (check out the list below!) showcasing their own personal paintings and sculptures. A portion of show proceeds will go to the organization Fighting for Fitness, which helps train "at risk youth" and obese children in fitness and martial arts.

Contributing artists:
RIC HEITZMAN - Production Designer on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
MARTIN CENDREDA - Animation Director/Animator for South Park, The Problem Solverz, The Fairly OddParents.
CAROL WYATT - Production and Color Designer for The Simpsons, Rick & Morty, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.
MATT FORSYTHE - Character Designer on Adventure Time.
FACUNDO RABAUDI - Visual Development Artist and Model Maker on How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, The Croods, Shrek.
TORY BELLICI - Model Maker on Star Wars: Episode I & II. Onscreen star/presenter on Mythbusters.
STEPHEN CHIODO - Chiodo Bros/Animation Director/Puppet Fabricator on The Simpsons, Tim Burton's Vincent, Elf.
KEVIN SUKHO LEE - Nickelodeon Director of Animation Development, Animation Producer on Yo Gabba Gabba
JON SCHNEPP - Designer/Creator/Director of Metalocalypse for Adult Swim, Directed episodes of The Venture Bros, Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
BECKY DREISTADT - Character Designer, Comic Book Artist for Adventure Time, Yo Gabba Gabba, Nick Jr.
MUSA BROOKER - Stop Motion Animator and Director - worked on Elf, Robot Chicken, Phantom Investigators.
DOMINIC POLCINO- Director of Family Guy (Star Wars Episode), Simpsons (1989), King of the Hill (1997), Creator/Director of Lovesick Fool
ERIC CALDERON - Animation Producer, Director - Afro Samurai, Linkin Park 'Breaking the Habit' music video, MTV, SEGA
JOHN "HARV" HARVATINE - Co-Founder/Producer/Director at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios - Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken
JUSTIN KOHN - Stop Motion Animator - Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Coraline.
LISA HANAWALT - Production Designer - Netflix's Bojack Horseman
JESSE MOYNIHAN - Writer/Storyboard Artist on Adventure Time
MARGARET MEYER - Character & Costume Fabricator - Coraline, ParaNorman, Robot Chicken, Moral Orel.
MIKE MURNANE - Model Maker/Sculptor on Coraline, ParaNorman, Star Wars: Episode II
DEVIN FLYNN - Animation Director/Animator - Y'all So Stupid, Wondershowzen, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, music videos for Flying Lotus, The Alchemist.
KAREN CHAU - Creator/Character Designer - Ni Hao Kai Lan for Nick Jr.
RICK "DIENZO" BLANCO - VP of Creative for Cartoon Network Enterprises (toys, merchandising).
RICH ZIMMERMAN- Stop Motion Animator of Gumby, Peewee's Playhouse, Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas
FON DAVIS- Set & Model Builder on Nightmare Before Christmas, James & The Giant Peach, Coraline, Star Wars
STEPHEN HOLMAN- Creator of Life with Loopy, Phantom Investigators, Sam Sandwich, Joe Normal (MTV Liquid TV) / Animation Artist on Pee Wee's Playhouse
JOSEPHINE HUANG - Animation Director of Life with Loopy. Creator of The Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich, Phantom Investigators. Animator on James and the Giant Peach.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller