The new book MAINTENANT 12: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART (978-1941110652, Three Rooms Press) is available now! The book features work that explores theme “We Are All A ‘Like." My digital art piece "SCREAM" is featured in the book on page 29! - just one page away from my lucky number, haha. The book has 200 pages of dada art and writing, and I am so honored to be included in the "3RP Family" ;)
I won't be able to make the US book launches, but maybe you can! Events in the US will take place in NYC on June 1 at Cornelia Street Cafe, and on June 6 at Le Poisson Rouge, and in LA on June 9 "La Di Dada 6" at Beyond Baroque.
And if you're really into my artwork "SCREAM," prints are available in my online shop via Society6! This image is from my series 'The Coorain Circus' featuring celebrity personality Coorain Devin of "Coloring Coorain." Initially created for a collaborative artist project, this series has taken on a life of its own! You can find more from the series in my online shop, too. I'm definitely going to create more surreal and dadaist art in the future!
"The new issue, MAINTENANT 12: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART (978-1941110652, 200 pages, Three Rooms Press, June 5, 2018), features work that explores theme “We Are All A ‘Like.'” With the rise in social media use—and abuse—the concept of “like” has reached whole new levels. There’s the idea of an individual’s reaction to events, people, images, etc. as a reduction to “Like” or “Dislike” without need for deeper consideration. Then there is the status factor: that something which is “Liked” by the largest number of people is of value. The concept, while simple, has innumerable ways of looking at it.
MAINTENANT 12 features provocative cover art by MacArthur Fellow artist Nicole Eisenman. Inside, the work of nearly 200 artists and writers from six continents storms the pages, including Geena Matuson 'The Girl Mirage.'"
I may or may not be attending the NYC event June 1 (my plans are still TBD). However, it looks to be an awesome and dada-centric good time ;) I can't wait to get a copy of the book in my hands and see my art in print!
At the start of this year, I decided I would finally enter my short stories into contests - the more wins and acknowledgements under your belt, the bigger your name is in the "writing world," and the better chance for traditional publishing!
I entered just three contests - and my story "Rabbit" earned a semi-finalist spot for the 2018 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize with Ruminate Magazine! Yes, out of 420 entries, mine was one of the 39 semi-finalists, and it's on the website announcement, too! I'm so excited, and it makes me that much more revved up to write and share my words!
Below, you can read an excerpt from my story "Rabbit," recipient of the semi-finalist acknowledgement:
Whether or not the plan was executed, the boy was unsure. It seemed like an epic way to die, but was it, truly? Shot in the head in your bathrobe while bending over for the morning paper – is it really that poetic? Would he want to be killed by a sniper?
He pondered this as he heard distant voices trying to push through the pressure in his head.
Perhaps, he thought, a fantastic funerary service would compensate for such a drab death. Maybe he could be mummified. He would do it the Egyptian way, where they pull your brain out through your nose. Maybe he could get a Germanic send-off – put his body in a boat and set it ablaze as it drifts out to sea...
Does this, perhaps, intrigue you? I'll definitely submit this story to other contests and publications, too. Don't forget to check out my surreal short and art book "Dadalectic" and my newest photography book "Trip to Italy" also available on Amazon!
I've been on a roll with book designing and self-publishing! I am finally creating books of my photography travels, and decided to start with my "Trip to Italy" that I took for an Art History course with my undergraduate university, Massachusetts College of Art & Design. We spent several days in Rome, moving through Vatican City, and nearly two weeks in Venice with trips through northern Italy.
After several successful exhibitions featuring prints from the series, I created this 96-page travel photography book featuring over 100 images of my trip, which includes an introduction to and commentary on most areas we visited. After editing the images and designing the layout, the book was self-published through Blurb.com and with Amazon.
What's further, we discovered that one of the students in our class was a bit of a celebrity. See parts of Italy through photographs you wouldn’t find on travel websites, and experience the day-to-day of the cities through the lens of a street photographer - me!