Here is a little animated collage I recently made to help promote the "Independent Eye" project. This was all done using samples of original EYE newsprint and a few rare film photographs (courtesy of Ken Hawkins and Melvin Grier-via-Jon Hughes).
Our library exhibition & panel discussion event is tomorrow evening from 7-8 pm at the downtown Public Library ("Reading Garden Lounge" on the first floor lobby near main entrance). We will also have the actual library's archive of original papers from '68-'75 on hand with moderator/librarian Chris Smith. At the last minute, we also have the exciting news that EYE founding member Monty Sher is joining our panel discussion, coming all the way in from Oakland, CA! Hope to see you there!
Coming up this Wednesday night (7 pm) is the debut of the exhibition and panel discussion for my year-long Independent Eye project. The panel discussion features myself, Ellen Bierhorst (original core staff member of the Eye and still a local activist), and Jim Tarbell (opened the highly influential underground rock venue Ludlow Garage). The discussion will be moderated by librarian Chris Smith and feature audience Q&A. The exhibit features numerous curated original newspapers, as well as rare materials such as original page mockups and photograph prints (generously donated by 'Eye' photographers Ken Hawkins and Melvin Grier). This event is a culmination of a year-long research project since my original happenstance discovery of the paper in November of last year. I hope to see you there! Full details here ... the "Reading Garden Lounge" is on the first floor of the downtown Public Library of Cincinnati. Panel discussion from 7-8 pm.
- Thank you to local NPR-affiliate WVXU for having me on to discuss the project on Sunday night (I appeared minutes after Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO!). Here is the archived interview ... thanks again Lee Hay, David Delegator and WVXU.
Coming up in just a few weeks is the event for the project I have been working on for the past year (in conjunction w/ the Public Library of Cincinnati): a retrospective of the "Independent Eye", an underground progressive newspaper published out of Cincinnati in the late sixties. I originally discovered the 'Eye' randomly in November of last year, after reading Jean-Francois Bizot's book "Free Press", chronicling the movement of the underground free press of the late sixties. I had previously mentioned the project back in early September when Jon Flannery and I recorded a podcast episode with the Cincinnati Art Museum.
With the library exhibition and panel discussion coming up in a few weeks on November 13th, there has been a rollout of a couple important pieces to help promote the project as a whole.
Today (October 30), a brand new copy of CityBeat hits the street/shelves, and the "Eye" project is the featured cover story. The article is wonderfully written/researched by Mackenzie Manley, who I had the good fortune of meeting with a few times back over the summer as the piece was being formulated. The lengthy article is immaculately comprehensive in detailing the paper's history and all of the moving parts of this project (including the now published digital archive, upcoming exhibition, and future tribute paper). Here is the direct link to the article (samples of physical paper below).
(samples from our upcoming "tribute paper" Optic by Tracy Miller Robbins, Lizzy DuQuette and myself)
Here is my piece for this Saturday's Planned Parenthood benefit fundraiser show at Northside's Thunder-Sky, Inc. gallery (curated by my pal Holly Procahaska) // "Shelter in Place III" features a bunch of amazing pieces including Polaroid portraits by Jim DaMico, prints by Brett Schiezer, and Holly's handbound mini-books // all proceeds to Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio // simultaneously, at this Thunder-Sky 10th anniversary event, upstairs at the gallery is the debut of "The Last Picture Show" // plus there's even a photography exhibit a few feet away at The Comet, all a part of Thunder-Sky's 10th anniversary celebration
Sharing this wonderful endeavor (that I have proudly backed): "The Faith Journal Project". On a personal level, the collected works of husband and wife John & Faith Hubley have undoubtedly been one of the primary reasons I participate in the medium of animation, and provide an incontestable spark of creative influence at any given time.
In celebration of what would have been Faith's 95th birthday, Emily Hubley is creating a remarkable instillation of animated loops featuring the self-portraits that Faith drew in her daily journal from 1977-2001 (!), with an original musical score by Georgia Hubley (of one of the greatest bands of all-time: Yo La Tengo). The fundraising effort is in the final push and a matching grant has been put forward. So honored to help with this and keeping my fingers crossed over the next couple weeks ...
Found this doodle from a few years ago of Mike Markiewicz, the late owner of "Another Part of the Forest" used LP/bookstore. Such warm memories of talking to Mike about early Soft Machine records and Art Ensemble of Chicago. Also walking down into the dark, creaky basement (where the power tools were scattered about as Mike built all the record shelves himself). Right before Mike passed, Gruff Rhys (solo & Super Furry Animals) wrote a book called "American Interior" documenting his US tour project, and in the Cincinnati chapter, called Mike's shop the "best secondhand record store in the world". I was planning on bringing the book in to show Mike right before hearing the news.
This painting of mine, "Fresh Peace", will be on display and up for auction this Friday at the brand new Over-the-Rhine Kroger building (located on Central Pkwy near Walnut & Court Sts). Of course, the OTR Kroger is not yet open, so you take the elevator up to the 9th floor, which is serving as a sort of makeship gallery and exhibit space for this show.
The auction benefits Cincinnati's largest urban soup kitchen: Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center. This gallery show, "One in Eight", attempts to combat the global/local epidemic of hunger (while processing that 40% of American food goes uneaten). Show is from 5:30-10 PM! Thank you for organizing this event, AGAR Agency.
Myself and my pal/partner Jon Flannery (Cryptogram Ink) were recently guests on "Art Palace", the podcast of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Thank to so much to Russell Ihrig and the CAM for having us to discuss our special project ... it was an absolute blast.
Direct link to podcast here // it is also available via Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcast subscription services.
We discuss the story of our current project, creating a tribute paper based on the visual artwork of the "Independent Eye", a recently unearthed underground, free press local newspaper (published 1968-1975).
This is part of a broader project involving the "Eye" that I have been heading in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati dating back to last November. This is my first mention of it here on my website, but if you are a personal friend on social media networks (or follow me on Instagram), you may have seen my ongoing updates on this project. It has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding project, and one that has been very atypical for me, in that it has involved conducting long phone conversations, organizing and attending several meetings, submitting formal funding proposals, and things like that. Ultimately, though, we are now just a few short months away from the exhibition/panel discussion taking place at the library in the fall, the publishing of the library's digital archive, and the creation of the tribute paper. Many, many more details to come, but if you are interested, just about everything is explained in the podcast.