IN THE WIND.
thanks to everyone who came to the stuff in chicago.
Quimby’s is the greatest; seems like it’s been ages since i’ve been there, and it was as fantastic as ever; a truly overwhelming amount of great stuff. Liz is awesome. Edie too (buy GAYLORD PHOENIX if you haven’t already, from our good friends at Secret Acres…it’s a truly transcendant slab of comix). QUIMBY’S forever!!!
i didn’t take any pictures. John’s talk was great. so was Dale’s. i thought mine was kind of rambling, but ok, but then the first question was “is there ANY PART of this that you actually ENJOY!?” and i realized that i’d again succeeded in being depressing while attempting to be uplifting. afterwards, when john and i (finally) ate food, i asked him if my talk was, indeed, depressing. he said “good lord yes.” i laughed, and then realized he wasn’t kidding in the least, so i said “john you’re not kidding in the least, are you?” and he said “no, i’m not”.
i’ve got to work on that.
slept on Grace’s floor. do you know Grace? you should. Grace set up the show. Grace is, as they say, the shit.
woke up the next day and started hanging. getting all 96 pages of Sammy Vol 1 up on the wall felt pretty damn good. some of you may not know this, but comics can be… a cruel and heartless bitch. seeing it all up there, in an 11 by 19 foot block gave me a real charge; mostly to get back to the drawing board.
Johnny ‘s wall had a bunch of stuff i’ve never seen before, like original King Cat pages, some photographs, and these gorgeous white on-black still lifes. Dale’s wall had the entire contents of his FLUXUS box…pretty amazing.
(not that you’d know it from these photos. this is without everything completely set up. dale’s on the left, john to the right.)
attendance was pretty good– met some nice folks, including anna from Johalla and some of the guys from the Rational Park studio…having this show up with 2 of my favorite artists/ good pals was a hell of a thing, and if i do say so myself, a really fantastic art show.
sorry there’s not more pics. guess you had to be there. thanks to everyone who made it happen (especially Grace).
ok. back to work.