First event is at Rutgers: Come December 9th to speak truth to power at the New Brunswick College Ave student center, and then, December 11th, we’re having a grade in focusing on graduate student concerns, particularly the slashing of TA and GA lines. In a quick and dirty rundown: this affects everyone at RU, both in terms of stable funding that allows graduate students to survive, work, and effectively serve our undergrads, and in terms of the broad shift in academia towards contingent labor paid poverty wages. Follow Rutgers AAUP-AFT on Facebook or the Graduate Organizing Committee tumblr to stay up to date on these conversations!
The next event is at the beginning of January, I drew the poster as a commission but it seems like a really cool event in line with my own goals of thinking about how to create space for leftist politics and critique within observant Judaism, or to articulate the ways in which my leftist politics are always already Jewishly-inflected. Maybe check it out!
Also, because this blog is mostly a depository for art and I haven’t drawn anything about these subjects yet (and generally have been posting infrequently since starting graduate school), I haven’t posted anything about the non-indictments in the Mike Brown, John Crawford and Eric Garner murders, or about the police murders of too many others, including 12 year old Tamir Rice. I don’t have much to say that hasn’t been better said by others, but it also feels intensely wrong to say nothing. So, in the elegant and concise words of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter.
Stay angry, stay in the streets, until every prison door is open, until every cop is off the streets.
This is a question that I am constantly pondering, since my career path has often been presented back to me as having NOT chosen art–that since I am an ACADEMIC, art is therefore a hobby, something I don’t have time for, that is preventing me from getting real work done, something that I study but do not produce, something in the margins of my life (and my class notes).
So, when best art teacher, friend and artist Sves asked me “How does art fit into your life?” as a prompt, I was left basically grasping for straws. How? More or less shoved in there, like a sleeping bag in a stuff sack (I am going camping this weekend).
The real crux of the assignment, which I have yet to complete, is more of a game plan. How am I going to MAKE art fit into my life?
[And, I suppose, if folks want to talk about this, how do you make art fit into your life?]
p.s. these are literally all the colors of copic sketch markers that i own. #funfacts
I’ve been working on a bunch of projects that are keeping me away from online updates, but here’s a quick sketchbook piece. The quote is from Lacan’s “The Four Fundamental Concepts Of Psychoanalysis” and the image is one I have been working with/obsessing over for a while. I sketched it using water soluble graphite.
In other news, I have work on display at OQ coffee shop in Highland Park, NJ, so if you’re in Jersey, check it out! Also the closing show for the Phreak N’ Queer exhibit I have work in is September 12th at 8 pm at Space 2033 (https://www.facebook.com/Space2033).
So maybe see you at some things.
I am co-editing this anthology zine with Elvis of Homos in Herstory! You have plenty of time to submit, so get going on those comics.
So, basic specs:
Think 1-5 pages, black and white or grayscale, send us jpgs or pdf. We’ll be printing at half size (like 8.5×5.5) so keep that in consideration. Comics should be on the theme of queer history–either queering history/queer historiography, focusing on a moment of queer history, or maybe like…being a queer in the archives. Email Elvis or me (I’m at sassyfrasscircus at gmail dot com) with questions. Submissions are due Jan. 1st, 2015!
This piece will be on display at OQ Coffee in Highland Park, NJ starting August 11th!
I’m going to have work hanging at the Phreak N Queer Festival art show starting Aug 1st at Space 2033 in Philadelphia!
Here’s one of the pieces:
Sadly I won’t be able to go to the festival since I’ll be visiting family in Washington State, but YOU SHOULD. Perfect humans like my darling Voyager and greatest DJ PRECOLUMBiAN will be performing. What could be better?
And I will be there. Also I drew a flier.