DOMINO BOOKS returns after a one and a half year publishing hiatus with an anthology of brand new work, Tusen Hjärtan Stark #2. Roughly translated from Swedish as ‘a thousand strong hearts,’ our flagship anthology is as utopian and ambitious as the phrase suggests. TUSEN continues our attempt to present difficult, uncompromising work in a cheap and accessible edition. All too often, the most experimental or obscure work is presented in price prohibitive editions.
Each contributor is given 6 to 9 pages to work with. Anthologies—in my view—suffer from short unfocused contributions. A 50 page anthology full of one page strips often never rises above being a sampler. Our format allows for the reader to enter any artist’s world and stay there for a solid amount of time. As with issue #1, this anthology features 3 artists with radically different approaches—the reader is allowed to move from one aesthetic to another, with just enough time in each to feel and think.
We begin with a story by artist Hennessy, the longest and most focused statement so far from this author. Hennessy’s work always achieves deep criticism of the subjects at hand, mixed with extreme empathy—a grey area of embrace and dismissal comes through. This story fleshes out that tendency into a crescendo, with Hennessy’s crispest, most stripped down storytelling to date. We are shown two people pulling a third into a horrible action. The story is equal parts horror, commentary and strong narrative.
In the middle we present a selection of sketchbook work from NYC based painter Annie Pearlman. While Pearlmans paintings are rich with Arthur Dove-esque color, her sketchbooks distill her themes (cityscapes, bodies in action, exploring the entire surface of the page/canvas) into stark, bullet like images. The often solitary inhabitants of Pearlman’s city have the look of strong monuments weighted down into the page, even as they twirl around on it. 18 images were selected from years worth of sketchbooks and a punch of art comes through.
We again close out TUSEN with Elizabeth Bethea—Bethea is one of my personal favorite cartoonists working today. Her comics are drawn at a uniform size, always one page (as far as I’ve seen). But each page is an opportunity for widely different writing and drawing—the uniform nature almost as a set template for wild creativity. Bethea’s writing is heartfelt but in the way that we dream of true poetry: we overhear its heart instead of it being explained to us.
Hey, been a while since we added books to the shop, but here we are finally with some amazing new books! Go get em!
Super limited amount of these so grab em while you can!
New zines, comics and art books in the shop today! Go grab em!
Hey, some great new books up in the DOMINO shop, including some items we picked up while in Philadelphia! Have at ’em:
And while we’re mentioning new items, I’d like to direct our customers once again to ROCK AND ROSE #5 edited by Chloe Maratta, one of the best items in our store that I don’t think enough people have checked out. Grab this book!
Come on out to TANTI AFFETTI, a solo show of my drawings from the last few years at HUMAN NYC Gallery. The show opens NEXT THURSDAY, January 16th, from 7-11pm at 110 Messerole Ave, in Greenpoint Brooklyn. There will be works on paper never before exhibited and made for the show, as well as original art from many of my comics. The show will be on view until January 30th but you should come out to the opening as I’ll be in attendance the entire night! Hope to see you there!
Be sure to check out DEEP FUN, a group show I’m curating for SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia. It opens January 3rd from 6-10pm and runs until the end if the month.
The title ‘Deep Fun’ refers to the kind of art that moves me the most: visual work that is unashamedly expressive and rich, but never lapses into melodrama. My favorite artists are always working towards new kinds of image making—when a new element is added to that world of drawing/painting/collage, it can feel like the most sincere pleasure. The work itself is ‘deep’ for pushing the artists picture world to its most delirious frontier. Everyone I asked to be part of this show seems to touch on some of these ideas, at least to my eye. More importantly, everyone’s work together will be a real punch of art!
I’ll also have work in the show