Open Space Baltimore hosted the March 8th opening of CHECK-MARKS, a group exhibition I curated with work by Nick Payne, James Ulmer, Leif Low-beer, Jason T Miles, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Wiley Guillot and Becca Kacanda. Open Space did a wonderful job presenting the work, and the opening itself was incredibly fun! If you’re in Baltimore, the show runs until April 15th—but in you can’t make it, here are some photos of the opening and the art!
We particularly love the center spread of this issue, by DOMINO favorites Jason T Miles and Darin Shuler!
Excited to announce this group show that OPEN SPACE Gallery in baltimore was nice enough to ask me to curate. Opens March 8th, as the kick-off event for Open Space’s Publications and Multiples Fair held March 9th and 10th. There will be lots of art stuff happening in Baltimore that weekend, so well worth your time to head out there for this show and much more. Here’s some more info:
at Open Space
Running March 8th through April 15th
Opening March 8th from 7 to 10pm
Curated by Austin English
Featuring works on paper by
The 7 artists in this show believe in images. Characters, abstraction, text—all are used in the pursuit of making pictures that strike the viewer both for their gestalt and for their love of refining a personal library of visuals for the most intense potential. Each artist pushes their image-making to the point where its creativity aches in front of us. Most of these artists work with characters, the face and body are used almost as a template—a solid structure to build wild expression upon.
Each artist in this show will present a selection of works on paper. This opening also serves as a kick-off party for Open Space’s Publications and Multiples Fair held March 9th and 10th at the D Center (16 W. North Ave.). To celebrate this, each artist will have an original, extremely low print run zine available at the show.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2720 Sisson St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
We just published a very affordable book—Tusen Hjartan Stark at $3—so we thought it wouldn’t be in bad taste to bring back a couple of our most expensive items: two limited edition artist portfolio’s by Austin English
Lithograph Portfolio containing 13 images that tell a story. Extremely limited edition of 14 portfolios. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Limited edition portfolio of Dry Point Copper prints. 10 editions made, 13 images in all. Tells a short story about two men who share a secret.
The blizzard couldnt stop the early printing of Tusen Hjärtan Stark #1!
No happier day here at DOMINO than when we have a brand new book to announce as available! Tusen Hjärtan Stark #1 can now be PREORDERED. Orders will ship by February 20th.
Roughly translated from Swedish as ‘a thousand strong hearts,’ this anthology attempts to present difficult, challenging work alongside the art of rarely-translated European artists in a package that is cheap and accesible. All too often, the most experimental work and the strongest-yet-unavailable-in-the-USA European comics are only available in price prohibitive editions. Tusen Hjärtan Stark will present uncompromising work for an entry fee of $3. Each contributor also has 7to 8 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. 8 pages allows for the reader to enter any artists world and stay there for a solid amount of time. As this anthology features 3 artists with radically different approaches, the reader will move from one aesthetic to another, with just enough time in each to feel and think.
Our debut voulme of this anthology begins with a text-dominated cover by artist Wiley Guillot. It acts almost like a ‘stamp’ on top of our package. Warren Craghead delivers a dense piece assembled from many different drawings and composed for maximum effect in our tabloid format. Read it slowly and over and over. Joanna Hellgren—maybe the strongest artist working in Europe today who has not had enough of her work presented to English readers—introduces us to characters so delicately drawn in their characterazation and rendering that one might fear for their plight. But Hellgren’s work is not to be pushed over and there is teeth within these pages. Elizabeth Bethea ends the volume—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.
Also, all orders for other DOMINO publications (DARK TOMATO, SPIDER MONKEY, DIFFICULT LOVES, FACE MAN and SPACE BASKET) will automatically receive a free copy of Tusen Hjärtan Stark #1—this offer extends to pre-orders AND regular orders once the book has been printed.
Some beautiful new items jsut added to the shop, including two hard to find books from Sweden by peter Larsson. Grab em:
Raska Steg at Pipan by Peter Larsson