Opening Reception: Friday, July 19th 6-9 pm.
Words and Pictures, and |+ 14inches gallery|
Words and Pictures heralds all new work from cartoonist Jennifer Camper.
Jennifer Camper’s comics explore gender, race and class from an outsider’s (female, queer, and mongrel) perspective. The work also celebrates sexy women and ridicules stupidity. Camper became a cartoonist because she likes making art with both words and pictures. Also, all the tools of the trade are small and easy to shoplift.
Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella about three twisted women living in abandoned subway tunnels. Camper is also the founding editor of two Juicy Mother comix anthologies.
Her comics and illustrations have appeared in many publications including The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, The Advocate, Out, Gay Comix, Wimmin’s Comix, Young Lust, World War 3, and Funny Times. Her work has been published in many comix anthologies and she is the cartoon editor for The Women’s Review of Books. Her cartoons have been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish and Korean.
Camper’s art has been exhibited internationally, including at The New Museum,(NYC), Festival International de le Ban Desinee (Switzerland), The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, Kyoto Manga Museum, LadyFest (UK) Her comics and illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and comic books worldwide. Website.
Divas, Dudes & Dandies
I began taking photographs in 1975. As a make up artist and stylist in New York City from 1973 to 2002 I had the opportunity to work with many great fashion photographers including Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo, Robert Mapplethorpe and Christopher Makos. These photographers were very instrumental in shaping and molding my vision. I met Lisette Model in 1976 at Parson’s School of Design and studied with her until her death in 1983.
In 1977 Studio 54 the legendary nightclub, opened and I spent three years taking photographs in it’s hallowed halls. In 1998 I published Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54 (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), a collection of Black and white images from that time. My perspective was also influenced by living in New York City for 30 years. Much of my work has captured the colorful life that New York City provided during those years. From 1980 I spent most of my time in my studio shooting portraits of the famous and infamous characters that I have met during those years. These include actors, dancers, singers, drag queens, poets, writers and personalities. This collection Divas, Dudes & Dandies are but a small part of a larger collection of portraits taken between 1975 to now.
Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry: Benestrific Blonde, Mouth Of Jane, Troubleblonde and Rigamarole. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award- winning Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Verses That Hurt: Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets, and The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. He is also the author A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983, Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005, Jackie 60 Nights, Amina, Queer Nation, Portraits: Volumes 1 -3, Ptown Peeps : Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, Forget Them Not, Fetish and Fairytale Folk.
As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dymetry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of My Life As I Remember It and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his piece Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters.
He has performed his original material at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, New York University, Westminster College, The Rhode Island School of Design, Bennington College, The American Crafts Museum, The New York Historical Society, The Massachusetts State Poetry Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The CMJ Music Festivals, Jackie 60/Mother/ NYC, ARO.SPACE/Seattle, The Kitchen, LaMama etc., Dixon Place, P.S.122, Fez, and The Downtown Arts Festivals in lower Manhattan. He was also a winner in The National Poetry Slam as a member of The Nuyorican Poets and has performed internationally with poet John Giorno and alone at venues including The Tabernacle, The Battersee Arts Center and The ICA in London and The Glasgow Center For The Arts in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been seen on television on the PBS program City Arts and the BBC/PBS produced program The Clive James Hour. Mr. Miller also curated and hosted Verbal Abuse, a spoken word evening, the first Sunday of each month at Mother Nightclub in New York City.
Mr. Miller is also the recipient of a Jackie 60 Lifetime Achievement Award, four Jackie 60 Awards and a NYC Glamie Award. He makes his home in Provincetown, MA. Website.
I draw first thing in the morning. Then, ideas have me rather than the other way round. Later I develop the drawings or leave them raw. In this series, I work with pencil and ink then color using Photoshop to work out my ideas. I experiment with laser print before the archival print. I may work on the image by hand to add color and depth.
Kate M. Moon lives in New York City. She grew up loving books and comics. In the 80’s, she worked in print shops, making useful art like band flyers, record covers and silkscreen T-shirts. She kept branching out, inspired by friends. She painted murals, fronted rock bands like Feminine Protection, and starred in independent films. In the 90’s she sculpted, learned mold-making and did abstracts in series. Her small character sculptures were shown at Edward Hopper House and praised by Louise Bourgeois.
Since 1995 she has made art with computers as well as solid media. In 2011 she was accepted by the New York Foundation for the Arts Bootcamp program for her digital cartoons.