Paper Jam! A new and twice-annual small press / mini-comic / ‘zine fair being held for a triumphant second time at the Silent Barn on Saturday, September 6th, 2014, noon-6:30pm. Hosted by The Ditko! ‘Zine Library.
Paper Jam 2 Bonus Attraction: “Dear Childhood, I have dreamed of you” an installation by Chrissy Reilly She was a girl with her thoughts among a million things.
"I Have Dreamed of You is a site specific installation in the CSAA Gallery at the Silent Barn. A moment crystallized in your memory before being shattered into fragments. A face, a collection of twigs, a clean home. Everything and nothing at all in a neat little box. With a pretty bow. Just as you remember it. Materialized through sculpture and photography, repetition and common tactile objects.”
Make sure to check out this cool installation that will be up at the Silent Barn in one of the space’s galleries during Paper Jam 2.
SPIDER’S PEE-PAW is a computer art and collage driven comic anthology edited by Ben Mendelewicz and Char Esme. The series has featured contributors such as Lauren Poor, Xela Flactem 3, John Gutierrez, Esteban Neumann, Mark Mathews, and Mendelewicz and Esme themselves. As you can see in the above images, the work Mendelewicz and Esme are both creating and curating almost defies description or classification, but definitely has roots in collectives like Paper Rad or even the no-budget-what-budget graphics of the Tim and Eric Show. Grotesque and colorful, frenetic but soft, they seems to owe as much to net art as to campy arts and crafts. But most notably, they’re a creative powerhouse in the world of small press; exactly why they belong at Paper Jam.
Just as a comics anthology can serve to introduce a reader to a wide swath of talent in a small package, we are doing all we can to have Paper Jam introduce attendees to as many different creators as possible. To that end, we have included Harris Smith’s Negative Pleasure Publications as one of our exhibitors. Negative Pleasure features many of the burgeoning artists in the underground comix scene, including Laurie Pina, Garrett Young, Claire Donner, Jason Murphy, Karissa Sakumoto, as well as Paper Jam alums like Ben Urkowitz and G.W. Duncanson, all of whom are deserving of your attention. I am more than glad to see Negative Pleasure plowing the same field as I am with Paper Jam: giving up-and-coming artists a platform for their work.
Lorelei Ramirez is an artist of many talents whose work encompasses video, performance, and illustration. Her illustration work depicts a fairytale nether-realm of golems and tragic Bart Simpson-types, as if the darkness hiding behind so many Shel Silverstein illustrations was allowed to fester and grow all the more gruesome for it. But underneath that shambling mass a palpable, pained core driving the work. Lorelei’s work has both sincerity and the uniqueness to spare, making her a welcome addition to Paper Jam.
Anna Rose is, as an artist, right where she needs to be. For the younger generation of artist, anime and manga serves as the ley lines of their artistic development. And while that influence is clear in Anna’s comics and illustrations, the addition of jagged edges, both in her style and her content make her stand out. Anna mixes drawings of shark-toothed girls in candy sprinkle dresses with images of stuffed animals and sensual female figures taking a popular form and makes it deeply personal. We are proud to showcase Anna’s work at this point in her career and look forward to everything she will produce in the future.
Paper Jam is a limited convention in someways. We only have space for 12 tables (24 half tables) in the Silent Barn main room, so the process of picking who we will have exhibit at Paper Jam is always a difficult one. I also have personal insecurities about inviting artist who are living far from Brooklyn to come exhibit. That is why I invited Matt Moses the man behind Hic and Hoc to bring the excellently curated selection of comics he publishes to Paper Jam. His keen eye for talent is your gain as Hic and Hoc represents artist across the country / world such as Dina Kelberman (Baltimore), Lizz Hickey (Los Angeles), Ian Andersen (Houston), Philippa Rice (England), as well as such local favorites as Alabaster, and Lauren Barnett. I have the utmost respect for Hic and Hoc as Matt’s mission and passion for independent comics feels much the same as mine.
Paper Jam 2 Exhibitor #13: Matthew Thurber So much of what I am hoping to do with Paper Jam, Matt Thurber has already done. Over the last decade Matt has been an artist of multiple disciplines, working as an illustrator, cartoonist, animator, fine artist, and a musician / performer in the band Ambergris. This mish-mash of mediums in such in such a fun and engaging manner lets the indie music fans get into small press comics and exposes the comics fans to avant-garde music. It is because of Matt’s work in breaking down these somethings stratified art scenes, that it is my honor to have him as an exhibitor at Paper Jam.
Returning from the first Paper Jam will be Picture This Photobooths. Have your picture taken in cat cloud heaven along side your best buddies and a host of hand crafted cartoon props courtesy of one Sam Johns. Just like all these happy folks!
Aleks is a very accomplished illustrator. She’s been featured in publications all over the world including The New York Times, GQ Germany, and TimeOut Chicago. Her (and Pete Toms’) comic, Short Con updates Fridays on Studygroup. The Paperjam staff is pleased to reveal we will be featuring Aleks’ game You Are The Wormhole in a custom painted arcade cabinet. Come out and play it on the big buttons! We look forward to seeing her adept and playful sense of shape and color translated to physical art.
As to include as much of the small press spectrum as possible, we are pleased to include the combination of Julia Lipscomb and Jordan Alam among our exhibitors. As Julia works in conjunction with the ABC no Rio Zine Library and Jordan works with the Barnard Zine Library, we felt it was important to make sure that other groups who are doing similar work to Silent Barn’s own Ditko! ‘Zine Library were present. The feminist and political focus of both the groups they work with and the ‘zine’s they independently create has always been a large part of ‘zine culture and thus should be represented at Paper Jam.
We are proud to be giving a space to the eclectic works and projects of Laura Perez-Harris. She is another multi-fasciated artist who epitomizes Silent Barn itself. Zine culture purveyors may remember her her as the front-demon from comics’ new favorite band Gun Tit (performing at Silent Barn next Sunday, the 27th). She’s also a member of Collective Stench as well as an accomplished sculpture installation artist (check out her window display at Desert Island right now). We are most excited about her multimedia projects at throat-art. We’re pleased to announce we will be screening the video art dvd portion of the very ambitious Strep Throat II anthology as part of our programing upstairs in the Pleasure Jail. We hope everyone will come on out and get acquainted with her this Paper Jam!
Simon is close to finishing his BFA in painting from SUNY Purchase. His work takes fine art practices and puts them through an aesthetic akin to Naisu no mori on a bodega banner. His pieces address racial and urban identity and tend to mock the boundary of what is “fine” art (examine his tumblr url,Mong Fresco). Here is collage that is all over the place, hot & spicy, like food and advertising. It’s great to see artists like Simon mix with the zine community so we’re glad to be giving him a spot this Paper Jam.
Pete’s work is damned smart, with allusions to the literary Avant-Garde, and vicious symbolism. Fantastic, contemporary social criticisms with absurdist spins. One of the goals of Paper Jam’s curation is to book people who tend to be overlooked. Additionally, tables are free, so maybe this gives artists a push to create more printed media. Though Pete’s dayglo colors look great on a monitor, we cannot wait to see what ends up on his physical table. Read the recently completed On Hiatus via Study Group.