Friday, May 22, 2015

Sort of Like Christmas

 Last week a box came in the mail from an undisclosed North American publisher. I opened it up and found inside ten sketchbooks and one box of loose drawings all lovingly wrapped in brown paper and bubble wrap. As part of Autoptic and PFC this summer I am curating an exhibition of work by some of the artists of PFC at Light Grey Art Labs. Laura Park's sketchbooks and loose doodles are going to be a part of that show. In case anyone out there doesn't already know how amazing Laura's drawing is, here is a small sample of one of those notebook's contents.
     Also slated to be a part of the exhibition: Charles Burns, Dominique Goblet, Aidan Koch, Helge Reumann and maybe one or two others. The opening on Friday, August 7th will serve as the kick-off for Autoptic. Mark your calendars.





Thursday, May 7, 2015

TCAF

I'm going to be in Toronto this weekend for TCAF, with super advance copies of Poetry is Useless (not in stores until July). I'll be on a panel on Sunday talking with Jason Lutes and Bob Sikoryak, and signing both days at D+Q.

Grand Canyon Sketchbook part 4




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Drawing

linesandmarks.com just put up some images as a teaser for an interview we're doing later this Summer, including a few newish things of mine, and a little preview of Poetry is Useless. If you haven't been over there, it's a beautiful new site about drawing. Their opening salvo also includes Albrecht Dürer, Julie Mehretu, Charles Burns and Marcel Dzama. Pretty fine company, and a really nice expansive way of looking at this art form which is so close to my heart. Sometimes I make comics, sometimes I do illustration, sometimes I make diagrams and sometimes I make 'paintings'... but everything I do is drawing. Drawing is everything.

If you click through to the interview preview page you get to move a little magnifying glass around on Adam and Eve Sneaking Back into the Garden to Steal More Apples. Most of my work is probably ripping off Burns a little bit, but here's a painting I did several years back inspired directly by Dürer's various takes on St Jerome and the Lion (which also might be the first time I depicted Adam and Eve – that's them by the tree).