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The Night of One Thousand Cocks a Fundraiser for Public Pool

The Night of One Thousand Cocks
a fundraiser for
Public Pool
3309 Caniff St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
Saturday, January 19th 7-11pm through February 23rd
Come celebrate the magic and mystery of the cock in Public Pool’s first ever fundraiser exhibition.

About the cock: The stately bird, handsome, standing up to three foot in height, all dressed up and plumed with feathers, equipped with claws and a helluva beak, crowned by spikes of a fleshy red comb is an age-old symbol of masculinity. We got the hackles, the cape, the sickles, the saddle, the penetrating sound of the cock-a-doodle-doo. The gallus gallus domesticus ain’t no dainty creature, but a hard worker, a defender of the flock, full of color and showmanship. Then there’s this: Ironically the cock, the cockerel, the rooster has no penis. This full-fledged metaphor for man is actually physically androgynous. Ha! What a bird! Featuring music by DJ Uno Mas and beer provided by Axle Brewing Co.

With work running the gamut from irreverent to delicate, from blunt to tantalizing, this show includes many veteran Public Pool artists, plus many new to our walls. It’s as much a celebration of their art as it is of the gallery and the place we’ve held in the community for the last nine years.  For a gift of 40 $ you get a piece of original art. It’s a pretty sweet deal, and artists all over the community have donated their cocks!

Includes work from :
Matt Ziolkowski
Eleni Zaharopoulos
Alison Wong
Colin Wilson
Sarah Wagner
Cedric Tai
Jack O. Summers
Mike Stinavage
Ryan Standfest
Bradley Stabler
Krysti Spence
Dylan Spaysky
Elijah S Sparkman
Danny Sober
Clinton Snider
Vicky Sheenan
Alice V. Schneider
Lindy Marie Shewbridge
Augusta Rose
Leslie Rogers
Chris Riddell
Cristin Richard
Dalia Reyes
Gina Reichert
SJ Rayburn
Teresa Petersen
Susan Okla
Christopher Newman
Michaela Mosher
Noah Elliott Morrison
Michael McGillis
Kevin McCoy
Elise Marie Martin
Melanie Manos
Tisch Mikhail Lewis
Timmy Lampinen
Niel Laperriere
Bayard Kurth
Shoshana Krohmer
Erin Kelly
Matt Hunt
Steve Hughes
Mira Hughes
Anne Harrington Hughes
Trisha Holt
JJ Hill
Jacinto Herrera
Joseph Hane
Tim Hailey
Jessica Rose Frelinghuysen
Mary Fortuna
Jeff Fournier
Judith Feist
Sunshine Durant
Jermery Duncan
Adam DesJardins
ELM DeFever
Claire D’Aoust
Mary Cotter
Patricia Calloway
James Collins
John Charnota
Alana Lorin Carlson
Judith Caroline
Cydney Camp
Lucy Cahill
Erin Brott Holtzman
Alex Buzzalini
Davin Brainard
Biba Bell
Ashwini Bhasi
Shanta Ambady
+ many more

2019 01 Line Art Portrait Zine

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2019 01 Sketchbook

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2019 01 Line Art Portraits

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December 2018 Newsletter

Some Highlights of December 2018 and a review of 2018.

I started this newsletter at the beginning of the year. It’s been nice to look back each month and take stock of the things I’ve accomplished that month and the goals and plans I have for the following month. It’s also created a sense of structure to my creative work. I’ve been working on updates to my website including posting this monthly newsletter there. I wrote about some of my feelings about the current state of posting art and writing on the internet in my last newsletter.

My goals for 2019 are to consistently post this newsletter for the month in the last week of that month. I’d like to make zines of the work I’ve created for the month: a four page zine of my sketchbook art, an eight page zine of my line art portraits, and a four page zine of paintings I’ve done that month. I’ve set up a paypal art donation subscription where these zines, along with art postcards, will be rewards.

I also plan on working on my writing more seriously and getting more fiction published. I’ve joined a writers group at Book Suey in Hamtramck and I plan to take more workshops with Writers Workshops Detroit.

Here are my top nine posts on Instagram this year.

These are my favorite thought portal posts of 2018.

This podcast is an interview with another Mary Shelley biographer. I really wish I had known more about Mary Shelley’s life the first time I read Frankenstein. Learning about her life has given me a much deeper understanding of the characters in the novel. https://tmblr.co/ZwDm2e2UEhFpz

Some thoughts on re-reading Fahrenheit 451 for the Book Suey book club.

Bill the Patriarchy

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.

Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement

This story about a day at an amusement park is so creepy and delightful.

Liza Minnelli and Alice Cooper tell the same story.

One of the best articles on the history of Halloween I’ve ever read. We need to bring the holiday back to its feminist, anti-capitalist roots.

Victorian Mansions, The Gilded Age, and Haunted Houses.

This thread of French graffiti is amazing.

I read quite a few books this year. Some I liked more than others but I would recommend all of these.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin

Autonomous
Annalee Newitz

Sicily
John Julius Norwich

You Can’t Touch My Hair
Phoebe Robinson

The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle

Armed in Her Fashion
Kate Heartfield

Abbot
Saladin Ahmed

Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel

A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn

Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Sharman Apt Russell

Women in the Middle Ages
Frances Gies Joseph Gies

The Witch’s Trinity
Erika Mailman

Sheets
Brenna Thummler

Eartha
Cathy Malkasian

Monet: Itinerant of Light
Salva Rubio and Efa

The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Amanda Lovelace

December 2018

Art

Sketchbook
Here is my sketchbook work for the month. Follow me on Instagram to see process videos of them as well.

Line Art Portraits
Here are my Line Art Portraits for the month.

Check out the one-sheet zines I made of my December Art.

Featured Rebubble Art
I’ve decided to start making merch with my sketchbook art. My shop would quickly get bloated with these abstract patterns if I just kept adding new stuff every month, so these items will only be available in my Redbubble store for 30 days. I’ve posted November art as well which will be available until January 15. I plan to do this with my Line Art portraits too moving forward.

Thought Portal

I will still be posting to my Thought Portal tumblr as well but I’ll be putting my fav posts of the month in a post on my own website. Just to have a partial archive that isn’t tumblr. Here are my favorite posts of December.

Art often makes me cry and this podcast ep about the color blue made me cry.

This thread of French graffiti is amazing.

“I’m already busy being a perfect gauge to see what exactly men want from women, thereby feeding into their patriarchal fantasies while also proving why so many men are terrible and sexist!”

“Americans have always found a way to project their dreams onto other cultures; the reality of Mosuo culture is a lot less exotic than we imagine. Though their family structures are different, their romantic relationships are similar to our own, and both women and men make decisions in the home. But ultimately it’s only the extreme gender imbalances of other cultures that make the equal standing of Mosuo women appear so unique.”

This article gets at some of the reasons making all characters in movies and TV, especially ‘good’ characters beautiful and sexy is so insidious.

 

December 2018 Thought Portal

I will still be posting to my Thought Portal tumblr as well but I’ll be putting my fav posts of the month in a post on my own website. Just to have a partial archive that isn’t tumblr. Here are my favorite posts of December.

Art often makes me cry and this podcast ep about the color blue made me cry.

This thread of French graffiti is amazing.

“I’m already busy being a perfect gauge to see what exactly men want from women, thereby feeding into their patriarchal fantasies while also proving why so many men are terrible and sexist!”

“Americans have always found a way to project their dreams onto other cultures; the reality of Mosuo culture is a lot less exotic than we imagine. Though their family structures are different, their romantic relationships are similar to our own, and both women and men make decisions in the home. But ultimately it’s only the extreme gender imbalances of other cultures that make the equal standing of Mosuo women appear so unique.”

This article gets at some of the reasons making all characters in movies and TV, especially ‘good’ characters beautiful and sexy is so insidious.

 

 

12 2018 Sketchbook

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12 2018 Line Art Portraits

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