Oct 20, 2014

Documentary of Note: Revenge of the Mekons (2013) - finally showing in NYC!

Although it was first screened a year ago, the crowdfunded Revenge of the Mekons is only now finally getting some proper screenings. I haven't seen it yet but definitely hope to at some point. For upcoming NYC showings, visit Brooklyn Vegan for the scoop, including info on some live music from Jon Langford!

John Holt RIP


John Holt - RIP

Oct 17, 2014

Movie of the Week: The 2000 Year Old Man (1975)


Released not long before I was born, I grew up on 2000 Year Old Man album, and know every phrase, laugh, pause, and joke like the back of my hands. I can't recall ever having seen this 1975 animated version of the main bit before, but here it is. Its not the same audio recording as the album, but its very close. I wonder why they had to change the cave number?

Oct 16, 2014

Busy Days at Gallery 98 (98 Bowery): The Fleshtones cutouts by M. Henry Jones (1979) and The Shooting Gallery (1980)



I've had a couple of updates recently from Marc Miller at 98 Bowery/Gallery 98. As usual, he's got some very interesting material. And, for you serious collectors out there, these pieces, and much more, are always available here. First up:

PHOTO CUT-OUTS: FROM M. HENRY JONES’ ANIMATED FLESHTONES FILM 
"SOUL CITY," 1977-79

Gallery 98 is pleased to present ten of the original, hand-colored, hand-cut photographs that M. Henry Jones created for his legendary animated film “Soul City.” Working in the late 1970s, before the widespread use of computers, digitization, and tools like Photoshop, Jones could only achieve his special effects through tedious analog techniques. It took him nearly two years but there was an unexpected bonus: a remarkable collection of original manipulated photographic prints that stand on there own merits as a compelling artistic record of creative toils that preceded the digital revolution.



And secondly:

FROM THE INVENTORY OF ORIGINAL SIGNED POSTERS


When Anton Van Dalen began using stencils in 1980 it affected both his style and subject matter. He had to keep his images simple and working in public spaces encouraged a social art inspired by his Lower East Side neighborhood.

“The Shooting Gallery” connects Ronald Reagan’s aggressive militarism with a desolate cityscape of abandoned cars, guard dogs and rampant drugs. Van Dalen made this silkscreen in 1982 at the Lower East Side Printshop when it was still a small community based storefront. Some copies were printed on cheap paper and wheat-pasted around the East Village; others were silkscreened on heavy archival stock and signed by the artist.
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