Mika Rottenberg, Judith Hudson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Keith Connolly, Adam Phillips, Sameer Padania, Fred Tomaseli, David Shields, Charlie Smith, John Reed, Elizabeth LeCompte . . .
German artist Von Heyl’s puzzling paintings rely on what she calls “cringe factor.” Fellow abstract painter Kaneda uncovers the unstable tendencies and surprising juxtapositions at the core of Von Heyl’s work.
Belgian director and playwright Jan Lauwers of Needcompany in discussion with fellow dramatist Elizabeth LeCompte of The Wooster Group on the parallel lives of their respective companies and the upcoming performance of The Deer House at BAM.
Frederic Tuten’s collection of short fiction paints a world in motion. A sensitive crafting of characters and scenes reveals the adeptness of the writer of five novels.
This image by Dread Scott appeared in BOMB 113, Fall 2010.
An exhibition of photographs from three series, exploring absence, decomposition and dislocation. Shot in Cape Town and New Orleans, subjects vary from migrants in their intimate spaces, empty beds, and ruined houses.
Full House Head presents mind-numbingly blissful tracks, and uses repeated riffs to create a long, loud, monolithic album.
A compilation of text, photographs, illustrations and diagrams, The Art of McSweeney’s documents the history of the unique publisher as it rose from its precarious position as a hawker of rejected stories.
This BOMB Specific contains artwork by Curtis Mitchell.
A collection of essays examining the cultural, social and political manifestations of both literal and metaphorical masquerade.
Hirschhorn’s site-specific, hyper-saturated installations enjoy what he calls “wastefulness as a tool or weapon.” His work is currently up at Gladstone Gallery.
No-Neck Blues Band’s Keith Connolly queried David Toop on inchoate listening, eavesdropping, and the uncanny—as contemplated in Toop’s new book, Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener. From the current issue, BOMB 113, Fall 2010.
A more brutal pop-art sensibility was taken up by the artists who designed the decals sold by the Topps Company’s Wacky Packs in the late ’60s.
With human-rights activist Sameer Padania, British psychoanalyst and prolific essayist Adam Phillips free-associates on topics addressed in his new collection, On Balance: fundamentalism, excess, and the shortcomings of liberalism.
In John Phillp Santos’ tale of his families origins from Spain, he sets out on a quest to discover his heritage and explores the human fascination with borders.
Charlie Smith’s latest novel, Three Delays, is an account of the partings and reconciliations of two lovers on the fringes of the American mainstream. In the course of their conversation, Reed and Smith agree on one point: redemption is an illusion.
Gaspar Noé’s new film is a psychedelic experience of Tokyo shown through the eyes of the deceased protagonist.
Shields, author of the much-debated book on appropriation, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, used the epistolary method, via email, to discuss the influence of California’s counterculture on Tomaselli’s visionary paintings.
The Way Out is a joyful record, deftly using a miscellany of samples to create experimental, engrossing music.
After designing and building what he regards as an improved M16 in his studio, Jameson Ellis reduced the act of firing a gun to “pure functionality” at the Salomon Contemporary.
Monika Baer’s paintings combine deliberately rendered images, often suggesting the humorous, with slurred areas that seem like a calculated concession to impulse.
In her recent video series, Folklore, Patricia Esquivias presents narratives of recent Spanish history segmented by connections and musings of her own.
Recent works by Michael Ballou have a solid practicality, but verge on the enchanting and sinister. We present you with some of his videos, along with an essay by William Corwin.
This First Proof contains the short story “Dying Is All I Think About” by Alissa Nutting.
This First Proof contains four poems by Patrica Spears Jones.
This First Proof contains the short story “Half-Life” by Mark Slouka.
The artist Josiah McElheny has published two books that display his collaboration with artists, scholars, scientists and creative writers, offering a multitude of voices, speculations, fictions, and facts.
This First Proof contains the poem “i am writing to inform you of what i am doing” by Christian Hawkey.
This First Proof contains the short story “Endurance” by Steve Tomasula.
Justin Spring weaves a revealing biography of Samuel M. Steward, the novelist and professor who had hidden identities as a tattoo artist and pornographer.
This First Proof contains two drawings from 21 Love Poems and the short story “The Fried Tale (London Zoo)” by Caroline Bergvall.
Artist Rottenberg builds mini-factories for her video sets, where fetish workers produce elemental products such as lemon-scented sweat and maraschino cherries. Her work is up at Mary Boone through 12/18.
This First Proof contains several water color pieces by Judith Hudson.