BOMB 84, Summer 2003

The cover of BOMB 84

Paul McCarthy, Elliott Sharp, Marina Abramovic by Laurie Anderson, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, and Christian Marclay.

In his debut book I am not Jackson Pollock, John Haskell shapes his performative impersonations of characters from Joan of Arc to Topsy the elephant into short stories with the character development of an actor and the writing skill of a novelist.

Sally Gall's Subterranea

by Bernard Yenelouis

Sally Gall’s photographs explore below-ground spaces, looking not for the tourist sites, terrorist hideaways, or Wonderland worlds we might expect of caves and tunnels, but finding beauty in the juxtaposition of light and stone.

This First Proof contains the poems “Sleep Piling Up, Sleep Coming On” and “I Straddle the Earth.” 

This First Proof contains the poems "Lucille Clifton, a Letter in Four Parts", "Dear Ha Jin, or the Astrological Sign for Mourning is an Oyster", and "Dear Yusef Komunyakaa, or Sleeping in Foxholes With an M-60".

Jem Cohen

by Lucy Raven

Lucy Raven compares filmmaker Jem Cohen’s Chain—and the excerpted cut Chain Times Three shown at MoMA—to Benjamin’s Arcades Project, as a cataloguing of an urban cultural moment.

The Ganzfeld

by Matthea Harvey

Unusual journal The Ganzfeld imaginatively pairs text with image, publishing everything from designs for Renaissance horse ballets to B.L.T-themed wallpaper in what reviewer Matthea Harvey deems “an eye feast.”

Josephine Meckseper

by John Reed

After a failed race for a US Senate seat, photographer Josephine Meckseper reemerges with a series of candid snapshots paired with staged images that interrogate the histories of protest and counterculture.

Marina Abramović

by Laurie Anderson

The Frances Dittmer Series on Contemporary Art. After nearly 40 years, Marina Abramović’s performances and installations continue to make viewers squirm. Laurie Anderson, an old friend, queries the artist on dreams and Buddhism.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

by Bette Gordon

Before camcorders, webcams and reality TV, there was Harvey Pekar and his home-grown autobiographical comic book series, American Splendor. Culled from Harvey’s encounters in daily life, the series and their grumpy antihero attained cult status.

Aryeh Lev Stollman

by Betsy Sussler

In Aryeh Lev Stollman’s collection of short stories, The Dialogues of Time and Entropy, the author transposes the miracles of modern science with those of the Old Testament, filtering studies on time, entropy and chaos theory.

Christian Marclay

by Ben Neill

For over 20 years, Christian Marclay has been creating works that explore the intersection of the aural and visual. His early work in sampling and appropriation is now considered visionary—he has in large part pioneered the role of the dj in our culture.

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

by Andrew Benjamin

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto are renowned for both built and unrealized projects, from the small to the very large. Their unique designs focus on the relation between architecture, territory, and systems of distribution.

Jimmy Santiago Baca

by Adam Fuss

Poet and social activist Jimmy Santiago Baca is best known for his memoir, A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet, and his poetry collection Earthquakes: Poems. This past fall, he came out with a book of poetry, C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans.

Elliott Sharp

by Mike McGonigal

New York composer, producer and improviser Elliott Sharp has famously fast fingers that are constantly giving shape to and executing numerous solo and collaborative projects. Sharp trades lively emails with writer and old friend Mike McGonigal.

Paul McCarthy

by Benjamin Weissman

Paul McCarthy’s radical approach has not been diluted over a lifetime of factory-like levels of production. The perverse psychosexual narratives he became known and admired for by fellow artists in the 1970s exploded the art world in ’92.

Summer 2003
The cover of BOMB 84