BOMB 88, Summer 2004

The cover of BOMB 88

Olafur Eliasson, Percival Everett, Ben Katchor, Ellen Phelan, Francisco Goldman, Michael Bell, Mauricio Kagel, and Jørgen Leth.

Francisco Goldman

by Esther Allen

Francisco Goldman’s third novel, The Divine Husband, a tale of epic love in the U.S. and Latin America (forthcoming from Grove in August), revolves around José Martí, the august poet, essayist, journalist, orator and Cuban revolutionary.

Percival Everett

by Rone Shavers

Novelist Percival Everett may shy away from media attention, but this author of more than 15 works of well-received fiction has a hard-earned reputation for the integrity and honesty of his writing—not to mention his stylistic range.

Jehane Noujaim's Control Room

by Bette Gordon

Documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim invites viewers into both Al Jazeera, Arab-language satellite television, and CentCom, the US military news center, for two very different media portrayals of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Michael Bell

by Andrew Benjamin

Michael Bell represents a new breed of architectural practitioner and professor: one who maintains the centrality of the political while deploying the latest forms of design practice.

Mauricio Kagel

by Anthony Coleman

Born in Buenos Aires in 1931, Mauricio Kagel is one of the most distinctive and prolific composers in contemporary music. Keyboardist Anthony Coleman took a seminar from Kagel in 1981 that was a turning point in his career.

Reviewer Mary-Ann Monforton compares Arto Lindsay tracks “Blond Redhead” and “Habite Em Mim,” separated by 25 years, finding a shared expression of desire differentiated by a quarter-century of artistic maturity.

Ben Katchor

by Alexander Theroux

New York-based cartoonist Ben Katchor is a recorder of vanished and vanishing places. His latest project, a full-blown musical-theater production titled The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, brings his drawings and writings to the stage.

Ellen Phelan

by Michèle Gerber Klein

Ellen Phelan’s art evokes the experience of her singular vision: a remembrance of things past so firmly rooted in collective longing that no matter the medium she chooses, this longing becomes tangible and observable.

Olafur Eliasson

by Chris Gilbert

Since the late ’80s, Olafur Eliasson has been evolving a body of “objectless” work ranging from discrete installations to museum-wide environments, employing shifting frames of reference that are shared with science, psychology and architecture.

Jørgen Leth

by Anne Mette Lundtofte

Since his earliest documentaries, Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth has always worked with a set of strict principles that he lays out for himself at the beginning of each project—a technique that inspired Denmark’s Dogme movement.

This First Proof contains the stories “I Was Very Hungry!,” “Opening the Closing Mouth of the Woman,” and “The Ring Stuck On.” 

Helga Von Eicken

by Cynthia Eardley

The sculptures of Helga von Eicken explore the mysterious inner world of human consciousness, conveying simultaneously presence and absence, memory and change.

This First Proof contains the poems “Cat Radio,” “What I Need,” “Ancient Sorrow Sleep Already” and “More Trees.” 

Summer 2004
The cover of BOMB 88