Charles Bernstein

Collective Generation artists' books show in Paris

collective generation

« Au Plaisir du Livre »  : « Collectif Génération » et les nouvelles perspectives du livre d’artiste

the grand series published by Gervais Gassaud.
Librairie Auguste Blaizot, Paris

Artists books by publisher Gervais Jassaud

 

Artists' books extravaganza: fabulous digital catalog of scores of books from Collectif Génération / Gervais Jassaud

Maggie's Pen

Maggie O'Sullivan: Video portrait

Maggie had just arrived in New York and came by my place after visiting Steve Clay. She was in the U.S. for the Bob Cobbing festival at Penn. We talked about Bob's generous spirit but also how generally inhospitable she found England, which often has greeted artists like her with a colossally cold shoulder. Maggie remembered that I always wrote my poems by hand and with a fountain pen, if possible. Or used to anyway. I gave her my favorite current pen, the Impact Gel writer.

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Susan Bee / Charles Bernstein collaboration

see images and full  text of poem.

Susan Bee Interview

Painting & film noir, masks, women behind bars, collage, fairy tales, & disaster

Susan Bee interviewed by Tom Winchester at Sovereign Nation

Susan Bee‘s Recalculating at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn examines all of art history through a postmodern lens: as if its most epic battles were appropriated then compressed onto a canvas in a style that is similar to the way that David Salle, Nicole Eisenman, and Cindy Sherman have created their compositions. Without losing her style to a sea of reproductions, Bee maintains Recalculating as an exhibition of paintings that makes its two distinct themes battle each other in order to expose their tenuous theoretical commonalities. On the surface ironic fairy tales of domestic disputes and shattered windows build a film noir representative of today’s sobered ideals. Below the surface is a painterly, Bauhaus-inspired formal deconstruction that sometimes hides beneath objects that are fully rendered. The paintings’ formal tension reflects their dissonant narratives, creating a universality that art aspires to.

Susan Bee: The first series of paintings are stills from film noirs, mostly black-and-whites that I’ve made in color. They’re arranged in an abstract narrative with recurring characters like the man with the hat and the blonde woman, driving, windows, guns – there’s a lot of hints of violence in the film noirs. They usually end badly.