We are now taking submissions for The Concern. A Magazine, issue 2, which will be published this fall. Unlike issue 1, which was entirely black and white, xerox printed, this 2nd issue will allow for color pages, but still printed with a DIY touch. We are looking for submissions that relate to being concerned about something, it could be anything. It could take the form of writing (poetry, articles, short stories) or artwork (drawing, collage, video stills, photography, etc). Though we can’t say we will accept all submissions, as a curated bookstore, this magazine will also be a curated collection. Please submit something to theconcernnewsstand (a) gmail, by September 1. Thank you!
We will take part in the Richmond Book Art Fair at Studio Two Three on Friday, April 19 (ticketed preview) 7-10pm and for the main event Saturday, April 20, 10-5pm.
"The Richmond Book Art Fair culminates in a day-long fair featuring artists’ book makers, zine makers, and independent publishers. The theme of the 2019 Richmond Book Art Fair is Power of the Press, highlighting the power of the book, printing and publishing to tell previously untold narratives and highlight marginalized voices in our community. The role of the press is at the forefront of our civic dialogue, and this event empowers community members to harness the power of the press and highlight the capacity of individual citizens to create and process media."
LUMP SUM BENEFIT
Friday, April 5, 6-9pm
LUMP, 505 S. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27601
Free, no ticket required
100% of proceeds go to LUMP
Lump’s first fundraising benefit, titled LUMP SUM, will occur Friday, April 5, from 6-9. The benefit includes a silent auction of over 72 original artworks, performances by Crowmeat Bob, Dan Melchior, and Jasmyn Milan, a memory capturing installation by Mollie Earls. Moon By Moon Apothecary (Chanelle A. Bergeron) will be providing herbal tonics and elixirs. The first issue of the Blount Force Magazine will be released as well! All this while DJ Gallimaufry helps guide us through the evening’s events.
Took part in the 1st Annual Comics Life Event in Greensboro, NC this past weekend. It took place at WAM Rev Gallery at the historic Revolution Mill, a former textile mill building. I was also part of a panel discussion “Stepping Into the World of Zines and Memoir” with Critic Rob Clough.
Attic 506 (new name for the Art Studios at 506A W. Franklin Street, 2nd floor)
open for 2nd Friday Art Walk in Chapel Hill:
March 8, 6-9pm
A hallway show by Brenda Goldstein (Durham) showing a series that explores her relation to space, color and light rendered in architectonic lines and curves in acrylic pencil & crayon.
Sourcing imagery from production sets, kitsch crafts, and prop designs, April Childers will present new paintings and sculptures in a show titled ‘Precious Moment’ at ‘My Room,’ Amanda Barr’s rotating exhibition space. Combining the principle of the carrot and the stick with gentle notions of instructional painting, mouse excrement and chintzy object references, the exhibition will be displayed as a ‘looping still’, taken from a narrative cycle involving authority and the rumination of it.
The Concern Newsstand run by Orvokki Crosby (Chapel Hill) open with new artist publications in store, plus video with original music by Clark Blomquist (Carrboro) of Tegucigalpan on display and a new publication by him called ‘Instant Ham’.
The debut of Jerstin Crosby (Chapel Hill) sharing a studio with Vanessa Murray (Carrboro). Jerstin will be showing his current work with sculpture, as well as video art by David Colagiovanni (Athen, OH) from Jerstin’s long running cable access video art show, Acid Rain. Vanessa will be showing painting & mixed media work from the past & present.
Lindsay Metivier (Carrboro) will have her photo studio open. In her space will also be a table ocomix collective The Weakly Group founders Max Huffman (Carrboro) & Andrew Alexander (NY). They will be selling comics, zines, prints & stickers.
We are excited to announce our first ‘giveaway’ produced exclusively by The Concern Newsstand.
Artist Jason S. Wright created artwork, titled ‘I am here for you’, for a 22.5” x 28” newsprint poster which will be shipping free with web orders & free with all purchases made at our back room bookstore at Lump Gallery in Raleigh and at our Chapel Hill showroom.
Jason S. Wright is currently based in Richmond, VA and shows his drawings & art works internationally. He is prolific in zine/ book producing & in one of a kind shirts with his writings & illustration. He is a founder of Udli Editions, producing such sellables, based in Boone, NC. We have several of his publications in store, including Heads Magazine 6, Heads Magazine 4, a book of drawings Angels Forever and a book of photographs, Scar Lover in a Red Halter.
Excited to announce that The Concern Newsstand will have a magazine rack at the new Durham Food Hall opening in March 2019. Located at the Liberty Warehouse on Foster Street in the Central Park district near downtown, the food hall will be:
“An incubator for local culinary talent, DFH provides a space for chefs to experiment and collaborate. Small menus focus on high-quality dishes and the freshest ingredients in a casual setting (and a casual price point!).
A centralized bar offers craft cocktails, beer from local brewers, and hand-selected wines from DFH Beverage Director Brad Farran. This central bar, The Auctioneer Bar, is surrounded by lots of communal seating that creates a friendly, inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome.”
Art Studios at 506A W. Franklin Street open on the second Friday of December
December 14, 6-9pm, 2nd floor space between Local 506 and Mint
Body Wash, a mixed media show by artists Amanda Barr and Jerstin Crosby based on re-conditioning after conditions have changed. Examining the old body and experimenting with failure and what essence means after body wash. The show will take place in Amanda Barr's space My Room and in the hallways.
The Concern Newsstand (www.theconcernnewsstand.com) a publications project run by Orvokki Crosby: come take a look at art books, limited edition books by local and not-so-local artists, zines & hard to find magazines. The space will be open for events and by appointment.
Photographer, educator & curator Lindsay Metivier will open her studio for the evening, with 1000s of prints for sale! Also, in her space for the evening, Dress Kit, run by Amethyst White, is a vintage pop up shop specializing in affordable 40’s-90’s femme wear for all bodies. Amethyst White also carries kitsch and curated accessories for the vintage devotee.
Ben Hamburger (www.benhamburgerart.com) will open his active painting studio to the public to show new and in-progress figurative as well as mixed media installations.
Also, featuring music by Crumb Catcher acoustic and dj set by Kosmonauta on the roof (weather permitting).
November 30 - December 29
Artist Reception and performance : Friday, December 7, 6 - 9pm
Lump is proud to present painting, sculpture, video and a performance by Paul McMahon. The exhibition will open Friday, November 30, 6 - 9pm. An Artist Reception and performance by McMahon will occur Friday, December 7, 6 - 9pm.
In 1982 Paul McMahon (b. 1950) and Nancy Chunn created 10 large paintings. McMahon and Chunn refer to these works as SONG PAINTINGS. Each painting is a very literal illustration of its song. These paintings were originally intended to be backdrops for McMahon’s performance of these songs. They were used for that purpose only once, at Artists Space in New York City in May of 1982. The two main subjects are vicious art world gossip and cute little songs about animals.
Accompanying the mass installation of these paintings, Lump will present a multitude of video, 2-D work and sculpture that trace the various incarnations of McMahon’s career through the years to present day. McMahon (cat toy enthusiast) has performed as a giant potato, administered advice as a rock n’ roll therapist and has been banned from public access television for showing a human anus. He is a Pictures Generation artist and works as a mailman on Saturdays.
Paul McMahon lives and works in Woodstock, NY where he runs an artist bed and breakfast called the Mothership.
We are excited to announce the opening of our showroom/ reading room/ workshop in Chapel Hill, on the 2nd floor at 506A W. Franklin Street. The hallway of studios, shared with photographer Lindsay Metivier, painter Ben Hamburger and artist & owner of Bowbarr Amanda Barr, will open on Friday, November 9, 6-9pm during the second Friday art walk in Chapel Hill. Amanda Barr will be opening up her space to the drawings of Bill Thelen & Conner Calhoun, in her revolving gallery/ studio ‘My Room.’ The Concern Newsstand’s space will be open during events, like the second Fridays and by appointment.
Bill Thelen, untitled
Conner Calhoun, untitled
From September 7- October 27, 2018, go see 'Food of the Gods' a solo show by artist & photographer Lydia McCarthy at Artspace, downtown Raleigh. We sell her limited edition book "Vision 5: The Vibratory Waves of External Unity," in store.
"Photography becomes a means of access to the unknown for New York photographer, Lydia McCarthy. Her saturated palette and psychedelic still lifes hover between the space of documentation, metaphor and material investigation. McCarthy strips her subjects of their context to exploit the idea that photography is able to capture a world beyond our comprehension."
Lydia is based in Alfred, NY but went to UNC CH for her MFA.
Artist, Lydia Moyer has created a new poster, as a follow up to her much talked about: "Make America an Endless Expanse of Old Growth Forest with no Certain Borders Again," (which have all been dispersed). This new one, also newsprint, is two-sided with the words 'Melt Your Guns' on one side and 'Melt Your Sons' on the other. We are lucky to be giving them away with orders while supplies last.
Here is what Lydia had to say about this one:
" I live in Charlottesville where this year, on the anniversary of the Unite The Right rally which brought hundreds of gun-wielding young male white supremacists to town in 2017, there were checkpoints around the city where the police could take your knives and bats and paintball guns and water guns and pellet guns away but not your AK47 because open carry is legal in Virginia."
Note from the artist: If you don't want to hang them up, "they are also excellent fire-starters : )"
I recorded an interview with Paper Cuts at Current Books in Richmond on March 31, 2018. The podcast episode is now online at Paper Cuts' website, iTunes, Anchor & via other podcast distributors. This episode includes interviews between Paper Cuts' host Christopher Kardambikis and Athena Naylor, Alison Baitz, Lucy Kirkman Allen & Orvokki Crosby. Recorded at Studio Two Three.
Paper Cuts is an exploration of the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. Through a series of Podcasts and live events, Paper Cuts features writers, performers, and artists who have shared their work in print, on paper, and in small editions. Paper Cuts was founded in 2015 by Christopher Kardambikis and originally produced by Clocktower Radio in Brooklyn. Paper Cuts has now struck out on their own as a podcast.
more about the other guests interviewed in this episode:
Athena Naylor is an autobiographical cartoonist and illustrator currently based in D.C. (originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Included in her many interests are: perceptions of memory, everyday absurdity, and contemporary adaptations of historical events and stories. She earned a master’s degree in art history to explore the relationship between art history and comics, and her writing has been featured in DIRT magazine. You can most easily find updates on her current creative projects on instagram @athena.naylor.
Alison Baitz publishes her zines — On Flora, about plants, and Poetics, about words — under the name Saint Lydia. She co-founded The DC Art Book Fair and the Free Feminist Library. This fall she is starting library school and is really excited about it.
Lucy Kirkman Allen is a painter and curator living in Bavon, VA. She studied at the Cooper Union in New York, NY and was a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris, France. Allen has co-directed three artist-run gallery spaces: Studio DTFU (Dallas, TX), Serendipity: Williams House (Onemo, VA), and #FFFHEX (Mathews, VA), and co-founded Airprint Press, a publishing project dedicated to open access to artist books. She has exhibited her work at Homeland Security, New Age Drinks, Angstrom Gallery, the Dallas Biennial and Galleri Urbane. Her work and projects have been covered in publications such as Art in America, FDLuxe, Glasstire, /seconds, the Dallas Morning News, DMagazine and Lonny.
We were excited to see this illustration by LA based artist & illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky pop up in our Instagram feed recently. She was lucky enough to get our very last Lydia Moyer/ Tero Juuti newsprint poster giveaway. It's the ultimate when something you've had a hand in inspires artwork from others. Ashley does illustrations to "dismantle patriarchal nonsense and systemic racism," and is involved with The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, "a revival of Martin Luther King’s movement to topple the linked systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental devastation."