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 SEEK Raleigh on Saturday, June 1, 3-8pm at Dorothea Dix Park. Our location will be a container on Blair Drive within the park.
SEEK Raleigh is a temporary public art program that engages artists to use unique, non-traditional interiors, structures, and outdoor spaces for site-specific, performative, and participatory installations and experiences. These temporary, experimental projects are designed to introduce the public to new, diverse, and thought-provoking experiences as well as create opportunities for artists to extend their creative practice. Through these experiences, both the artist and the community will find novel ways to learn and share the stories of our City.
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.
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.
Join us on the 2nd floor at 506A W. Franklin Street for a pop up opening of local-to-Chapel Hill-artist Jamie McPhail’s work on Sunday, December 2 from 2-6pm. Jamie’s work includes encaustic painting, mixed media collage, oil & cold wax and will be shown in Amanda Barr’s space ‘My Room.’ Also open, will be The Concern’s showroom & Lindsay Metivier’s photo studio.
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
We will take part in The Holiday Patchwork Market on Saturday, December 1 from 12-5pm at the Durham Armory. There will be 110+ vendors and the market itself will also take place on Sunday, December 2, but we will only be there on Saturday. Come stock up on some holiday gifts!
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.
We will be at the Raleigh Night Market on Thursday, August 16 from 6-11pm. It will be taking place at the Historic City Market (306 Parham Street, downtown Raleigh).
"The Raleigh Night Market showcases Raleigh’s creativity under the beautiful lights and cobblestone streets of City Market and the sale of locally-made goods. The night market will be filled with live music and entertainment, local Triangle area artisans, food and drinks."
Participating in this!
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 will take part in Fullsteam Brewery's first Night Market on Friday, July 13 from 9pm to midnight in Durham. It will take place in their newly revamped alleyway with an 'international' theme with food trucks and local craft vendors. Other participating vendors include: Exotique : Boutique and Art Gallery, Poonam Henna Art, GumCha - The original, handloomed 100% cotton scarf, Bryce Batts - Noonday, Style & Storytelling, Yumchi Kimchi, MacfieKatBeads & Ben Scanlan Spices.
We will pop up at Greensboro Zine Fest on July 29, from 11am- 5pm. It will take place at the historic Revolution Mill.
What to Expect:
- Zinesters, Bookbinders, Small Press Publishers, & Print-makers from ALL OVER the East Coast!
- FREE WORKHSOPS & Panel Discussions ALL about the culture of Zines!
- And a RADICAL GOOD TIME.
Excited to be participating in the Current Art Book Fair in Richmond, VA on March 31, 2018. "CURRENT Books will showcase high-quality works by art book publishers, artists, writers, and artist collectives who produce print media including artists' books, monographs, and zines. CURRENT Books will highlight regional makers from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina, and give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work."
Taking place at Studio Two Three at 3300 W. Clay Street, on March 31 from 12-8pm, with a preview brunch at 11am. We will also be a part of a panel talk on the topic of 'Publishing as Curation' on the evening of Friday, March 30 from 7-9pm moderated by Don Russell, the Executive Director of Provisions Library, a research center for arts and social change based out of George Mason University.
On Saturday, February 24 at 4pm at Lump Gallery, Los Angeles- based artist Jesse Hulcher will read from his novel Drive It Like You Stole It, and sign purchased copies, available at Lump and on our web store. It's a rare occasion to hear this incredibly funny book read aloud. The book tells the story of two friends and their escapades on the road. Written more as a conceptual art piece, the novel was written during National Novel Writing Month in 2009.