7:00pm, Give What You Can
Gary Sullivan, original comics art
Opening Reception—Sunday, March 15, 2pm
"One the two most important practitioners of an emerging form that might be called the 'graphic poem'" –Publishers Weekly
"One of the best uses of the comics form as autobiography in a long time." –The Comics Journal
In his comics, as in his poetry, Gary Sullivan has focused on material that other artists avoid or relegate to the sidelines. The 24-page travel comic "The Japanese Notebook" juxtaposes images culled from urban spaces in Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama with language seen in those cities on T-shirts, handbags, notebooks and signage. In another 24-pager, he winds Nada Gordon's poem "Coney Island Avenue" (a rewrite of Frank O'Hara's "Second Avenue") through signage created by and for the people living and working along one of Brooklyn's longest north-south streets in a celebration of urban, immigrant America.
This exhibition includes original art from the first three issues of Sullivan's comic book series, Elsewhere, as well as collaborations with contemporary poets including Brandon Downing, Juliana Spahr, and Brian Kim Stefans. The exhibit will also include original art from comics biographies of Cleveland poet d.a. levy and New York performance artist Jack Smith, never-before seen ASCII poems, and original drawings and cover art for a variety of books and magazines.
Gary Sullivan began serializing his first comic strip, "Reverend Gary's Church of Fun," in the SF Weekly in the late 1980s. After a 10-year hiatus, he began "The New Life," which has been serialized in Rain Taxi Review of Books since 1997. He has published three issues of Elsewhere (the fourth issue is due out soon), and maintains a blog atgarysullivan.blogspot.com.
Sullivan's non-comics work includes: Dead Man (Meow Press, 1996); Swoon, with Nada Gordon (Granary Books, 2001); How to Proceed in the Arts (Faux Press, 2001); and PPL in a Depot (Roof, 2008). Other work has appeared in the anthologies Telling it Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s; Nineteen Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Anthology; and The Consequence Of Innovation: 21st Century Poetics. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Nada Gordon.