I love printed matter and have been making handmade self-published books and zines since the late 80s.
I can also be found in other books and publications. A sample of them can be found below.
Poems & Puzzling in Isolation (2021)
Self-published chapbook of poems and images from January 2021. The poems were written during National Poetry Month in April, 2020. As a reprieve from working from home malaise and to offset the social-distance isolation, I challenged myself to write a poem a day.
Less than one month after the last poem, my father died from metastasized colon cancer. He went into hospice in his home on a Wednesday and journeyed out of this world Sunday eve before Memorial Day. My brother and I were able to be by his side. Our mother, his wife of 54 years, had just completed an asymptomatic quarantine at a memory care facility in Pasadena. She remains blissfully aware of all these trials and troubles. As the year came to a close, I needed to generate a work that reflected this devastating year.
Dirty Looks Volume 4
Contributed a piece of writing on friend, artist Gene Barnes (aka Portia Manson) who died of AIDS in 1995 for Bradford Nordeen’s Dirty Looks series. Featuring chapters profiling Rosa von Praunheim’s City of Lost Souls, the videos and televisual performances of Nao Bustamante, Rick Castro and Vaginal Davis’ VHS magazine Fertile LaToyah Jackson, the videos of Nguyen Tan Hoang, Teo Hernández’s Salomé, Hippie Dick, the zine edited by Gene Barnes (aka Portia Manson), and an introductory chapter that details our Eight Years On program, with newly commissioned works on the films of Mariah Garnett, Aimee Goguen, Warren Sonbert, Brontez Purnell, Jill Reiter, Michael Robinson, Chris E. Vargas and Xina Xurner!
In addition, I worked with Bradford on a screening of Gene’s films at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles and at The Stud (RIP) in San Francisco, an incredible dream come true to share the genius of Portia Manson with a wider audience.
Read this write-up on the event in Hyperallergic here.
The Riot Grrrl Collection
Donated my zine thorn (1992-1994) and archive to The Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU’s Fales Library which documents the evolution of the Riot Grrrl movement, particularly in the years between 1989 and 1996. Because Riot Grrrl was (and is) both a political and a cultural movement, its output was diverse, including writing, music, performance, film, activism, photography, video, and original art, as well as documentation of activism and performance. This research collection provides primary resources for scholars and others who are interested in feminism, punk activism, queer theory, gender theory, DIY culture, print history, and music history. The curator/instigator Lisa Darms put it together and subsequently, made this rad book, which features pages from thorn!
In the Service of the Song
This hand-bound zine was completed on the occasion of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in the last weekend of January 2015, sold at the Llano Del Rio Collective’s table. It’s a rumination of a decade long love affair with old time music through original writing, graphics, a centerfold poster and a cutout card of a chart of keys for when playing with a capo. The banjo tune in the video is an excerpt of a tune called North Fork of Campbell Creek.
Bike It: Portraits of My Bicipandilla
Bike It: Portraits of My Bicipandilla is a collection of photographs of my bicycle gang centered around the Bicycle Kitchen in Los Angeles between 2006 and 2008. 4×5 black and white portraits of my bike buddies and their bicycles while asking them, “why do you ride, how do you ride and what do you ride.” This self-published book is a selection of the photos and subjects’ answers.
Contraption Spell (2007)
Contraption Spell archives the live performance of the folkrock opera of the same name with an introduction by Robby Herbst. Written and directed in collaboration with David Jones (aka Jonesy) in 2007, this musical performance was part of REDCAT’s NOW Festival. It’s a modern American folk opera that weaves soaring harmonies, frenzied movement and melancholy song into a wry tale of cursed nomads in search of the source of their possession. It stars myself and David Jones along with Monica Howe, James McCarthy, Cameron Mesirow, MJ Silva, and Mary Clare Stevens.
thorn (1992 – 1994)
Images coming soon, but here is Fales Library link.