Earlier this year when I curated the Clampdown: Labor, Management and the Recession exhibition back in my home city, I had the great fortune of being introduced to the awesomeness and brilliance of Liz Maugans: genius artist / constant spark of infectious energy / brains and brawn behind Zygote Press.
I very quickly discovered the "marathon" aspect of the equation "Monothon = monoprint + marathon", working long days in the studio while subsisting only on pho and banh mi (thankfully right across the street!), only to find myself completely exhausted at the end of each day yet sleepless at nite between excitement, anticipation, scrawling ideas on paper in the dark at 4am, and the cold sweat of monoprint nightmares about paper registration and ink consistency.
But out of it all sprang the beginnings of a new body of work that will likely end up combining photographs and mixed media. Though this as-of-yet untitled series is still in its diaper stages, I'm feeling very drawn towards lithography and collage methods, while my mind is heavily occupied by ideas about the structures of consumer capitalism and its reinforcement through popular media and advertising. We'll see where the series evolves to from here, but in the meantime I'll share a few quick sketches of some early creations:
If you're in/near Clevelandtown this weekend, Zygote will be exhibiting select works from each Monothon participant -- this Saturday from 1-4pm; Zygote is at 1410 E. 30th St. downtown, just north of Superior Ave. Give them some love and support and check out all the Monothon artists: