Jeffrey Beebe is a mapmaker but the only place you’re likely to find any of his cartography is in his brilliant mind or broken heart. His past experiences are laid out as complex and often hilarious lands. We’ve featured some of his phenomenal creations before, and now he’s looking to print a 25 limited edition set of The Map of Western Refractoria. A cross between geek and psychoanalysis it contains things such as the lands of Vast Nonsense, The Impossible Narrative, and The Oldest Ocean. He’s only got a few days left and a little ways to go, so please help him out if you can!
Happy Baby is a movie based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Elliott, declared, by the New York Times, as “Surely the most beautiful novel ever written about S&M, juvenile detention centers, and drugs.” Happy Baby is the story of Theo, once an orphan in the Detroit foster care system now a grown man living in California. He returns to Detroit to reconnect with the love of his life. Originally set in Chicago, you can read a chapter from the book here.
Threefifty is the amazing guitar duo that made our first Volume shine and now they are getting to work on their 2nd album. Although they’ve already reached their written goal, their true need lies more in the $7000 dollar range, in order to hire musicians and technicians. The project ends in merely 4 days, but you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s in store this weekend when they curate the upcoming 22 playlist!
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New York Academy of Art needs a lift. Their current elevator is about the size of a matchbox and twice as slow. Give them a hand and help improve the lives of many many art students. Donate Now.
Mike Perry is raising money for a new sort of “open door” art exhibit. If you haven’t been introduced to the electric, neon world of Mike Perry you’re in luck. His current kickstarter project is to raise money for an exhibition that will not only celebrate the culmination of his monograph, Wondering Around Wandering, but also offer a place of interaction, socialization and discussion for local artists. As a bonus you’ll probably get to meet the bevy of adorable dogs in Mike’s kickstarter video and his perks are some of the best I’ve seen with amazing prints at the $20 level and one of a kind wood pieces at the $300 level and above.
We asked Mike to take a few moments and talk a little about the project. Check out his interview below and make sure you DONATE!
The 22 Magazine: You’ve worked with a lot of folks and brands. What has been your favorite artistic or design experience in New York so far and why?
Mike Perry: Oh man there have been so many amazing collaborations. I love working with Nike and Target. They have been very supportive. I just started working with Duvel and they have been so great to work for. So supportive of the creative world, excited about my ideas and willing to really push the collaborations.
22: You’ve got a few furry friends running around your studio in the video, what’s your dog’s name?
MP: I have yet to secure a space but I want something big that people can get lost in. A place where you can just wander around and wonder.
22: Where did the WAW title come from?
MP: I just feel like that is what I am doing with my life. Trying to keep my eyes and mind open.
22: Tell us a little more about that tackle box of paint that started it all?
MP: My grandfather Tom was this eccentric artist in Missouri. We had a very funny relationship. He never really took the opportunity to get to know me but I think he knew that I was the person in the family that would keep the prolific journey he started going. I wish I would have had the chance to get to know him.
22: Why did you want your first Brooklyn exhibition to be interactive? What is important to you about have an “open exhibition”?
MP: When I was young my favorite museums where places that you could touch and get lost in the work. A lot of exhibitions are a little stuffy and hard for people to break into. I want my work to feel open and warm. I want to spark the minds of my young audience and show them that they can do this to. But I also want the art connoisseur to remember that there is another way to experience creativity.
22: Why do you think Brooklyn is the best place for this?
MP: I wouldn’t say Brooklyn is the best place for this but I live here so it seems like a great place to start. I would love for this to be very successful and be able to take this on the road to any city that will welcome it.
22: Will you be recording any of the interactions with people at the space?
22: What other artists may be working with you on this project or who would you like to ask?
MP: It really depends on how the fund-raising goes. I am going to build a big sculpture with my good friend Jim Stoten that will be on display. And I am working on a zine with a writer friend Francis Parrilli
The Morbid Anatomy Library is one of those unique places where connoisseurs of curiosities can feel at home. Focused on the hybrid study of art, medicine, death and culture, beyond have an array of anatomically correct (and incorrect) items, the library is also filled with a huge amount of books. With a reduction in print, it’s places like these that are sacred.
Sadly, they suffered a fire this past weekend that left a heavy amount of water damage. Far from being broken, they are quickly trying to re-coup the damage and rebuild the library. If you can donate funds, books or just an encouraging word visit them here.
Check out the list of damaged books you can replace.
And contribute fund for other object reclamation by clicking the donate button on the right hand of their website.
Both these projects are reminders of the excellence of spring. Honeybees (for obvious reasons) and the NYC Poetry Fest because it’s one of those lovely outdoor affairs that allows you to stretch your legs and lounge in the grass while listening to some of NY’s best poets.
The line-up this year is no less than perfect and includes a large amount of publications along with the poets. Check it out here and help support today! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poetrysocietyny/the-2nd-annual-new-york-city-poetry-festival
About The 2nd Annual New York City Poetry Festival: New York City has long been the cultural bellwether of the United States. It has been a Mecca for writers and artists from all over the world for nearly a century. Since its cultural and artistic heyday in the 1960s and ‘70s, the avenues and acceptance of artistic communities has drastically waned. These communities bring to light issues of vital importance not only to their members, but also for New York residents and visitors alike. They create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness and artistic communication. Fostering an open, accessible, diverse, innovative and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of The Poetry Society of New York’s mission.
And if you keep up on your honeybee news you’ll know why it’s important to support the Brooklyn Grange Apiary Project:
About the Brooklyn Grange Apiary Project: This spring Brooklyn Grange is launching New York City’s largest commercial apiary, which will include at least 25 bee hives and produce over 1,000 pounds of honey. The project will also include an apprenticeship program with a “pay-it-forward” twist. The program will enlist and train dozens of aspiring urban beekeepers, who will receive bees of their own if they complete the apprenticeship and commit to mentoring new apprentices the following year….(Read more.)
For all of us who live…”underground”…meet your new park.
What is the LowLine?
We want to transform an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan into the world’s first underground park. It will be a new kind of public space, using solar technology for natural illumination, and cutting edge design to capture and highlight a very special industrial space. (READ MORE.)