Volume 9 Issue 2 of The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent.
This 17 page booklet collects four myths about bad habits and haphazard decisions.
Solo Exhibition at Argus Gallery
Opening: September 8th. 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-3PM through September 29th or by appointment (email Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artist Statement: Even lousy ideas can work if you push them far enough. In art this is harmless fancy but beyond art ideologies can have catastrophic consequences. This exhibition reflects the current cultural climate through funhouse mirrors. These are myths and maxims for uncertain times. They explore bad habits and inadequate solutions. Using words and pictures they offer up ideas without analysis. They will not change the world or indoctrinate but they will make you think something.
The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative writes Pre-History is an "explosion book" about extinction and life. Half researched retelling, half reimagined history; this artful little book implicates human-like species for pre-historic destruction.
Original is acrylic and ink on paper, reproduced version is digitally printed in full color and hand folded.
Volume 8 Issue 6 of the Postal Constituent
Humans in Peril collects 50 gag cartoons about humans struggling to get by. It was published as Volume 8, Issue 5 of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent.
5 x 7 inches, 52 pages, Black and White
The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent is a bi-monthly comic periodical that folklorizes historic failures and grim futures. The Cooperative has published the Postal Constituent since 2009 and has published over 60 issues. Some of the earlier issues have been collected into the books: In The Beginning: Comics from the First Five Years and The Index: Part 1. Others will remain ephemeral pamphlets for eternity.
How to Fly in America collects artifacts from a not so distant past when millionaires wore money bags and poor people were two inches tall. It highlights the hysteria that led Rockefella to snuff out tenement campfires. It recounts how the Van Stelton brothers stole potatoes from hungry mouths to feed their train engines. Most importantly, it investigates that up-from-your-bootstraps- find-your-fortune-in-the-potato-pile energy that taught America how to fly.
This exhibit was part of Amid/In Western New York at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, January 2016.
This hand-painted comic tells the story of what happens when people reject their daily responsibilities to live in a heap in an empty city lot.
Postal Constituent Volume 8, Issue 3
5.75" x 5"
Projections on a Monument originally appeared as a 60” by 83” drawing with over-layed projected content. It was created to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth and was first displayed at Rochester Contemporary Art Center in February 2018 as part of the exhibition No Soil Better: Art and the Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass. It was subsequently published as the Vol 8 Issue 4 of the Postal Constituent.
Burning Rivers is a tale of American industry, ingenuity and negligence along the Great Lakes. Read about how the Cuyahoga, Chicago, Rouge and Buffalo Rivers burned and the great lengths humans went to to clean them up.
Postal Constituent Vol. 8 Iss. 2
5.5" x 8.5"
Color and B&W interior
The Once Great Auk tells the extinction tale of a docile bird who never fought back.
Postal Constituent Vol. 8 Iss. 2
4" x 5"
B & W
Smokestack Children, Gouache on Paper, Summer 2017
Exhibit at Fargo House Gallery, Winter 2015
Emergency Shanties designed from things on hand for a post-apocalyptic future. Gouache on Paper, 2016
R.R. Whitehead tells the story of Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, the founder of the utopian arts and crafts colony Byrdcliffe, built in Woodstock, NY. Like most of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative's Postal Constituent Comics this story began in fact and was stretched for the sake of truth.
Postal Constituent Vol. 7 Iss. 2
Color Cover, B & W interior
Published August 2016
6" x 12"
Effie Stevens tells the tall tale history of a reclusive quilt maker who died in obscurity.
Postal Constituent Volume 6, Issue 6
8.5" x 11"
This comic also appeared in installments in Buffalo's Alt-News Weekly, The Public.
This series reflects on the great American tradition of Gilded age capitalism past and present. Gouache on paper, Summer 2017
The Museum of Failure collects the failures of the Western Civilization into a multimedia art exhibit. The Museum originated in in Buffalo, NY but has also made appearances in Rochester and Washington, DC.