Michelle Alexis Newman’s Open Mic project combines two of my favorite things, Art & comedy. Here is a breakdown of the project in the Michelle’s own words:
“This is an ongoing project, inspired by the process it takes to create a joke. The Open Mic is a series of photographic portraits of Seattle based male comedians combined with one of their “best/worst” jokes.Open mic at a comedy club is a venue for comedians to step on to the stage and try out new material in front of an audience.
It is open to beginners and seasoned performers and unlike other visual and performing artists, who can hideaway while they develop their skills, the art of making someone laugh can only be practiced and developed in an utterly public arena. So whether there is a triumph or a train wreck, the audience is witness to all. ”
Ventured over to Brooklyn to see what visual awesomeness Melissa Brown was up to in her studio. Melissa had the studio organized for making large-scale prints. She’s known for working with a variety of media including: used scratch tickets, oil paint, lino-cuts, wood-cuts, drawing, mail art, video, and performance. The color in Brown’s prints and paintings is what initially drew me to her work, but I admire her work for its openness and psychological generosity. Talking with Melissa was really fun. I actually got a little dadarhea of the mouth and started talking about philosophy, which in retrospect is embarrassing. Melissa is in a bunch of cool shows, one at Canada called Dadarhea which runs until March 20th, and two upcoming shows: Paper A-Z at Sue Scott, and the upcoming show at Zieher Smith in Chelsea.
Alright folks we are down to the last 15 copies of this book! Based on the sales from yesterday I give it one to two days before we sell out of Beautiful/Decay Book:2 forever! That’s right, once we sell out we will never reprint this book. Hop over to the shop and get your copy or you’ll be stuck surfing Ebay to complete your Beautiful/Decay collection!
Don’t forget to take advantage of our big Mystery Pack sale. For one week only we’re slashing our already discounted Mystery Packs for both magazines and t-shirts. This is your chance to save a bundle of cash, get a killer surprise package in the mail, and have fun all at once. It’s like Beautiful/Decay throwing you a surprise party and giving you the best gift ever! Sale ends March 15th!