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October 21, 2014

Festivals Extra: CAB Announces Its Gallery-Opening Slate


Comic Arts Brooklyn released its line-up of gallery openings via a press release disseminated October 19 for publication today. While that show has always had gallery openings of some sort in close proximity, this is the first time I can recall their making a specific announcement about them this far ahead of time. As previously discussed here and on countless other web site, CAB has spun off its well-regarded programming track into its own day.

* Julie Doucet Collages, 11-6, 7-9 PM, Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
CAB description: "In a rare U.S. appearance, Julie Doucet will travel from Canada to attend an exhibit of her recent collages. Doucet's edgy comics work has had a tremendous impact on younger cartoonists. These days she has been making prints and collages, most of which have not been seen in the States. This exhibit is a rare opportunity for Doucet's fans to see what she has been up to."


* Al Jaffee, 11-7, 7-9 PM, Scott Eder Gallery (18 Bridge St 2-I, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
CAB description: "Nonagenarian Al Jaffee created the MAD Magazine Fold-In back in 1964 and he has never stopped making them. Generations of readers who have been amused and amazed by this continually inventive feature will be equally impressed by his mind-blowing original art. These highly detailed gouache paintings are painstakingly rendered with a density that the printed page cannot replicate. If you think you know Jaffee's work, get ready: this show will be a revelation."

This show was organized by CAB founder and organizer Gabe Fowler, so that's something it has going for it as well.


* Wizard Skull "Re-Animator", 11-9, 7-11 PM, Cotton Candy Machine (235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
CAB description: "Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe! The artist known as Wizard Skull got his hands on original animation cels used to create television cartoons such as The Smurfs, Garfield, He-Man, Alvin and the Chipmunks, etc., and alters the cels by inserting new characters and bringing the old cels to life with new meaning. Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn."


* Kutikuti at Wayfarers Gallery, 11-9, 6-9 PM, Wayfarers Gallery (1109 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
CAB description: "Kutikuti are a group of artists from Finland who are travelling here for the expressly for the festival. The Wayfarers Gallery is opening its doors and standing back for a completely unpredictable installation. This group of studio-mates who make art, publish comics, and teach, are predictably unpredictable. This installation will be a once in a lifetime happening. As they Kutikuti like to say, 'Dig it!'"


All openings are free. All featured artists are expected to attend.

The festival proper is November 8-9.


imageUpdated: As CR went to press on this piece, Gabe Fowler sent along a longer description of Julie Doucet in terms of her appearance at the show and participation in the gallery portion of the event.
In a rare public appearance, comic artist Julie Doucet presents a never-before-seen collection of her collage art at Desert Island in Brooklyn. Consisting of cutouts from materials such as vintage women's magazines and pin-up centerfolds, Doucet's art often combines the domestic and the erotic to create an irreverently feminist voice. Other works document imagined cities, combining scraps of roadmaps with original pen-and-ink drawings. Her collages are often made on the backs of magazine pages and other printed matter, and CAB attendees are invited to pick up and examine her two-sided works.

Concerned with the relationship between word and image, Doucet says of her work, "what i write is often about love, women's problems today... I am not purposely writing about these subjects but that's what's coming out... from the beginning my work was always about words and/in pictures. It was true with comics, true with my collage work, and even animation film work."

In the late 1980s, Julie Doucet made a name for herself with the underground 'zine Dirty Plotte, originally self-published and followed by 12 issues published by Drawn & Quarterly. She has since shifted from comics to collage, though her collages still hearken back to her cartoonist roots. Doucet is based in Montreal, Quebec.

The artist will be in attendance at the Opening Night Reception at Desert Island on Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm. She will also be available for a signing at the Drawn & Quarterly table on Saturday November 8th, time to be announced.
I'm looking forward to the show.

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