LUNA LUNA IN THE SKY WILL YOU MAKE ME LAUGH OR CRY?
For this project, Steven Hull asked a group of artists and writers to make works about the ever-present moon. Large artworks by 13 contemporary artists was exibited and a limited edition book of fiction and drawings based on the exhibition and designed by Jon Sueda was made. A trip to Hamburg, Germany in 1987 serendipitously led Steven Hull to Luna Luna Park, a collaborative exhibition curated by Andre Heller. This art carnival installation, has inspired each of Hull’s collaborative projects including Ab Ovo and Nothing Moments, and directly informs this exhibition. The title Luna Luna in the Sky. Will You Make Me Laugh or Cry? comes from a Keith Haring t-shirt made for the Luna Luna Park exhibition. Published 2008.
Participants: Derek Boshier, Steven Hull, Kaari Upson, Tami Demaree, Steven Bankhead, Colin Roberts, Stephan Pascher Terri Phillips, Dani Tull, Isabell Hiemerdinger, Thaddeus Strode, Jason Grier, Ben Ehrenreich, Trinie Dalton, Simon Leung, Benjamin Weissman, Kevin Smith, Lynne Tillman, Vince Johnson, Laszlo Borsai, Marisol Limon Martinez, Annie Buckley
“Ab Ovo” is a multi-media visual arts project organized by Steven Hull. Hull was inspired by his two children for “Ab Ovo” or “From the Egg,” and chose to use the children’s story as the goal and framework for the show. Nineteen visual artists were given the MMPI-2TM (Minnesota Multi Phasic Personality Inventory). The test, developed over 60 years ago, remains the most widely used measure of pathology by the U.S. legal system. Customized for child custody settings, the tests produced personality profiles which were anonymously and randomly assigned to nineteen writers. They were in turn asked to base children’s stories on them. The stories were then illustrated by a second group of 19 visual artists. The gallery installation featured the illustrations, an audio track of the writers reading their stories, and a picnic table designed by Dewey Ambrosino at which viewers could sit while they peruse the test results, which have been made anonymous. The tests, stories and illustrations are being published in this hardcover book “Catalogue Raisonne: Ab Ovo,” with a forward by Hull and an introduction by Susan Morgan. Published 2005.
Test Subjects: Julie Ault, Ellen Birrell, Derek Boshier, Candice Breitz, Inka Essenhigh, Charles Gaines, Steven Hull, Mike Kelley, Mary Kelly, Glenn Ligon, Simon Leung, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jonathan Momk, Dario Robleto, Jim Shaw, Martha Rosler, Michael Smith, Georgina Starr, Bruce Yonemoto.
Participants:Gail Pickering, Gail Swandlund, Ion Birch, Rachel Kushner, Marcos Rosales, Millie Wilson, Paul Noble, Trinie Dalton, Henry Taylor, Sean Dower, Soo Kim, Tony White, Isabell Heimerdinger, wayne Lindberg, Ivan Morley, Mady Schutzman, Kelly Barrie, Leslie Davis, Kaz Oshiro, Vincent Johnson, Lamar Peterson, Kimberly Nichols, Thomas Lawson, Stewert Lindh, Junko Shimizu, Jim Krusoe, Marnie Weber, Betty Nguyen, Paul P., Marina LaPalma, Hiroki Otsuka, Terri Phillips, Tanya Haden, Ben Ehrenreich, Scott Cassidy, Benjamin Weissman, Michael Mahalchick, Lynne Tillman.
Hull’s interest in artistic collaborations animated by chance dates back to his first large project, conducted in 1997, called “Blind Date.” For that enterprise he asked 31 artists to produce a work of art. Those were then anonymously distributed to 31 writers, each of whom was asked to write a response. The collaborators met for the first time at the opening resulting in volatile and humorous situations. Published 1998.
Participants: Sam Durant, Kaucyila Brokke, Robert Crouch, Darcy Hubler, Amy Green, Allan Sekula, Mick O’Kelly, Georgia Metz, Ellen Birrell, Shirley Irons, Jeff Knowlton, Andrew Freeman, Perry Meigs, Kim Bridwell & Rob Moore, Margaret Morgan, Thomas Lawson, Darrell Walters, Simon Leung, John Mandel, Mike Smith, Sergio Muno-Sariento, Valerie Tevere, Millie Wilson, Mu Lim Park & Kyun Wong Moon, RObert Blanchon, Brandon Labelle, Jim Shaw, James Benning, Julian Pozzi, Sande Cohen, Nicole Panter, Steve Salardino, Kriss Ravetto, Liz Barrett, Colette Brown, Mady Schutzman, Jack Lamb, Norman Klein, Asitha Ameresekre, jalal Toufic, Ada Chu, Chris De Wan, Stewert Knezevich, Jon Wagner, Steve McCaffrey, David Burns, Brian Gross, Michal Reed, Bill Alschuler, Stephan Pascher, Dick Hebdige, Sanda Agalidi, Matias Viegener, Chu Ni Lin, Jeremy Hight
DEATH OF WIZDEM
By: Laszlo Borsai Cover: Steven Hull
Reading The Death Of Wizdem is like reading The Catcher In The Rye while blasting old Black Flag and Circle Jerks albums from your stereo. It’s a semi-autobiographical account of nom de plume Laszlo Borsai as he comes of age in mythical Strawberry Town. No, wait. That sounds kind of lame. He doesn’t really “come of age” so much as he has the kinds of experiences that make for really good David Fincher movies. It’s got all the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll you’d expect from the description I’ve given thus far, with a cast of characters that would make David Lynch’s casting director giggle with glee.
POSTCARDS from the EAST BAY
33 postcard set
All drawings by Steven Hull. Silver metallic box includes cards and text by Stuart Lindh. Super fun way to keep in touch with people or to gift as a gift.