All The Things in 2013

I turned 30 in 2013. Here’s a picture from that night

2013 was hard and fucked and fraught for personal reasons, and so I worked. Every year seems like one where you work to sublimate the noise in your head, but this one more than others.

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Here are things that I did, but really, what made it what it was were those 4ams with whiskey and those who loved me.

Friends are always where one is most lucky, and art is the excrement of action.

Here are things I made

+ Had my first real gallery show, Shell Game. Did 9 gigantic paintings on the revolutions of 2011. Had everyone I loved there for the opening and bathed in a bathtub of money like a louche horror while Kim Boekbinder sang me songs. No New York gallery has ever wanted to give me a show or had any faith in me. But you guys did. Thank you. Here’s the whole show released Creative Commons

+ I’m working on a book called Drawing Blood for Harper Collins. 13.7k brutal deathslog words in

+ I only started writing last October, cause I wanted to scream about my arrest. In the last year I’ve published 24 essays, on topics from abortion to Banksy, money to Frida.

+ Visited Guantanamo Bay twice, and wrote about the prison lots, angering the Department of Defense and getting shortlisted for the Frontline Award for Print Journalism.  Banned from drawing guards’ faces, I replaced them with smilies.

 +After eight years of illegal flashmobs and lavish art parties, every other weekend, we closed Dr. Sketchy’s in New York. It lives on in 140 other cities, from Cape Town to Paris, Lima to Shanghai. For our very last night, Jo Boobs dressed as death, but sparkly

 

+ interviewed snipers and refugees for the New York Times

+ Learned I had a 3,000 page FBI file. The FBI still has not told me what is in it

 +Made as many free political posters as I could

 + Spoke at lots of places, including the London School of Economics and Harvard

 + the Museum of Modern Art bought one of my prints, as part of an Occupy collection. It feels sort of like a butterfly pinned to the wall, but never expected to be in MoMA.

 + Illustrated The Divide, for Matt Taibbi, one of my favorite journalists

 + Did the artwork for Patton Oswalt’s latest CD 

+ Interviewed Warren Ellis for The Paris Review, thus rendering the whole joint terribly low-class on both of our accounts

 + Travelled to London (x3), Mexico City, Guantanamo Bay (x2), Havana, Beirut, Portland, Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans. Danced in the rain while a jazz band played on Frenchman, in the red light of Radio Beirut, walked with a thousand jeweled skeletons and bribed a band to play La Bruja over and over and over in Zona Rosa.

 + Was on the teevee a bit

 + Creative Time and Rhizome commissioned me to do Glass Gaze, where I streamed drawing Stoya directly through my eyes. Had the added benefit of letting me see much-missed Stoya’s face

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Medium: Syria’s Queer Refugees

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Until the gunmen came, Michel was having the party of his life.

Michel, 32, was once a gay celebrity. A DJ and underground party promoter from Damascus, for eight years, Michel spun for drag queens and diplomats, Gulf millionaires, military men, tour groups and even a cross-dressing relative of Assad. Homosexuality is illegal in Syria, but Michel paid off the police. While security services sometimes interrogated him about about his foreign guests, he was never beaten. His parties were legend.

On December 4th of last year, Michel threw a costume ball in a villa outside Damascus. Michel described the pools and gardens, the dancing. “It was the best party ever. Everyone was peaceful… happy.”

At 4AM, the gunmen came.

“Syria’s Queer Refugees” by Molly Crabapple.  Medium

New York Times: Syria’s Spreading Bloodshed

At least 110,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war. Here, as anywhere, fighters are glorified in death. Abdulqader Saleh was the commander of the Al Tawhid Brigade, which led the rebel victory in Aleppo … Saleh died in a hospital days before I arrived in Tripoli; his martyrdom photo was posted to Twitter.

These images are framed like Instagram selfies, but corpses have no selves — the dead exist as projections by the living. See how beautiful they are, these photos say. Be righteous like them.

Syria’s Spreading Bloodshed in The New York Times

Glass Gaze: A Collaboration with Rhizome, Creative Time Reports, Stoya and Tim Pool

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Creative Time Reports and Rhizome present Glass Gaze, a one-time performance in which artist Molly Crabapple, wearing Google Glass, will create life-drawings of Stoya, porn star and advocate for fair labor practices in the pornography industry, as she strikes a variety of poses.

The performance will be streamed live on the Rhizome website on Dec. 11 from 3pm to 3:30pm. In early 2014, Creative Time Reports and Rhizome sites will co-publish the video along with an essay that Molly will write about the project.

Read the full article from Molly Crabapple about the project on rhizome.org

Final day of pre order & holiday sales

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Today is the last day to use the ‘BLACKFRIDAY’ coupon in the online store. It’s 10% off any apparel, books or prints. Be sure to check out the “Ace of Hearts” giclee!

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It is also the last day to pre-order the new apparel released for the holidays. Once the pre order ends today at 8pm EST, the items will not be available for purchase again!

The online shop accepts credit cards, Paypal and bitcoins. Shipping is guaranteed for holiday delivery if ordered by 12/12 for international orders and 12/19 for domestic orders.

New pre-orders in the store!

Gearing up for the holidays, there are currently four new items in the Molly Crabapple store.

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A coffee coloured scarf, hand printed on an incredibly soft tri-blend fabric.green hoodie

A new dark green hoodie in men’s and women’s sizes, featuring the “Fuck You” print.

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A brand new item just for children, this toddler-sized t-shirt features a two colour print of a painting cat.kiss-blue

And fourth, “The Kiss” a two colour design on men’s and women’s sized t-shirts.

All items will be available for pre-order until December 1st, after which, they’ll be printed & shipped out before the holiday delivery cut off. View them, and more, in the Molly Crabapple store

Article in this week’s New Stateman

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This week’s New Statesman includes a short article by Molly Crabapple, guest edited by Russell Brand and also featuring: David Lynch, Rupert Everett, Noel Gallagher, Amanda Palmer, Naomi Klein, Alec Baldwin, David Shrigley, Graham Hancock, Gary Lineker, Ai Weiwei, Judd Apatow, Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Deepak Chopra, Evgeny Lebedev, Martha Lane Fox, David DeGraw, Howard Marks, Francesca Martinez, Diablo Cody, with exclusive cover artwork by Shepard Fairey and a new Mr. Gee poem: “360° of Separation”

The Russell Brand issue (dated 25-31 October, cover price £3.50) is now on sale. International buyers can obtain digital or print copies through their website: www.newstatesman.com/russellbrand or on the iTunes store.

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Black Blood of the Earth Bottles & Stickers released

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In January 2012, Molly Crabapple created the Ineffable Mustachio’d Goat of Science which appeared on special fundraiser BBotE bottle runs, to help fund the trip to Greece with Laurie Penny that resulted in Discordia. Funranium Labs has decided to re-release them to the public and you can grab one of the 1000ml Goat bottles here.

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Additionally, there are vinyl stickers with the art alone that you can pick up in their online store.

StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at https://rally.stopwatching.us. This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit civil liberties law and advocacy center that has been fighting the NSA’s unconstitutional spying for years. Learn more at https://eff.org.

Free Marissa

Three years ago, Marissa Alexander, who had recently given birth to a daughter, fired a warning shot as her ex-husband attacked her. She was refused Stand Your Ground and convicted of aggravated assault with a minimum of 20 years in prison, where she awaits a new trial.

The poster above was done for the Free Marissa Alexander Campaign. Click it for a hi-res copy and share it to spread the word, with credit please.

For more information on Marissa’s case, click here.

Friends of NYCC

As you may know, I’ve been an active supporter of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), a grass roots community group that organizes low and moderate income families. You may have heard of NYCC’s Fast Food Forward campaign that helped launch a movement of fast food workers in over 40 cities nationwide fighting for higher pay.

Whether through city-wide and state-wide campaigns or through their neighborhood chapters in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, NYCC members are leading the fight on some of the most important issues facing New Yorkers — like workplace justice, affordable housing, good public schools and ending Stop and Frisk.

That’s why I’m proud to be a “Friend of NYCC” who’s committed to enabling NYCC members to become a powerful force fighting for working families throughout New York. NYCC is holding its annual fundraising gala on December 3rd where we’ll celebrate the past year’s victories and the work to come. If you want to see more victories like the ones listed above, I hope you’ll join me by purchasing a ticket to the NYCC annual gala or by becoming a friend of NYCC (Friends of NYCC who commit to a monthly contribution of $25/month or more will receive a complementary ticket to the NYCC Gala.)

In just the last few months, NYCC members won a new shortened timeline for the removal of toxic PCB lights from all NYC public schools, joined the fight to keep Long Island Community Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center open for care, and prevented low income victims of Superstorm Sandy from being kicked out in the streets before they could make arrangements to move into affordable housing.

But despite NYCC’s success, true progressive change in this city requires more work. For the first time in decades, New Yorkers have the opportunity to elect a true progressive, Bill de Blasio, to the Mayor’s Office, but in order to make the most of it, our city needs groups like NYCC mobilizing around the real issues that affect working families in NYC. And outside of the city, with some real movement-building, there’s a real opportunity to make the 2014 state elections a referendum on Albany’s broken politics.

NYCC relies on grassroots funding to do some of the most exciting and innovative social justice work in New York State.
Will you join me in the movement and become a Friend of NYCC? For more information and to sign up, see our page here.

On Banksy for Creative Time Reports

Art’s market value, like that of fashion, is derived from name more than any material properties. The Chinese factory workers sewing Chanel handbags can make the same bags, after hours, but they’ll be low-rent knockoffs without the interlocking “C”s. The same goes for an assistant who painted, without the master’s imprimatur, Damien Hirst’s dots. The Brand does transubstantiation. It turns crackers into the flesh of Christ.

-Creative Time Reports, Molly Crabapple writes on Banksy’s month-long residency in NYC.

May Day poster acquired by MOMA

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Molly Crabapple’s May Day poster was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of their permanent collection, documenting art from Occupy Wall Street. The acquisition is covered by The Guardian and includes an interview with Molly on its significance.

The May Day poster is based on an original watercolour Molly created, then converted into a 5-colour 12.5×19″ screenprinted poster by Melissa Dowell for Occuprint and their portfolio of silkscreened posters from the Occupy movement.

Melissa wrote about the process of converting the watercolour and printing it as a screenprint on her website: http://glukkake.me/occuprint/

Blunderbuss Occupies KGB Bar

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In collaboration with KGB’s True Story nonfiction reading series, Blunderbuss Magazine invites you to explore the state of social movements two years after the rise of Occupy Wall Street. With Molly Crabapple, authors Mark Bray, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, and Nathan Schneider, and journalist Anna Lekas Miller.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
7 – 9 pm
KGB Bar
85 E. 4th St., NYC – btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue
Free admission

RSVP on Facebook. More details on Blunderbuss’s website.

Video from recent Harvard Talk

Thank you to everyone who came out to see me talk at the Berkman Luncheon series of Art in the Ubiquitous Age at Harvard University! If you were unable to make it or view the live webcast, they have uploaded video of the talk so you can view above or go to their website to download it in high res, as an mp3, and more.

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My framed, original pen and ink painting from The Box is currently at auction to support Groundswell (groundswellmural.org) and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Online bidding is currently live. Please check it out. The bidding runs until October 7th at 9pm EST.

 

Book of Jezebel, Pre-order for 10/22

I’m pleased to announce that my writings are available in The Book of Jezebel! It’s currently available for preorder and will be released on Oct 22nd. You can preorder it on Amazon.com or other fine establishments that via http://bookofjezebel.com/.

FROM JEZEBEL.COM, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more. With contributions from the writers and creatives who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence, The Book of Jezebel includes everything from Abzug, Bella and Baby-sitters Club to Xena, Yogurt, and Zits, and is filled with entertaining sidebars and arresting images.

-Release from BookofJezebel.com