But what sort of politics does one have, and what sort of world will they make, if they demand that their beliefs consume everything? We must leave space for irreverence, for non-didacticism, for hard questions, for the humanity of everyone —especially those we hate, and those we think hate us back. If art is not allowed to explore the complexity of killers, it is little more than a moralistic cartoon of the kind forced on children. And even children reject that shit.
– In Defense of The Death of Klinghoffer and Art That Takes Risks, by Molly Crabapple for VICE.
While Snowden’s NSA revelations are most associated with the internet, “online surveillance” is a bit of a misnomer. The web long ago bled into meatspace. A CCTV camera could easily capture your face, then link that up to your Facebook profile, your purchases, your friends. You shed data like strands of hair. You’re both made up of data and more than the sum of it, like DNA.
– The Surveillance State and You. by Molly Crabapple. VICE
““With the exception of Vice News, ISIS has permitted no foreign journalists to document life under their rule in Raqqa,” Crabapple wrote. “Instead, they rely on their own propaganda. To create these images, I drew from cell-phone photos a Syrian sent me of daily life in the city. Like the Internet, art evades censorship.”
– “Scenes of Daily Life in the De Facto Capital of ISIS” Vanity Fair
art by Molly Crabapple. Words by an anonymous Syrian.
Bidding for Groundswell’s Annual Art Auction is now live! Featuring Molly’s signed 2014 self portrait, which you can bid on here. Bidding ends the day of the benefit, October 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, click here.
Groundswell Annual Art Auction Benefit
110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
October 14, 2014, 7-10 pm
Tiny painting for Cynthia von Buhler’s Lilliput exhibit at MyMicroGallery in Milan. All artwork is 1:12 scale, the size of most dollhouses. Lilliput is open to the public through October 8th. Click here for more details.
I have been working this summer on my memoir, Drawing Blood. Having just sent the latest draft to my editor, I’ve begun working on the interior illustrations of many of my beautiful friends. All drawings are done on Arches paper, with Ecoline dye.
John Leavitt, from back in 2002
Occupy Wall Street, with Sarah Jaffe and Laurie Penny
Honoring Derrick Adams, Molly Crabapple, Sarah E. Lewis, Dread Scott, and Hank Willis Thomas.
Featuring music, an open bar, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Tickets are $100 and available here, along with more info.
Saturday, September 27th
22 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Arrivals at 7pm | Program at 8:30pm
Cover art for the Bronx Defenders’ new report on solitary confinement. Read it here.
“The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. “We must risk delight” in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not distraction. Beauty is a way of fighting. Beauty is a reason to fight.”
-“We Must Risk Delight After This Summer of Monsters.” Molly Crabapple for VICE
Molly’s piece for Temple of Art. Photo by Allan Amato. For information about the film, click here.
8/26 NYC Benefit for Seth Kushner
Seth Kushner is a a brilliant photographer, comic creator, collaborator and long time personal friend. Please join us for an evening of live comix readings, music & comedy to raise funds for the health care costs related to his fight with leukemia.
Tuesday, August 26th
Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors at 7:30p, show at 8:00p. $15
Purchase tickets online: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/647049-save-our-schmuck-bone-marrow-brooklyn/
Read about Seth’s fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in an article in Bleeding Cool by Hannah Means-Shannon:
About SETH KUSHNER http://sethkushner.com/
Seth is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, where he and his wife, Terra are raising their five year old son. A renowned photographer, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and other publications.
Published books include, The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and upcoming New York Comics.
Seth is co-founder of TRIP CITY, home to his CulturePOP photocomix and Schmuck comics. In 2013, Seth co-founded HANG DAI Editions an independent publishing imprint.
Help Seth and others find their match by registering at this event to become a bone marrow donor with Delete Blood Cancer — All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. In less than five minutes, you can potentially save a life!
Visit http://deletebloodcancer.org/ to learn more
Tickets & Info: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/647049-save-our-schmuck-bone-marrow-brooklyn/ Facebook Event Page:
Had the great honor of being asked to come along with Zeitouna, a program by the Karam Foundation, to mentor displaced Syrian kids. A few dozen of us came to the Salam School, a school in Southeast Turkey for refugees. Dentists from the Syrian American Medical Society fixed hundreds of kids teeth. Boxers taught little girls to kickbox, and my friend Lina Sergie introduced the kids to the fundaments of architecture. I drew these murals.
The teachers, refugees themselves, were brilliant and inspiring. I’m shy and not particularly great with kids, and my Arabic has faded to a few sentences. But the kids loved watching me draw cats and mice up to no good all over the walls.
Photos by Mohamad Ojjeh.
Imprisonment is erasure. The state locks a person in a cage—without context, without community, without love. He becomes not human but a widget passing through a system of absolute control. The CMU enacts a double erasure: it represents the ultimate scission of the prisoner from his non-prison self. You are in a box. You are no one. You belong to us.
– “The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners”. Creative Time Reports. by Molly Crabapple
Cover art (and interior illustrations) by Molly Crabapple for Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. Click here for a full list of contributors and to preorder your copy.