Erik Ruin printmaker & puppeteer - Oct 30
Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Providence-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer and illustrator. Boneshaker is proud to have him on Oct 30 at 7pm discussing three new projects:
Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ author CIndy Milstein)- Consisting of ten collaborative picture-essays that weave Cindy Milstein’s poetic words within Erik Ruin’s intricate yet bold paper-cut and scratch-board images, Paths toward Utopia suggests some of the here-and-now practices that prefigure, however imperfectly, the self-organization that would be commonplace in an egalitarian society.
Witches & Mad Prophets - A portfolio of 13 one-color offset prints depicting heretical figures & movements, by various artists, curated & published by Erik Ruin. Subjects vary from religiously-inspired peasant uprisings to good witches who would battle evil witches to save crops to more familiar figures like Joan of Arc and the Witches of Salem!
Drowning on Dry Land- A Lament From the Margins - a silkscreened/offset artists' book of more personal apocalyptic imagery. with downloadable "soundtrack" feat. unreleased tracks by Ama (Matt Himes of Shep & Me, Rotten Living, etc.), Big Blood, astickandastone, John the Baptist (Kellzo from SGNLS), Katt Hernandez, Work/Death, Virusse and more.
Ruin also occasionally edits/publishes various publications, including the anthology Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (w/ Josh MacPhee, AK Press, 2005), and various art/book/music projects on the mini-label Desperate Commodities he co-runs with Reid Books. He frequently works collaboratively with activists and other artists, most prominently/ consistently Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.