Friday, August 12, 2011
THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL
TOMORROW, Aug. 13th, 2011, at 7PM, Monica Carter, Libby Flores, Eric Layer, myself, and the indomitable Sunfish Holy Breakfast Prep Cook & Arbiter of Goode Taste Mr. James Greer will be reading at the opening of ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL at Synchronicity Space gallery, 713 N Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90029, FREE, 7pm start, readings at 8pm.
Each writer was asked to crank out a 5-minute flash fiction piece based on Albert Reyes’s cover art for the premier issue of The Rattling Wall. Mine is based on a diary I found in Van Horn, Texas, the contents of which concern a FedEx van driver’s love affair with a seventeen-year-old Juarez prostitute. My fellow writers/readers will on the other hand charm you and make you laugh.
Please join PEN Center USA and Narrow Books at Synchronicity on August 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. for the opening of ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL. The Rattling Wall is a Los Angeles-based literary journal specializing in short fiction, travel essays, and poetry. ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL will feature the artwork that appears in the journal’s inaugural issue, as well as new work. The show will run from August 13-27, 2011.
Albert Reyes has a distinctive artistic approach inspired not only by street art, comic books, and American pop culture; but also by contemporary and classical “high art.” His drawings and illustrations incorporate everything from icons of corporate America to Hollywood stars, to mass media, to politics, to consumerism. Reyes has exhibited at the Pacific Design Center, Giant Robot (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York), Black Market Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects and Studio Number One galleries. His artwork has appeared in the New York Times: Year In Ideas, Swindle, Chicano Art Magazine, Giant Robot Magazine, and on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CNN.
The Rattling Wall, Issue 1, includes work by Tod Goldberg, Libby Flores, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Mattson, Kyle G. Dargan, Eric Layer, Stacey Waite, Neal Pollack, Lou Mathews, Don Winslow, Matthew Zapruder, Alisa Slaughter, James Greer, Eloise Klein Healy, Blake Butler, Jessica Garrison, Allison Burnett, Samantha Dunn, Brando Skyhorse, and James Frey. The Rattling Wall is edited by Michelle Meyering.
Synchronicity is located at 713 N Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90029. By definition, Synchronicity is an art gallery, but in practice it is much more. Its doors are open to a community of contemporary thinkers whose goal is to make thoughtful and intelligent work, never limiting themselves to a specific medium. Synchronicity hosts exhibitions, screenings, performances, and parties.
The Rattling Wall is generously funded by PEN Center USA and published by Narrow Books.
PEN Center USA, a literary non-profit based in Beverly Hills, has a membership of more than 800 professional writers. PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western United States. PEN Center USA has a long, successful history planning literary events in and around Los Angeles; special programming has taken place at The Hammer, Hotel Café, Largo at the Coronet, The Echo, Actor’s Gang, the Hammer, the Pacific Design Center, and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Narrow Books is an independent Los Angles-based publisher founded in 2005, publishing both art and literature. In addition to The Rattling Wall, their title’s include: Hey Fudge, a giant collection of work by acclaimed artist Travis Millard (aka Fudge); Eat Hell, a book of stories by Los Angeles author Joseph Mattson; the Two Letters anthology collections; and several “unofficial” and now out-of-print handmade, mini-books and zines.
ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL is a free event. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Street parking is available; please take note of parking signs.
For more information on this event, please contact Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events, at PEN Center USA: firstname.lastname@example.org.