MAT BRINKMAN PHANTASMATGORIA opening at The Hole, Sept. 18 6-9pm

So glad I’m in NY this weekend for this art opening.  Mat Brinkman’s Multiforce comics in Paper Rodeo changed my life 10 years ago.  Very excited to catch his first solo show in NY at The Hole.






The Hole is pleased to present Mat Brinkman’s first solo show in New York! There are not enough exclamation points in existence to convey our excitement. The last time Mat showed a major work in New York was when he was part of Forcefield in the Whitney Biennial in 2002. I was a Whitney intern back then and like everyone who saw it, had my mind completely blown by that installation. I have followed Mat’s books prints and zines since then, from the epic Teratoid Heights book to his latest neon silkscreen zine by Le Dernier Cri, and got the chance to include him in a few group exhbitions like New York Minute at the MACRO in Rome and Mail Order Monsters, London at Max Wigram and Athens at Andreas Melas Presents. His work was also recently included in Portugal Arte 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.

But now! Mat will be filling the gallery with black ink works on paper and blasting some rooms with colored light. Plus an advance previewing of selected work by various artists from a yet to be released Necro~Demonic Dungeon~Crawl~Warfare Boardgame. What will this be like? We don’t know. But pinch us because we just can’t believe we are finally getting to see some new art from this secret mega legend artist in our home city.

We will be releasing our first Hole book in conjunction with this show: a coverless mystery book in which we see a monstrous face melting, ripping off, reconstituting, tumescing and exploding. This book may do similar things to you head as well!

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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