Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Group Hug

Lump is very pleased to present Group Hug an exhibition curated by Team Lump. Lump will host an opening reception Friday, December 7th from 7 - 11 during the First Friday Gallery Walk located in downtown Raleigh. The exhibition will run from December 7 - 29 and is on view Saturdays from noon - 5pm.

Group Hug will feature work from nearly 25 artists chosen by TeamLump members Bill Thelen, Tory Wright, and Jerstin Crosby. These artists from North Carolina and across the country will be showing paintings, sculpture, video, and installation. Many artists in Group Hug have never shown before at Lump, so there will be tons of new huggable art to cuddle.

Group Hug artists include:

amanda barr
carl baratta
david colagiovanni
jerstin crosby
andrew faunsler
matt hart
harrison haynes
keith herzik
lisa hill
hillary hogue
little friends of printmaking
ron liberti
lump lipshitz
allyson mellberg
cara ober
casey porn
nate quinn
josh rickards
travis robertson
molly schafer
megan sullivan
ryan swanson
jeremy taylor
wayne toepp
k whole
tory wright

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Minor Character

This interview took place via email over the course of the first few weeks that Bill Thelen's recent exhibition, "Minor Character", was up at Branch Gallery.

Jerstin Crosby: Ok, just to get going a little, can you talk a bit about your connection or attraction to underdogs, and 'minor characters'?

Bill Thelen: Well, I guess it all started at a very young age. We had this neighborhood bully named Johnny Bartelak. He would go around beating everybody up. I mean he was severely twisted. He would kill people's pets, steal from houses, sexually assault kids, threaten to kill your parents, and force everyone to play baseball. All the parents were at work and this kid just reeked havoc on our neighborhood. I guess this is the earliest memory of identifying with the weak and insecure kid, because I was basically one of those kids.

JC: Sounds like a character from a movie. What do you think that guy is up to these days?

BT: Last I heard from my parents was that he was the host and manager at a steak house in my old town, but it has since closed down. Before that he was in jail for killing someone in a parking lot, but he got a reduced sentence with a self-defense plea. This is just what I heard, so no telling what he is up to now. I really don’t have any contact with anyone from the neighborhood anymore and my parents have moved away.

JC: On a scale of 1 to 2, how well do you think this interview is going so far? (1 being terrible and 2 being perfect)

BT: 2.

JC: Is this your first show as Bill Thelen where you have dropped the Lump Lipshitz cloak?

BT: Technically no; metaphysically yes!

JC: Does Bill Thelen, the curator, curate the artist Bill Thelen, or vice versa? Tell me if these questions are too terrible, its kind of difficult interviewing you, because it just is.

BT: Everything I do is intertwined in one way or another. In the grand scheme of things I really don't consider myself an artist or a curator. I'm still not sure what it is that I do. I hate those introductions at parties or dinners where the first thing people ask you is what you do. I always answer "as little as possible" and hope that they move on to someone else. But getting back to the question, I definitely curate my "projects" in my head, which are sometimes as Bill Thelen, sometimes as Lump Lipshitz or part or TeamLump or some other name I work under.

JC: I have seen a lot of your work, as part of group shows, and as part of TeamLump, but 'Minor Character' is the first time that I have gotten to see a solo show of yours. It's funny, and amazing, that even your solo shows have a 'group show' aesthetic, except everything congeals and compliments the other work, in a way that is almost impossible to do with a group show. I'm not saying everything makes perfect sense but your individual works seem to even go well together when they otherwise shouldn't.

BT: I am semi-conscious of the connection of the pieces, but I don't really try too hard to make things work as a cohesive unit. I have always been interested in disjointed narrative structures. People always make a story out of anything, so I prefer to let the spectator do the work. I'm just supplying the props, characters, and sets.

JC: What are your thoughts on this?

BT: There are two things I am responding to: 1- Henry Waxman is an awesome dude. Bald, strong, democrat, liberal, and Jewish; all things I hold close to my heart. 2 - I love the Wall Street Journal illustrations and would love to add this one to my collection. May I have it?

JC: I will sell it to you for the price of one unit of diet pepsi max.

BT: I think TeamLump should be sponsored by Diet Pepsi Max. Look into that. I will pick up a case tonight!

JC: Do you know if Diet Pepsi Max comes in kegs? And, if so, how does that relate into the meaning of all your artwork?

BT: It's all about positive energy, youthful synchronicity and telekinesis. At this time I do not believe that Diet Pepsi Max is available in the "keg" format.

For more information on Bill Thelen, visit

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Baltimore Book Festival

Teamlump and friends have put together a small xerox drawing book KATHY!!! KATHY!!! KATHY!!!
for the Magazine Stand and good friend Gary Kachadourian. Get out to the Baltmore Book Festival
this weekend with some cash and snag up a few of these zines. Here is the press release, itinerary,
and artist book info:

This weekend the Baltimore Book Festival will have a lot of newly made artists’ books for sale and some live action drawing projects. If you are in town please come by. We will be at the Magazine Stand directly across from the Washington Monument (east side) 600 block N. Charles St.

Friday, September 28, 5-9pm

Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 11am-7pm

We’ve asked artists/curators to produce a small quantity of books that include multiple artists working with a theme. The complete exhibition of books will be available at the festival for reading and for purchase, most are priced between 1-10 dollars each.

(see list at bottom of press release)

A live drawing/magazine creation project

Drawings will be manufactured for two new zines during the three days of the festival. The process follows a simple premise, one artist or team of artists draws an entity facing right and another draws one facing left. Copies of the drawings will be bound facing each other for eternity.

(anyone can participate, either email or sign up at the festival)

Special Telepathy Drawing Session

Sunday, September 30, 2-5pm only
Telepathy Drawing is a project of Christina Ayala and John Morris where one sitter is asked to think a thought and another is asked to draw it. Everyone is welcome to sign up and participate during the session hours.

(anyone can participate, just come by and sign up at the festival)

Mini-Curated-Micro-Books ~ Artists and titles below
(it is possible that not all titles are accurate and that additional books may be added)

. _ _ . . _ . . . . _ _ _ _ . _ . _ _
Hanna Badalova - Agnes Burfeild - Kathleen Mazurek - Natalia Mazol

4 Generational Gems
Ruth M. White - Diana R. Harris - Kimberley L. Harris - Maya D. L. Harris - Nikolus S. H. Harris

The 25th Year Project: Portraits As Tools For Navigation
Steven Frost - Theo Knox - Lindsay Stern

Adios Nonino
Eamon Espey - Andrew Liang

against the sky
danamarie hosler – AJ Visgil

All Nude Poetry Revue
The Angry Elvis Collective

Baltimore: Just Like US
Jordan Bernier - Annie Ewaskio

Ben and Lili Draw Fish
Ben Levy, compiler

Boodle Twins Cookbook
The Boodle Twins (Ann Everton - Jackson O'Connell)

Paul S Bergeron - Derrick Buisch - Ryan Burghard - Letitia Garcia - John Hitchcock - Drew Iwaniw - Drew Malcolm - Lance Owens - Erik Parra - Kassie Teng - Ryan Nygard - Kat Riesing - Jason Ruhl - Eric Shows - Fred Stonehouse - Nathan Vernau

Coeur De La Bete ("Heart of the Beast")
Gina Denton - Cybelle Collins - Valerie Martino - CT Terry

Collector Series of Real Erotica Anthologies
Don R. Griffin - Diana R. Harris

Matthew Kirk - Kristin Viduski - Truen Wohnrade

The Color of Dreams/ Nightmares
Kimberley L. Harris - DaWan Simms

The Committee of Making
David Brody - Tobey Crockett - Anne Currier - Richard Kostelanetz - Lise Lemeland - Joe Lewis - Charles McGill - Joseph Nechvatal - Angus Powers - Linda Sikora - Jim Van Kirk

Di J’s Delights
LaTonya Savage - Diamond Savage - Jordan Savage

Fig. 2 Diagramatics
Lindsay Orlowski, compiler

Disappearing Harbor
Peter Fillat - Ed Love - Craig Purcell - David Purcell - Stryker Sessions - Jillian Storms - Randy Sovich - Stewart White

Steven Jones - Megan Van Wagoner

Dream Quotes
Kelley Dunwoody - Joanie Hoffman - Linda Winkler

Dry Clean Only
Maggie Covert, compiler

Katherine Duval - June Schafer - Molly Schafer - Tory Wright

Favorite photos with cobwebs
Jeff Alphin - Harrell Fletcher - Sarah Garrish - Jane King -Matthew Porterfield - John Standiford - Karen Yasinsky (compiler)

The Function of Forgetting
Vestal Abbott - Kenny Ditto

The Girl Island Excersize Guide
Girl Island (Gina Denton - Ann Everton - Onnie – Monter - Gabrielle Sammartino - Patty Suggs)

The Great Lake State
Margot Curran - Jessica Schwind - Joseph Smolinski

Kimberley L. Harris - DaWan Simms

Louie Cordero - Brendan Danielsson - Eric Shaw - Carlos Thomas
Seth Adelsberger, curator

Nicole Buckingham - Cathy Leaycraft - Diana Marta - Cindy Rehm - Dan Shapiro - Olin L. Yoder
Diana Marta, curator

How to Get There: The First Annual Atlas of the Hand Drawn Map Association
Hand Drawn Map Association

Illogical Thinking
Zig a Zig Ahh & Alisa Alig – Mia Ardito - Matt Bettine – Eleanor Farley – Tim Yingling

Internal Memorandums by The Grope Group
preliminary communications introducing the new book, Secondary Sound by justin sirois

The Isolated Individual
Robin Page, compiler

t.w. Dixon – Daniel Sullivan

Kathy!!! Kathy!!! Kathy!!!
Jerstin Crosby –Ben Hazard – Lump Lipshitz – Molly Schafer – Kay Whole – Tory Wright

Letters to a Lost Boy
Katherine Nammacher, compiler

Lottery Numbers that did not Win
Ruth M. White - Diana R. Harris

Mapping My Day; A Day in Still-life
Jennifer Becker - Sara Glik

The Miracle Breakfast
Julian Beneforti, compiler

Moldy Souls
Kerri Cushman - Kelly Nelson

more lines and stars
Rachel Adams - Alyssa Dennis

Mountains and Words
Julie Benoit - Ryan Jedlicka

M(rr)APP [or, licking you through the hole in your shirt]
Ben Piwowar - Nicole Shiflet

Sarah Abel-DeLuca - Stephen DeLuca - Duane Lutsko - Terry Peterson
Duane Lutsko, curator

Mules, Mutts, and Halfbreeds
Ariane Clarke, compiler

Oh, You Handsome Devils
Ryan Destefano, compiler

Chris Day - Adam Okrasinski

Pit Sweat
Andrew Neyer, compiler

Dave Showalter - Melissa Salzman - Greg Minah - Chuck Sehman

Neil Callander - Adrienne Heath-Stiefel - Crystal Hernandez - Mason Kinard - Carin Rodenborn - Jen Tausig

radical freedom: beyond xibalba

Steve Amos - Lauren Bender - Miriam DesHarnais & Ben Moy - Robert Dibrell - Giovanni Garcia-Fenech - Ding Ren - Alison Roome - Beth Secor
Edited by Jack Livingston

The Resurrection of Niggah Please
Kimberley L. Harris - Diana R. Harris - Don R. Griffin

Mollie Goldstrum - Molly O'Connell - Erin Womack

Diana R. Harris - Don R. Griffin

This is a Children's Story
Cara Ober - Jill Sisson Quinn

Matt Bettine - Chris Day - Eleanor Farley - Molly O'Connell - Adam Okrasinski - Neal Reinalda - Matt Sears - Brendan Sullivan
Neal Reinalda, curator

Title Unknown
Kim Bost, compiler

Title Unknown
Brian Garner and other map makers

Pearl Hood, compiler

Sarada Conaway - Aniko Makranczy

Maren Hassinger – Senga Nengudi

For more information or to sign up for one of the drawing sessions :

Gary Kachadourian
Visual Arts and Arts & Humanities Grants Coordinator
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632 (office)
443-263-4339 (direct)
410-385-0361 (fax)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

WWAJWD? Andrew Jeffrey Wright Interview

Everybody will shit everyone else's pants when they read this TeamLump Sucks exclusive special edition extravaganza email (electronic mail) interview with Philadelphia's favorite son, artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright!!!

JC: Okey doke. Lets start with you maybe telling me a little about the early days of1026. Did you receive a key to the city?

AJW: In July 1997 a few of us, well really Jeff Weisner and his dad cleaned up the dusty vacant space that was to become Space 1026. The rest of us were at at trade show in San Diego California trying get shops to order product from our soon to be failed attempts at a skateboard company and a clothing company. We lived in the space for about a year before we all figured out a way to live in actual apartments and other places. Eventually we built a mini ramp and then had to tear it down about two years later, by round about request from the land lord. We didn't receive a key to the city, but we did get voted, by the people, Best Art Gallery, in a local city paper poll.

JC: Were you voted "Who's Who's Most Likely to open a gallery with
friends" back in high school? Do tell.

AJW: In highschool, I was voted "most artistic" by the students, but my friend Bob Schroeder, was awarded for artistic excellence by the art teachers. He received a fancy pen and something like a piece of paper. I got my picture in the yearbook with a caption under it stating how great of an artist i was. Sometime in college a few friends and myself started a secret art club called "The Council of Five". We would have yearly art events to show off what we made and do performances. We didn't want to wait around for some gallery to start showing our art. Our first art show was in my parents' living room and then we had them at a teen club/community center called The Grapevine. The last show we did as The Council of Five was in a living room in West Philly, in 1994.

JC: I just went and ate pizza, did you? And, if so, do you still harbor
bitter feelings toward Bob Schroeder?

AJW: No, I just ate a lentil dal wrap. I love Bob. He lives in NYC now and is a graphic designer. He went to the same art school in Philly as me and worked his way through school by delivering pizzas for Carmen's Pizza, located in the suburbs we grew up in. Bob didn't live in the city. He commuted to school and lived with his parents all through college. When i was in high school i was bummed i didn't win the award Bob won, but in hindsight I know he deserved the award and not me. I drew like a 6th grader and he drew like a 12th grader.

JC: Which grade level would you say you're drawing at these days?

AJW: Maybe still a 6th grader, but one who concentrates really hard on his drawing, cause he really wants to get it right.

JC: Have you ever accidentally downloaded an art blog into someone else's pants?

AJW: Hmmmm, no i haven't, but since cooking is an art, anybody that has cooked a meal that caused another person to crap their pants, has had their art blog downloaded into another persons pants.

JC: Do you have any recipes you could share with us?

AJW: Yes, yes, i do have recipes! i currently don't really cook or prepare food, i just eat cereal and buy food some one else made. It gets kind of expensive, but since i don't smoke heroin, main line jack daniels or eat pot i have enough money in my life to pay some one else to make food for me. Though i just had my third car stolen a week ago, so maybe i should start preparing my own food and try saving money for another car, but i find no joy in food preparation. These two recipes are recipes i don't even create any more, because i don't eat cheese or eggs. forever i wouldn't give away my secret recipes, but since i no longer make them maybe they can live on through some one else's hands and heart.

1) fry one egg without the yok
2) toast an english style muffin or some regular
sandwich bread
3) spread a preserve or marmalade onto both pieces of
4) put the egg on the spread side of one piece of the
toast and then
place the other piece of toast, spread side down,
on top of the egg
5) enjoy!

Preface: This soup was served at the ridley high
school cafeteria in the 1980s. They never told us how
to make it, but i cracked the code myself and will now
entrust you with the secret.
1) as you are heating a pot of tomato soup add some
oregano and
garlic powder. do this when the soup is near the
end of it's heating
process as to not boil away the flavors. you will
also have to use trial
and error to figure out the correct amount of
garlic powder and
2) pour the soup into a bowl.
3) add some croutons to the bowl of soup (in a pinch
you can also use
toast cut into crouton size bits)
4) add some grated mozzarella cheese to the bowl of
5) do not let the soup sit. enjoy!

Important notes: if you add the croutons and the cheese to the soup while it is heating, the croutons will get too soggy and the cheese will dissolve, so don't even think about it. Do it as described. However feel free to experiment with making different styles off pizza soup, like Hawaiian style. be creative! And most importantly of all, don't get any body pregnant and never use a microwave oven ever for anything!

JC: What is your favorite song to spin for folks?

AJW: Right now i have three favorites; HIGHER STATE OF
SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE EDIT) by Digitalism. I enjoy
these songs way more than the people at the club do
and it is proven every time I play them. If I played
only what the party kids wanted to hear I'd only own
three records, The Best of Prince, The Best of Madonna
and The Best of Michael Jackson.

more from Andrew Jeffrey Wright

also, i heard posted a video interview with him recently.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Live Gerth Still Birth

Lump Benefit>>>>>>>>>>>>

On Friday, August 17th, from 7-11pm, TeamLump and Lump gallery/projects will host a benefit featuring music by Lump friends, the Bowerbirds and Phon. Also, Matt Hart and Ron Liberti will be selling limited edition screenprints among other things. TeamLump will be selling zines, shirts, and other artwork to raise money for future exhibitions and projects that they organize around the country. None of which is possible without the support of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill community.

Save the Date:

from 7-11pm

the bowerbirds 10pm
phon 9pm

A modest cash donation will get you in the door

For more information visit:
(919) 821-9999

Lump gallery/projects is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina at 505 S. Blount Street.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Writing About Making Stuff & Doing Things

Last week I received a copy of Making Stuff Doing Things, in my mailbox from Kyle Bravo. It's a massive compilation of how-to zine outtakes mixed with some words of wisdom from Kyle, and even some fruit fly combatant tips from his wife Jenny LeBlanc.
This New Orleans-based duo is also known as the brains and sweat behind Hot Iron Press, and I believe they help organize the New Orleans Book Fair.

This book contains homegrown tips on wheatpasting, silkscreening, gardening, composting, surviving, dumpster-diving, book-binding, toilet-fixing, and near about any "ing" that could be done without paying someone else, waiting for someone else, or letting someone else do it for you. The subtitle, A Collection Of DIY Guides To Doing Just About Everything, is not shitting you! DIY Soymilk (check), DIY Turntable (A microphone with a knife taped to it…check), DIY Butt-plugs (check…not kidding).

When I rescued a striped mud turtle from a busy street, a few days ago, I was actually shocked to not find a useful tip on captive turtle maintenance. Maybe I should add that as an addendum: Release the turtle into a creek or pond. As I eventually had to do when my earthworm hunt didn’t turn out to be very productive. I did give him a slug, which ended up sitting on top of Ludwig's shell. Ludwig and Slugwig.

Anywho, if more people generated their own foods, and materials, and started taking care of themselves, we would gradually begin to reel back some of the waste and cyclical materialism that we are currently drowning in. Making Stuff Doing Things is in that spirit, and not, as Kyle says, a "DIY found in, on, or near any Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Home and Garden Channel, or DIY Network."

-Jerstin Crosby

To get your hands on a copy of this book, go to, or

Microcosm Publishing
PO Box 14332
Portland, OR 97293
Tel. (503) 249-3826

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Go Forth and Screen Video

Philippe Decrauzat
A change of speed, A change of style, A change of scene; Part II, 2007
16mm film, B&W, audio by New Humans
3m 15s

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Matt Suib and Nadia Hironaka about their brand new all-video, all-the-time, project room, Screening. The humble space is dedicated to bringing challenging and engaging works by emerging and established video artists to the Philadelphia public. In their words, Screening is, "less institutional than a museum, but more formal than your living room". Obviously, they have never been to my house. Actually, Screening is a perfectly clean white rectangle addendum to Vox Populi in that amazing building, 319 N. 11th St., in downtown Philly, that houses Copy Gallery as well as the Screening and Vox.
I might also mention that Matt and Nadia are both super swell video artists in their own right. Matt was recently in the 2007 Moscow Bienniel, and had a solo gig at Lump Gallery/Projects in April of this year. The Lump show included a rad sound and lighting installation called "Flavin' Flav". Yes, you guessed it, Public Enemy was bumping from Lumps' project room while large white flourescent lights strobed to the beat. You can check out his stellar works, including the audacious, "Purified by Fire", (a multi-channel video and audio installation that gives the illusion of a raging structure fire by projecting video on the windows of a gallery way up above street level), right here.
Meanwhile, Nadia, ain't doing so bad herself. She was awarded the Pew Fellowship of the Arts in 2006, and has a user friendly website where you or someone you love can watch lil' clip snips of her video/film work. I reccomend, "Camoflauge", and "National". Two very different pieces that dervive from the same love of cinematic granduer and it's effect on the veiwer. A video fetish shared by her hubs Matt Suib, as well.
This month at Screening: Philippe Decrauzat, "A change of speed, A change of style, A change of scene; Part II. Running through July 1, 2007. Ok, I'm late with this article, sorry guys. Decrauzat, a Swiss artist, has brought to Screening a 3m 15s, B&W 16mm film, 'structured after the first recording of a radio signal from a Pulsar-discovered in 1967 by astrophysicists Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish, the signal resembled what could have been an attempt at extra-terrestrial communication...".
Get your scoundrel butts in to see it before its gone. For more information, go to

-Jerstin Crosby

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Glad to See You Video, created by Libby and Roberta

Teamlump Presents: "Glad to See You!"

Space 1026
1026 Arch St.
2cd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Through the month of June.

Teamlump is Lump Lipshitz, Jerstin Crosby, Stewart Sineath, Tory
Wright, Allyson Mellberg, Gary Smith, K Whole, Josh Rickards, and
Jeremy Taylor.

We join together around the Raleigh-based Project
space Lump Gallery founded by Bill Thelen aka Lump Lipshitz, but not
everyone lives in Raleigh or North Carolina. We put together
collaborative group shows that allow our individual voices to remain
sticky, gooey, sexy, robotic, bleeding, redneck, bald, diseased,
beautiful, and campy.

'Glad To See You' embodies a sense of nihilistic transience. For
Space 1026, Teamlump is creating a big country squater environment,
complete with full size truck camper, constructed from cardboard and
wood scraps. Behind the camper will be a small crop of marijuana
plants and coming from the corner is a infinite highway that stretches
across the gallery floor. This atmosphere along with all the other
great work going into the show, creates an omni-present loner and
celebrates those who exist 'off the grid', and live off the land.

Friday, May 18, 2007

David Ellis + Kiku Yamaguchi = Doodle Crush

Jerstin Crosby shot the shit with artists, David Ellis, and Kiku Yamaguchi on on the eve of their collaborative exhibition 'Doodle Crush' at Lump Gallery/Projects. Part of the audio recording is indecipherable due to Ellis' SKDubs Double Bass Boombox Fiddle, blasting on shuffle in the background. You can check out this sophisticated ghetto-blaster fiddle as a feature in this month's special design edition of PAPER magazine.

JC: So you put those albums together with shrink-wrap?
DE: No, no, I glue them together with liquid nails, and then a resin coat.
JC: That’s funny because when I was looking at it, when I was in NY in February for the Exit Art show, I started photographing those loading dock things, the pads, the pads that keep you from hitting the dock when you're backing your truck up.
DE: Yeah.
JC: I started thinking I could put together magazines like that. Then I saw these and was like, dammit!
DE: Do it!
JC: I think the albums were a better choice, but that’s what it looks like to me is, your piece looks like those loading dock pads.
(the boombox bumps, "hotel, hotel, holiday inn")
DE: Hmm. Oh, how was the, how did the Prints Gone Wild thing for you?
JC: Uh, yeah good, we actually made some money. It's amazing, people will throw down on a twenty-dollar print.
DE: Oh yeah no problem.
JC: Even almost more quick than they would buy a twenty-dollar drawing, one of a kind.
DE: Yeah.
JC: Weird. People like prints.
DE: Som'n about it.
JC: It's like commerce, the mere fact of making multiples.
DE: How much did you make?
JC: Teamlump?
DE: Yeah.
JC: Everybody together made seven or eight hundred bucks, and dude, you know we make, like, zero dollars. (laughs)
(indecipherable chatter about VISA machines, and the ugly condos being built down the street from Lump.)
JC: I found some thing in German, was there a video on Barnstormers in German? (on
DE: I just saw that, somebody just hooked that up, that guy was in New York like four years ago, Christian (dude's name).
JC: Yeah, it looked older.
DE: Yeah, its old, I was like, super skinny, and, that was a fun day though, I had forgotten he had gotten all that footage.
(boombox bumps GZA)
JC: Where do you get the trucks that you paint on?
DE: Oh, yeah.
JC: Do people just loan those out?
DE: Yeah. I actually have a friend who owns a trucking company.
JC: And he just keeps them that way (painted), right?
DE: Yeah.
JC: That’s one thing, when I'm watching those videos, I'm like, where the hell does he get those trucks.
DE: Yeah. One was his truck, one was (indecipherable), and one was a delivery van in, Osaka.
JC: Where?
DE: Osaka.
JC: What was the one you did in the art parade last year?
DE: Um. That was, last year was one of my friends trucks.
JC: That works out. Get friends with a truck dude.
DE: Yeah.
JC: It should be a good opening tonight, the girls at the coffee shop knew about the show.
DE: Oh, yeah, how'd they know? Max, and Stewart?
JC: Yeah, probably, there was a napkin taped to the register that said, 'hot show at lump tonite'.
DE: laughs.
JC: What's the name of this show? Is there a name?
DE: Uh, "Doodle Crush".
JC: "Doodle Crush". That's right
KY: I call it "Crush".
JC: Huh?
DE: She calls it "Crush". I call it "Doodle Crush", she tried to change it.
JC: Is it because ya'll are crushing it?
DE: laughs. It's because we've been a couple for, literally, for like ten years, so, and we've work together but not, not that much, so we're trying to see if we still have a crush on each other.
JC: Oh, I see, doodle crush. Okay.
KY: Is that like a 'scribble jam', a doodle crush?
JC: laughs. What does everything in the show mean? laughs.
DE: laughs. What does everything in this world mean?
JC: I'm just playing. Can you just tell me the meaning of each piece? Ha. People are funny like that though.
DE: What's that supposed to be? What possessed you? I had a guy do that on one of the barns we were painting.
JC: You should be like, what, besides demons?
KY: laughs.
JC: I'm possessed.
(indecipherable conversing about how much Stewart Sineath helped out with their show, and what Med Byrd, (co-owner of Lump), teaches at NC State.
JC: Has Med cooked for ya'll yet?
DE: Uh, he offered to, and we couldn’t leave here, too much work to do.
JC: He made some good ass Thai food last week.
KY: He said he makes some good chili pepper sauce.
JC: I haven’t had that.
KY: Oh, he's got a bunch of pepper plants in the back.
JC: Oh yeah….My grandma, my grandparents, in 'bama, they make pepper sauce. It's just like, when you grow those little peppers and you put them in vinegar. And you let them sit for a while, it just makes the vinegar hot as shit.
DE: Yeah.
JC: This is the first year they haven't been able to grow peppers, they are officially too old to grow peppers.
DE: Oh, no.
JC: Yeah, it's really sad. They can't get out in the garden anymore.
KY: My grandma came to visit, to New York last year, sometime last year, she's eighty-eight, so that will be her last time she can, travel.
JC: Yeah.
KY: How long have you had a space over here? (a studio at Lump)
JC: January. I've been working out of….
KY: Your house.
JC: Yeah, I've been working out of my house, and my band kind of took over that space, and I finally started getting paid enough where I could afford…he only charges seventy-five dollars a month.
DE: That's really cheap.
JC: Yeah, I do what I can to keep Bill happy and keep my studio for seventy-five bucks a month.
KY: It's one-fifty?
JC: Yeah, I split it with Stewart.
(At this point in the recording I can't make out anything else, but there was only a few minutes left, and I'm pretty sure we were just talking about something irrelevant like how bad the Olive Garden is. Regardless, if you missed their show, then you really missed it. Installation shots coming soon.)

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007


"Heroes" opens May 5 at Bryce's Barber Shop and across the street at room 30, with an opening reception Saturday May 5, 6-8pm. Here is a little bit about the show, provided by elin o'hara slavick.

When Laura Sharp Wilson and I first began our collaborative series of Heroes (that includes heroines), it was out of a need to name, recognize, honor and remember people who influence, inspire, change, educate and amaze us in our wreck of a world. We have grown accustomed to a comfortable disappointment in, lethargic shock of and a seemingly eternal dissatisfaction with this late-capitalist, “free trade,” global economy world that rewards corporate and military criminals and punishes the poor, the imprisoned, the victims of this system and anyone who tries to make it better, fairer, or a tiny bit more beautiful.
Exhausted, depressed and almost hopeless – or as Helen Caldicott would say, “in a perpetual and survival state of psychic numbing” - Laura and I decided to begin a series of poetic, spontaneous, simple and honest tributes to those who inspire us; who refuse to fight the rich man’s war; who sing truth to power; who write manifestoes of hope; who lead and fight and refuse to let power corrupt; who help the hungry and sick and maimed and poor; visionaries; poets; artists; historians; doctors; activists; Rachel Corrie; Josh White; Frida Khalo; Mother Jones; Paul Farmer; Ina May Gaskin.
We exhibited the first twelve or so of our heroes at the beautiful Bryce’s Barbershop Gallery in Olympia, Washington. I take my hat off to my comrade Laura Sharp Wilson for always meeting me halfway as an artist, mother, teacher, friend, activist – through thick and thin – but especially for taking this project on. Laura is the reason why the Heroes project is growing and hopefully, traveling. She invited 50 artists to respond to the idea of heroes and the heroic, to join us in our efforts to offer glimmers of hope and resistance in our dark and troubled times. The response includes a heroic wonder woman, Louise Bourgeois, Dennis Kucinich, abstractions, Marguerite Barankitse – who saved 25 children during the Rwandan genocide – among many others. While some may claim that we do not need another hero, I think we need and have many in our daily lives. If this project helps artists to focus on something bigger than themselves, gives the audience some light and inspiration amidst the gloom and desperation, then it is had done a good job.
Certainly, Heroes will not end the brutal, senseless and immoral war in Iraq, but it may help us to fight harder to end it sooner. Heroes might take us by the fearful hand to block the road to Caterpillar bulldozers on their way to destroy Palestinian homes. Heroes may open our eyes enough to see that we can be our own heroes. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what makes a hero. For me, she is usually someone who would do something I do not have the courage to do. While I want to be a war tax resister, I am not because I do not want to go to jail (leaving my two small children). He is someone who consistently sees and shares the optimistic light despite criminal genocides, the capitalist victory of greed over community, the endless examples of cruelty, selfishness and ugliness. Heroes shine. They may have that Gramscian “pessimism of the spirit,” but they practice his “optimism of the will”.
At the time of this writing I still have not decided who my hero will be for this manifestation of Heroes – either Howard Zinn (I just want to sing his name) for making anarchy and impeachment sound like the most rational, logical and democratic things on earth, or John Berger (I just want to sing his name too) for always offering intense critique and steadfast solidarity through his generous writings, or mothers trying to protect their children beneath American bombs, or Sue Coe, Cesar Chavez, Student Action with Farmworkers, my parents, Sacco and Vanzetti, Subcommandante Marcos; Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie, Bayard Ruskin, Junius Scales, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Susan Sontag, people all over the world marching against war, people who believe that ending and abolishing war is not only possible but necessary.

Written by elin o'hara slavick
Artist, Activist, and Professor of Art at UNC-Chapel Hill

Artists Included in "Heroes":

Josh Abelow
Becca Albee
Nicole Awai
Leah Bailis
Amanda Barr
Judith Bauman
Charles Parker Boggs
Martin Bromirski
Tammy Rae Carland
Wendy Chien
Koren Christofides
Jerstin Crosby
Kimya Dawson
Julia Elsas
Paul Evans
David French
Pete Froslie
Joy Garnett
Beth Grabowski
Joanne Greenbaum
Eleanor Grosch
Harrison Haynes
Adrianne Herman
Hope Hilton
Andrew Johnson
Fay Jones
Jenny Laden
Michael Lease
Jane Marsching
Marisa Ann Martino
Hong Ngo
Paul Nudd
Ashley Oates
Beth Piver
Brian Reeves
Josh Rickards
Amie Robinson
Lisa Sheirer
elin o'hara slavick
Susanne Slavick
Carl Smith
Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Jeremy Taylor
Bill Thelen aka Lump Lipshitz
Paul Valadez
Silvia Velez
Stacey Lynn Waddell
Jeffrey Waites
Laura Sharp Wilson
Tory Wright

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Greetings from TeamLump

TeamLump is now pleased to present the "Team Lump Sucks Gazzette Weekly Post", a weekly updated magazine that will feature interviews and reviews about emerging visual artists.

Also, we hope to publish others' writing about artists in their community. This way we can have a broader range of coverage, and hear from voices in places that might not be NYC, LA, or you know what I'm saying. Submissions for this section of the Team Lump Sucks Gazzette Weekly Post should be emailed to with 'teamlump sucks' in the title. Be sure to size down images [ we prefer (.jpg) files between 72 and 180 dpi ].

The submissions will be reviewed and every week we will select one article for inclusion. Before you submit, check out our projects at, Lump Gallery/Projects, and LumpWest, to help decide if your artist review would be a good fit. We are a little picky, so if you send us an article about your roommates' exhibition at starbucks then it probably won't be chosen for the post. But we do want to encourage a new class of art criticism and see what's going on in your town or on your travels. So do it up.

-Jerstin Crosby