FUNHOUSE: interactive book fair, March 24-25, 2018

Several Carousel artists will be participating in this exciting new book fair:

On the weekend of March 24 – 25, Desert Island and The Drawing Center will present FUNHOUSE, a new, interactive book fair at which guests can make their own books in collaboration with resident cartoonists and illustration artists.

FUNHOUSE Book Fair
March 24–25, 2018     11am–5pm      Tickets $10 via Eventbrite here

The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street (btwn Broome and Grand St) in SoHo, New York.

FUNHOUSE guests will interact with resident artists to create unique pages for one-of-a-kind books to be assembled at the fair. The resident artists will also have their own publications available for purchase at General Store within the FUNHOUSE fair, with games of chance, author signings, special activities, and giveaways of artists’ books. A SIDESHOW of talks, lectures, and presentations will be organized by FORGE. art magazine’s Matthew James-Wilson. Additional spectacles, like life-size interactive cut-outs and funhouse mirrors will provide wacky fun and photo-ops galore!

FUNHOUSE artists include: Gabrielle Bell, Lilli Carré, Rob Corradetti, Joanna Fields, Laura Perez-Harris, Abby Jame, Jeff Ladouceur, Sarah Lammer, Gary Lieb, Richard McGuire, Walker Mettling, Ben Passmore, Oskars Pavlovskis, Monica Ramos, Jim Schuessler, R. Sikoryak, Whit Taylor, Matthew Thurber, Thu Tran, Mark Wang, Kelsey Wroten, Gina Wynbrandt, and JooHee Yoon. FUNHOUSE is organized by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island and Molly Gross of The Drawing Center.

SIDESHOW
All sideshow events are included in ticket price, $10 via Eventbrite. Proof of purchase, from either day, is needed.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Saturday at 11:30am
DIY or Die!
(with Xia Gordon, Leslie Lasiter, and Kurt Woerpel) Please RSVP here.
Three creatives discuss the dynamic world of do-it-yourself publishing!

Saturday at 1:30pm
Sideshow Variety Hour
(with Sarah Lammer, John Mejias, and Matthew Thurber) Please RSVP here.
Step right up to a three-part variety show featuring performances by cartoonists Sarah Lammer, John Mejias, and Matthew Thurber!

Saturday at 3:30pm
Police Sketch Game    Please RSVP here.
An interactive drawing game where the audience helps three exhibitors from the show identify the perpetrator of a crime.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

Sunday at 11:30am
In the Director’s Chair
(with Steph Davidson, Walter Green, and Hannah K. Lee)   Please RSVP here.
Three art directors discuss the ever-changing illustration industry.

Sunday, March 25 at 1:30pm
Eyeworks Animation Screening    Please RSVP here.
An animation screening organized by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation.

Sunday at 3:30pm
Police Sketch Game
See description above.

FUNHOUSE special programing

Comic Zine Workshops
Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 12:30–4:30pm
Tickets $40 via Eventbrite here, include the workshop and access to the fair.
kuš! comic zine workshops, lead by artist Oskars Pavlovskis from Riga, Latvia, will be a collaborative comic drawing experience suited for participants of any age and skill level.

FUNHOUSE image: text art by Richard McGuire, art by Rob Corradetti, design by Peter Ahlberg.

A selection of FUNHOUSE artists from L to R: Thu Tran, Rob Corradetti, JooHee Yoon, Monica Ramos, Jeff Ladouceur. Sarah Lammer, Oskars Pavlovskis, Whit Taylor, and R. Sikoryak. Go to our instagram feed @funhousebookfair to see work by all the FUNHOUSE artist.

ABOUT DESERT ISLAND
Desert Island is a unique illustrated book store in Brooklyn. The modestly sized shop is packed with art from top to bottom and the decor includes an enormous handmade chandelier, painted cartoon cut-outs, elaborate paisley wallpaper, sculptural remnants of former window displays, and piles of Smoke Signal, the free comics tabloid published by the store. Any artist can sell comics or zines at Desert Island, making for a fun mix of unexpected creations from all over the world.

ABOUT THE DRAWING CENTER
The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan’s SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs.

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