At the crossroads

Maybe Event Horizon is not at a crossroads, but I certainly am.  I do not have the personal resources to do what needs to be done to produce Event Horizon. I love what Event Horizon  has become but there are aspects of it that must be consistently maintained for it to work. I think there actually is enough time in my busy busy schedule to do everything.  Ominously, some of these functions I procrastinate against doing. That is a fatal challenge for  a one-person show.

I need two staff people to do the things I don’t want to do. It would not be sustainable or correct to try to fill these important and difficult positions with volunteers. If I could fund the positions, problem solved. But again, addressing this is the kind of relentless self-promotion that I tend to avoid.  Selling ads? Developing subscription service? Starting a non-profit? Saturating  social media daily? Pleading on GoFundMe or Kickstarter? There are things that can be done;  just not by me.

I’m developing job descriptions for a Production Specialist and a Communications Director. The positions would be part-time and could be filled remotely anywhere.

If  I were to provide a budget for a proposal for a non-profit, I’d probably throw in a third position for myself.  It would all  look something like this:

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Stay posted for news of Issue 10.

print option – Issue 8

Issue 8 is now available as a print copy for purchase. Got to the Home page for links to Issue 8. Choose the free pdf download or the publish-on-demand purchase option for a print copy.

If you wish to contribute to Event Horizon and you woud like to look at a Call to Artists, find one in the blog dated March 17.

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Issue 8 is upon us

Issue 8 is available for download on the Home page.  I will have the purchase print option posted in a few days. I am too chagrined to comment on the tardiness of delivering Issue 8 – ostensible release date was March 1.

I included a ‘love letter from the editor’ on the Notes from the Editor page.  I’m posting it here because my heart is on my sleeve.

Love letter from the editor of Event Horizon

Long ago, in the middle of 2017, I had an idea. It was a stream – a confluence of restless urgings. I had been retired for three years. I knew that I loved to blog and it was frustrating that no one gave a good God damn what I had to say. I wished I had, maybe, a few more dollars a month than my humble pensions would provide. As always, I loved history, military history, art history, The Blues, Boomer pop/rock and lately, Greek classical literature and Jane Austen—a broad palette, plenty to work with.  I’ve not been a successful entrepreneur yet. But I have never failed because I never stopped trying. Originally, I hoped Event Horizon would be more than a creative outlet; maybe eventually the full website, blog and magazine could be a platform for selling ads or subscriptions.

That part never happened but Event Horizon became something I never expected: a public service. It is so personally rewarding to me in that respect that I can no longer  imagine not doing it.

But it does take a toll. I’m having some success in other entrepreneurial efforts and the money and the clients create their own priority. Event Horizon takes more – rather than less – time the more I learn and the more exacting my standards become. A local limited crisis is that I am late – very late – in bringing Issue 8 to ‘print’.

There are answers – or at least solutions, each with their own sets of strings. I paid my son for 10 hours work at Portland minimum wage doing layout. He was a valuable and competent assistant but he doesn’t want to do it. What I need is at least 20 hours/month but I can’t afford it. I’ve done some research: Making Event Horizon a non-profit would not be impossible, only difficult and a long hard road. Maybe GoFundMe? If I had $3000, that would take care of layout for a year. Or maybe ads or subscriptions.  Sure, there ya go.

In the meantime, I’ll mostly do it myself and publish as soon as I can.

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Call to Artists

I usually put out calls to artists for the next edition after I publish. But Issue 8 of Event Horizon is egregiously late and I want to get the word out for Issue 9.

Event Horizon is a home for literary and graphic arts and this is a call for submissions:

Event Horizon is seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of many varieties.

Event Horizon is calling for graphic arts suitable for a 2D publication:  illustration of any variety, photography and photography of craft work, pictures with stories comprising manga, graphic novels, comics and cartoons.

There is no fee for submitting nor is there payment upon acceptance. Event Horizon is published bi-monthly. The best place to start for any questions is the website and glimpses at back issues.

The website and free pdf downloads can be found at eventhorizonmagazine.com .

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to eventhorizonmagazine@gmail.com .

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The success of Ivanka Vacuuming

I saw the thumbnail on Yahoo news but didn’t click it: “Internet goes wild over Invanka Vacuuming!”  I did read The Neoliberal Hypocrisies of Ivanka Trump Vacuuming in Hyperallergic. I am now ready to declare the “interactive performance piece”, Ivanka Vacuuming by artist Jennifer Rubell to be a brilliant success. Art should engage. Art should be wildly controversial. Art should represent and reflect what is going on in the culture. Art should make the participants question whether or not the work is art. Art should generate heated discussion about both the art and the subject matter. The Hyperallergic article is a good point of departure.

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Ivanka Vacuuming by Jennifer Rubell, presented by CulturalDC. All images by Ryan Maxwell Photography, courtesy of CulturalDC.

Sandow Birk – satirist for the new century

William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, and Herblock were giants in their respective and consecutive centuries, beginning with Hogarth in the 1700s. As social satirists and political cartoonists, they were unmatched equals in unmasking hypocrisy, folly, greed and tyranny. Their draftsmanship, iconography and phrasing were perfectly balanced and laser-focused. In their time they revealed the nakedness of the powerful and the ridiculous. Sandow Birk may be the succeeding giant for the 21st century.

Hyperallergic reports on Sandow Birk’s exhibition at PPOW Gallery, Triumph of Hate:

” … examines dark strains in the culture and politics of the United States, including Trump, gun violence, white supremacy, and greed. Birk’s body of work is unusual in that its explicit politics don’t read as overly didactic — a difficult line to walk successfully. Triumph of Hate is comprised of three distinct bodies of work: a series of satirical prints about Trumpian exploits, graphically violent paintings examining recent events, and a triptych of woodblock prints representing the battle of good versus evil throughout American history.”

Hogarth, Nast, Herblock

Birk:

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Amazing deals at Event Horizon

I put out this reminder every once in awhile.  If you are a contributing artist to Event Horizon, I encourage you to take advantage of a free, full-page display ad in Event Horizon to promote your book, opening, exhibit, business or other work.  Send  imagery and copy to eventhorizonmagazine@gmail.com. No pdf files please.  The ad will be composed and formatted for best fit on an 8.5 x 11in page. If you’re not yet a contributing artist but you want to take advantage of this stupefyingly incredible deal, submit your work and become a contributing artist.

To you, the rest of the world, the alternative incredible deal is almost as good. You can buy a full-page display ad in Event Horizon for the astounding low low price of $50. Go to the Advertising tab on the website to use the handy Buy Now button.

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How the Re-Opening of the Public Domain “Has Allowed Us to Have Our Culture Back”

I’ve been grinding an axe in support of the public domain for quite sometime.  Glad to see I’m not alone as others pick up their own axes and pitchforks. This is a “share” of the above-titled post in Hyperallergic.

“In 2019, thousands of artworks from 1923 entered the public domain. Speakers from Creative Commons, the Internet Archive, and other places share why this matters.”kandinskybluered-1024x652

“Many of the artists from this era now entering the public domain represent the evolution of modernism, but perhaps none so influential as the Moscow-born Wassily Kandinsky. His motifs of shapes whirled into colorful collisions grew out of experimentation with many of the major movements of the 20th century, as he moved from post-Impressionism to Bauhaus, to his last decade of work in extreme abstraction.”

“…fool’s errand.”

It’s a happy coincidence whenever someone can pick their own time to exit. I congratulate you on your choice and wish you the best in your retirement. As for street photography, I thinks its longevity is secure at least as long as there are poets, authors, and photographers.

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“The End Of Street Photography” – At Least For This New York City Photographer, by Michael Ernest Sweet

I have written about the problems of street photography before, and my prediction for its ultimate collapse, but still it goes on. Nearly everyone agrees that street photography has become a repetitive, over-saturated, largely ignored genre in photography, yet no one has volunteered to do their part and bow out. No, we are all still clinging to our cameras, our particular sidewalks, and we are all still generating more images to add to the heap. That is until now. Finally, someone is leaving. Me. I am raising my hand and volunteering to exit the stage. Yes, that’s right – I’m going, while the going is good. Now, granted, I am only one guy with a camera, but I am one less guy with a camera roaming the already very crowded sidewalks of…

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Issue 7 – at last

I am very pleased to report that Issue 7 is available for free-download or to purchase. Go to the home page of EventHorizon.  Usual practice is for me to download the free-pdf first and wait a few days until error reports start rolling in.  That limits the corrections to a single file. But I inadvertently posted the print edition first … never mind. They are both available, pdf and print.

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