I'VE GOT TO STOP TALKING TO MYSELFº, compiled by John Marriott (Got to Stop Talking to Myself...), 96 pages plus 25-track CD, $30 cloth ($20 at book launch party). Rating: NNN
I'VE GOT TO STOP TALKING TO MYSELFº launch party, Friday (May 26), 7 to 9 pm, at the Green Room (296 Brunswick). Admission free. 934-9553.
The art of noise
Fledgling publisher John Marriott is flogging his first-ever artists' (as opposed to art) book from his bicycle and backpack, hitting on downtown specialty booksellers including Art Metropole, Book City and Pages to sell the quirky book/CD set for a hefty $30 a pop.
At first glance the package is unassuming, but with contributors including some of this country's premier artists -- Tom Dean, who represented Canada in the 1999 Venice Biennale; photographer Janieta Eyre, the only local artist about whom I've been interviewed by European grad students; multidisciplinary art stars Steve Reinke and Andrew J. Paterson; as well as Michael Buckland, Luis Jacob, Susan Kealey, Stacey Lancaster and Laurel Woodcock -- the tiny (5-by-7 inches, 96 pages) I've Got To Stop Talking To Myself... adds up to the season's big coffee-table publication for the local art scene.
Creepy collection Taking their cue from Marriott's proposed title, the contributors have created a creepy collection of insecure and neurotic personae. More than one contributor muses on the refuge to be found in Prozac, Valium or bomb shelters, or even in the manufactured catharsis of long-distance phone ads on TV. Despite (or because of) their in-your-face vulnerability, the characters demand and reward repeat readings.
Eyre presents herself as a suicidal agoraphobe; Dean does a psychedelic take on the Old and New Testaments. Not surprisingly, the tightest text comes from Paterson, who has published novels and also ranks as one of Queen West's more memorable lyricists.
This subversive and suggestive little talking book won't be for everyone, but it's a must for anyone who gets off on the local art scene.
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