Nha Minh is excited to announce the opening for the show, “ VISION BLOG“, by Bronx based artist Josh Bayer.
Bayer will be exhibiting selected original story board drawings from some of his finest comics. ROM, Raw Power and Suspect Device, as well as other assorted works.
On view at Nha Minh from September 26th through November.
Opening reception 6pm Saturday, September 26th
485 Morgan ave. Brooklyn NY 11222
Food and drinks courtesy of Nha MInh and the South Side Supper club
DJ sets throughout the night!
New York-based cartoonist and teacher Josh Bayer’s aggressive, ambitious comics can, at first glance, appear to be made up on the spot. Raw Power, Rom, and his frantic contributions to his anthology Suspect Device embrace a “first thought best thought” style of writing and a decidedly nervous and energetic line that creeps off the page, like it cannot be contained. It is dense, overwhelming work. Stare hard enough at any given panel and what looks like smudged scribbles give way to figures with real dimension and thickness. You get a real sense of process, like you're looking at both the blueprints and the finished project all once. His often brilliant Raw Power feels like the pinnacle of his style, a comic beamed from the past, a rough-edged 1970s underground experiment in modern storytelling and craft.
The series Raw Power is about a vigilante G. Gordon Liddy-inspired anti hero who beats up punk rockers and who is revealed to be a knucklehead cog in a major label conspiracy to make sure punk doesn’t foment a revolution like rock n’ roll did in the sixties . It is an excellent example of a high-concept comic book conceit seen through to its logical, nutty end. And his “cover comic” Rom recreates, panel-by-panel, stories from the Marvel space-knight book from the eighties, locating the still vital energy of this work, while also shaking off its relatively square and mainstream-courting tics. It’s the difference between say, the Kingsmen’s mealy-mouthed though radio-friendly version of “Louie Louie”, and say, Black Flag’s grinding, raucous reinterpretation.
In Suspect Device series Bayer is acting as editor and contributing artist. He just released Suspect Device #4 (Pettibon did the cover). It features notable cartoonists taking the first and last panels of important comic strips and filling the middle bits with their own rowdy stories. Past issues of SD have rips on Garfield, Nancy and Popeye. In addition, this issue features appearances from The Phantom, Annie, Popeye, an Alley Oop Comic from 1962, as well as characters from a book on Russian prison tattoos. It’s a fascinating experiment, and it continues to yield great results.
Josh Bayer began his underground comics practice in 1988, appearing in zines and in small shows. Since then, his work has appeared in print, video, posters, and exhibitions all over the world. He is currently teaching comics and drawing classes at the 92st Y, Parsons and the Educational Alliance.