April 13–August 12
A multidisciplinary series investigating the complex dynamics of living peaceably and sustainably together.
In celebration of UICA’s 35th anniversary, the Urbanity exhibition is inspired by the fact that nearly 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas. With the advent of suburban sprawl through the middle/latter part of the 20th century, we have lost the skill for co-habitation. One result is a messy discourse framed and exacerbated by a host of socio-economic issues. Urbanity reflects on these complex dynamics of living together in an urban environment, asking the question: What does it mean to be a city-dwelling species?
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The Comics Journal interviews artist Mark Dancey about the graphics work he did for Motorbooty Magazine:
Motorbooty was a magazine from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nine issues were published between 1987 and 1999. How to describe what kind of magazine it was – is tough. It was a magazine about music that also had a lot of comics. It was also funny. Relentlessly funny. Motorbooty was fully formed straight out of the box when it debuted. This was not some half stepping xeroxed rag thrown together overnight. It was a beautiful and sharp object with striking graphic design. Motorbooty was no joke.
Founded by Mark Dancey and Danny Plotnick – the magazine utilized a vast contributor list that left many of the articles unsigned. It was as though the articles were written by committee. Even the way the contents page of the mag was organized telegraphed a united front of classroom clowns. [Read full article]