In 2000 Louis Brawley was living, working and showing in New York City. With two solo shows under his belt, he started traveling a lot. Then he left the city in 2005. At that time he opted to conduct an experiment by living without a base. From then on he moved usually monthly, sometimes weekly, or even daily, rarely spending more than a month in any one place. Following the flow of freelance work at art fairs most of the year; he spent the winter months living in India.
Much of the time during the first five years of travel was spent with the Indian-born philosopher and anti-guru U.G. Krishnamurti, until he passed away. After his death Brawley began writing a book about that experience. A regular practice of producing photographs and paintings on paper continued while living on the road. The book called “Goner” was published in 2011 by Non-Duality Press in the UK and by Penguin in India. The journals from the second half of the travel period are the subject of another book currently in process.
The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
* “Goner” is now available from New Harbinger in the west and Penguin India in Asia. It was recently translated and published in Russia by Ganga Press.
Road, Read, Blog, Fest, Promote, Distribute
Guest: Sonel Breslav
Host: Christopher Kardambikis
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY
Blond Art Books:
Established by Sonel Breslav in 2012, Blonde Art Books is a Brooklyn based organization dedicated to promoting self-published art and poetry books through exhibitions, publications, book fairs, talks, and online exposure. Most recently, Blonde Art Books has organized exhibitions and events at Baxter Street / Camera Club of NY; SIGNAL, Brooklyn; MoMA, PS1, Queens, NY; and Printed Matter, New York. Past venues include ICA, Philadelphia, PA; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Nudashank, Baltimore, MD; Hyde Part Center, Chicago, IL; Schema Projects, Brooklyn; Present Company, Brooklyn; and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. The first book published under the Blonde Art Books imprint, Kitsch Encyclopedia by Sara Cwynar, was launched in April 2014. This year will mark the fourth annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair, organized by Blonde Art Books and hosted by SIGNAL. Breslav received her MA from UCL, London in 2010 and her BFA from University of Buffalo - State University of New York in 2005.