Join us for the launch of Theia Mania, a book of poems by Dallas Athent, illustrated by Maria Pavlovska, and book design by Eve Siegel.
Antisentimental Society is a newly formed imprint of Off The Park Press / Black Square Editions. Antisentimental Society is proud to announce this collaboration as its first title.
Theia Mania is a book of poems about religion, the existential existence of man and the anxiety of an artist, illustrated with dramatic and methodical drawings.
During our launch we will have special performances during MANA Contemporary's open house by Dallas Athent, Anthony Haden-Guest, Chris Campanioni, Prospero Vega and Ronna Lebo.
About the Performers:
Dallas Athent s an art reviewer for At Large Magazine, a board member of Nomadic Press and the editor of the short story collection, Bushwick Nightz. Her writing has appeared in Buzzfeed Community, PACKET Bi-Weekly,PANK Magazine, VIDA Reports from the Field, BUST Magazine, Yes Poetry & more. She has been an editor for Bushwick Daily and Luna Luna Magazine. Her work, both literary and artistic has been profiled in Bedford + Bowery, Brooklyn Based, and Brooklyn Magazine, among others.
Maria Pavlovska was born in Skopje, Macedonia (Former Yugoslavia) in 1975. BA and MA she receved at the Faculty of Fine Art in Skopje, Macedonia. Her work has been featured around the globe in over 28 solo shows andmore than 100 group international exhibitions including Art Basel Miami, The Kunsthalle-Vienna and Kunsthalle-Krems (Austria), Gallery Lang (Vienna), Cite Internationale des Arts, The Dock (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Gallery, Museum of the City - Skopje (Macedonia), City House in Nurnberg (Germany), Station Gallery, Gallery MC, The Open Space Gallery, Citibank (New York), FLA Gallery (Connecticut), Viota Gallery (San Juan - Puerto Rico), Prima Center (Berlin), MANA Contemporary and Drawing Rooms (New Jersey). Her work is held in private and public collections worldwide, including embassies, museums, galleries and libraries.
Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer and artist. His drawings have appeared in the New York Observer, and his writing on art has been published in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire, GQ, Artnet, and more. He is the author of books such as The Last Party on Earth: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night as well as True Colors. He’s been featured in the New York Times and New York post among others. He is a New York Emmy award winning narrator for his work in the documentary known titled The Affluent Immigrants.
Chris Campanioni is the Senior Editor of PANK magazine, a lecturer of English literature and creative writing at Baruch College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Pace University. He’s the author of Going Down, In Conversation, Once in a Lifetime, Tourist Trap and Death of Art. He’s the youngest finalist for the International Latino Book Awards, for Going Down, which was also named a “must-read book” in 2013 by the New York Post. His poetryand non-fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Word Riot, Fjords Review, Prelude, At Large Magazine and more.
Ronna Lebo is the co-founder of Reservoir Art Space which consists of eleven art studios and an experimental project gallery. She is also the co-founder of Black Square Editions alongside Boni Joi and John Yau, a non-profit press for poetry and art. Her paintings have been featured in The New York Times, and her writing published in several journals. She’s the author of Prolapse.
Prospero Vega is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. He is the winner of the London Student Film Festival with his short film, “Sunday.” His film, “Family Retreat” was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. He’s worked with Ted Chaeski and Pablo Cruz. His work has been published in Bodega Monthly, as well as Bushwick Nightz. His forthcoming book of poems is to be published in 2017 by Catopolis LLC. His short film, “Brooklyn Brooklyn” will premiere this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.
To get there:
-Take the PATH train to Journal Square
-Take the direct shuttle bust from MILK Studios in Chelsea
This launch will take place during MANA's open house, so before or after you can tour the 2-million square foot art space and enjoy the day.