On Thursday May 19 Shandaken will launch it’s first publication, Jokes for the Campfire, at Friends and Lovers, Brooklyn.
We hope the conversation and preview below will encourage you to attend the event, purchase this hilarious book, and support Shandaken, the unique residency program for visual artists, dancers, writers, curators, scholars, and musicians founded by Nicholas Weist.
Blonde Art Books: Can you give a brief history of Shandaken?
BABS: Can you say a little about the inspiration for this book?
BABS: There are so many aspects of the campfire, as a central space of gathering, that can be explored – how much time is actually spent by the campfire?
BABS: Did the jokes come about organically or is this an activity that you introduced as, lets say – a release from a long day in the studios, a kind of conversation starter after a day of solitude – a playful gesture to encourage an intimate and more spontaneous exchange…
BABS: Will you do a follow up to the book with spooky campfire stories? Or campfire recipes?
NW: I’ve been thinking for years we should do something related to food, since it’s such an important element of the residency. But scary stories sounds great too!
Contributions by residents and friends including: Amelia Bande, Robert Beatty, Phillip Birch, Michael Buhler-Rose, Andrianna Campbell, Sean J Patrick Carney, Ariel Dill, Chris Domenick, Dan Fox, Laura Frantz, Chris G, Elise Gardella, Gabrielle Giattino, Solomon Goldbas, Gordon, Colleen Grennan, Brendan Griffiths, Stefan Gunn, Frank Haines, MacGregor Harp, Terry Hempfling, Mary Hill and Tryn Collins, Christopher Ho, Gloria Holen, Heather Hubbs, Jac and Nora, JPW3, Kathryn Kerr, Lila, Reuben Lorch-Miller and Laura Splan, Weston Lowe, Ryan James MacFarland, Gerard McCarthy, Robbie McDonald, Andrea Merkx, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Ceci Moss, Elizabeth Orr, Whitney Platt, Shellyne Rodriguez, Em Rooney, Brie Ruais, Michael Rudokas, Sven Sachsalber, Carmelle Safdie, Jorge Sanchez, Nolan Simon, Joshua Smith and Liz Hirsch, Michael Stamm, Maureen Sullivan, Lumi Tan, Joey Teeling, Jeff Tranchell, Jonathan VanDyke, Siebren Versteeg, Jacques Louis Vidal, Zola Ray Warsh, Emily Weiner, J. Weist, Ana Wolovick, C. Spencer Yeh, and more; published by Shandaken