Lizzy Dargie and A(a)rdvark Collaboration.

My good friend Lizzy created an animation recently and used the song “Mickey Mantle” from my brother’s demo CD.

Check it out!

More Jeff things here.

More Lizzy things here.


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Jeff cutting my hair

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Matt Nighswander.

New Matt Nighswander work: Waiting for the Jets.

Some really nice photographs in this project.

© Matt Nighswander

Matt told me that there’s still some tweaks to be done, but I like what he’s got so far. Check it out here.

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Graduation Confirmation.

Peace College!


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crop of embossed cover © Matt Austin 2009

Wake is the title of the body of work that I’ve recently wrapped up into the first half of what will be a two-chapter story.

I recently received the InFocus grant to help complete the rest of the work; you can read the running statement for the project at their website.

I decided to make some pictures of the first copy of the “book.” The work is actually encased in a handmade box that reads like a book, as shown below.

Please don’t mind the uneven lighting coming from my window.

cover © Matt Austin 2009

view of open box © Matt Austin 2009

frontispiece spread © Matt Austin 2009

title page © Matt Austin 2009

“Backseat to Buffalo” journal entry spread © Matt Austin 2009

“Richie” © Matt Austin 2009

© Matt Austin 2009

© Matt Austin 2009

© Matt Austin 2009

"Excerpt from Dad's e-mail" © Matt Austin 2009

Mom and Dad © Matt Austin 2009

For now, I plan on making between 5 and 10 copies and circulating them like a library would, with a due date of two or three weeks or so.

The book consists of 45 spreads, roughly 85 pages, split fairly evenly between text and image; it takes some time to finish.

Unfortunately, this personal experience of the book will be available to only Chicagoans for now.

However, I’ve created a low resolution PDF version of the book for the non-Chicagoans that are interested in reading it.

If you would like to be a part of any of this, please e-mail me through the contact section of my website or at


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Anyone who is sticking around Chicago after New Year’s:

Don’t forget about Anna Shteynshleyger‘s Solo show at the Renaissance Society.

Opening is Jan 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, see you there!

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Amy Elkins – 15 Minutes.

Really awesome work/piece (?) by Amy Elkins that I had never seen before.

It’s called 15 minutes; really powerful and beautiful, check it out.

© Amy Elkins

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