will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude, over my head
Don't you wonder sometimes 'bout sound and vision . . .
-David Bowie, "Sound and Vision"
Welcome to Issue 3 of Comet!
As you see, this issue of Comet is online only. Because of
financial constraints we considered delaying #3 but decided it was
more important to keep Comet alive, if only in the digital
realm. We remain fully committed to the printed word and expect
to return to print in the future.
However, weve discovered there are advantages to the digital
format. For instance, we can present the work of our artists in
color. Rigo 02s arresting murals get their due this way (although
they must be seen in person to fully appreciate the impact of their
size). "Innerspace," Comet's art gallery,
also benefits from this format, which permits us to feature animation
and interactive elements.
Our beautiful website is the work of Comets designers, Martha
Sue Harris and Susan Smyth. Thanks so much to both of them! Their
fantastic work reminded us that the print vs. online debate is no
more relevant than debating the merits of prose over poetry, or
video over film. Theyre just different mediums, and all art
forms can be entry points to the aesthetic and sensual worldthe
world of sounds and visions.
We chose the theme Sounds and Visions for this issue not because
we have an undying love for David Bowie (although we do), but because
our interview subjects are all insightful artistseach with
a unique visionwho have distinct voices that bring their particular
sound alive to the viewer/reader/listener. Finding sound and vision
artists wasnt our goal in choosing our interview subjectstrue
to form, we just interviewed these diverse artists because we were
intrigued by them.
Later we looked for a theme, a prism through which to view these
artists in context. The name "Sounds and Visions" came
to Maw in a dream. Once she mentioned it, it was definitely that
Eureka moment, for the artists profiled here sharethrough
their sounds and visionsan ability to transport their viewer/reader/listener
to new and unexpected places. Their work doesnt look or sound
like anyone elses, and it invites you to look at things from
a perspective you may never have considered. And the indelible insight
gained from that is as much a gift as the work itself.
Rigo 02s murals command your attention through their
bold graphics, deceptively simple text and fitting locations. Valerie
Soe takes power over representation by using the camera to present
issues of gender and ethnicity through her eyes. Mark Growden
brings passion, brawn and bawdiness back to folk arrangements and
instruments, creating a sound that is at once fiery, earthy and
sublimely sensual. JT LeRoy, author of Sarah, is one
of the most distinct contemporary voices in fiction so much
so that reading his work becomes a sensory experience. You can actually
hear the West Virginia drawl in your head as you read. His evocative
images, a fever dream of surreal experiences, are so visual that
you feel as if you were actually there watching the story unfold,
rather than merely reading a printed page.
We also asked some local artists and writers to share their top
ten sounds and visions. The results are surprising and revealing.
We hope you enjoy the issue!
Kathleen Munnelly and Maw Shein Win
We'd like to
know what you think. Please send your love letters and constructive
criticism to email@example.com
If you'd like to contribute, donate or be involved in any way, please
call or email us.
A warm round
of thankyous to our intern April Kilcrease,
copy editors Siobhan Fleming and Steve
Gilmartin, Tina and Andrew at Adobe
Books and Nancy Dewees.
the following correction: 848 Community Space is still alive and
kicking (not defunct as reported in Issue 2). You can contact them
at 415-992-2385. We apologize for the error.
**You can still
order Comet #2:
the Uncompromising Issue, featuring interviews with Sapphire,
John Law, Ian MacKaye and Minnette Lehmann. See the contact
page for details.