"NOT 4 LONG," newspaper collage, letterpressed using polymer on rives bfk, edition of 20. shoutout to my man #badcarlsagan for the title @badatit

"NOT 4 LONG," newspaper collage, letterpressed using polymer on rives bfk, edition of 20. shoutout to my man #badcarlsagan for the title @badatit

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My dear friend and frequent collaborator Darin Acosta has just released a new film. It caps off the Nathan Jessee trilogy (which if you haven’t seen, is on his youtube channel in its entirety) and sets the stage for his next set of films, “Bummer.” It’s always been an honor to be a pawn in Darin’s twisted little art projects, but it’s particularly exciting to watch his work genre-bend in a way that approaches a psychological thriller. If you like independent cinema, navigating death and love with your friends, and the liminal state of mind created by touring in unsuccessful punk bands, this is a must-see.

My dear friend and frequent collaborator Darin Acosta has just released a new film. It caps off the Nathan Jessee trilogy (which if you haven’t seen, is on his youtube channel in its entirety) and sets the stage for his next set of films, “Bummer.” It’s always been an honor to be a pawn in Darin’s twisted little art projects, but it’s particularly exciting to watch his work genre-bend in a way that approaches a psychological thriller. If you like independent cinema, navigating death and love with your friends, and the liminal state of mind created by touring in unsuccessful punk bands, this is a must-see.

sneak peek of my #astropress bag design for @chromaticcoffee - created with #letterpress type and ornaments!

sneak peek of my #astropress bag design for @chromaticcoffee - created with #letterpress type and ornaments!

With sloppy, frantic-seeming linework and a cavalier (verging on careless) use of color, Levy’s early work puts the viewer in an uncomfortable spot. While the overall message appears to be one of reciprocal fondness, the lack of punctuation or other affect lends a listless, dull air to the ladybug-esque creatures portrayed on the plate. The year and signature of the artist peer over the shoulder of one of the poorly-rendered creatures, taking up half as much visual space as one of the characters and their speech bubble. The ego and self satisfaction implied in that choice dominate the work at large, seeming to overpower even the rainbow, which sags heavily over the scene, suggesting that it, like the viewer, is deflated by what it sees. C-.

With sloppy, frantic-seeming linework and a cavalier (verging on careless) use of color, Levy’s early work puts the viewer in an uncomfortable spot. While the overall message appears to be one of reciprocal fondness, the lack of punctuation or other affect lends a listless, dull air to the ladybug-esque creatures portrayed on the plate. The year and signature of the artist peer over the shoulder of one of the poorly-rendered creatures, taking up half as much visual space as one of the characters and their speech bubble. The ego and self satisfaction implied in that choice dominate the work at large, seeming to overpower even the rainbow, which sags heavily over the scene, suggesting that it, like the viewer, is deflated by what it sees. C-.

a place where my life changed for the better, forever #pyramidatlantic #astropress #letterpress (at pyramid atlantic)

a place where my life changed for the better, forever #pyramidatlantic #astropress #letterpress (at pyramid atlantic)

More photos of the postcards I letterpressed promoting September group show at Chromatic Coffee. Split fountain, fun lockup. You can pick one up at the coffee shop in Santa Clara in a few days, or grab one from me when I’m back at the end of August. Or maybe I’ll mail you one while I’m at Penland! TTYL, LYLAS.

In just a few days I leave town to go to Penland, but I managed to squeeze in a couple last minute print runs. Today I letterpressed postcards for my September show at Chromatic Coffee!

In just a few days I leave town to go to Penland, but I managed to squeeze in a couple last minute print runs. Today I letterpressed postcards for my September show at Chromatic Coffee!

IF YOU MUST WRITE, WRITE WITH SPITE

film transfer + metal plate = how the bags i’m illustrating for chromatic coffee will be printed. so stoked to work with and show art in these folks’ space.

film transfer + metal plate = how the bags i’m illustrating for chromatic coffee will be printed. so stoked to work with and show art in these folks’ space.

print shop cat

print shop cat

so #blessed that my print is the centerfold for the july issue of #antigravity. new orleans folks can pick it up (soon), peeps who want to buy the #letterpress version can check out becklevy.com/store. #astropress #resourcewar

so #blessed that my print is the centerfold for the july issue of #antigravity. new orleans folks can pick it up (soon), peeps who want to buy the #letterpress version can check out becklevy.com/store. #astropress #resourcewar

My new webstore is up and running!

our wood type feels the same way i do about our amazing studio refresh currently underway. with my paperhoarding and virgo rising plus @thefunisover ‘s carpentry…shits about to get so good

our wood type feels the same way i do about our amazing studio refresh currently underway. with my paperhoarding and virgo rising plus @thefunisover ‘s carpentry…shits about to get so good

I’m playing two shows in the Bay Area this week (as ALIEN TEARS) with my DC punk colleagues PRIESTS.
[Oakland]
[SF]

I’m playing two shows in the Bay Area this week (as ALIEN TEARS) with my DC punk colleagues PRIESTS.

[Oakland]

[SF]

Here are some photos of the live printing/noise demo I did on May Day. I put a contact mic on the letterpress and used a live-looping pedal, and a little reverb and distortion, to enhance the noises of the press. I was thrilled because I was doing all my favorite things at once: producing anarchist art, printing, and making music.

From the program:

The Original Worker’s Holiday

BECK LEVY and AUDIENCE

Live-printing and noise

May Day is internationally recognized as a celebration of organized labor and worker power. It has its roots in anarchism, particularly the Chicago Haymarket riots of 1886. The American September Labor Day was formalized in order to diffuse the significance of those riots and of the Haymarket martyrs. The holiday also has roots in other organized labor movements, and also in pagan springtime festivals. The phrase I will be printing, “THE ______ & THE ____ HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON” is a play on a Wobblie axiom–Wobblie refers to the IWW, International Workers of the World, a solidarity-based decentralized union (rather than the common employers-based model). The axiom “The Worker and the Boss Have Nothing in Common” references the diametrically opposed interests of the class that owns the means of production and the class who labor yet cannot access the value their labor generates. I love this phrase because of its stark extremism. How can any two things have nothing in common? Yet the phrase provokes a sense of inherent truth along with inherent falsehood. What are the opportunities for solidarity and common ground that emerge from a recognition of severe inequality?