I Have Nothing To Do and I’m Doing It
Michael Petruzzo reads Downstairs Eddie by Nicholas Gottlund
Saturday October 1, 2011
1 p.m. The Classroom
3rd Floor, Gallery U
MoMA PS1, New York Art Book Fair
“downstairs regular shit eddie
plants and bad paintjobs
It was something to do with the little piles of rocks that Buddhist’s do in the woods.
What the fuck are those called?”
– Michael Petruzzo
“I’ve had this idea to do a ‘reading’ of a photography book for a little while now. That is to say an experience that might function similarly to an audio book. The reader would narratate in some sense while the listener would in turn formulate their own imagery based on the description. Originally conceived to accompany the big Repurpose book by Matt Papich & Joe Williams, the reading was to be recorded by Michael and sold as a cassette. Because of the size of Repurpose, the book to be read was changed to Downstairs Eddie. The two books share a similar gaze and tone. Downstairs Eddie is dedicated to the world of people, in particular, the slacker. It was produced in a small and varied edition of 5. Most likely you will never actually see the book. It takes place largely in Los Angeles, but then I don’t want to give too much away. Please come out to the NYABF on Sat. October 1st at 1 p.m. to hear Michael read it his way.”
Michael Petruzzo is an artist, poet and software developer. He is the author of the book, Bum Joke Book and is currently developing the program, Grandview. He lives and works between Millbrook, NY and Baltimore, MD.
Nicholas Gottlund is an American artist whose work relies heavily on the use of photography and the influence of counter culture ideology. He runs the small publishing house, Gottlund Verlag which produces limited edition artist books. He has exhibited most recently at the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam and the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. He currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.