In his latest, comics anthology veteran Cerio collects many short, unrelated pieces, including some film stills and collaborations with musicians. The book opens with beautiful prose memories, lyrically written on swirling art backgrounds. The text is narrative, but strange and emotionally resonant, as Cerio describes the disorientation of seeing his parents in the bright sunshine and being outside with his beagle looking out over the “seven green yards to the highway.”  The psychedelic art is a marvel to look at—a cross between Rorschach prints and magic-eye patterns. Some of the pieces are moving and wonderful, such as “The Failing Symbolism of White Doves,” which discusses the pale comforts that imagery and literature hold for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Other pieces are too abstract to engage with easily. Cerio’s art is excellent throughout; even when it borders on nonsense, it’s gorgeous nonsense. (May)

The latest Signal to Noise

Reposted this from Wow Cool’s site.

The newest issue of the excellent Signal to Noise Magazine (#58 – The journal of Improvised & Experimental Sound) features a great spread of several of Steven Cerio’s concert posters and a good sized interview with the man talking about his history, art and music. Interesting discussion of his method and changing style and an anecdote about meeting William Parker. Subscribers will already have their copies (at least I do) and it should be available in stores and online soon.