Michael Workman is creating Art, Poetry, Literature, Graphic Novels, Podcasts, Reporting
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Fighting for humanism and conscience in a world of populist violence and nihilism, Michael Workman reflects, examines and at times wrestles with philosophic wonder the difficulties of conscience in this context. In recent years, he has begun work on a series of roughly 7 books: a novel, "American Hell" (about mental illness), a graphic novel, "Envy the Dead" (about addiction), a children's book for adults "The Darkness Sings Songs of Itsself" (a collection of prose poems and drawings of the personification of the spirit of despair's private thoughts on life and human existence), "Hollow Harvest," a poetry collection and attendant series of drawings on the destructive forces of nihilism and narcissism in American society, "Burn it Down," an essay memoir about the art world as a bastion of neoliberalism, "Rustaire," a novel examining poverty, queerity and violence in the rustbelt Middle West, and an untitled seventh volume.

Workman brings a vast array of experience to this calling, including ten years pulling an Ehrenreich in the art world and recording the insular horrors of the 1%. In 2009, he co-founded the annual Verge Art Fair in New York (and Miami from 2009-2012), the New Material Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2013, the popular one-off Art Brooklyn in 2011, and the Visual Art Network, an internet audience outreach initiative that includes the VANlist email announcement service and the /publicprojects program to connect artists with Chambers of Commerce. Formerly, he was Director of Bridge, NFP, a Chicago-based 501 (c) (3) arts publishing and programming organization. Bridge, NFP published the Pushcart-prize winning bimonthly Bridge Magazine, for which he served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. Bridge, NFP also organized the annual Artboat exhibition during Art Chicago for two consecutive years at Navy Pier, The Nova Art Fair for another two, and launched the Bridge Art Show from 2004-2008 in Miami Beach and Chicago in 2007, in cooperation with Art Chicago at the Merchandise Mart. He has worked in supporting roles on a number of other fairs, including SOFA Chicago and NY.

He is currently columnist on the Maker Beat of DIY culture in Chicago and writes social, literary, and is now also moving toward dance critique, for alt-biweekly Newcity. He also operates a curatorial umbrella project, Antidote Projects, the last exhibition for which he produced a 'zine, False Love, with original work by artists and writers including AA Bronson.

The cycle of books require a "cooling-off" period between each phase of production, usually to the tune of a year between writing and revision. "American Hell" is up for revision starting in December 2015. Patreon funds will support this 7-year project with recurring monthly donations allowing work on them to proceed unfettered by the concerns of monthly income. Workman and his son are relocating to a coop living environment in service to this vital effort, and reducing the influences of economics in daily life. Your donation helps make these works possible.

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For every pledge of $20 or more a month, I will direct mail a roughly 1"x1" reminder of the world's nihilism in the form of a fragment from the Nest of the Hollow Heart. Below is an example of the array of types of fragments you may receive. They are left to right and in order: 1) Ripped Out Vagina, 2) Plucked Eye 3) Disembodied Buttocks, 4) Crushed Skull 5) Length of Intestine 6) Forehead.
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Fighting for humanism and conscience in a world of populist violence and nihilism, Michael Workman reflects, examines and at times wrestles with philosophic wonder the difficulties of conscience in this context. In recent years, he has begun work on a series of roughly 7 books: a novel, "American Hell" (about mental illness), a graphic novel, "Envy the Dead" (about addiction), a children's book for adults "The Darkness Sings Songs of Itsself" (a collection of prose poems and drawings of the personification of the spirit of despair's private thoughts on life and human existence), "Hollow Harvest," a poetry collection and attendant series of drawings on the destructive forces of nihilism and narcissism in American society, "Burn it Down," an essay memoir about the art world as a bastion of neoliberalism, "Rustaire," a novel examining poverty, queerity and violence in the rustbelt Middle West, and an untitled seventh volume.

Workman brings a vast array of experience to this calling, including ten years pulling an Ehrenreich in the art world and recording the insular horrors of the 1%. In 2009, he co-founded the annual Verge Art Fair in New York (and Miami from 2009-2012), the New Material Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2013, the popular one-off Art Brooklyn in 2011, and the Visual Art Network, an internet audience outreach initiative that includes the VANlist email announcement service and the /publicprojects program to connect artists with Chambers of Commerce. Formerly, he was Director of Bridge, NFP, a Chicago-based 501 (c) (3) arts publishing and programming organization. Bridge, NFP published the Pushcart-prize winning bimonthly Bridge Magazine, for which he served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. Bridge, NFP also organized the annual Artboat exhibition during Art Chicago for two consecutive years at Navy Pier, The Nova Art Fair for another two, and launched the Bridge Art Show from 2004-2008 in Miami Beach and Chicago in 2007, in cooperation with Art Chicago at the Merchandise Mart. He has worked in supporting roles on a number of other fairs, including SOFA Chicago and NY.

He is currently columnist on the Maker Beat of DIY culture in Chicago and writes social, literary, and is now also moving toward dance critique, for alt-biweekly Newcity. He also operates a curatorial umbrella project, Antidote Projects, the last exhibition for which he produced a 'zine, False Love, with original work by artists and writers including AA Bronson.

The cycle of books require a "cooling-off" period between each phase of production, usually to the tune of a year between writing and revision. "American Hell" is up for revision starting in December 2015. Patreon funds will support this 7-year project with recurring monthly donations allowing work on them to proceed unfettered by the concerns of monthly income. Workman and his son are relocating to a coop living environment in service to this vital effort, and reducing the influences of economics in daily life. Your donation helps make these works possible.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
Pledge $1-19, and you'll get something from us here daily, as well as on my Facebook feed. If you're not happy with what you get there a month, tell me why and justify that reasoning well, I'll bump you up to the next tier complimentary for a month.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 of 25 patrons
For every pledge of $20 or more a month, I will direct mail a roughly 1"x1" reminder of the world's nihilism in the form of a fragment from the Nest of the Hollow Heart. Below is an example of the array of types of fragments you may receive. They are left to right and in order: 1) Ripped Out Vagina, 2) Plucked Eye 3) Disembodied Buttocks, 4) Crushed Skull 5) Length of Intestine 6) Forehead.