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Who Am I ?


An Introduction to JIM EARL

April 2011

1: Who am I?

Jim Earl.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I write, make art, and play music. I am currently writing technical articles on energy efficiency systems and technologies, and tottering about in my own academic and fantastic forays. I am designing a gourmet grocer’s interior and exterior artwork with the unbelievable Katie Ng, and I play often with my band Crash Robin.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I am from Baltimore, and I suppose I’ll end up there in a home or as bones. I came from one place and went to a great many others; I’m learning from and trying to occupy the space between these voyages.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Those are shoes I hope I might one day fill.

5: What book is your bible?

Jitterbug Perfume, Lolita, Mulamadhyamikakarika, Of Grammatology, Infinite Jest, O.E.D., Taschen books, Pet Sounds, Queen (1973), Motown, Bringing It All Back Home, The Last Waltz.

6: What are some things you love?  And some things you hate?

I love being surprised by the generosity of time or spirit. I hate finding I’ve made errors of judgment in these departments.

7: What is your raison d’être?

Literally, birth and death. My only guru is the trace (écart, carte) and it is the residue (residual, left-over, supplement) that unites the two sides of the coin. I am writing the exergue.

8: What is your favorite color?


9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

The Preacher.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

The Cloud (RIP 4/31/2011).

11: What turns you on?

Zoning out, loss of ego. The balanced moments of performance, or focused writing or drawing, in which the consideration is first and foremost that which is being produced. There are moments on stage or in front of a blank page or canvas in which you can become an actor watching his or her own actions unfold without allowing the mind to become either reflective or anticipatory. The mind can hover in a space of total action: it remains focused on the stimuli (a song, idea, or image’s beat or rhythm) and the body responds while the ego remains suspended. I believe this is the definition of “turned on”.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

What role do you think art will have in maintaining or establishing a distinction between reality and fantasy in this age of scripted “reality” programming, social networking, and news outlets airing tweets, and is this a necessary function?

Jim Earl is a Brooklyn artist working in words, pencils, paint, and sound. He is the singer/guitarist/songwriter for Crash Robin, a three piece rock outfit playing all over BK, NY, NJ and CT. His writing has been featured in various arts and politics publications both online and in print, and his art work has been shown and sold in London, Paris, and New York. In each of his projects, he is seeking to apply the theory and techniques of Derrida, Nagarjuna, Witten, Dylan and Picasso to matter, sound, image, structure, and ideology. This most often manifests as feel-good music.


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Overseen by Jillian Mercado

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Catherine May Tayor / Courtesy of Jim Earl

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Jim Earl, New York, 2011, Photography by Catherine May Tayor / Courtesy of Jim Earl

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