|What is being communicated?
After Jon Mueller's ridiculous novella Pianobread, released on Crouton in 1999, we are pleased to announce this new textual endeavor in collaboration with visual artist Kaveh Soofi. Endings brings together two different forms that describe an identical path. Neither revel in the final destination, but skirt carefully around the edges just prior to, leaving the ultimate understanding to each reader. Mueller's writing and Soofi's illustrations are like brother and sister, both revealing versions of the same story, but in doing so, reveal an even greater mystery. In reading these twelve short stories and viewing the following drawings, something is surely communicated via this collective means, but the identity of that point is far beyond what can be described. Endings is about something that's right in front of you, but you surely don't know what it is.
This release is limited to 250 numbered copies as an unbound book housed in a sealed heavy kraft box. The pages, of which there are 30, feature black text and b&w illustrations printed on 80# Cougar Cover. An accompanying audio disc plays a continuous ending.
Kaveh Soofi is a graphic artist and video editor who has been performing and exhibiting his work individually and collobratively for the past nine years. Previously, he worked as a member of TEST:, a multimedia performance group that specialized in creating massive projection environments for both installations, dance, and theater. Recently, Kaveh has been working primarily in documentary and experimental video, producing works for projection and live audio-visual exhibitions. Kaveh has a recently finished a graduate degree in broadcasting, and also works professionaly as a designer and editor for commercial, educational, and non-profit media. In between, he gets lucky and he is asked to draw dirty pictures to amuse his friends. Kaveh currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Jon Mueller followed a common path of literary education and practice, but infused it with the act of writing disturbing prose and mailing it to strangers. His non-fiction work can be seen on various pieces of corporate literature, news magazines, etc. His fiction/non-fiction practice also seeps into his work as a percussionist, of which many recordings have been released, and he has performed throughout North America and Japan.