“This is my dream body. The one I use to walk around in my dreams”.
Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson opens her documentary, Heart of a Dog, with these words, plunging the viewer into the imagined thoughts and memories of Lolabelle, Anderson’s late rat terrier who was quite talented on a piano. From there, Anderson reflects on the deaths of others near to her, including her mother, her friend the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and her husband Lou Reed. Like much of her other work, Heart of a Dog also ventures into political territory, with Anderson’s recollections of her experiences in New York post-9/11.
Not one to limit herself to a single medium, Anderson extended her project to include the release of the film’s soundtrack album on Nonesuch Records, and a special live concert for New Yorkers and their hounds held at midnight in Times Square earlier this year. Heart of a Dog, Anderson’s first feature film, has been short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020