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September - October

September 19th, 2004

5 - 9 pm

Alix Lambert

I Am Not Like Them At All And I Cannot Pretend

Works On Paper


a new publication

Alix Lambertpink

photo top: 989-Nail - 2003, C-print and mixed media on paper, 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches.

photo center: I Am Not Like Them At All And I Cannot Pretend

photo left:Untitled - 2003, C-print and mixed media on paper, 10 1/2 x 14 inches

Abaton Book Company invites you to celebrate our latest publication and the work that inspired it. Please join us September 19th, 5-9pm, at Abaton Garage for a book release party/art opening. Refreshments will be served, along with some entertainment: an acoustic set by Jersey City's premier psychedelic band, Pothole Skinny.

I Am Not Like Them At All And I Cannot Pretend

a new book by Alix Lambert

ISBN: 0967732662

This recent Abaton Book Company publication is 30 pages in length. It contains a short text and 28 color reproductions of mixed media works by the artist from 2000 - 2004. This publication is signed by the artist and limited to 250 copies.

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I Am Not Like Them At All And I Cannot Pretend


Lambert’s work examines how and why we develop social and sexual rules and codes. In her work Male Pattern Baldness she shaved the top of her head and assumed the role of a middle-aged basketball coach. The resulting video has been screened in exhibits at both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. For her 1993 work Wedding Project she married and divorced three men and one woman in the space of six months. Two weddings took place in a New York City courthouse, one at a drive-thru in Las Vegas, and another in Hungary. For the gallery show commenting on this work, she displayed all the wedding certificates, divorce documents and wedding portraits. The installation also included traditional wedding gifts like toasters, as well as moving boxes and two videos. In 1996, Lambert created Platipussy, an all-girl punk band for which she was the drummer, and made a fictional film of its life and hard times.

Her film The Mark of Cain (2000) is a revealing documentary exploring the tattoo culture that has developed inside the burgeoning Russian prison system. Director Alix Lambert earns the trust of these prisoners and gets them to open up in intimate interviews that illuminate the tensions between prisoners of different generations and different socio-economic levels. The prisoners’ bodies become canvasses for art that expresses their pain, hopes and fierce resistance. The film was praised on the festival circuit and excerpted for a segment on ABC’s Nightline. The online journal Nitrate claims, “The Mark of Cain is one of those gut-wrenching, mesmerizing documentaries that makes most crime-themed feature films look cartoonish, contrived and insincere by comparison. Lambert’s unique vision acts as testimony that even under the most wretched of settings, human expression finds a way to bloom.”

Lambert studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Royal College of Art in London and the Parsons School of Design in New York. She has taught at CalArts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been displayed at major galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Mirabella has credited Lambert with “a rare gift for tickling taboos with intelligence and humor.”

Artist, film director and performance artist Ms. Lambert was named one of "30 people under 30 who will change the culture in the next 30 years" by The New York Times.


Directions to Abaton Garage.


From NYC take the Newark-bound PATH train to Journal Square. Taxis are available on Kennedy Boulevard, directly in front of the station. The ride to Abaton Garage takes less than five minutes and costs approximately $5. If you prefer to walk, simply stroll down Kennedy Boulevard about 3/4 of a mile, until you reach Gifford Avenue. Then turn right; 100 is in the middle of the block.

Previous exhibitions:

Mark Dagley, June ~ July 2004

Tom Warren, August ~ September 2004


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