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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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  • ≡ Visual Arts

    Artists have been crossing the borders of tradition and expectation since art began. Many highly respected categories of art (like Symbolism, Impressionism, and Surrealism) grew out of artists thumbing their noses at the boundaries and taboos of their time. What today’s interstitial artists are thumbing their noses at is the popular dependence on categorization, with its rigid demands that artists declare themselves to be one thing or another: fine artist or illustrator, painter or computer artist, installation artist or photographer, sculptor or puppet builder and so on. The IAF is here to give support to artists who work in the interstices between traditions, genres, and media.

    On these pages contributors present an ongoing selection of artists, old and new; well-known artists and those whose very interstitiality may have kept them from the public eye.

    Thomas Wargin

    WENDY ELLERTSEN, 2010

    wargin_tmb“Occasionally I encounter an artist so outstanding, skilled, driven and creative that all I want to do is stop and breathe in the spirit and dynamism of the work, then accept the challenge of the encounter to push my own work and thought process further. Such an artist is Thomas Wargin.”

    Connie Toebe

    CHANDRA PELTIER, 2010
    toebe_tmb“Not only is her work strikingly beautiful, but upon closer examination it becomes obvious why Connie’s art was a perfect fit for the IAF: combining elements of photography, collage, assemblage, and sometimes even flash animation, Connie Toebe is the very definition of an interstitial artist, defying categorization.”

    David Lasky

    KENDRICK GOSS, 2003

    lasky_tmb“David Lasky has spent more than 10 years producing comic art on the border of humorous illustration and fine art. His cartoon biographies of literary icons, musicians and scientists stretch the genre of comics in delightful and unexpected ways.”

    Visual Interstitial Arts Links

    KENDRICK GOSS, 2003

    An ongoing selection of recommended artists’ web pages. “In choosing these links, I sought to assemble a group of artists ranging from the subtle to the outrageous, from the understandable to the absurd, from the more easily classifiable to the seemingly indefinable.”

    Interstitial Visual Arts

    INTERSTITIAL ARTS FOUNDATION
    Here is an ongoing list of publications that feature interstitial visual art recommended by diverse contributors. These are works that cross the borders of genre, media, tradition, and expectation. Different contributors have different ideas about what makes a work of art interstitial, which is why we have asked them to annotate and sign their recommendations.