Avant Garde & Alternative

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A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

The Lunar Codex uses digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more, enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon. It is a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

Curatorial Notes

This section documents art and multimedia magazines that helped celebrate and pushed the boundaries of the avant garde and alternative contemporary art world.

Beautiful Bizarre magazine is an informative, insightful and inspiring contemporary art magazine that has captured the hearts and minds of an engaged audience of artists, enthusiasts, collectors and galleries locally in Australia and around the world. It sees its take on imaginative art as individual, creative and cool, but always fresh and approachable.

Elegantly reckless, Gravity City magazine evoked the heart of Omni and Heavy Metal, showcasing a blend of gritty and futuristic art, book-ended with interviews of rock icons and sci-fi auteurs, and laced with acerbic essays and short stories. GC continues its run as a digital original that captures the irreverent spirit of underground and alternative art. 

* Every artist, writer, and collector with art or articles included in the issues shown below are verified as represented in the Codex

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Works are located as to their respective lunar time capsules as follows: 

IM1 - Intuitive Machines Nova-C Mission 1 to Vallis Schrasöteri (The Nova Collection)

PM1 - Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 to Lacus Mortis (The Peregrine Collection)

GM1 - Astrobotic Griffin Mission 1 to the Lunar South Pole (The Polaris Collection) 

Art & Literary Magazines

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A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

The Lunar Codex uses digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more, enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon. It is a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

Curatorial Notes

Many of the art works in the Codex were originally shown at galleries over 2015-2021, whose exhibition catalogues were published by Goss 183, or were included in special editions of PoetsArtists (PA) magazine. All were curated by noted figurative artists, gallerists, collectors or art critics in association with publisher Didi Menendez.

Two of these exhibitions, Chronicles of a Future Foretold, and Shelter, was curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta. Shelter is based on a 2020 call for work specifically on the theme of shelter from the global Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2019. 

A landmark exhibition featured in "The Nova Collection", Mars: An Artistic Mission, was hosted by the California Art Club (est. 1909) to commemorate  the landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars on February 18, 2021.

The Codex also features a selection of art from the 15th ARC Salon Exhibition held by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a non-profit, educational foundation, hosting the largest online museum dedicated to representational art, and leading the revival of realism in the visual arts.

Several private collections and assemblages are also of importance to the Lunar Codex, notably The Windrift Collection and the assemblage of artists of The Bennett Prize®. Artworks from these form the core of the works catalogued in "The Nova Collection" time capsule. We are grateful to these collections for permission to represent these works in the Codex.

* Every artist listed below has at least one artwork represented in the Codex, and many have several pieces of art represented. 

The style is primarily figurative realism, balancing the abstract expressionism of previous art on the Moon. Non-figurative art is still represented, as in the Moon Leaves paintings in Rosario Bitanga's catalogue, and in the prints of Yayoi Kusama.

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Works are located as to their respective lunar time capsules as follows: 

IM1 - Intuitive Machines Nova-C Mission 1 to Vallis Schrasöteri (The Nova Collection)

PM1 - Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 to Lacus Mortis (The Peregrine Collection)

GM1 - Astrobotic Griffin Mission 1 to the Lunar South Pole (The Polaris Collection) 

Manifest

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BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE MAGAZINE

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- The Lunar Codex archives issues 17-36 of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, from June 2017 to March 2022 - twenty issues in all. See below for covers of issues included.

- Australian-based Beautiful Bizarre Magazine is an international contemporary art magazine, and organizer of an annual International Art Prize, that celebrates and pushes the boundaries of the artistic imagination. The magazine counts more social media followers than any other Australian-based art or photography magazine, and most Australian public and private galleries.

- Danijela Krha Purssey, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief ▪ Richard Purssey, Co-founder and Technical Director ▪ Natalia Joruk, Deputy Editor ▪ Jeanette Bartholomew, Finance Director ▪ Bella Harris, Online Editor ▪ Helena Aryal, Social Media Manager ▪ Elizah Leigh, Advertising Account Manager ▪ Hieu Nguyen, Head Designer ▪ Chrysa Podioti, Designer ▪ Contributing Writers: Elizah Leigh, Jennifer Rizzo, Andrea Kovacic, Natalia Joruk, Luke W. Barrett, Matthew Burgos, Addison Devereux, Richard Purssey

- All art pieces, articles, interviews, and promotional material from the issues below are archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex. In addition, the covers of issues 17-36 are archived in the Nova Collection of the Lunar Codex. See Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for artist details pending indexing of individual issues 

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 1

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- First regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Michael Black ▪ Krystian Biskup ▪ Edison Moody ▪ Dan G. Goiz ▪ Dip o Muh ▪ John Frye ▪ Vladimir Manyukhin ▪ Myoung Hwan Kim ▪ Alfven Ato ▪ Alejandro Burdisio ▪ Omar Zaldivar ▪ JC Park ▪ Juni Frio
- Featuring
Samuel Peralta (The Future Chronicles, The Lunar Codex) ▪ Michael Ezell (Fractured FX) ▪ Paul Mason (The Green Book – Alice in Chains) – Terry R. Hill (NASA)
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin ▪ Chris Fried ▪ Michael Ezell ▪ Daniel Arthur Smith

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 2 

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- Second regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Col Price ▪ Malcolm Tween ▪ Hasan Hameed Tabrizi ▪ Alexander Gluhachev ▪ Neil Blevins ▪ Ben Olson ▪ Roberto Padula ▪ Eryk Sczcgiel ▪ Leonardo Borazio ▪ Mohammad Hossein ▪ Rene Aigner ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Ryan Brown ▪ Domenico Sellaro.

- Featuring
Andre Bormanis (Star Trek, The Orville) ▪ Adam Mason (Hulu – Blumhouse) ▪ Steve Beaulieu and Rhett Bruno (Aethon Books)
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 3

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- Third regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by

Artie Cabrera ▪ Sangyeob Park ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Domenic Sallero ▪ Damir G. Martin ▪ Daniel Daniboy Sanches ▪ Alexey Egorov ▪ David Degrand ▪ Saby Menyhei ▪ Jing Deng ▪ Gerrit Willemse ▪ Niyazi Selimoglu ▪ Pascal Blanche ▪ Alex Rotto Smirnov ▪ Nikita Veprikov ▪ Midge Mantissa ▪ Nikita Lockertsen ▪ Sangyeob Park ▪ Dan G. Goiz ▪ Alexander Gluhachev ▪ Saby Menyhei ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Peter Milivojevic
- Featuring
Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lipooldt (Star Trek Discovery) – Joel Eisenberg – Larry Brody – Christopher Valin

- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 4

GravCity Media (2021) - GM1


- Fourth regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring art by

Artie Cabrera ▪ Daniel Romanovsky ▪ Nikolai Lockertsen ▪ Luciano Fleitas ▪ Yannick M Stahl ▪ Elina Karimova ▪ Svetlana Kostina ▪ Sean Andrew Murray ▪ Alexander Leskinen ▪ Connor Sheehan ▪ Alexey Kocheev ▪ Ignacio Bazan Lascano ▪ Pascal Blanche ▪ Tomas Kral Mana ▪ Alexey Egorov ▪ Guillem H. Pongiluppi ▪ Bartlomiej Gawel ▪ Shahab Alizadeh ▪ Morgan Yon

- Featuring
Matthew Medney (Heavy Metal Magazine) – Joel Eisenberg – Christopher Valin

- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Claire Davon

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Lunar Edition Issue 1

GravCity Media (2021) - IM1, GM1


- First lunar-only issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring stories by

Paul Kohler ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Claire Davon

- Archived in the Nova Collection and the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 5

GravCity Media (2022) - GM1


- Fifth regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Col Price ▪ Piter Hillewart ▪ Adam Miller ▪ Maria Panfilova ▪ Serget Vasnev ▪ Antov Tareev ▪ Maria Zolotukhin ▪ Minea Juntura ▪ Richie Mason ▪ Matin De Diego ▪ Azamat Khairov ▪ Vin Hill ▪ Andrew Domachoski ▪ Cara Houghton ▪ Silvia Pasqualetto ▪ Vyacheslav Safronov ▪ Steven Stahlberg ▪ Sarah Sneeboer
Featuring
Joel Eisenberg ▪ Steve Hillard ▪ Dennis Nowlan ▪ Ron Joseph
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ M.G. Herron ▪ Daniel Arthur Smith

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Lunar Edition Issue 2

GravCity Media (2022) - GM1


- Second lunar-only issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring stories by
Paul Kohler ▪ Neal Wiser ▪ Claire Davon ▪ John Foyt ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Will Swardstrom ▪ Margaret R. Blake ▪ Erica Ruhe ▪ John Gregory Hancock ▪ Bob Williams ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Liviu Surugiu (includes Romanian original and English translation)

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex