"An Abominable Fancy"

"In order that the happiness of the Saints may be more delightful to them and that they may render more copious thanks to God for it, they are allowed to see perfectly the sufferings of the Damned."

THOMAS AQUINAS







May 25, 2010

Pigs

Spent the night reliving my days on the farm.  Including but limited to my first kill, fields of pig shit, lightning hog sausage, piglet "Soup" death and other stories from the heartland.

May 21, 2010

Version #4 To My Dear Co-writer

Late, or seemingly late night tonight.  Great interview today, more later on that, another interviewer's questions waiting for an answer on my computer and the deadline for the other book I am working on is due TONIGHT!  shit.

May 15, 2010

Press Release

15 May 2010


PRESS INFO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE:

“An Abominable Fancy”

An Autobiography by John U. Abrahamson with William Maltese

Artist John U. Abrahamson and internationally best-selling author William Maltese,

have just gone to contract with Laura Baumbach’s MLR/PIP Press to pen the artist’s

Faustian autobiography that was birthed in the aftermath of Abrahamson’s recent

successful and much-discussed “Flesh and Blood” exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art in

Los Angeles, CA.

“Flesh and Blood” included an installation of the same name that consisted of 660 vials

of the artist’s own blood and flesh, collected over the previous year. It was, though, his

thirty personal journals, written over 15 years, which viewers were encouraged to

destroy, and did, that provided Abrahamson the catharsis and sudden incentive he needed

to “reclaim those memories” in “An Abominable Fancy” now being penned with

Maltese.

The autobiography will span almost half a century and illustrate the artist’s long-existent

quest for understanding life and himself through his experiences and through his

controversial artwork. It will document the odd and often macabre twists and turns taken

by him towards achieving those ends … from his abandonment by his mother when he

was 7… to his rise within the Los Angeles art scene… and his deep descent into San

Francisco’s dark underworlds of vampirism, blood-sports, and fetishism, all the while

putting his ghosts and demons on canvas and paper, for all the world to see, in his attempt

to achieve some kind of much-needed self-realized exorcism.

Contact information —

JOHN U. ABRAHAMSON attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has

exhibited in galleries and museums world wide, currently resides in San Francisco, CA,

and is represented by Les Barany and Bert Green Fine Art

Jua@johnua.com   http://www.johnua.com/ http://www.bgfa.us/  http://www.baranyartists.com/

WILLIAM MALTESE has a BA in Marketing/Advertising and spent an honorable tour

of duty in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of E-5. He started writing for men’s pulp

magazines in the sixties, and has since penned more than 171-published books, both

fiction and nonfiction, with foreign-language editions in over twelve countries.

williammaltese@yahoo.com http://www.williammaltese.com/

The Beginning

Here is where it starts.

With the conclusion of my solo exhibition "Flesh and Blood" at Bert Green Fine Art in Los Angeles, CA in March and April of 2010, I began to contemplate the destruction of 15 years worth of my writing through the installation work featured in "Flesh and Blood."  Perhaps the only way I could realize this book was through the destruction of my journals.  A great cleansing before the new journey.

I had approached William Maltese, a collector of my work and a very accomplished writer.  The partnership was solidified and MLR/PIP Press agreed to publish the manuscript.  William and I are both very excited in bringing my sometimes odd and often macabre life's story to print.