John Menick makes films and audio works, writes essays and short stories, and occasionally makes prints and drawings. His artwork has been shown at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Mousse, and Art in America. Menick has received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he is a visiting professor of film and video at the Cooper Union in New York. Most of the time he lives in New York City.
He recently published A Report on the City is a new collection of interrelated essays and short stories by the artist and writer John Menick. The city in question, Mexico City, provides a setting for the book’s assorted protagonists: a tongueless hypochondriac, mad travelers, a dissolute garbage baron, a snuff-film dealer, and an incognito film director. Part journalism, part invention, part folly, A Report on the City is an investigation into the bewilderments of contemporary Mexico.
The collection is published by Walter König press and was designed by Leftloft. It is distributed in the United States by DAP, and throughout Europe by Cornerhouse Publications and Verlagsauslieferungen AG. An ebook is forthcoming.