At Skylight: Aidan Koch presents SPIRAL AND OTHER STORIES w/ Matthew James-Wilson

At Skylight: Aidan Koch presents SPIRAL AND OTHER STORIES w/ Matthew James-Wilson

A delicate, dreamlike, and lushly detailed comics collection by a contemporary artist whose work explores the enmeshment of the human and non-human worlds.

For years, Aidan Koch’s comics have been pushing the boundaries of the medium, reimagining what a comic can look like and how it can tell a story. Koch has been living and working in the desert of California, turning her focus toward the ways humans and the natural world converge. Spiral and Other Stories is a triumph of that continuing process. 

Using watercolors, pencils, crayons, charcoals, and collage, Koch builds worlds of dense detail and vast open spaces, urgent scrawled text and long silences, telling a series of stories about people and the places they inhabit. Characters yearn for each other, even as they’re pulled toward different lives. Rivers dance together, then diverge as they make their way to the sea.

With an accompanying essay by the author and critic Nicole Rudick, who explores Koch’s craft and her move into environmentally focused comics, Spiral and Other Stories is a showcase of Koch’s mastery of comics as a medium that can contain astonishing forms and offer new kinds of storytelling for our uncertain times.

Aidan Koch is a multimedia artist and author of several book-length comics. An educator and key figure in the environmental comics movement, she is the founder of the Institute for Interspecies Art and Relations, a publisher and educational organization. She has exhibited in galleries in North America, South America, and Europe. She lives in the Mojave Desert.

Matthew James-Wilson is the founder of Heavy Manners Library, an art space in Echo Park Los Angeles. From 2012-2018 Matthew ran the online art magazine FORGE. Matthew has curated art exhibits, worked for various independent record labels, and written for publications including Pitchfork and VICE.


Event date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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By Aidan Koch, Nicole Rudick (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681378350
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review Comics - April 30th, 2024