Noah Lyon in Dagens Nyheter

PRESS — Noah Lyon on December 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

Review of Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at MoMA

PRESS — Noah Lyon on June 27, 2012 at 10:18 am


Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously by Noah Lyon.

in a review of Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at the Museum of Modern Art
by Desi Gonzalez

“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.” Noam Chomsky composed this sentence in 1957 in an attempt to show the world that language could be grammatically accurate yet semantically bankrupt. Since then, linguistics students have devoted inexhaustible hours trying to attach meaning to the cryptic phrase. “Green” might refer to immaturity or youth, some say; others insist that to “sleep furiously” is to experience a nightmare.
But that’s not Chomsky’s point. “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is about the existence of grammar, even when language’s supposed function—communication—is absent. This is language gone haywire, severed from its primary aim of conveying meaning but maintaining an underlying, inherent structure. continue… Riot Of Perfume

Noah Lyon in Cluster Mag: The Best of the 2011 NY Art Book Fair

PRESS — Noah Lyon on November 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm


Noah Lyon in Cluster Mag.

“All the sweet caustic wonders of Retard Riot belong to Noah Lyon. His collection is a cabinet of pithy twisted funhouse images, many of which comment on consumerism, commercialization, pop culture, the state of the nation, everything sucking, and so on. The text in his work is as depictive as his images are — scrolling, punching, slapping, slipping, curling, and doing just about every other thing a cartoon does. His books operate primarily in the vernacular of parody. Taking in his table as a cohesive vision, it was easy to see just how deeply this comic point of view penetrates his process.

There are layers and layers and layers of jokes embedded in Lyon’s stuff. When describing his books, for example, he writes, “Retard Riot books are published by trolls on acid-free paper that is unfriendly to the environment.” There is also mention of the Keebler elves.”

Read more here…

Rags We Love: The Best of the 2011 NY Art Book Fair by Rachael Katz

The Tourist interviews Noah Lyon

PRESS — Noah Lyon on October 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

Read it here: The Tourist Zine – Tell Us #12: Noah Lyon

Noah Lyon in the White Lighting / AnOther Magazine blogosphere

PRESS — Noah Lyon on June 14, 2011 at 6:42 am

Photo of Retard Riot zines by Elizabeth Spiridakis. from “Printed Matter: WHAT ME WORRY & Other Great Things”
See the whole post at White Lightning’s blog and thanks to AnOther Magazine for posting it again.

Noah Lyon in Art:21 review by Ali Fitzgerald

PRESS — Noah Lyon on September 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

Lives and Works in Berlin: Head Shop/Lost Horizon at Exile

During a recent visit to Exile Gallery, I spoke with guest curator Billy Miller about his concurrent shows Head Shop/Lost Horizon, which were a part of Exile’s annual Summer Camp Series.  We chatted around a courtyard table, as a giant tarp made of discarded umbrellas loomed over us, engulfing the whole hof in cheap, translucent color and swaths of frayed paisley. (more…)

Art Lovers New York >> Nancy Smith review of Retard Riot #28

PRESS — Noah Lyon on December 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

~NOAH LYON / MATT LEINES / LITTLE BOOK / BIG WORLD

“little creative acts add up. little creative acts can be very revealing. little books can tell big stories.”

see the whole story here:

http://www.artloversnewyork.com/zine/the-bomb/2009/12/10/noah-lyonlittle-book/

Collision Feast: Noah Lyon “Look At All Your Stuff” – review by Thomas Millroth

PRESS — Noah Lyon on April 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

With a fantastic imagination à la Bosch Lyon gets his nourishment from popular culture, news flow, contemporary society, international politics and doomsday prophecies.

Noah Lyon ”Look at All Your Stuff”
Galleri Thomas Wallner, Malmö, Sweden
through May 27

Noah Lyon’s drawings are like graffiti-covered walls. Bright colors call you in to take a closer look; in the multitudes I’m drawn to “All Your Stuff”. A man, or is it a bird, in a wheelchair is chewing, like Moloch, on a naked figure, who is expelling gas in anticipation of death, while another guy without a head slinking away with a turd on his shoulders. Some poor wretch is flushed down the toilet, and a miserable bastard, trapped in an orange bag, is vomiting from his torture. The colors of U.S.A. are shining through like a dirty rainbow. The doomsday horn is blowing.

Figure is added to figure, scene added to scene, one image next to another, in a color scale that would do credit to any Concretist. With a fantastic imagination à la Bosch Lyon gets his nourishment from popular culture, news flow, contemporary society, international politics and doomsday prophecies. Full to the brim. It is important to say everything, all at once. Then he can leave the words and thoughts to the beholder. Implicitly he is offering his world, what does yours look like? ”Look at All Your Stuff” is the name of the exhibition!

The pressure in Lyon’s imagery is kept high by the small format. Sometimes down to mini size. Then they are small picture buttons that are also put together into “button paintings”. The effect is stroboscopic; quick punch lines about his world.

Alongside the image fury Lyon shows more conventional paintings. Loaded with air, light and dreams of a sort of American mythology. The painting “Pyramid Me” is just a small picture of a man in a cowboy hat in front of a wall that has been sewn together; the seam resembles a pole with a small owl. Within, I hear Hank Williams’ tragic dreams and painfully beautiful music!

Lyon’s images collide in a way that would have put André Breton in ecstasy.

- Thomas Millroth, art critic – Sydsvenskan April 30, 2009

Kollisionskalas - Noah Lyon review by Thomas Millroth - Sydsvenskan April 30, 2009

Kollisionskalas – Noah Lyon review by Thomas Millroth – Sydsvenskan April 30, 2009

There Is a U In Us – Five Years of V1 Gallery

PRESS — Noah Lyon on March 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

V1 Gallery in Copenhagen has a book out documenting the exhibitions they’ve had over the last 5 years. They’ve  shown artwork by Noah Lyon, David Shrigley, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kellerman, Joe Bradley, Dearraindrop, Dash Snow, Slava Mogutin,Todd James, Stephen Powers, Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Banksy, Daniel Johnston, Chris Johanson, Misaki Kawai, Taylor McKibbens, Marc Bell, CF, Neckface, KR, Cody Hudson, Ed Templeton, Jo Jackson, Rich Jacobs, Isaac Lin, Andrew Jeffery Wright and many others.

There Is a U in Us

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: Spraygraphic interviews artist Noah Lyon

PRESS — Noah Lyon on September 26, 2008 at 4:15 am

Sprayblog

http://www.sprayblog.net/spraygraphic-artist-interviews/spraygraphic-interview-with-artist-noah-lyon/

read it here…

Spraygraphic Interview with Noah Lyon

SG: Please tell us about yourself?

NL: Let me answer that question by answering the next 14 questions.

SG: Where do you currently live and work?

NL: New York City

SG: What mediums do you work with?

NL: I’ll take a medium and take it to the extreme. So it would be way more than medium, more like maximum. Maximum rock’n’roll. Maximum markers. I use paper too. But maximum doesn’t always mean the biggest it also could be, like, the smallest. So I’ll take a 1”x 1” piece of paper and make the most incredible drawing ever, nowhere near medium, if it were a pepper it would be the most hot and if it were Bob Marley it would be the most high. One-inch drawings turn into one-inch buttons & I’ll make the most of that too. Like make the maximum amount of buttons. I think 50,000 might be the max. Anyways that’s where I’m at right now. Way beyond medium. Push it to the limit, walk along the razor’s edge. I’ll make a painting with no paint. Is that medium or minimum? I try to work as little as possible. Minimum work, maximum results, any medium, bring it on. (more…)

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