ANOTHER NEW BOOK: INCIDENT AT DESERET | SEE DETAILS IN POST FROM SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

ANOTHER NEW BOOK: INCIDENT AT DESERET | SEE DETAILS IN POST FROM SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Turkish map-fold spread from the new book 'Reaper' (2015)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Closing Reception, Friday, July 26 for The Contained Narrative Show

I'm in a show at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts' MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery in Minneapolis. The show is called The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artists' Book, and was curated by Cathy Ryan. A link to it is here.

I am very happy to be in such good company; it is quite a show. The show itself opened on April 8 and closes this coming Sunday, July 26, 2015. However, the Closing Reception is this Friday, July 24th between 6 and 9 pm, and is being held in conjunction with the MCBA Book Art Biennial. The Biennial is a wonderful event and the finalist for the competition will be chosen this week. I was one of the jurors for this event four years ago. It attracts stellar work from all over the world.

The Contained Narrative is divided up int categories: The Book, Bound and Unbound; The Virtual Book; The Book as Environment/Environment as Book (this is the category that my book Sanctus Sonorensis is in; The Book as Metaphor; The Book as Object; The Book as Score and Performance; and finally The Book as Collaboration and Community.

If you are in the Minneapolis or St Paul area, please go by the reception if you have a chance. MCBA, an amazing facility, is located at 1011 Washington Ave. S #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Their phone number is 612 215 2520.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Arts Collective Facebook Page

I come across interesting information and resources on books, typography and printing fairly frequently. Rather than posting on Tumblr, Instagram, or my own website or Facebook page, I have been posting new items on the Book Arts Collective Facebook page.


This is a public FB page so all are welcome to join and to post anything related to books, typography or printing. Started a few years ago, the membership has grown to about 230. Originally it was meant as a resource and news site for book art and letterpress students and faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but it has slowly morphed into a general site for anyone interested in the above subject matter. There are occasionally news items for book people in Tucson and at the University of Arizona, but most posts are really for anyone interested in books and printing. If you are curious, and you are on Facebook, please join us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

April at Playa Summer Lake



















I spent the entire month of April at the amazing artists' residency called Playa Summer Lake, located in south-central Oregon. It's on the northern edge of the Great Basin. I got back to Tucson after a very long two-day drive very late on May 2nd.

Playa is unusual in that it encourages not just writers, musicians and visual artists but also scientists, especially those who are interested in ecology issues. The first two weeks I was there two USGS aquatic biologists, Morgan Ford and Mike Venarsky, were there and did a lot of testing of the critters in the pond at the Playa residency property as well as the large body of water called Summer Lake on which the residency sits.



















The residency is expertly run by the photographer Deb Ford, who is the Executive Director. She used to be the manager at the Ucross Foundation, another terrific artists' residency. For many years she taught photography at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ.

I have included a few pictures that show the Playa residency (the reddish buildings in the photos below) and it's environs. The pond stays full of water all year, but Summer Lake is only two feet deep (though six miles across) and it dries up in summer. It does not fill up with water until the winter and spring snow and rain fill it up again.

This view shows the residency, facing east, with Summer Lake beyond. {Click on the photos to see a larger view.}
















The photo below show the view from the grassy alkaline flats on the shore of the lake, looking west. The hills beyond are full of wild flowers and juniper trees up to a certain hight. Above that are the remains of a large forest fire that happened in the Fremont National Forest in 2002.
















I have below a few pictures of the grounds. The first photo is of the commons building where there is a dining room, a large comfortable living room, a professional kitchen and rooms for doing film screening and playing ping pong and the like.

Views of the living and dining area:

































The main "green" with some of the 10 cabins for residents:

Below is my cabin, which is really more a cottage than a cabin, and which was located right on the residency pond.
















A partial view of the interior of my space, which shows my work area with computer and color printer.
















This shows the view from my deck. It is right on the pond, with lots of duck action, and beyond the lake.

































Below a view of the southern-most part of the lake, taken from a logging road that leads up to the Fremont National Forest.
















We also did a number of field trips including a trip to the Paisley Caves, the sit of an archaeological dig where some of the oldest human and animal remains have been found, dating from 14,500 and 16,000 years old. Caprolites were found that showed that the human DNA matched that of the inhabitants of Siberia, potentially confirming the Bering land-bridge theory of how humans came to the American continents.
















There were several changes of residents while I was there. Most people stay a month, but a number stayed only two weeks due to jobs and other commitments. An interesting writer was there, Chin-Sun Lee; several poets: Jane Otto, Catherine Woodard; and many visual artists including several other book artists. Those included Bea Nettles and Sandy Tilcock. Also there were painters and sculptors, including Suzanne Lee, David Nechak, Robert Tomlinson and Carlie Trosclair. The well-known writer and poet Bill Fox was there for the last two weeks of my stay. He posted a blog about his stay which is here.

It was a very productive residency for me. (I got a lot of work done!) The first week I worked on and completed final edits for a two-channel video piece that is meant to be shown in a gallery as a viewing environment for a new book that I am concurrently working on called The Nature of Things. It is my take on the famous epic poem by Lucretius. I was also working on another book called Celsius 233, about book burning. The last week I was there I was working on my chapter of a book on the history of four-color process printing to be published by the RIT Press in 2016.

One of the other important things that took up my time while at Playa was observing the incredible bird life there. A quick list of birds came to about 36 different species and there were a few birds that I could not identify.

















Some of the ones that I could recognize included cedar wax wings, sandhill cranes, white-faced ibis, meadowlarks, mountain bluebirds, merlins, flickers, eared grebes, tree swallows, barn swallows, bufflehead dusks, cinnamon teals, two types of gulls, snow geese, swans, brewer's blackbirds, robins, numerous finches, red-winged blackbirds, many kinds of raptors, the list goes on and on. It was birder heaven.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

March Artist Residency at Brush Creek Foundation in Southern Wyoming.


I will leave in 36 hours for a month-long residency at the Brush Creek Foundation. I'm driving up to Santa Fe, NM and spending the night there, then heading up to Boulder for a stop-over with my good friends Melanie Walker and George Peters. Monday morning, weather permitting, I head up to Brush Creek. It is located near Saratoga, a couple of hours from Laramie in south central Wyoming.



I fear that it will not look like the image above. I have been warned by Melanie that March is often the snowiest month of the year in Colorado and Wyoming. She also mentioned that the weather is supposed to be snowy for the next five days. The one good thing is that it is so cold that it may not actually snow that much, more like dustings predicted.



I am very much looking forward to it though. I may end up hunkered down in the snowy landscape with occasional trips out with snow shoes and cross country skis (both of which the staff there say can be loaned out to residents) for exercise and to see some of the spectacular landscape.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

High Tension on ArtStore blog.


I am grateful to Warren Lehrer for spotting a very small view of a two-page spread of my 1993 book High Tension. It's an honor to be listed (visually at least) on the page where ArtStore explains what an artists' book is and a little of the history of the artists' book form.


The post is called The Infinite Variety of Artists' Books, and is reachable by clicking here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

'New Photo Book Narratives' at RayKo Gallery and 'Photobooks Today' Symposium at SFAI.

Two other exciting events are happening around the time of the CODEX Book Fair and Symposium in the Bay area, and I am lucky to be participating in both. The first is a show at RayKo Photo Center Gallery, run by Ann Jastrab, and located at 428 Third St. in San Francisco. The show is called The Visual Voice: New Photo Book Narratives, and is sponsored by PhotoAlliance. I have two photobooks in this show. A link to information about the show is here. The exhibition is on view from February 5 through March 3, 2015, with the opening reception on February 5 between 6 and 8 pm.

The other event in also sponsored by PhotoAlliance under the coordination of Steve Woodall, with the additional sponsorship of The San Francisco Art Institute, CODEX, and Blurb. It takes place at SFAI. On Friday, February 6th at 7:30 pm there will be two keynote addresses given, one by Clifton Meador and the other by Michael Light. This should be very interesting. Clif always gives terrific lectures and is one of the very best artists working using the photo artist' book form. I have long admired Michael Light's books like Full Moon and my favorite One Hundred Suns. It should be an interesting evening.

The next day, Saturday, there will be an all-day symposium at SFAI, starting at 9:00 am. Here is a link to the Photo Books Today Symposium. There will be a number of panels including ones titled Publishing Models, another called From Design Concept to Distribution (I am giving a presentation at this one) and Photobooks and Their Audience. There will be breakout sessions and at the end of the day a reception. I'm looking forward to it.

Many thanks to all of the folks at PhotoAlliance for putting these two very interesting events together, including Steve Woodall, Ann Jastrab, Luis Delgado, Toni Graves, John DeMerritt and many others.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Four Proposals For Reading" at Seager-Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA


The Big Deal biennial book fair CODEX is going to take place on February 8th through 11th, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay area. This is the fifth iteration. The first three took place on the Berkeley campus but the international fair outgrew the facilities on campus. Peter Koch, the founder of the event, which also holds a symposium, moved it two years ago to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Overall, the fair tends to be a little too much "Fine Press" bookwork for me, but there are many fantastic dealers and artists showing there. As the fair has grown over the years, the artists and dealers showing there from all over the world have really broadened and the event is absolutely worth going to and spending at least a day at, maybe even two days. Julie Chen has a great table, as do the master artists' book makers from Germany, Inés von Ketelhodt and Peter Malutzki, as well as many others terrific artists and dealers. Clif Meador's new book, published by John Merritt and his wife, will have it's own table where Clif will be signing and dedicating copies. My work will be at the Vamp & Tramp table.


Whenever CODEX happens, there are usually many other book-related events and shows happening around the Bay area. I am involved in two. The first is the show Four Proposals For Reading at the Seager-Gray Gallery in Mill Valley. The show displays the work of four close friends –who have known each other for many years– and decided to collaborate on a conceptual book show together. We have installed a little "reading room library" in one area of the gallery, where parts of our personal libraries are displayed as actual-size reproductions of key parts of our bookshelves. Another part of the gallery has new work especially created for this show.


This shows part of the "library" with my books on the right and Clif Meador's books on the left.


This is part of the main display area with Julie Chen and Barb Tetenbaum's work.


This is one of Clif Meador's new books, called Cotton Cloth, in front of specially printed cotton fabric.

Talking with Charles Hobson and Clif Meador in front of my book Reaper.



Above, Donna Seager asks the four of us some questions in front of the reception crowd.

The opening reception took place the evening before CODEX opens, Saturday, February 7th from 6-8 pm. For more information, please go here, or here.

Tomorrow I will add some other events in San Francisco that I am involved in during CODEX.

Friday, January 30, 2015

23 Sandy blog on Hedi Kyle, Claire van Vliet and Aunt Sallie's Lament

A week or two ago, Laura Russell, book artist and owner of 23 Sandy Gallery, posted an article about the influence of Hedi Kyle on artists' book structures. (Hedi Kyle is jurying the next big show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland.) Using Hedi's woven book structure, Claire Van Vliet created the wonderful book Aunt Sallie's Lament. She mentioned several people who then made an artists' book influenced by Hedi and by Claire, and I was one of them. My book was Nature Abhors.

It's an interesting post and a link to it is here.


CBAA Meeting and Symposium and Ed Ruscha

The College Book Art Association (CBAA) annual meeting and Symposium took place January 8th, 9th and 10th, 2015. The event was at the beautiful Scripps College campus, part of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont CA. The symposium was organized by Kitty Maryatt and was a huge success. It focussed on two exemplary works, Sonia Delauney's Transsibérien and Ed Rucsha's first book Twentysix Gasoline Stations.

On Thursday, January 8th, Kitty drove a van full of us out to the Getty Research Institute. There Marcia Reed, the Head Curator, took us behind the scenes and showed us original copies of the Sonia Delauney book and also Ed Ruscha's production mechanicals, photographs, and notebooks for Every Building on Sunset Strip. We were also shown some other amazing book works from the same year (1913) that Delauney published her book.



That is Marcia in the red jacket, and Kitty Maryatt in the gold-brocade jacket.

In addition to all of the mechanicals for the book, we were also able to look at Ed Ruscha's bluish-green accounting notebook where he broke out all of the costs for the production of Sunset Strip, and also a very long list of sales of the book and who he sent gift copies too.

This is detail of the mechanical board where Ruscha pasted the original photos along with the street numbers.



 This is the section where Ruscha meticulously broke down every cost for the production of the book.




Two pages of the section that lists sales and gifts to many people in the art world.

The copy of EBOSS that the Getty owns had belonged to Ed's wife and contains a funny inscription to her:

On Saturday, my panel colleagues, Kate Palmer Albers and Cynthia Marsh, and I each gave a presentation on three different viewpoints of Twentysix Gasoline Stations. My lecture was on the production of this iconic book.

That evening there was an interview panel with Ed Ruscha himself, moderated by Marcia Reed. The three of us were asked to provided three questions for Ruscha.







Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Exhibition "Four Proposals for Reading" will open at Seager-Gray Gallery in February 2015

From our recent press release (Click here to see the full text):

Four Proposals for Reading: An Exhibition at the Seager/Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, opens Saturday, February 7, 2015.