Thursday, October 29, 2015
I leave on Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 2015 for Reno, Nevada. Inge Bruggeman, the Director of the UNR Black Rock Press and faculty at UNR invited me to show my work and many of the books published under the Spaceheater Editions imprint. I am grateful to her for inviting me to show and for asking me to give a lecture about Spaceheater Editions and my work on Nov. 5. There is also a reception on November 6th. I will give a lecture entitled Book as Experience on 6 p.m. on Nov. 5th at the Wells Fargo Auditorium there. <http://bit.ly/1RhwjUb>
While we are there we will also meet with Bill Fox and Sara Frantz of the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment. I hope to present Bill with a brand new slipcased set of books that form a series on Robert Smithsons' Spiral Jetty. In January 2014, after a CBAA National Conference in Salt Lake City, a number of book artists visited the Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake and decided to each make a book honoring that visit. The artists included myself, Karen Zimmermann, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clif Meador plus Daniel Mellis and his lovely wife April Sheridan. So the set is made up of five different books.
I return on Sunday, November 8th.
Monday, October 19, 2015
It's been a week since we got back from New Orleans and the AIGA National Conference in New Orleans. Karen and I both presented lectures there. Mine was part of a Design Educator's session called Educating Designers About Using Visual Narrative as Writers, Authors, and Book Makers. My co-presenters were David Wolske of the University of Indiana/Bloomington and Warren Lehrer of Purchase College, SUNY. The session went quite well and we got a lot of complimentary feedback.
The rest of the conference was really great –fantastic speakers, delicious food, and very well run –with lots of interesting sessions. The mainstage events were moderated by Bruno Mars, the host of a radio podcast called 99 Percent Invisible. I had never heard of it before but he was excellent, and his design-centric podcasts, which I have been listening to ever since I got back are really great.
We were able to get away for lunch one day to the famous Acme Oyster house to get some of their raw and grilled oysters:
This was the view from the deck outside the Mardi Gras Museum/Warehouse of the Mississippi River. A beautiful warm, mild evening with a little breeze.