Latest Book Arts News: December 2013 - January 2014
- Angie Butler is asking for participants in her survey of letterpress and artists' books
- Artist's Book Yearbook 2014 - 2015
- The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 8 No 1
- DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books
- Bookmarks XI: Infiltrating the Library System is live!
- Volume: Birmingham's Art, Book & Print Fair
- An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
- Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition readings in March 2014
- Annual Miniature Print Exhibition
- Di Carta/Papermade, Italy
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Angie Butler is asking for participants in her survey of letterpress and artists' books!
I WANT YOU! - I am a currently working on a research project investigating letterpress within artists' books practice as a PhD student at the Centre For Fine Print Research at The University of the West of England.
In the following few months I am carrying out a survey and am interested in gaining information from both letterpress practitioners, and letterpress practitioners who make artists' books.
Please participate at:
Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015 - Available now!
The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists' books!
The 2014-2015 issue will have essays, interviews, contributions and features on / by: Field Study, Abigail Thomas, Reinhard Grüner, Barbara Tetenbaum, Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, David Jury, Women's Studio Workshop, Hansjorg Mayer, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Eleanor Brown, Linda Newington, Angie Butler, Nathalia King, Barrie Tullett, Craig Atkinson, David Paton, Pete Kennedy, and more...
Artists' pages / interventions by: Sara Elgerot, Stevie Ronnie, Stephen Spurrier, Elizabeth Tonnard, Sylvia Waltering, Michael Weller, Elizabeth Willow and Philippa Wood. Cover design by Tom Sowden.
Reference listings include: collections, libraries, archives, bookshops, galleries, centres, design print & bind, publishers, dealers, presses, studios, competitions, fairs, festivals and exhibitions, journals, reference books, organisations, societies, projects, touring programmes and courses. 207 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.
Published by Impact Press, UWE Bristol, Sept 2013, ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5 £15 (UK) or £16 (International)
Available to order from our publications page
The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 8 No 1 - New issue out now!
Essays and reviews in this new issue:
One Hundred Years and On: 100% Books by Canberra Artists. Caren Florance (Ampersand Duck) discusses the decisions and connections made when curating a showcase/ survey exhibition of artists' books in Canberra, Australia.
Letterpress on the Underground. From the perspective of a screenprinter and letterpress printer, Danny Flynn looks at some of the work that has been produced by these mediums; and the particular letterpress prints that cross over from book-art and print-art to that of guerrilla street art.
Some undisclosed points of remove. Vicky Falconer reflects on her experiences working on the site-responsive artists' books project at Chelsea College of Art & Design Library, UK, showing publications and mixed-media artworks by Melanie Counsell, Sara MacKillop, Anne Tallentire, Sabine Tholen and Joëlle Tuerlinckx.
I Appropriate, Therefore I Am. Dr Nola Farman looks at the artist's book and its quixotic relationship to the established order and major genres. Its role is to détourne ideas, configurations and postures with persistent resonance. When considered as a form of renewal, appropriation draws art practice into a non-linear logic that resonates in its circularity across a number of planes of activity.
S.M.S. Shit Must Stop: A compendium, A presentation, A poem, An insertion of postcards. James A. Holliday's essay is a textual response to some of the artworks viewed in S.M.S. William Copley's artists' portfolio series from the late 60s.
My Life Unfolds. Natalie d'Arbeloff describes the making of her monoprinted accordion book, included in the exhibition Open Books: Sixteen artists and the Chinese folding-book which opened at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth last year and is currently on tour.
Artists' pages by: Rodrigo Arteaga (Chile), Sophie Artemis Pitt (UK), Helena de la Guardia (Spain), Claudia de la Torre (Germany) and Laura Russell (USA)
Guy Bigland (UK) has designed a brilliant textwork cover, badge and sticker for this issue.
Subscribe to Volume 8 today! The journal is published in two formats: a PDF colour version to be accessed at any time online, and a printed, black and white version. Subscription covers both formats at £10 GBP including UK or international postage.
DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books
The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, USA
Until 7th December 2013
Artists' books by CFPR staff have been selected for the exhibition DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books. The Center for Book and Paper Arts mounts a second iteration of an exhibition exploring print-on-demand photo books. This is a juried exhibition, focused on photobooks that move beyond the monograph. How do photographers engage the book form in ways that are experimentally visual and conceptual, while pushing the possibilities of print on demand publishing?
Jury: Greg Harris, Associate Curator, DePaul Art Museum; Karen Irvine, Curator & Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography; Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Center for Book and Paper Arts; Steve Woodall, Director, Center for Book and Paper Arts.
Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 South Wabash Avenue
Bookmarks XI: Infiltrating the Library System is live!
Until February 2014
Over the last ten years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 105 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA.
423 artists have contributed 42,300 bookmarks to the eleven projects to date. Editioned bookmarks are collated into sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to take.
Volume: Birmingham's Art, Book & Print Fair
The Library of Birmingham
5-7 December 2013 - save the date!
A celebration of the very best in independent publishing, this event will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair.
The event will open with a keynote speech from Bill Drummond - BOOKS (12 years, 25 paintings, 100 questions, & The 17). We are participating in the fair on 6th and 7th December and will be running free artist's book surgeries on our stand.
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham.
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
This online gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events.
The project is currently touring internationally until 2016. The artists' books detailed in the gallery pages show images and information for each of the 250 books completed for the project. Artists' books created for the project are currently on show at Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, until 13th December 2013. Upcoming Winter and Spring exhibitions starting from January 2014 include: The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon; Arab - British Centre, London; The Mosaic Rooms, London; The Institute Library, New Haven; University Of Southern Maine, and The American University in Cairo. The image here is from Trace by Lindsay McCulloch, USA.
For a complete list of exhibitions in the tour to date:
Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition – Call for readings in March 2014
There is a series of readings scheduled on and around 5th March 2014 to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street. These will take place at 13 venues so far, in Detroit, Indianapolis, Jersey City, Portland, San Francisco, Tacoma, and Washington DC in the USA; Bristol, Exeter and London in the UK, and Calgary and St. John's in Canada. If you would like to organise a reading event please contact Beau Beausoleil at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Miniature Print Exhibition
Our third year Masters students and staff have been busy printing editions of 60 miniature prints for an exhibition at Foyles bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol. 30 artists join the project each year to produce a ‘miniprint’ - maximum print 10 x 8 cm on 20 x 25 cm paper which is kindly donated by John Purcell Paper in London. The prints are divided into sets for the artists, and the remaining 30 are exhibited and sold to raise funds for the students degree show next year. We have a beautiful selection of miniature prints on show - the image here is of Corinne Welch's miniprint - on the first floor of Foyles Bookshop (thank you very much Foyles!) until February, so please come along and have a look, and even better buy a print! They are £18 each and worth every penny.
Di Carta / Papermade, Italy
Biennial International Papermade Art Work Exhibition at the Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio, Italy. 21st December 2013 - 2nd February 2014. Sarah was invited to make a new artist's book for this exhibition celebrating paper: Why Say It Again? is in an edition of 20, with each page screenprinted in a clear water-based varnish, the stencils made from dipping glasses and cups into ink to make a mark, just as you would if you put a glass or cup onto a table. The marks, like the poison are barely discernible. The handwritten, colour appointments are in watercolour pencil, once the job is done, the colourful appointments notes can be wiped away, leaving only the first 'date' in pencil.