Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring 2017 News

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R E S I D E N C Y
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Visual Studies Workshop Project Space
April 10 - May 6, 2017

I'll be in residence at VSW's Project Space working on the project described below. There will be a presentation and talk towards the end of my stay, most likely the first friday in May. I'll send out more info when that's settled.


"43"

On the night of September 26, 2014, in the city of Iguala, in the state of Guerro, Mexico, 43 students "disappeared" after their buses were ambushed by uniformed police officers. Their fate is still unknown but history does not make one optimistic about their fate. Keith and I have been visiting Oaxaca, Mexico since 2009, and we were struck by the grief, concern and outrage expressed by the city after the abduction of the 43. The quantity and immediacy of street art and actions were indicative of the shock that reverberated throughout Mexico.

I made photographs while in Oaxaca and have been collecting information about this situation for two years, but have been unable to make much sense of it -- mostly because it is such a difficult subject. My thought of making it a residency project was to utilize the physical and mental space provided by VSW to find some purpose in the materials. It is a vastly different way of working for me, but the residency encourages experimentation, so we'll see.


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AMPLIFY & MULTIPLY: Recent Printed Activist Ephemera

March 31 to April 17, 2017
Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO



AMPLIFY & MULTIPLY  is an exhibition of activist/social/political printed posters, protest signs, objects, fundraiser publications, and other ephemera, made in (roughly) the last 6 months, advocating for social and environmental justice, equality, and the rights of oppressed people. This is a show that "stands in opposition to fascism, racism, white supremacy, misogyny, and every other horrible tool that power uses to maintain its killing grip. Work included has been deployed in the real world as opposed to being made just for this show and created by people who felt compelled by recent events to produce and share their message in print medium." (from the prospectus). I sent a copy of a fake New Yorker cover which quotes Art Spiegleman's haunting Sept. 24th, 2001 cover for the magazine, the first issue produced after the Twin Towers fell. My work was made for "A Crack," a publication organized to gather responses to the Trump Administration that didn't get off the ground. The title of the publication was from Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."


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Booknesses: Artists Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection

University of Johannesburg Art Gallery - APK Campus
Johannesburg South Africa

Two of my works are exhibited in this exhibition of historical and contemporary book objects from South African and international artists, one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of artists’ books ever to have been mounted. The exhibition and its catalogue showcase a small aspect of the remarkable Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists’ Books which is acknowledged as one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of artists' books anywhere. Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books (UWE, Bristol), sent some snaps of "Homemade Maps" and "The Decider" in situ. Thanks, Sarah!





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O Livro de Artista e a Enciclopédia Visual
Amir Brito Cadôr
Published by EDITORA ufmg, Belo Horizonte, 2016
(656 pps, 23 x 16 x 3.5 cm.)

I was flattered to be included in this Brazilian encyclopedia of artists books. The text is Portuguese, but even without knowing the language I'm finding it interesting to "read." It is well illustrated and organized by subject categories such as "archeology of knowing," "the art of memory," "reading allegories," and "a world of paper." My book, "INDEX," appears in the "Technologies of Reproduction" chapter. Although there is a healthy representation of Europeans (Tom Phillips, Joan Fontcuberta, Dieter Roth) and Americans (Clifton Meador, Buzz Spector, Sol LeWitt), there are many works by Latin American artists (mostly unknown to me outside of León Ferrari). Because of its encyclopedia format (and my lack of Portuguese), the illustrations are a bit of a tease but do whet the appetite for more research.




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Bookbinding for Photographers
Visual Studies Workshop Summer Institute

May 29 - June 2, 2017

I'm thinking of rebranding this class as "McBookbinding."  Not to imply it's fast, cheap, or bad for your health, but I get requests to teach it out and about in a franchise-ey sort of way (see below).  I passionately believe that photographers and artists who plan to make books and take the time to gain knowledge of how books are constructed and work with physical space and real time make much more interesting and meaningful work. Click here for more info.


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Bookbinding with the Photographer in Mind
Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road , Layton, NJ

July 7-11, 2017

Peters Valley School of Craft is located within the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It offers a range of workshops, from blacksmithing and woodworking to fibers and photography.  It will be the first time I have taught there. It looks to be quite the active community and I look forward to seeing how it all goes.  Click here for more info.



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Good Press for Keith Smith
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I have to share this link to a review in Artforum of Keith's current exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery. If you're in the City stop in and take a look.

BRUCE SILVERSTEIN GALLERY, 529 West 20th Street, Third Floor
 
March 9–May 6
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall 2016 News

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Notations & Exhibitions

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THE KEEPER AND WHAT YOU COLLECT

"Scott goes Bananas in the Old Grey Lady."  That was the subject line of an email I received from Harley Spiller, Franklin Furnace Deputy Director (and world renowned Inspector Collector). The reference was to an article in the New York Times entitled  What You Collect: The Ordinary and the Odd, which in turn referenced the expansive summer exhibition at the New Museum entitled The Keeper.  I had responded to a NYT survey about personal collections with a short description of "BANANACO", my mail art project from the 70s and 80s which ended up being quoted in the article. 





GOING BANANAS IN NEW YORK

New York Art Book Fair installation in the window between the ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore and M. Wells Dinette (on the ground floor of the museum).

I was asked by Skúta Helgason to create a window installation for Artbook @ MoMA PS1 in conjunction with the 2016 New York Art Book Fair. There is a lot of art world interest in the 60s/70s/80s of late (could be nostalgia or discovery, depending on how old you are): A terrific show at the NYU Grey Art Gallery about Charlotte Moorman and the New York Avant-Garde Festivals she produced; Martha Wilson's keynote speech at the 2016 NYABF conference; a slew of The Guerrilla Girls international exhibitions; the publication of Douglas Crimp's "Before Pictures" are a few examples.

In that vein,  “Going Bananas in New York” was drawn from an extensive collection of bananabilia accumulated by the correspondence art entity BANANACO. The objects, images and clippings on display were exchanged for mailings from “The Professor,” the mail art persona (and my alter ego) who emerged in the 1970s. Initially a means to communicate with my friends who lived away, the project grew to include newly minted friends of The Professor’s from the correspondence art network. BANANACO NEWS (2008), a collection of The Professor’s broadside published from 1977 to 1982 and Bananaco Pecha Kucha (2013), an illustrated guide of 20 things regarding BANANACO were also featured.



"I WENT BANANAS IN NEW YORK"
Time-limited print edition in conjunction with the 2016 NYABF

I'm pleased to be the inaugural artist to participate in the Artbook time-limited print program with this image which blended nicely with the concurrent installation at the Fair. The concept of the program is unique: Prints are available in a variety of sizes and printed with archival inks on photo rag paper. They are available from the beginning of the 2016 New York Art Book Fair through the eve of the 2017 New York Art Book Fair. The prints are numbered in sequence, but only limited by time. Any interest can be directed to Amanda Paixão, Book Buyer & Bookstore Manager apaixao@artbook.com.

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Transformational Imagemaking 

Rochester Institute of Technology Bevier Gallery 
73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY

October 7 - November 6, 2016

This is a selection of work from the 2014 exhibit that premiered at CEPA gallery in Buffalo, NY.:

"Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, a companion exhibition to Robert Hirsch’s recently published book of the same title (Focal Press). This extraordinary exhibition features work by some of the most innovative photographers and imagemakers of the mid-20th century through today; artists who redefined the notion of photography as a medium and left an indelible mark on contemporary photographic practices." -- (from the CEPA press release)

RIT is the last stop on the tour so it's now or never. Memory Loss and Some Positions in Boxing: Safety Block are included.

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El Libro de Artista, una lectura diferente
The Artist’s Book: a Different Perspective 

Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, Cuba

September 28th to October 28th 2016.


Havana’s Provincial Centre of Visual Arts and Design is host to the exhibition El Libro de Artista: una lectura diferente/The Artist’s Book: a Different Perspective, an exhibition of artists’ books by Cuban and International artists in conjunction with the IX Encuentro Nacional de Grabado (9th National Print Conference). Sponsored by the National Council for Visual Arts and the Experimental Graphics Studio of Havana.  One of the "Hanging Index" volumes will be assembled and displayed along with a copy of "Meditation on Mending Al Mutanabbi Street".

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Art of the Book

Lower Link Gallery
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 

November 1 2016 - January 8 2017

The sixth annual international exhibit of artists book and altered books displays a new sculptural piece entitled "Encyclopedia Britannicanagram Jr." The volumes of a used set of encyclopedia (purchased at the Rochester Central Library's bookstore) are arranged to spell out a new text and bolted together.  "Panagram," one of the books created two summers ago at the Institute of Electronic Arts (a good pairing with the encyclopedia) is also on display.





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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Winter 2016 News

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Reading with the Senses
Roberts Gallery, Lesley University College of Art and Design
1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA

March 10 - April 17, 2016

The exhibition includes 54 international contemporary artists’ books and is guest-curated by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College. More information here.

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Page by Page
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY

February 20 - April 10, 2016

A book exhibition curated by Hannah Frieser, Executive Director, including "6x6xScottMcCarney" and "Hanging Index #22: Granger's Index to Poetry Supplement 1960-1965." More information here. 

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Ink and Paper: A Collaborative Exhibition of Artist Books
and Letterpress Prints
Main Street Arts
20 W Main St, Clifton Springs, NY

February 20–March 25, 2016

An exhibition featuring artist books and letterpress prints from across New York state. Main Street Arts selected the participating organizations and art centers and they in turn, selected the artists/artwork to be included. I'm showing a copy of "Alphabook 10," completed during a residency at the Electronic Arts Institute last June. More information here.

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Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art
Everhart Museum
1901 Mulberry St, Scranton, PA

February 5 - June 6, 2016

"In reshaping both subject and material, the artists repackage our personal attachment to the written text as a catalyst for memory and the imagination while rekindling our sensorial response to the book’s physicality." A group exhibition of guest curated by Sarah Tanguy. More information here.

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Together/Apart
GAGV Gallery Q
100 College Avenue, Rochester NY

February 5 - March 15, 2016

The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley opens its new Gallery Q 
with this exhibition of works addressing companionship, loss, 
and relationships. I'm showing a suite of photo collage prints 
created for "saga," a book collaboration with skúta published 
by the Journal of Artist Books last fall and a collection 
of altered book valentines I've made for Keith over the 
years. This is the first time showing of all this work (!). 
Curated by Alice Carver-Kubik.

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Cut, Fold, and Form: Featuring Kiff Slemmons and Julie VonDerVellen
Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street, Racine WI

January 24 – May 1, 2016

The Racine Art Museum chose works from their permanent collection to accompany the paper jewelry of Kiff and paper watches and clocks by Julie. The curator sent me a nice letter alerting me to the inclusion of "Alphabook 3" in the exhibition. More information here.

I have known Kiff for a number of years and have been lucky to visit Arte Papel, the handmade paper mill and workshop in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca Mexico, where her incredibly inventive jewelry pieces are lovingly crafted. More information about Arte Papel here.
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Amid/In Western New York, Part 6
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

January 15 – February 26, 2016

Hallwalls presents the sixth (and second to last) part of its 
seven-part series Amid/In Western New York, regional survey 
exhibitions curated by John Massier, Kyle Butler, and Rebecca 
Wing. I'm exhibiting two new oversized one-of-a-kind books for the first time: "T-shirts Collected and Bound by Scott McCarney," and "Plastic Bags Collected and Bound by Scott McCarney." More information here.


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Plastic Bags Collected and Bound by Scott McCarney, 2015
15 x 19 inches; printed plastic, stab-bound in board covers

The latest "autobiography" organizing small collections of personal ephemera into books which illuminate different aspects of my life through physical evidence of everyday actions. 









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Binding Digital Bookworks
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince Street, Rochester NY

June 20-21, 2016

A two-day intensive in conjunction with VSW's biannual Photo-Bookworks Symposium*, June 23-25, 2016. More information here.

*Keith Smith will be a featured exhibiting artist for the Symposium with an exhibition focussing on his book "Ladies First" plus a series of photo collage works featuring Frida Kahlo.

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Experiential Artists Books
Wells Book Arts Center
170 Main Street, Aurora NY


July 17-23, 2016

"The week will strive to integrate content, choice of materials, binding techniques and the action of turning pages in time and space into complete and independent works of art."  More information here.

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Bookbinding for Photographers
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY

September 2-4, 2016

This workshop employs the basic tools and techniques of hand bookbinding to make a unique product tailored to the physical and conceptual needs of photographic images. The focus is primarily on physical considerations of the book with discussion of how binding structures and layout strategies literally as well as figuratively support image display. More information here.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Late Summer / Early Fall

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Hello Hedi: An Exhibition Celebrating Influential Book Artist Hedi Kyle
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR
June 5, 2015 – July 25, 2015


Hedi Kyle, as many of you know, is a great friend of the book arts community whom I've had the privilege and benefit of knowing for many years. This tribute exhibition was assembled by Laura Russell, the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery. There is a short biography of Hedi and an online catalogue of the exhibition available on the 23 Sandy Gallery website

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Triacontagon: A Celebration of 30 Years of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship Program
Westbeth Gallery, NYC
August 13, 2015 – August 30, 2015

This invitational was curated by David C. Terry, NYFA Director of Programs and Curator (and NYFA fellow in Sculpture '99) to celebrate 30 years of the Artist's Fellowship Program. I received  a fellowship for photography in 1986, and two for artists' books (1990 and 2011). I served on the artists' advisory committee to the NYFA Board from 1994-1999, so am indebted to the program for much support and education over the years. 

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6x6xScottMcCarney, 2008-2015

8.5 x 8.5 inches; 40 pages
Digital production; perfect bound

This book gathers small works I created for an annual fundraising project to benefit The Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization in Rochester, NY. The 6 x 6 inch format is a great way to sketch out ideas as well as support this regional artists space.








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Alphabook 10*

5 x 12 inches; 56 pages; edition of 14
Laser cut duplex papers; hand bound with long stitch through slotted cover; housed in archival phase box

One of a series of alphabet books that rely on physical action (cutting paper and turning pages) to create letterforms unique to the book form. The fore edge of each page is cut into geometric forms from black, white and cream toned duplex stock (two sheets of different colored paper laminated together). The conception of the series and design of inkless alphabets was inspired by the limitations and possibilities of material and process.








Panagram*

5 x 12 inches; 56 pages; edition of 10
Laser cut duplex papers; hand bound with long stitch through slotted cover; housed in archival phase box

A "panagram" is a sentence or verse that contains all the letters of the alphabet. Panagram utilizes the letterforms of Alphabook 10 to render a pangram tailored to the book format. 





*Both Alphabook 10 and Panagram were executed during my residency at The Institute for Electronic Arts, a high technology research studio facility within the School of Art and Design, NYSCC, Alfred University, New York, committed to developing cultural interactions spurred by technological experimentation and artistic investigations.

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saga

9 x 5.5 inches; 24 pages
four color and duotone offset printing

This is the collaborative effort skúta and I made over the past year on the invitation of Brad Freeman to be included as part of JAB38. skúta and I have been friends for 35 years. In July 2014 I made my first trip to Iceland, skúta's homeland. Over the course of 10 days, I  observed skúta in his native habitat while he introduced me to Reykjavik and nearby environs. skúta, having lived away from Iceland for many years, embodies the dual experience of being both a tourist and a native of Iceland. During our stay we photographed in each others company as well as independently. We shared our photographs to make this book.

I utilize the pattern from the mirrored ceiling of Harpa music hall, designed by Ólafur Elíasson, to frame skúta's Icelandic experience in the context of our friendship. skúta chose the pattern of the traditional Icelandic sweater to knit his images and Scott's first impressions into collages that reflect his dual status.








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Saturday, September 26, 2015; 12pm - 6pm
Visiual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY
FREE and open to the public

The BEST book fair devoted to independent publishing in Rochester hits its stride as a three-year old. (Okay, the only, but still the best.) The third annual Pub Fair showcases the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as resources for all of these will be on hand to peruse and purchase. In addition, Writers & Books presents Litsplosiona collection of award-winning writers, emerging voices, and regional talents to engage audiences with stories and poems that range from the socially conscious to the wildly surreal. Plus food trucks on the lawn and beer inside! More info here!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter News

No secret the winter here in the North East has been a bear. Cayuga Street has been renamed Cayuga Canyon as we search for new places to pitch the snow. Plenty of time to reflect on past efforts and prep for upcoming opportunities. 

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Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT
November 7, 2014– February 1, 2015





Odd Volumes showcased a selection of experimental and innovative works of book art from the 1960s to the present, drawn from a major collection given to the by Allan Chasanoff. The collection was assembled by Allen with the independent curator and artist Doug Beube, a fellow graduate of VSW. 

The student-curated exhibition considered the transformation of books into sculptural objects from multiple perspectives: the history of book art, the relationship between form and content, and the interaction between the viewer and the work. It was beautifully installed with most of the work displayed on tables and shelves without the interference of glass walls or plexiglas bonnets, restoring an intimacy to the work robbed by protective displays. 

The exhibit gave me the overall impression that the codex peaked as a cultural metaphor at the end of the 20th century, though the corpus of the object (it's paper, board, printing and collectivity) is still rich for mining. Text has moved on to new millennial devices. 



The catalogue for the exhibit is stunning, taking a dos-a-dos format which combines the complete illustrated checklist of the exhibition in one volume with essays and interpretive photographs of the work on display in the other. An introduction by Gallery director Jock Reynolds* considers the book’s changing role in society and is followed by several brief essays that explore the transformation of books into sculptural objects from multiple perspectives.



*On a personal note, the two pieces of mine that are part of the Chasanoff collection were made while I was a resident at the Washington Project for the Arts in 1989 when Jock was the director. What goes round comes round . . .  


Cover to Cover: a Discussion among Book Artists
was a panel discussion organized by the student curators that brought together  artists who were exhibiting in the "Odd Volumes" exhibit and "CT (un) Bound", a companion exhibition at Artspace in New Haven: Marion Belanger, Jessica Drenk, Chris Perry, Yo Yarrington and Doug Beube, who moderated the panel. Brother Hugh attended, a retired professor of communication. He's been to my shows before, but I don't think he has ever heard me speak about my work in public. I think he gave me a pass, and sent me this pic from his iPhone:



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I'll be an artist in residence at the Institute for Electronic Arts in June  2015. I propose to utilize their digital image making and laser cutting facilities to revisit and extend my early experiments in paper engineering-as-imagemaking. I'm excited about the opportunity to experiment with laser cutting as my personal digits (fingers) are not as agile as they used to be. 

The Institute for Electronic Arts is a high technology research studio facility within the School of Art and Design, NYSCC, Alfred University, New York, committed to developing cultural interactions spurred by technological experimentation and artistic investigations.


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Bookbinding for Photographers
June 15-19, 2015
Visiual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY


I'll be teaching a bookbinding workshop geared towards photographers for the 2015 VSW Summer Institute. This workshop introduces physicality and engineering into the vocabulary of photobook making. It's as much fun to teach as it is to take. Spread the word! 

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Goudy 150 Years Keepsake

The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederic W. Goudy with a celebratory keepsake exchange coinciding with a Goudy 150th anniversary exhibition at the Cary Collection in Rochester. I worked with two versions of a quote attributed to Goudy, interleaving the lines to be read like the Joker in a deck of cards:

     

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Collaborative Book for JAB 37

Skúta Helgason and I are collaborating on a book for JAB, the Journal of Artists Books, which should appear later this year in JAB 38. Skúta and I have been collaborating since we were grad students at VSW in the '80s. We're using "ScottatúkS" to denote our efforts and exhibit together under that moniker at the New York Art Book Fair. A photograph on the back cover of JAB 36 was made by Brad Freeman, JAB Founder and Editor in Chief, at a dinner where we sealed the deal after the Book Fair last October. 


Left: Jan Voss of Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam; Me; Jenna Rodriguez, Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College Books Arts Center, Aurora NY; and skúta of Artbook, NY NY. Right: Brad's cat.


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