Wednesday, March 13, 2013

(late) Winter News

E X H I B I T I O N S 

ED RUSCHA: Books & Co.
March 5 - April 27, 2013
980 Madison Avenue, NY NY

I'm pleased to have Various Fires & MLK included in this exhibition featuring Ed Ruscha's legendary artists books together with books and works of art by more than 100 contemporary artists. The full press information is available by clicking here.  It should be noted that Tom Sowden  and Michalis Pichler (who are also represented in this show) are avid collectors of Ruschaesque books and have organized exhibitions in Europe of their joint collections under the title "Follow-ed (after hokusai)" since 2011.   

Many thanks to Jim Prez of Back East Press for documenting the book sighting. 

P U B L I C A T I O N 

Book 38 for BookArtObject 4

This is a small edition created for Sara Bowen's "BookArtObject" project, an informal group of book artists scattered around the globe who make small editions that are primarily exchanged within the group and exhibited as a project.  Edition 4 was inspired by Sarah Bodman's book An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen, which she describes handsomely in the CFPR Book Arts Newsletter No. 80, available here.

SUICIDE (NOTE) is a reflection on what I perceived as my brother's ambiguous suicide attempt in 1986. Three type-script pages and a photograph are wrapped in a make-ready sheet from MEMORY LOSS, the  book I made in 1988 about my brother's automobile accident and subsequent traumatic brain injury. This new piece, in an edition of 10, was distributed to members of BookArtObject group 6, plus a copy for Sarah Bodman. 

One member of my group showed her copy to her husband, who is a linguist and the son of a coroner.  He confirmed that I had the physical format of a suicide note down perfectly, which is the best review I've ever gotten.

P E R F O R M A N C E  &  P U B L I C A T I O N  

VSW's "These 20 Things . . ."  and PECHA KUCHA BANANACO

Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where 20 slides are shown, each for 20 seconds, advancing automatically as the presenter talks. The format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo. The first Pecha Kucha Night was held in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen in February, 2003. 

“These 20 Things” was a Pecha Kucha Night organized by Alicia Taylor and Ben Gilberg at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester last February. I distilled BANANACO's 30 year history into a less-than-seven-minute presentation, which was actually a lot of fun.  I liked the format and wondered how it would work as a book, which is in the works . . .

Stay tuned, and thanks for clicking.