Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall 2016 News

Notations & Exhibitions



"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. 


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.

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


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.


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".


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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