MCBA Mentorship Exhibition

MCBA JeromeMentorIV opening

Back around this time in 2012 I was asked to be one of the three judges for the 2013 MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series. Now, a year later, the work of the five recipients will be exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is on November 8th. MCBA’s always an inspiring place to visit.

MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series IV
November 8, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Opening reception Friday, November 8th, 6 — 9pm

The MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. Featuring new work by artists Laura Andrews, Emma Burghardt, Lisa Loudon, Presley Martin and Dave Molnar, this exhibition celebrates the culmination of a year-long mentorship in the book arts, including intensive specialized training, group critique, and one-on-one work with master book artist mentors.

For artist bios and more information, visit MCBA’s website.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new book works. Through eleven series of fellowships (with a twelfth currently in progress) and four series of mentorships, Minnesota artists of extremely diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, choreographers, filmmakers and others — have created projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book arts as a vibrant contemporary practice that takes many shapes; our mission is clear, to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form. MCBA’s mission supports an important lasting vision: a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated, and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support provided by Target, Wet Paint, MCBA members.

Adobe Photoshop Photography Program


Adobe are now accepting subscriptions to their Photoshop Photography Program. For $10 a month you get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 (and all future upgrades as they become available), 20GB of cloud storage on their servers and a Behance ProSite.

I signed up for the full Creative Cloud suite at the beginning of this year, thinking I’d try everything while still at the discounted price of $29 a month, but the truth is I still only use PS and LR regularly and InDesign occasionally. At the end of the year the monthly fee will most likely increase to the regular $50 a month which, for me, is too expensive. So I’m going to make the switch and downgrade.

You have to sign up by December 31st and own Photoshop CS3 or later to qualify.

The Boreal Forest

Stonehenge_Overview_1.jpg.580x435_q85.jpgStonehenge Overview by Paul Caponigro

The idea of working and producing a series in gelatin silver came in early 2012, when I was travelling to Santa Fe. I flew into Albuquerque and took a couple of hours to see the exhibition “Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece” at the University of New Mexico Art Museum before driving up to Santa Fe. In the show, the print that had me mesmerised was Paul Caponigro‘s “Stonehenge Overview” (above) which just glowed. There and then, that’s the piece that made me decide I should be working in silver again.

I’ve now printed about six negatives, just to try and get a feel for the paper, the tonality and image colour. I’m using a different format too. I’m so used to working square with Rolleflexes, but for this I wanted something different, so I’ve chosen to work with the 6×7 format, and I’m liking that a lot, more than I thought I would.

The images will be photographed in and around the Superior National Forest, the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore of Lake Superior. As for the theme of this series, it’s early days yet and I really don’t want to say too much about it right now as it could change direction a little, but it concentrates on the Laurentian Uplands, the North Shore Highlands of Minnesota and the Boreal Forest.

DSF1557-MPC.jpgUntitled (from the Boreal Forest series)

New Project

SuperiorPano.jpgImage — Miles Taylor

Last week I travelled up to the arrowhead region of Minnesota for a few days, to Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail, to work on the start of a new personal project.

I’d made the decision some time ago that this series would be printed in gelatin silver, so I’m using Adox MCC 110, the closest replacement paper for Agfa Record Rapid. I love its surface sheen when it’s dry, which isn’t too glossy, and by using Ethol LPD developer I can control the colour of the prints from cool to warm. The film is Ilford Delta processed in PMK Pyro, as usual.

I’ve processed and proofed about half the film I shot and have printed three negatives, yet I’m already excited with how it’s starting to look.