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.
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.
Since 2006, I’ve been promoting contemporary image-makers and archiving their work in The Flak Photo Collection. Not surprisingly, many of those pictures reflect my personal interest in the environment and how humans respond to the land. So you can imagine my delight when curator Jan Howard invited me to produce a digital exhibition of 21st century American landscape views to complement her upcoming show at The RISD Museum of Art this summer.
I plan to revisit The Collection in search of images for this landscape projection but I’ll also be looking at websites across the Internet for inspiration. In the spirit of inclusivity (and with hopes for serendipitous discovery) I’m extending a public call for photographs depicting landscape in the United States since 2000.
There are no entry fees, deadline or formal application process, just email Flak Photo a link to your online portfolio and Andy will select images throughout July and August.
For those who have been following along, I was one of the six artists chosen for this fellowship in 2010-2011 (it runs every other year) and I loved it. My book, Dark Matter, was produced during that year.
During my fellowship year I got to learn about the history of artist books, the different forms of binding a book can take, lead typesetting, polymer plate making (for type and artwork), letterpress printing, silkscreen printing, multi-signature binding, paper making… The list goes on. And at the end of the fellowship year the work is shown in the MCBA gallery.
There are three information meetings that will explain the process and answer any questions. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – 12:00pm, Thursday, August 2, 2012 – 5:30pm and Tuesday, August 7, 2012 – 7:00pm. All are held at MCBA.
My MCBA mentorship is nearly over after a year-long series of workshops and mentoring on the book arts. Myself and the five other recipients have covered everything from what constitutes an artist book, various forms of bindings, multi-signature binding, silkscreen, lead typesetting, polymer plates for letterpress, letterpress printing, paper making, box construction and relief printing. It’s been a long, hard but utterly enjoyable ride and I’ll be sad to see it end. But it won’t of course, because the book arts is something that will stay with me. But I will miss the camaraderie of the other five recipients, Amanda, Caroline, Meryl, Rachel and Ben, although I’m sure I’ll be seeing many of them around MCBA in the future – I hope so.
Our show opens on November 4th at the MCBA gallery in Minneapolis, and as well as the finished book, I’ll have the images framed and on the wall.
Deep inside an idle iron mine, below the ancient hematite rock formations of northern Minnesota, a tiny elevator rattles to a halt on Level 27. Here among dozing bats and artificial lights, people wait. And wait. This is the unlikely site of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) lab, where scientists are looking for the tiny burst that will indicate evidence of dark matter, a product of the big bang believed to comprise 25% of the material in the universe. Observations of visible structures in space suggest that their own gravitational forces are not strong enough to account for their formation, suggesting some kind of missing mass is responsible. This missing mass is believed to be dark matter, so called because it does not emit or scatter light like ordinary matter.
DARK MATTER is a conceptual investigation of the visual phenomenon of shadows inside the CDMS II lab and in the forest around the site. Since scientists don’t know what it is exactly, or if it even exists, these photographs imagine what this mysterious substance might look like if it were visible.
• Twenty unbound but sequenced hand-pulled polymer photogravures.
• Printed on Rives BFK with letterpress printed text pages set in Proxima Nova.
• Title page, statement, colophon and plate index.
• Single tray case in black Canapetta book cloth with hand made Cave paper.
• Designed and produced entirely by the artist.
• 14″ w x 15.5″ h.
• Edition of 10 plus artist proofs.