Book Power! Artist Books Addressing Our Social, Political or Environmental World
June 3-26, 2010
23 Sandy Gallery
THEME – Book Power is seeking artist books addressing the social, political or environmental issues of our times. Can an artist book be a vehicle to shed light on the problems we face in the world? Can books be a call for change? Can we go beyond just artists who make things to artists who make things happen? War, poverty, decay, politics, conflict, revolution, feminism, environmental, economic and political upheaval are but a few of the issues that concerned book artists can use to engage their readers in an effort to raise consciousness, call for justice or provoke action. Perhaps we really can use our creative powers to solve the problems of the world.
MEDIA – This exhibit is open to book arts related artworks created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines or broadsides are encouraged. Any medium, any style, any size.
DEADLINE – Entries must be received by May 14, 2010.
More information and a complete call for entries can be found here:
Here is the schedule –
Thursday 20 May, 2010 – 7pm Photographic Center Northwest
The Sky is Falling?
Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the Art World…everyone starts talking about toxic assets and downsizing! What’s an art lover to do? Curator/writer/educator Tim B. Wride will give his unique, and usually irreverent, look at the state of the Photography World in the wake of our current economic, social, and aesthetic meltdown. Follow as he guides us through the past and present trends that are in crisis, and take a leap as he offers insights into what may be the look of the future. Tim will point fingers, name names, and tilt at windmills as he explains how he dares harbor a satisfied sense of total OPTIMISM for the future of image making.
Saturday 22 May, 2010 – 11am – 3pm PCNW
Introduction to Critical Looking: A Seminar for Thinking Photographers
After all the practical workshops, after all the tech consultations, after all the seminars, after all the portfolio reviews ….now what? How does all of the information apply to YOUR process and YOUR work? How do the trends and climate of the art world affect you and your work? Do you know how to look at photographs—including your own—and CRITICALLY ascertain the direction and relevance of them? What is the difference between the work you want to do and the work you SHOULD do? How do you know which way to turn in order to grow as an artist?
Curator/writer/educator Tim B. Wride will guide you toward a fuller understanding of the art climate in which you are working and the social, economic, and creative pressures that are affecting your photography. Through a dynamic program of lectures, Q&A’s, and group interaction, we will explore the state of the market, the directions of creative interplay, and, most important, the necessity of critically and intensely LOOKING at the work you see as well as the work you make. For too many artists this is the most overlooked aspect of their tools and talents; for all artists, however, CRITICAL LOOKING is the most basic skill that must be developed in order to challenge and advance their artmaking ability.
Sunday 23 May, 2010 – 11am – 4.30pm PCNW
Cost $375. Class is Limited to 15 participants!!
Critical Looking: The Art of Conscious Creativity-
Do you know how to look at photographs—including your own—and CRITICALLY ascertain the direction and relevance of them? What is the difference between the work you want to do and the work you SHOULD do? How do you know which way to turn in order to grow as an artist? CRITICAL LOOKING is the key to expanding your awareness and applying a conscious understanding of your artistic process.
Tim B. Wride guides you through a dynamic series of historical perspectives, contemporary observations, interactive exercises, group critiques, and one-on-one portfolio reviews with the goal of awakening a fuller understanding of YOUR unique creative process and the directions that may be open to you with this new understanding. Open up your creativity and apply it to the way in which you approach images and imagemaking. Make the move to growth through self-awareness.
About Tim –
Tim B. Wride is a voracious consumer of photographic images. He likes nothing better than to look at photographs and talk to photographers about their work. As Curator of the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for 14 years, Tim curated over 50 exhibitions, authored and contributed to a dozen books, and has lectured, participated in panels, juried exhibitions, and provided portfolio reviews internationally. In 2004, Tim became the founding Executive Director of the No Strings Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides individual artist grants to U.S. photographers.
Join us on for an artist lecture with Pendleton book artist Roberta Lavadour. Her solo show in the book room this month brings years of cast-offs recovered from thrift stores and yard sales together to explore the language of the book. This event will be a great time to learn more about her work and the process behind her always innovative artist books.
Location: 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6:00 p.m. and by appointment
Web site: www.23sandy.com
Passages Bookshop Trunk Sale
Sunday, May 2, 10-6 p.m.
Monday, May 3, 11-3 p.m.
These are just a few of the very special works we installed until too late last night. Both rooms of the gallery are filled with an amazing collection of letterpress, books, broadsides and more!
David Abel, of Passages Bookshop, has brought us a very special event in the gallery: a trunk sale featuring artist’s books, fine printing, broadsides, books about books, art, and photography. Many of the items are long out of print and hard to find. You’ll find books by and about such artists as Ken Campbell, Walter Hamady and his renowned Perishable Press, Rampant Lions, Whittington Press, Harry Duncan, Nexus Press, Granary Books, Katherine Kuehn of Salient Seedling Press (pictured above), Landlocked Press, Black Mesa Press, and many others.
In fact, this event has generated such enthusiasm that we have extended it through Monday, 11-3 p.m.
P.S. David is offering all of the books and broadsides in this show with a special event discount. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.