Book artists should subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog from Shawn K. Simmons. Excellent compilation of call for entries for book arts competitions. Shawn is a very talented book artist who uses a lot of photographs in her books and is also a graphic designer. She even posted my call for Uncommon Threads before I had a chance to send it to her. Thanks, Shawn!
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Call For Entries For Artist Books
Uncommon Threads seeks artist books and other forms of book and paper art that utilize handicraft techniques, materials or subjects as a way to round out, illustrate or compliment a central concept. Remember, it’s not just about the materials or techniques. Let’s dispel the myth that the handicrafts can’t have any part in meaningful art.
A New Installation by Mary Bennett
Now Through June 25
New to Portland, conceptual artist Mary Bennett presents homage to an unknown poet by covering the walls of the gallery with the poet’s publication submission notes. Found in a dumpster, the poet’s typed and annotated index cards document her work in the 1970’s and are filled with coffee stains, cigarette burns, poem titles and handwritten notes as she attempted to publish her poetry.
Bennett’s installation examines the personal qualities of perseverance, deliberation, consistency and faith that were possessed by one woman, an unknown poet and dedicated writer. This woman believed in herself so much that she sent out 1,986 submissions. She received 1,983 rejections and only three acceptances. Her dedication will be displayed as all of these tattered index cards cover the gallery walls.
Part installation, part exploration, part interactive meditation on how artists define success, the installation also features a re-creation of the poet’s writing studio as imagined by Bennett. Gallery visitors are invited to use the poet’s typewriter to contribute their own definitions of “artistic success,” which will then be added to the gallery walls.
Special thanks to 23 Sandy Gallery artist Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli for forwarding this call for presentations. Amandine is a very talented photographer who has created several gorgeous photographic artist books and has a keen interest in advancing this crossover genre as collectible objects both in the photography and book arts worlds. Check out Amandine’s work here.
Call for Presentations
Symposium: Photography and the Artist’s Book Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, Manchester, UK. Friday 21st October 2011 There is a renewed interest in the relationship of photography and the artist’s book as both works of art and as alternative sites for exhibition and dissemination. There is also a notable expansion in the activities of self-publication by photographers and artists who use the photograph. Further to this, the theorising of the photographic essay and notions of ‘conceptual documentary’ have become important areas of discourse for those practitioners and theorists who are interested in working with the photograph in book form (Stimson, 2006 and Miles, 2010).
This symposium, which will precede the 6th Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, aims to bring together theorists and practitioners in order to more fully explore the issues raised by the relationship of photography and the artist’s book. Abstracts are invited for critical and/or creative papers that might respond to (but are not limited to) the following areas:
• photography and the artist’s book or ‘bookwork’
• the photographic essay
• the photo-novel and other narrative forms
• sequence, seriality and typology
• audience: zines, multiples and limited editions
Please send proposals (250 words) for papers (20 minutes) to Theresa Wilkie at email@example.com. Closing date Tuesday 31st May.
This symposium is a collaboration between Salford School of Art & Design (University of Salford) – www.artdes. salford.ac.uk, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections – www.specialcollections.mmu.ac.uk and Hot Bed Press (Salford) www.hotbedpress.org
This sounds like a fantastic symposium. Please report back if you go!
A Call to Action for Book Aritsts