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
One of the big questions on every artist’s mind is: how do I approach an art gallery with my artwork? This can be a tricky question since all galleries have different ways of finding new artists to add to their rosters. This article will give you some ideas on how to get the gallery attention your art deserves.
First off. Do your research. Find out what kind of art your target galleries generally show. Each gallery has aesthetic, style or medium preferences. Go to the gallery or their website, and see if your art fits. Make a list of the best venues for your artwork and target just those galleries.
Second, find out the gallery’s “submission policy.” For example, some galleries only reviews artist submissions each year for a specific time period. Some galleries may say they are not accepting any new artists at this time. Co-op galleries features artist members, with occasional openings to become a member. Some galleries have special areas that are available to consign artwork or they feature unrepresented artists selected through a jury process. Does a gallery only show local or regional artists or are they open to out of town artists?
All of this important information can usually be found on the gallery’s web site. Look for their “artist submissions” page. You may have to do a little digging to find it, but check these areas: Contact, Artists or About Us. Some may request a link to your web site, your resume or your bio. Some galleries may require slides, or JPGs on a CD via mail. Some galleries hate getting JPGs via email. Find out how they want to be approached and follow their guidelines.23 Sandy Gallery’s submission policy is fairly detailed and can be found here.
So, what if you follow the guidelines with no results? Do not feel too disheartened. There are still other steps you can take to try to get a gallery to pay attention. Here are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of getting what you want.
Get to know the gallery. If the gallery is local, go visit, and do it frequently. Go to their openings, events or artist lectures. Meet the people who work at the gallery, and then go even further and build a relationship with them. Remember, even a gallery receptionist might be a good person to get to know. They have the ear of the gallery owner or director. Also, support the gallery. Buy some art, a book, some cards. Whatever your budget allows. Anything helps.
Watch your target galleries to see what sort of opportunities they have for artists. Perhaps they have special areas set up for new artists. Or, perhaps they will have a call for entries to juried shows. Entering juried shows is a great way to give the gallery a test run. You get to know them and how they operate and they get a chance to give your art a “test run” with their regular collectors. Watch for these opportunities and then jump on them.
Don’t bombard the gallery owner with emails. Don’t add them to your monthly email newsletter list without asking their permission first.
If you follow these three steps, you will have a much easier time getting your artwork seen and your creative voice heard. Also remember to just keep trying, it may take persistence and perseverance, but eventually you will succeed.
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|© Christina Z. Anderson|
|© Bryan David Griffith|
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|Pauline and the Matches|
Based On The Children’s Books by Heinrich Hoffmann
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Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6-9pm, at Sunken Ballroom, Portland Art Museum.
Meet the artists participating in Photolucida – over 160 photographers will be displaying their work in three one hour shifts. Art collectors and photography enthusiasts can view and purchase work. Free to public.
Todd Hido Presentation: Process, Source, and Influence
Friday, April 15,, 2011, 7pm, at Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
Hido will discuss his most recent work and process, including sources and influences alongside his own images. He will focus on work that he does not often speak about, offering rare insight into his creative process. Presented in collaboration with the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. $12 general public, $5 students. You can purchase tickets online (http://portlandartmuseum.org/calendar/events/2011/04/15/Todd-Hido/) or at the door.
Pearl District Gallery Walk
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 5-7pm, Pearl District.
Numerous Pearl District Galleries showing photography for the month of April will remain open late and host various receptions with artists. Please see Photolucida website for complete listings. Free to public.
First Friday, April 1, 5-8:00 p.m.
Please join us for an artists reception for Photo Alchemy tonight. This show features several local artists who will join us for the fun so it should be a great party. Stop by for a glass of wine, a bit of nosh and some great art!
Photo Alchemy showcases the revival in alternative process photography. In recent years contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes‚ from cyanotypes to daguerreotypes, these deep, dreamy images bring a unique style and surface to a photograph that can not be achieved digitally.
Click here to preview a full online catalog of Photo Alchemy.
See you soon!
23 Sandy Gallery
623 NE 23rd Avenue
Find a map to the gallery here.
Photo © José Betancourt and Susan Weil
Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to host an evening with Laura Russell, of 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine art gallery in Portland, Oregon that presents local and national artists working in the fields of book and paper arts, photography and mixed media. Laura is an accomplished photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound limited edition artist books and exhibits widely. Laura holds a BBA from Northwood University and had a 15-year career in graphic design and marketing before becoming a full time working artist in 2002 and then opening the gallery in 2007. She is a past board member of the non-profit Photolucida and past co-president of the Colorado Women’s Caucus for Art. She is a current board member of both the Portland Art Museum’s Photo Council and the Portland Art Dealers Association. Her books are collected by many museums and libraries; including the University of California, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Tate Collection (London) as well as Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.
Her illustrated presentation will feature the work of photographers and book artists from around the world who are creating artists books to showcase their photographs. View purely visual books that allow the images to tell their own story, and books that marry image with text to form a compelling narrative. The artist books presented use everything from paladium prints to ink jet prints to cyanoprints. Explore structures from the simple stapled pamphlet to the traditional codex to sculptural books that challenge the viewer’s definition of a book.
The presentation is about 40 minutes, followed by a show and tell of books from gallery inventory plus Laura’s own photographic artist books. You are encouraged to bring your own photographically illustrated books as well!