23 Sandy Gallery is calling for submissions to POP-UP NOW II, an international juried exhibition of pop-up and movable artist books. Pop-up books captivate and excite the child in all of us. They come to life as three-dimensional works of art hidden inside the pages of a book. POP-UP NOW II is looking for handmade artist books that pop-up, move, slide, twirl, whirl, light up, or even sound off.
One of the great things about book art is the opportunity to push the definition of movable books and tackle deeper subjects. It’s easy to make a whiz-bang pop-up, but book artists are especially adept at pushing further and rounding out the book with more context. We are hoping artists will be inspired to make pop-up and movable books that tell a bigger story as well as making fantastical whiz-bang books.
The gallery will award $500 in purchase prizes, plus three best of show awards. This exhibit is open to hand bound book arts related artworks created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects are all encouraged as long as the book has at least one interactive, movable or pop-up element. We consider popular book arts structures such as tunnel books, carousel books, flip books and many others to fit the parameters of this exhibition. Books can employ any medium, any style.
POP-UP NOW II will be juried by a team of three jurors: Larry Seidman, Laura Russell and a third juror to be announced soon. Larry Seidman, M.D. is an avid collector and seller of antique movable books, ephemera, puzzles, and pre-cinema optical toys. You can learn more about him at the link below.
23 Sandy Gallery is a fine art gallery located in Portland, Oregon. Open since 2007, we present local and national artists working in contemporary book and paper arts.
Deadline for submissions is August 27, 2016.
P.S. By coincidence, the Movable Book Society is holding their annual conference in Boston in September. Check out their terrific roster of speakers and events here.