Before books, before blogs and before broadcasts, there were broadsides. Historically, single sheet broadsheet posters were ephemeral in nature. They were developed in the fifteenth century for royal proclamations, official notices and even advertisements. Today, broadsides hang at the intersection of art and literature. Letterpress printed broadsides are valued as fine art designed and printed by a true craftsperson; but also as fine literature featuring stellar poetry or prose. Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature is a national, juried exhibition of letterpress printed broadsides featuring 42 broadsides by 34 artists from across the United States and Australia.
The opening reception for Broadsided! will be on First Friday, October 2, 2009 from 6:00-9:00PM at 23 Sandy Gallery. We are proud to also announce our new membership to PADA (Portland Art Dealers Association) and as such, will be open on First Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 6:00-8:00PM.
Also featured in conjunction with this exhibition will be Ink & Impact a benefit for the non-profit Write Around Portland, which is celebrating 10 years of transforming lives through the power of writing in community. To mark this milestone, Write Around Portland invited ten letterpress artists to design and print a broadside, finding inspiration in the writing of Write Around Portland workshop participants.
Artists creating a broadside for Ink & Impact are: Mare Blocker, Inge Bruggeman, Warren Buss, Clare Carpenter, Diane Chonette, Diane Jacobs, Carla Schultz, Barbara Tetenbaum, Sandy Tilcock and Shu-Ju Wang. Ink & Impact represents a distillation of 10 years and thousands of writers into 10 works of art by some of our region’s finest letterpress artists. The full online catalog can be found here: http://www.23sandy.com/writearound/catalog_wap.html .
Broadsided! will be on view until October 31, 2009. Please stop by and see this outstanding and eclectic exhibit.
Above image: LVIII by Sue Huggins Leopard