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Your Last Minute Reminder! BUILT Call for Entries

built-logo-250wCall for Entries: BUILT
On View at 23 Sandy Gallery:
April 7 – May 27, 2017
Submission Deadline: January 7, 2017

23 Sandy Gallery is calling for submissions for BUILT: Book art as a context to explore architecture, design, the built world, the built book.

This international juried exhibition of book and paper art aims to examine the relationship between contemporary book art practices and architecture, engineering, landscape and construction as form, function and structure. Let’s re-image the ways we as designers, of either books or buildings can inhabit and shape the world around us. Our disciplines have a natural synergy. After all, books and buildings are both kinetic, sequential, structural and time based. Taken a step further, book art can provide a framework for topics like urbanism, town planning, buildings and space. Let’s examine the relationship between the built and the book.

This exhibit is open to handmade book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, and broadsides are all encouraged.

The gallery will award $500 in purchase prizes, plus three best of show awards.

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.

A full prospectus and call for entries for BUILT can be found here.

Deadline for submissions is January 7, 2017.

Happy creating,

Laura

Congratulations Pop-Up Now Award Winners!

A Different Kind of Carousel by Jihae Kwon

A Different Kind of Carousel by Jihae Kwon

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to announce our POP-UP NOW II award winners. This exciting exhibition is on view in the gallery through December 17th, so stop by soon to see the show if you happen to be in Portland.

Pop-up and movable artist books are always crowd pleasers—if only on structural fun alone. We are thrilled that so many artists were inspired to go beyond the whiz-bang to make pop-up and movable books that tell a bigger story. After all, book artists are very adept at pushing further and rounding out the book with more context. This international exhibition features 49 handmade books by 43 artists including artists from as far away as Spain, the United Kingdom and Canada.

So, without further waiting, here are our POP-UP NOW II award winners:

LIBRARIAN’S CHOICE AWARDS

I dwell in possibility - by Dawn Peterson

I dwell in possibility – by Dawn Peterson

Pop-Up Now II was juried by a team of three jurors. Representing the library world, Jim Carmin has directed the operations of the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library since 1998. He is a good friend and supporter of 23 Sandy Gallery and has helped jury a few shows in our first 10 years of operation. He chose these awards:

Librarian’s Choice Award:
A Different Kind of Carousel by Jihae Kwon
Librarian’s Choice Award:
I dwell in possibility – by Dawn Peterson

COLLECTOR’S CHOICE AWARDS

Juxtaposition by Lynn Skordal

Juxtaposition by Lynn Skordal

Larry Seidman, is a board member of the Movable Book Society. He is an avid collector and seller of antique movable books, ephemera, puzzles, and pre-cinema optical toys. He has been a supporter of the 23 Sandy Gallery and was a juror for the first Pop-Up Now in 2010. He has some great choices for awards along with a few notes to pass along:

Collector’s Choice Award:
Manipulation by Lynn Skordal
Larry tells us, “a marvelous manipulated book in the class of “A Humument” by Tom Phillips.”
Collector’s Choice Award:
Juxtaposition by Lynn Skordal
“a wonderful, masterful homage to the early metamorphic slice books, worthy to stand beside Meggendorfer  in artistic achievement”

Lunae Secutor by Bryan Kring

Lunae Secutor by Bryan Kring

Collector’s Choice Award:
Lunae Secutor by Bryan Kring
“a sublime transcendent automaton, a wonderful creation from the mind of this gifted artist.”

GALLERY CHOICE AWARDS

All Sorts by Emily Martin

All Sorts by Emily Martin

And finally, our last juror, Laura Russell (yours truly!), owner of 23 Sandy Gallery:

Gallery Choice Award:
All Sorts by Emily Martin
“As a graphic designer I find this book is not only an example of stellar design and color, but it is a well-researched and well-conceived work where each and every element from the structure, inspired by orange crates, to the double alphabet, counts. It is also flawlessly executed. Top notch quality.”

Uri Mwita Mama by Judy Sgantas

Uri Mwita Mama by Judy Sgantas

Gallery Choice Award:

Uri Mwita Mama by Judy Sgantas
“This book takes Hedi Kyle’s Fishbone fold and adds pop! The vibrant culture of Rwanda comes alive.” 

 

Congratulations to all of our POP-UP NOW II award winners. Selecting these awards was difficult in a show filled with so many very talented artists.

POP-UP NOW will be on view in the gallery through December 17, 2016. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Stop by soon!

Click here to view the full online catalog for POP-UP NOW II.

Artist Book Spotlight: Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson and Brandi Katherine Herrera

 

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

Poetic and Visual Experiments with Goethe’s Zur Farbenlehre

Mutterfarbe is a work of experimental text + visual translations and poems by Brandi Katherine Herrera. Using Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s seminal work, Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors, 1810) as a primary source. Working during a residency in Germany, Herrera translated sections of the text from German to English for the first time since Charles Eastlake’s 1840 edition. Here, the language of color is transformed in order to provide fresh perspective on an archaic text, and allow Goethe’s words to re-imagine themselves within a more contemporary conversation.

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

This limited edition artist book was designed and produced by Broken Cloud Press (Santa Fe, NM), the imprint of artist Erin Mickelson. The book is comprised of separately bound sections, each a standalone piece, (measuring approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches each) enclosed in an archival box:

• The first section, Natürlicher (vis-à-vis land, animal), is comprised of color swatches and accompanying poems (based on colors sourced from the author’s environment) printed on loose pages held together in a folio.

• The second section, Ursprünglicher (origins, experiments), is comprised of erasure poems & illustrations (“visual translations” of Goethe’s original illustrations), and includes drum leaf binding and blind impressions.

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

Mutterfarbe by Erin Mickelson

• The third section, Farbe Gespräch (speaking of color), is an imagined text convo with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe using contemporary language & technology, while watching Jodorowsky’s iconic surrealist film The Holy Mountain and discussing the use of color therein. This section includes leporello binding and pop-up elements.

• The book’s back matter (including translator’s note & color source photos, scans of the original erasures, and the translation) is bound in three pamphlet stitched books.

This project recently debuted as an installation at 23 Sandy Gallery, which included not only the book, but also collaborative sound and video components.

Read more about this work and see additional photos here.

Enjoy!

Laura

How to Purchase Mutterfarbe: For further information or to order this work click here. Or, send an e-mail to Laura.

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