New Artists @ 23 Sandy: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsey Lochman

Click here to watch a video of this book in action.

Barbara Ciureg and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photography and publishing project since they met in art school in the 1970’s. 23 Sandy is very pleased to present three of their powerful projects in gallery inventory.

The first and most thrilling: Pliant History 

Pliant History by Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej

Pliant History by Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej

From the artist statement: To expand the current discourse of power, Ciurej and Lochman requested women to “assume the pose” of Michelangelo’s imposing figures of authority – the prophets and sibyls from the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The presence of these seers and storytellers symbolically validated prevailing institutional power. Stripped of thrones, books, and robes, their contemporary counterparts confront history and embody another type of knowledge.

Printed on translucent vellum, images from the past overlay the present, creating moments of hybridity and fusion. Together, the figures transcend the binaries of male/female, past/present, strength/weakness, intellect/emotion. The structure of Pliant History allows the viewer to literally turn the page on the past, suggesting other narratives and possibilities.

The images are interwoven with excerpts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, underscoring the inevitability of change.”

Watch a video of Pliant History here.

Click here to see all three books by this dynamic duo, including Twitter FEED (shown at left) and Processed Views.



23 Sandy Thank You Book #5 – Celebrating Hedi Kyle’s New Book!

Thank You Book #5 debuts on this most exciting day for book artists around the world—the official release of Hedi Kyle’s new book, The Art of the Fold, which she wrote with her daughter, Ulla Warchol.

Hedi has been a huge inspiration since I first discovered book arts 21 years ago. You may remember how much I gushed when she visited Portland for the Hello Hedi exhibition we held at 23 Sandy Gallery in 2015—probably the best show we ever did. In fact, we still receive orders for books from the show.

You can still find the full online catalog of Hello Hedi here.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy Gallery and the plan is to create 10 over the next year or so. All free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many friends, artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

Download a free PDF of the Hedi’s Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail at left. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-step instructions to cut out and fold into the Interlocking Loops book shown above. I printed mine at Staples on 67# text weight stock for less than a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on letter-size paper for an even smaller book.

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, click here to download PDFs of all four previous Thank You books. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy folding,


Seattle Art Museum features our favorite Native American book artist!

Museum libraries can be an overlooked part of the museum environment. Too frequently these research and curatorial gems are tucked in a corner or hidden behind intimidating doors. Happily, more and more often these days, museum librarians are reaching out and connecting library holdings with the major exhibitions in the museum. These outreach efforts are especially exciting when they feature artist books from the either the museum or the library collections. In this case, 23 Sandy Gallery artist and former gallery assistant Erin Mickelson’s work was showcased in the library during a major exhibition featuring no less than Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicholson, Tracey Rector and Will Wilson.

Traci Timmons, head librarian at the Seattle Art Museum recently wrote an article on the SAM blog about Erin’s work. Erin is a very talented book artist whose unique and limited edition artist books are always thoughtful, engaging, smart, layered, nuanced, superbly concepted and perfectly crafted. You may have met Erin if you ever visited 23 Sandy Gallery on a Saturday. For four years, she was an invaluable part of the gallery operation. She charmed customers, curated exhibitions, ran our web site, helped install shows and so, so, so much more. She was a super help and vital to me staying sane during those crazy days. I will always appreciate her help and friendship.

Check out this stellar blog article on the SAM web site:

“Recently, the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library acquired two works by book artist, designer, and member of the Oneida Nation Erin Mickelson. Mickelson’s work is often about language, particularly translation. Sometimes her work is as straightforward as a translation from one language to another, but often she attempts to translate an idea between seemingly disparate forms—language, image, code, and movement….    

Continue reading the SAM blog here.


You can also see more of Erin’s work here.

Congratulations, Erin!

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