The pop-up wall got me thinking about how much I love pop up books. They are like puppet books to me. I love this pop up book video by Juniper Albert Tangpuz--the black and white color, the movement of the book parts and hands plus the groovy music--it does remind me of a puppet show!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Juniper Albert Tangpuz also makes great paper sculptures as well as interesting videos. Visit his website and look at his gallery section. His stencil images in gallery one and his wild life images in gallery 2 are amazing!
Stencil No. 6 (Homage to the Tree of Knowledge) Juniper Albert Tangpuz
Monday, August 27, 2007
CALL FOR ART: ALTERED BOOKS AT MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY
Minneapolis Public Library announces a national call for U.S. artists to submit digital images of altered books for a juried exhibition January-March 2008 at Minneapolis Central Library’s Cargill Hall exhibition gallery. The exhibition will be juried by Betty Bright, Ph.D., former curator at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and author of No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980, (Granary Books, 2005). The exhibition will be part of a city-wide series of workshops, exhibitions and programs capped by the annual convention of the Public Library Association, in Minneapolis, March 25-29, 2008. According to the International Society of Book Artists, an altered book is any book, old or new, that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art.
Submission Fee: $20 (make checks payable to Minneapolis Public Library) for up to 5 images on CD. Images should be saved in JPG format, 72 dpi, no more than seven inches (or 504 pixels) along the image’s longest dimension.Works must be original in concept and execution and have been created since January 1, 2003. Note that this exhibition is open to working artists only.
Application deadline: October 15, 2007. Final selection is November 1.
Get application details
Please direct questions to: Melinda Ludwiczak at 612-630-6246.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Gary is the co-founder and owner of the studio. The studio is really his 2nd full time job where gets to come after working all day to hang out with us in the evenings and weekends either teaching classes or running the shop. He is an accomplished bookbinder and photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the state. Gary is a great collaborative partner in artwork whether as a subject or as an engineer. A huge 6' x 4' cyanotype image on silk organza, of Gary swimming in a full business suit was plastered all over Chicago during the Manifest Urban Artfest in 2004 and now swims in our classroom. (It took a lot of convincing to get him into that water the day before Christmas eve--what a good sport!) He gets to put his engineering skills to fine use with all the hairbrained installation schemes we seems to dream up at the studio or in our own artwork. Here's a pic of him printing--until recently he's only had time to move and fix the presses but I think he's got the printing bug now!
Mike is our letterpress guru. He teaches our letterpress classes and collaborates with us on our print jobs. He has been involved in letterpress printing since he was a teenager. He trained two years after high school to become a printer but a sudden career change found him as publisher of a community newspaper in Minnesota until he retired and moved to Arizona. He has a print shop at his home and has been active in letterpress printing, including publishing two books. He is a co-founder of a national letterpress group (founded in 1958), the Amalgamated Printers' Association…an organization composed of letterpress printing enthusiasts—hobby printers, typecasters and letterpress collectors. Mike has also started a way cool publication called Galley Gab. What every you do, don't promise this man cake unless you mean it...he still holds it against us that we invited him to a birthday party and we accidentally held the party earlier & ate all the cake before he got there...oops!
Adam is our photo and web guy who also is fine printer and bookbinder as well. Adam has a BFA in photography from Arizona State University is a fabulous fine art photographer. See more of his work on adamdraper.net. Besides helping us he also works with KAET Channel 8 at Arizona State University. He's getting married this fall so we keep reminding him to get busy printing this invitations!
Matti Matterson comes to work with me at least twice a week. You'll only see him on the web and never out in the shop because he is very, very shy. He sleeps on the shelf in the office or in the closet and chirps at birds out the window.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Also at the MCA at the same time is Beyond the Cel--The Influence of Animation on Contemporary Art is in the South GallerySept. 15th - Feb 10th. Beyond the Cel brings together some of the most influential and significant graphic artists of our time, including Ron English, Gary Baseman, Sket-One, Anthony Ausgang, KRK Ryden, Andrew Brandou, The Brothers McLeod, Ryan Bubnis, Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell. A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet of plastic (usually acetate) on which objects are drawn or painted for animation, allowing for several layers of composition. After the worldwide launch of RabbitHoles™ 3D Motion Art at Comic-Con in San Diego last month, MCA will be the first venue to showcase this new image technology as part of the Beyond the Cel exhibition featuring Ron English’s Cathy Cowgirl.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
It's amazing what you find out in the world when you have insomnia! I came across this lovely work by Abigail Glassenberg who is an artist, mother and teacher. Take a peek at more of her images on her flickr site and see her blog www.whileshenaps.typepad.com to follow her crafting adventures.(Looks like one annoyed bird!)
Monday, August 13, 2007
I've been dying to post this piece by Sculptor Theo Jansen but I decided to wait because I got Gary the DVD of his work for his birthday and wanted to surprise him! He was as blown away as I was by the work. It is unbelievable--an amazing combination of art and engineering. Now I want to make building-size paper structures that move...
Friday, August 03, 2007
We feel really fortunate to have Teesha and Tracy Moore teaching at our studio in October. This is our third year for a fall Visual Journaling weekend (more about that later) Their work is absolutely terrific. I remember meeting them at a show in the 1990's. I really believe that they are the catalysts that got visual journaling into the mainstream and also the ones who started the trend in the weeklong art retreats. A friend of mine from Washington used to tell how much she loved going to this way cool alternative arts fest that they used to hold in Seattle years ago.