Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Burned Books, Book Bombs, and other less alliterative news

This image is a preview of my next installation, Libros Perdidos, which will be part of the exhibition The Book, A Contemporary View, at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. The show runs from December 22, 2010 - April 17, 2011, later traveled from the DCCA in Wilmington, Delaware to Towson State University in Maryland.

The ongoing Book Bombs collaboration with Mary Tasillo has released Book Bombs Issue #2, We Walk Asking Questions. We will also be part of the upcoming exhibition Social Commentaries at the Catich Gallery at Saint Ambroise University, in Davenport, Iowa.

And finally, if you haven't checked it out yet - please visit my new website - To see images of my most recent completed installation, Reverse Archaeology, visit here. In addition to the work, you can catch a glimpse of the crazy-beautiful-unpredictable weather that we dealt with at the Life is Art Foundation in Santa Rose, CA. Thanks!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Reverse Archaeology and new website!

These are some preview images of my upcoming installation Reverse Archaeology at the Life Is Art Foundation in Santa Maria, CA. To read the project statement, please visit here.

In other news, I have released an official website - Hope you will check it out!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Paper Pouring Mold

This post is slightly off topic from what I usually announce here, but after a discussion on the Yahoo Papermaking group about pouring paper, I had a few queries off list about how I built my mold. So here is a brief explanation with some images that will hopefully make it clearer for others. Above and below this text you can see images of the front and back my prototype pouring mold - the one that is about 5 feet long by 2 feet wide. The door behind it below can help give you a sense of scale.

Above this is a image looking through the mold from the front (or top). The mold is designed to create slow drainage, and so is lined first with screen print mesh (220 screen), then window screening, then egg crate for support. Below is a detail looking from the back (bottom) to the front. You can kind of see the U-shaped hook I used to attach the egg crate.

Below are two details of how the wood support for the egg crate are screwed in. You can also see the U-shaped hook a little clearer.

Hope this helps some fellow papermakers out there! Feel free to pass this blog link along. For an image of the bigger mold in use, please take a look here. To see images of some of the poured paper I've done, visit here and here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thread Loves Paper

Emily Marks, curator of the exhibition Thread Loves Paper, on view at the Sonoma County Public Library and featuring the work of yours truly, has made a YouTube video documenting the exhibition. It isn't the highest quality production, but for anyone interested in seeing some of the work, check it out below or visit the link here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 New Courtland Fellowship

This past summer I was awarded the New Courtland Fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. I proposed a project in which kids and residents of New Courtland collaborated in handmade paper by creating designs using pulp-paint stencils based on a series of interviews conducted by the children of the residents.

The wet sheets were then stretched over armatures that had been made in the shape of boats. The overall result is a series of collaborative-collage-boat-sculptures.

The boats will be all gathered together and installed as part of an exhibition next spring at the Skybox called Art is Ageless. Right now, here a few of the boats (we made quite a few!), to check out.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White Mountain, New Artist Book

My newest artist book, White Mountain, was inspired by the White Mountain, outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming. It is also the first piece I've made in my new home in California. The book is embroidery on handmade flax-abaca paper, with a flax-abaca cover dyed with walnut dye. It is currently on display at the Sonoma Public Library as part of the exhibition Thread Loves Paper curated by Emily Marks.

I'm busy unpacking, but have much news! More to come...stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May Update

Much to report! My collaboration with Mary Tasillo - Book Bombs - will be taking part in many upcoming exhibitions. The first of which is Axis Alley 2010 - our installation Fibrile is currently on view in the alley behind 2212 North Calvert Street in Baltimore, MD. Everyone is welcome to join the Axis Alley stroll on May 23 (rain date May 22) to see the installations and enjoy food and drink B-more style.

Also coming in up in Baltimore, Book Bombs will have work at the Whole Gallery as part of their upcoming exhibition Sign Language. And later this summer we will be part of the exhibition Paper at the Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg, CA.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April Update

My Book Bombs collaboration with Mary Tasillo continues to thrive - over the next few months we will be exhibition work from the project in Baltimore and in Fort Bragg, CA. We will also be part of the Axis Alley project, taking over the back of a house with wheatpasted demin paper. More to stay tuned!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Book Bombs Zine Party

Please join me at my fellow Book Bomber Mary Tasillo this Friday at Nexus Foundation for Today's Art for the release of Rooted Within, Book Bombs Issue #1. The first two hundred or so people will receive a free copy!

Nexus is located at 1400 North American Street in the Crane Arts Building. Our event will last from 6-9 PM, and will be part of a series of Philagrafika 2010 Independent Projects holding receptions that evening in the Crane. To see the list of other events, please visit here. It's free and open for everyone, I hope to see some of you there!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Images from "We and Stories"

The exhibition We and Stories, curated by Asa Yoshie, is almost over. If you didn't get a chance to see it, check out some of the images here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 News: Book Bombs and other exhibitions

Due to a packed fall schedule, I'm a bit behind on this blog. A series of updates is due. Most excitingly is:


Book Bombs, my collaborative project with Mary Tasillo for Philagrafika 2010, has taken off. Our first bombing took place the first week of January, and another is coming up in the first week of February. To support this project, we have been awarded the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream Grant. We have also been mentioned on WHYY and the Philadelphia City Paper. And next week, we have been invited to take over Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery's Window on Broad, located at 333 South Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia. For images of this project, please visit our blog.


Currently, I am participating in a few other exhibitions. Zoe Cohen, Art Program Manager for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, selected the Migratory Books Project for the juried exhibition Nest and Branch. The exhibition runs to April 2, and you can read about it here.

From February 1-March 12 my work can be seen on the west coast as part of the Page Show at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery. Thanks to Rachelle Woo Chuang for inviting me to be a part of it! For anyone on the west coast, please feel welcome to come to the opening reception on February 2 from 5:30-9 PM. The Guggenheim Gallery is located in Moulten Center on Chapman University Campus in Orange, California.

Also in February I will also be part of the exhibition We and Stories, curated by Asa Yoshie, in the new Printmaking Gallery at the University of the Arts. Check back here for information on this soon!


And finally, Issue #26 of the Journal of Artist Books is out, featuring The Hybrid Book Experiment, an article I co-authored with Amanda D'Amico of Tiny Revolutionary Press. Also in the issue see Democratic Organization, by my Book Bombs partner Mary Tasillo. Also check out the most recent issue of Bound and Lettered, which has another version of Democratic Organization by Mary T. Both articles mention the Migratory Books Project. Thanks Mary!