December 9, 2018 Intimate Narratives, Fragment, Group Hug #2
So many things have been going on lately, I haven’t been able to blog about them in time. At least not here, anyway. On Instagram, I’m much better: @slowarrow.
But first, something I haven’t posted (yet): finally done with and have put online images from my 4-part publication series Intimate Narratives. All of the publications can be bought (on their own or together for a special price) at Hverdag Books.
The covers, newest in front. A spread from A park in Nanjing:
Last week was really busy.
On Wednesday, for those of you who came – thanks!, I read a short poem at the launch for Blokk Forlag‘s newest anthology Fragment, of which I am a small part. It’s available online and at Tronsmo in Oslo.
And over the weekend I had two small Christmasy sculptural works for Low Standards‘ Group Hug #2. Two pieces of marine debris ready to hang:
November 7, 2018 Next week in Brooklyn, Oslo
Engaged Editions: Creative Advocacy in Print
November 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019
Opening reception: November 17; 5-8pm
Engaged Editions: Creative Advocacy in Print is a group exhibition of artists’ books, creative publications, and prints used to promote collaborative advocacy, foster community engagement, and address social justice issues.
Featuring work by:
Karen Baldner – Tia Blassingame – Ernest Bryant – Tim Devin – Christeen Francis – Luis Campos-Garcia – Kiara Gilbert – Roni Gross – Lyall Harris & Patricia Silva – KakeArt (Ann Kalmbach & Tatana Kellner) – Yasmiene Mabrouk – Mary Marsh – Anna Mavromatis – Melanie Mowinski – Scott McCarney – Lize Mogel & Matthew Slaats with Monica Johnson – Iviva Olenick – Milissa Orzolek – Sara Parkel – Maria Pisano – Mobile Print Power – Julia Rooney – Mimi Shapiro – Aaron Sinift – Meredith Stern – Patti Swanson – Voces de la Frontera – Mark Wagner – Jennifer Mack-Watkins – Jessica Williams – WORK/PLAY (Danielle & Kevin McCoy) – WW3 Illustrated – Lillian Young
For all food and art lovers out there: I’ll be running at 2-day workshop as Hverdag Books at Low Standards next weekend (16-17 November) that will culminate in a collaborative creative cookbook by 12 participants. Also on view will be my most recent Riso-printed publication series “Intimate Narratives” and a few Riso prints to inspire the workshop.
Spots are unfortunately all filled up, but it couldn’t hurt to email Low Standards to see if there is a waitlist. On the Sunday, November 18, there will be a book launch and potluck open to the public.
October 30, 2018 This weekend in Trondheim, Bergen
This weekend I’ll be in Bergen for the Bergen Art Book Fair, but have also helped co-organize what will be a fantastic and thorough Risography exhibition in Trondheim.
Thanks to SMØR Press for inviting me (as Hverdag Books) and Henrik Austad for helping physically organize everything in Oslo. The Riso exhibition will run from the 1 – 4 of November at BABEL during Trondheim Open. SMØR will also be giving a talk on the the 3rd which is highly recommended.
If you’re in Bergen this weekend, be sure to stop by the Norsk Risoforening table at the Bergen Art Book Fair and say hi to me and Benjamin! We will be showing both our own works, but also other Riso-printed works from all over Norway. The fair runs November 2 – 4 at Bergen Kunsthall.
Looking forward to seeing what comes of the Bibliotek Nordica project organized by Codex Polaris. I’m one of 80 (!) artists working with artist books from all over Scandinavia who are participating with small editions of A6-size books. Mine is actually in the lower right hand corner (thanks alphabetical order).
The boxed set of all 80 books will be assembled in an edition of 10 and launched for the first time in February 2019 at the Codex book fair in San Francisco. Thanks to Imi Maufe for the invitation!
More info on the project and updates here and here.
October 9, 2018 PRAKSIS: Taking Hold —The Double Bridge
From next week, I’ll be part of Residency 12 at PRAKSIS in Oslo. Looking forward to what comes and if you’re in Oslo stop by the ‘Meet the residents’ event next Tuesday at Kunstnernes Hus. I’ve prepared a special, all-new 7 minute/32 slide presentation going all the way back to 2006 that traces my journey from working with my body and as a commercial photographer in NYC to becoming a politically aware immigrant in Norway finding one’s voice through artist publications.
The residency’s focus is on the physical expression of solidarity, competition and antagonism in social relationships, and its research will foreground performance for camera as a means of enquiry. It has been developed with artist and activist Phoebe Davies and events will be held in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus.
Davies and PRAKSIS’s founding director Nicholas John Jones reviewed a total of 60 residency applications, all of whose quality made the final selection a challenging process. The seven people eventually identified are: Emma Bäcklund (SE), Marte H S Dahl (NO), Bianca Hisse (BR), Ayesha Jordan (US), Shahrzad Malekian (IR), Jessica Williams (US/NO), and Sam Williams (UK).
September 2, 2018 Northing x Bananafish : Minizine in Norway
Happy to be included in this collection of 100 Riso-printed mini-zines, a collaboration between Northing (who I traveled to China with last year) and Shanghai’s Bananafish Books. My contribution (n o r w a y) is a collection of tiny photographs from the last 7 years printed in blue.
Look out for these little boxes at the Bergen Art Book Fair, November 1-4. I’ll also be there, though at the Norsk Risoforening table.
August 18, 2018 In this weekend’s D2
Read all about the economics of my life as an artist through the lens of objects in my studio.
Note: my application-acceptance ratio has gone down since I was interviewed in June..
August 4, 2018 August = back to work, summer sun from July
Long time, no update. This summer has passed much too quickly. But now, it’s back to work.
Coming soon on Hverdag Books: two new text-based publications. A screenshot from the current state of the first: THE PAST IS A FINITE PLACE. Collected texts, 2009-2017 (please don’t mind the made up page numbers).
This, along with a printed version of 2017’s screenshot-based project A Passing Feeling, should both be out later this month. Info on a joint release coming soon.
Photos from Summer Sun Day Dream at The Lab @ Silver Eye in Philadelphia, curated by Sean Stewart. Possibly still up if you’re in town. The opening was on July 15, 2018.
Contributing artists: Alex Cramer, Alex Grabiec, Ali Bosworth, Alice Winn, Allie Stewart, Amy Fink, Anastasia Davis, Anna Grevenitis, Bryana Colasanti, Caiti Borruso, Cody Schlabaugh, Chris Malmberg, Cristina Fontsaré, Dale Harper, Dan Pavsic, David Billet, Elijah Barrett, Ellie Musgrave, Eugene Wilson, Francis Crisafio, Graham Wiebe, Hannah Altman, Ian Kline, Jacob Koestler, Jake Reinhart, Jenna Houston, Jessica Williams, John Prince, John Ciamillo, Joy Drury Cox, Justin Visnesky, Kalie Frisky , Karen Lue, Kiera Renz, Lauren Lowery, Lindley Warren, Lorena endara, Matt Gray, Matthew Conboy, Michael Bucher, Michael Majewski, Michael McCraw, Nathan Ward, Nicholas Pollack, Peter Leeman, Sam Margevicius, Samantha Lindenbusch, Sean Carroll, Sean Murray, Sophie Schwartz, Taylor Galloway, Tyler Roste, Tim Elder, Tommy Keith, Tyler Roste, Stephen Joyce, Laura Krasnow, William Real
Also: a link to the program at Kvinnemuseet in Kongsvinger, where the #metoo poster exhibition Between the Lines has traveled and will hang through the fall.
May 23, 2018 Next week in Oslo, Lillehammer and Stavanger
Next week is going to be a very busy and exciting time for myself and Hverdag Books. Three public talks, an exhibition, an art book fair and a brand new fanzine based on a news diary I kept online during the crisis in Gaza and NRK strike. Oh my.
“Why Riso? – a debate and an exhibition” at Tøyen Startup Village on Wednesday, May 30.
Then I’ll be in Lillehammer June 1-2 at Kunstbokmessen Bastard hosted by Oppland Kunstsenter. On the 1st I’ll also be part of a panel debate on artist’s books and zines as a part of the Norwegian Literature Festival.
The day after I’m off to Stavanger and will be dropping-in and possibly helping out a few Riso workshops at Kunsthall Stavanger. On Tuesday, June 5, I’ll be part of another panel: Self-publishing = self-empowerment?
Håper vi sees!
April 5, 2018 Malmö Artists’ Book Biennial
In a few weeks (April 20-22) I’ll be taking the danskebåten* down to Malmö to exhibit new and old Hverdag Books publications at the brand new Malmö Artist’s Book Biennial. Malmö is a place very dear to my heart, as I studied abroad there back in 2007. Hope to see old and new faces at the fair. More info here.
For those already in town, the fantastic bookshop at Malmö Konsthall will be displaying a special selection of publications from the biennial starting next week and leading up to the fair, including two of mine.
* the Norway-Denmark “party boat” which also happens to be a very affordable means of transportation.