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.
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.
March 22, 2018 Riso room / Research trip
Tomorrow is the opening of a big Riso exhibition at Risotto in Glasgow. I’ve sent in some works (old and new), hopefully they have arrived safe and sound.
In April (23-27), during their week of intensive workshops, I’ll actually be in town with the two other members of the Norsk Risoforening (Norwegian Risograph Association) on a Riso-Research-Trip. Believe it or not, in Norewgian it sounds even better: Riso-Research-Reise (RRR).
Get in touch for coffees, etc. I’ll mostly be hanging around my favorite place (Good Press) and with the international Riso gang.
February 4, 2018 This week in Oslo
Two events I’m involved with are coming up this week, both at educational institutions.
First, on Thursday, February 8: Every shore is a treasury at Westerdals ACT’s library.
As part of Westerdal’s Zero-Waste Day, I’ll be giving a short talk about my Oslofjord project and donating part of my collection of beach plastic to a workshop in collaboration with Seabling.
Then on Saturday, February 10: I’ve contributed a poster to a large group exhibition at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
The theme of the show is #metoo and my poster is a cheeky presentation of an actual line fed to me (by a member of the administration) while I was a student: “Why can’t you just shut up and be a good girl?” Sigh.
November 7, 2017 Pamflett Exhibition
Photos of my exhibition “Å finne stemmen” at Pamflett that closed last Sunday in Bergen.
When I arrived at the beginning of the residency, the wall was full of nails and clips. Instead of taking them down, I took them in stride and used them as part of the exhibition. Constantly moving things around until my last day in the space, printed layer over layer over layer. What remained was the making of my book.
On the making of this publication
The limits of a space, the limits of a Risograph
Working with what one has instead of fighting against it
Leaving things to chance
Unexpectedly good outcomes
This paper has been through the machine five times
A misprint, text, text, logos, this poem
Make the form fit the content
Let the metaphors run free
Sensitive, prickly machines must be handled with care
The artist as a designer is perhaps too imaginative
The artist as a printer bemoans her imaginative choices
The artist as a writer is, well, me
There are many ways to tell a story
And it takes many voices
October 16, 2017 Residency update
My book is coming along. Finished all the cutting today in the most beautiful studio.. where my phone also met his death on concrete. Sigh. On the brighter side, not too much rain today.
Photos from Pamflett, tomorrow is collating. Not the easiest task as this book has two different types of inserts. Crying inside thinking of the labor, but it is going to look great! The gallery wall is also shifting and changing.
Come by and have a coffee with me if you’re in town. I’ll be there pretty much from 9.00 – 21.00 . Thanks also to all those who came on Saturday for the intimate artist talk.