Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. The first installment of Close Quarters will be with our very own Friedrich Kerksieck at Small Fires Press.
Friedrich Kerksieck – Small Fires Press
April 16, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
Small Fires Press Studio – 1339 St. Roch Ave.
Friedrich Kerksieck is a letterpress printer, binder, paper maker & poet living in New Orleans with his wife, Gabrielle Trimm & their two cats, Bela Scoops & Bip Scoops. He runs Small Fires Press, an independent letterpress & binding venture. Friedrich attended the University of Alabama for his MFA in Book Arts.
Happy Hour Artist Salon: Steven Daiber
Thursday, October 16
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery
3718 St. Claude Avenue
Steven Daiber of Red Trillium Press/Aqui en la Lucha will present over 10 years of printmaking and book arts collaborations in Havana Cuba, at a Happy Hour Artists Salon beginning at 6:30 on Thursday, October 16, at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery. He will have a wide selection of books to share, including his own work, Red Trillium Press collaborations, and artist books from individual Cuban artists.
About Steven Daiber Steven Daiber has worked with books for more than twenty years. He has been to Cuba regularly since 2001 and to Hanoi in 2008 & 2014. Through book arts he has facilitated dialogue with artists in Cuba and Vietnam introducing them to a new medium of expression.
Daiber’s recent trips to Hanoi in 2008 & 2014 and Havana in 2010, 2011, 2013 included teaching printmaking, books arts and developing book collaborations with print artists. The artists Daiber represents and the books he creates in collaboration with Cuban and Vietnamese artists tell stories of the lived reality in Cuba and Vietnam in the 21st century.
Now that the summer is coming to a close and we’ve all gotten our page-turning beach-reading completed, we’d like to dig into something with a bit more tooth. SIFT is starting a reading group in which we look at articles or artist projects in depth. For each reading group, we will ask you to read several articles or investigate certain projects. Then we will set a time to meet up and discuss. For our inaugural art discussion, we would like you to read two articles and an interview. The first discussion will take place September 23, 2014, at Shake Sugary, 3600 St. Claude Avenue, date and location TBA . Check back for updates.
Gerald Cannon will give a talk at 6pm, Thursday, May 1 in conjunction with the Parameters exhibition on view at Antenna Gallery until May 4. The Parameters exhibition features four artists who use interesting rules or guidelines to create their work. Canon’s digital prints within the exhibition suggest natural forms, but were created using code and logarithms.
Disposal 6 by Gerald Cannon, Archival Digital Print, 2013
GERALD CANNON currently teaches Digital Arts at Loyola University New Orleans. Cannon has had numerous one-person exhibitions and been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. He has won fellowship grants from the Southern Arts Federation/NEA, the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Arts, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Notable exhibitions include the SIGGRAPH’96 , the 2001 New Orleans Museum of Art Triennial, a twenty year retrospective exhibition at Clark Hall Gallery in Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001, and an exhibition and artist residency in Innsbruck, Austria in 2002. In 2005, Cannon was awarded the Louisiana Regent’s ATLAS Grant – the first given to a visual artist for personal research.
Gallery Opening & Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2014
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Happy Hour Artist Salon with Gerald Cannon Thursday, May 1, 2014
Parameters, curated by SIFT members Amelia Bird, Angela Driscoll, and Yuka Petz, features work from national and local artists who use chance experiments, media or process restrictions, and conceptual rules as boundaries or guidelines to form their work. The exhibition includes artist books, sculpture and prints from Gerald Cannon (New Orleans, LA), Jessica Hoffman (Seattle, WA), Heidi Neilson (Brooklyn, NY), and Robin Price (Middletown, CT).
Artist Bios: GERALD CANNON currently teaches Digital Arts at Loyola University New Orleans. Cannon has had numerous one-person exhibitions and been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. He has won fellowship grants from the Southern Arts Federation/NEA, the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Arts, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Notable exhibitions include the SIGGRAPH’96 , the 2001 New Orleans Museum of Art Triennial, a twenty year retrospective exhibition at Clark Hall Gallery in Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001, and an exhibition and artist residency in Innsbruck, Austria in 2002. In 2005, Cannon was awarded the Louisiana Regent’s ATLAS Grant – the first given to a visual artist for personal research.
JESSICA HOFFMAN received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She received a BFA in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC in 2003. She has also studied at the Pratt Fine Arts Center, Center for Book Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, Project Basho, and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Her work investigates memory, obsessive behaviors, and interactions between people and communication technology. Her installations include work in several mediums, among them video, photography, books, and printmaking. Ms. Hoffman has exhibited her work nationally in galleries and book fairs, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Interstitial Theatre and Short Run Small Press Fest in Seattle, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA. Hoffman currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.
HEIDI NEILSON is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space. Her work, often collaborative and publishing-based, has been supported by the Art Matters Foundation, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, The Drawing Center, Flux Factory, I-Park, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, Kala Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Printshop, Provisions Library, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, co-founded SP Weather Station, and her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections. Born in Oregon, Heidi received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and lives and works in New York.
ROBIN PRICE is an artist, editor, and letterpress printer & publisher of artists’ books for 30 years. The work of the press has become a lifelong, interdisciplinary liberal arts education, and her press books are collected & exhibited internationally. “A chameleon among book artists,” she often seeks out contemporary artists, writers, and artisans with whom to collaborate, striving for synergistic books with extensive diversity in content and form. A major wellspring of inspiration is the purposeful use of chance in creative work, especially as defined by John Cage; she has been lecturing and teaching specifically on that subject since 2002, when she co-curated an exhibition at Yale University Sterling Library with Jae Rossman, “By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books.”
Diversions on view at Press Street’s Reading Room 220
April 12–May 4, 2014
Exhibition Opening & Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2014
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Juror Walk Through and SIFT Happy Hour Thursday, April 24, 2014
DIVERSIONS is a juried selection of artist book and book-related works in Press Street’s new Reading Room 220. Selected by local artists Friedrich Kerkseick and Luba Zygarewicz, these works explore the use of rules and play as a way for making work and/or creating interaction with the viewer. The artist books in Diversions can be handled and read during the Reading Room 220’s open hours (Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm).
Diversions includes work by Sarah Bryant, Karen Carcia, Anne Covell, Sue Carrie Drummond, Jenna Fincher, Frank Hamrick, Moon Jung Jang, Jill Kambs, Ellen Knudson, Kimberly Maher, Laura Mongiovi, Pamela Olson, and Emily Tipps.
Exhibition Dates: April 12 – May 4, 2014 Deadline for Submission: March 6, 2014
Games are played through interactions with one or more rules. This structure can be used in the process to create work, or as a way to create interaction for the viewer, or both. We are seeking artist books and book related works that explore the use of rules and play as a way for making work and/or creating interaction with the viewer.
This exhibition is open to handmade books and book related works. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines. One-of-a-kind, and editioned books are all encouraged.
Display of Work
The work chosen for this exhibition will be displayed on shelves as part of a temporary library in Reading Room 220, at the Press Street Building. Visitors to the Reading Room will be allowed to handle all work.
$15 submission fee for up to 3 works. You may include 3 images of each work.
How to submit
All US artists 18 and older are eligible. Send us jpg images of your work through Submittable.
Along with your entry fee and images, please include dimensions of the work in both its closed and open states. Additional questions about this call can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Street will retain a 30 percent commission with the remaining 70 percent going to the artist no later than one month after the sale.
All shipping and shipping insurance to and from Antenna Gallery are the artists responsibility. Shipping instructions will be provided once the piece has been accepted.
Jurors Friedrich Kerksieck is a letterpress printer, designer, and binder who publishes hand bound chapbooks and artist books. He received his MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Friedrich and his wife, Gabrielle recently relocated from Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA, and are the team behind Small Fires Press.
Luba Zygarewicz is a visual artist who received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Words have become an important part of her sculptures and installations. A large part of her process is an accumulation of elements over time, as she works daily with mundane materials, such as hair, lint, twigs, cotton, paper, and tea.
NEW DATES and LOCATIONS!
Hosted at Rosa Keller Library and Community Center
4300 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Hosted at Teen Night at the Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Contemporary Arts Center TEEN NIGHT celebrates the launch of the Teen Magazine and to get a last look at the Teen exhibition.
The event is by teens for teens featuring a first look at the Teen Board Magazine: Third Eye. Teen Night will have artmaking, a photo booth, music, a live story making wall, free food, and SIFT’s pop-up zine library! The event will also be the last chance to see the teen exhibition.
Pull up a comfy chair and read awhile at the Pop-Up Zine Library.
The Pop-Up Zine Library features local and national zines, including selections from The Iron Rail, personal collections from New Orleans, and a multitude of current zines from across the country. The Pop-Up Zine Library will be appearing at several locations across the city from March through May, so keep posted as we continue to announce upcoming dates as they are scheduled.
Pop-up Library Dates:
March 9, 6-9pm Press Street’s Antenna Gallery
March 30, noon-5pm Press Street’s Antenna Gallery
June 1, noon-4pm Rosa Keller Library and Community Center
June 15, 6-9pm Teen Night at the CAC
April 6, 2013 , 1-4pm Alvar Library Garden, 913 Alvar Street, New Orleans
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Second Annual Edible Book Festival on April 6. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to enjoy all the wonderful edible books that people brought to the Alvar Library, and listening to Luke Brechtelsbauer on harp just made the day that much finer.
This year’s festival again exceeded our expectations. New Orleans really knows how to bring it when it comes to culinary creations. The kids activity area was also booming with paper puppets and cookie decorating. Thank you to Whole Foods for donating all the cookies.
All attendees had the hard task of voting for their favorites in each category. This year the winners were awarded a crown fit for literary royalty.
The Bound for Greatness award, for best in show (youth 12 & under), went to Hunger Games by Kai.
The Novel Eats award, for most inspired use of literature or literary reference went to Steinbeck Library by Neal and Linzo.
The Cooked Book award, for best use or exploration of a book-like structure, was awarded to The Tape Player Ate My Book on Tape! by Libby, who wins in this category for the second year in a row!
Our Upper Crust Award, for best in show (adults), went to The Giving Tree by Aryanna
Special thanks again to the Alvar Branch of the New Orleans Public Library for hosting the event, Jess Pinkham for documenting the day, and all of our amazing volunteers whose efforts helped make the event such a success.
For more photos of the Second Annual Edible Book Fest, visit our Flickr page.
Admission is free with an entry of an Edible Book or a canned food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.
The Edible Book Festival is an annual event held in April at locations around the world. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented for the international edible book archive, judged for fabulous prizes, and then eaten by attendees. Get started planning your edible book creation today and join us at the Alvar branch of the New Orleans Public Library for an afternoon of literary, gustatory, and artistic fun.
1:00-2:00 Register edible book entries
1:00 Music by harpist Luke Brechtelsbauer
2:30-3:00 Community judging
3:00-4:00 Prizes announced and eating of entries
What is an edible book? An edible book is something “bookish” made of 100% food materials. Your entry must be made entirely of edible elements, as all entries will be consumed during the festival. Entries could be bookish through the integration of text, literary inspiration, or just being in a book-like form. It could look like a book, be a pun on a book title, a reference to a character or scene from a book, or an artist’s book made entirely of edible materials. You can see photos from last year’s event on our Flickr page or visit www.books2eat.com for inspiration and photos of edible books from past festivals.
Who can participate? Everyone is welcome, kids and adults. You can participate by making an entry or by joining us in celebrating, judging, and devouring the tasty tomes.
Is there a fee to participate? The event is free if you bring an edible book entry. Otherwise there is a suggested donation of a canned food item to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.
What are the prize categories? This year’s prize categories are:
Novel Eats—for most inspired use of literature or literary reference
Cooked Book—for best use or exploration of book-like structure
Upper Crust—best in show, adult
Bound for Greatness—best in show, ages 12 and under
Who is judging? Everyone who participates will help choose the winners in different categories, including a special category for entries cooked up by kids 12 and under.
Are there prizes? Absolutely. Each year SIFT produces handmade awards to present to the winners of each category.
How do I register? Bring your edible book entry between 1:00 – 2:00pm. The first twenty people to register an entry will receive a commemorative, handmade book
Does the entire book need to be edible? Yes. After community judging, we partake of all the tasty tomes.
Can I volunteer? Yes! We need volunteers to help register entries, oversee the kids activity table, tally votes, and set-up and breakdown the event space. E-mail email@example.com.
We will be visiting both the Nadine Vorhoff Library and The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. The focus of our trip will be to view zines, comics, and graphic novels.
Nadine Vorhoff Library is part of the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, which works to preserve, document, produce and disseminate knowledge about women. The Vorhoff Library contains some 12,000 books on women, gender issues, and culinary history, including an extensive collection of zines. Bea Calvert, the Women’s Studies Library, will be our guide as we explore the collection.
The Amistad Research Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit institution housed on the campus of Tulane University, is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America’s ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights. The Center holds over 800 archival collections totaling 15 million documents, 250,000 photographs, a 30,000 volume library, and a fine arts collection of 19th and 20th century African American art.
The newest collections at Amistad include a zine collection and a comics/graphic novel collection that both aim to document diversity within both topics and to chronicle works by writers and authors of color. Christopher Harter, the Director of Library Reference Services will show us examples from these collections.
Because of the nature of viewing small books, space will be limited to 15 people. To sign up and participate in the opportunity, please email us with your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send a confirmation email with additional information.
Bea Calvert joined the Newcomb College Institute in February 2007. She has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Library and Information Science from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Along with her traditional library duties, Bea gives guest lectures on a variety of topics, e.g., third wave feminism and its role in zines and literature. She also teaches a TIDES class entitled Women and Literature in New Orleans to first year students. Bea is a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists.
Christopher Harter is the Director of Library and Reference Services at the Amistad Research Center. He holds a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and worked at the Indiana Historical Society and at the rare book/manuscript libraries at Indiana University and the University of Illinois prior to moving to New Orleans. He is the owner/publisher of Pathwise Press, a small literary publishing house, and the editor of the magazine Bathtub Gin.
Thanks to everyone who came on the field trip with us today. And thanks to Bea Calvert and Christopher Harter for talking to us about the history of their institutions and showing us their zine/comics collections. It was nice to spend a rainy afternoon looking at books.