I’ve got ten big panels prepped and one painting finished for my upcoming show in August. I’ll be showing paintings at the West Linn Public library and I have a big space to fill. I optimistically planned on finishing three paintings a month during the next 6 months. Ha! My process is SLOW…first there is the underpainting. Next, progress with pretty colors and shapes, then a destructive phase to mess-up all the pretty. And lastly, a fix-it stage (more about my process later). Oh, and besides my process, life gets in the way too. Realistically, I’m hoping for 9 finished pieces. Wish me luck.
Have you ever wondered who buys artist’s books? Most major universities, museums and public libraries have special collection librarians who purchase artists books and other rare books for their holdings. Usually you can make an appointment to see the work but the institutions also draw inspiration from their collection to curate exhibitions. My artist’s book Aggregate Memory, a 2005 collaboration with artist Macy Chadwick is included in the exhibition “Binding Desire: unfolding artists book” January 25 – March 30, 2014, at Otis Collage of Art and Design.
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists‘ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California. It houses a wide range of works representing every genre of artists‘ books by such luminaries as Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Ed Ruscha, as well as significant works from major centers of production like Beau Geste Press, Paradise Press, Printed Matter, Red Fox Press, and Woman‘s Studio Workshop.
This Fall I had work in “EcoEditions: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books” at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I am happy to announce that I was awarded the Library Purchase Prize for my book Submerged. My piece will be purchased by the gallery and donated to the Artists’ Book Collection at the University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library.