Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, at the Center for Book Arts

I'm pretty psyched to be included in this show about landscape, with various luminaries of printmaking and the book arts. It opens this Friday at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, and will be up through the beginning of April.

More information can be found here:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

CBAA conference 2016

I had the opportunity to present at the College Book Arts Association in Nashville on January 7-9. Here is the abstract for my presentation:

"Stream, Road, and Horizon: Geographic Narratives Within Artist's Books

What stories are embedded within a waterway or within other landscape features? Which of these stories do we choose to tell and how do those stories transform within the structure of an artist book?

Land and water features often contain their own linear imperatives, distinct boundaries and inherent or implied motion, be it rushing water or a charted path for humans to follow. The artist's book, meanwhile, has its own structures of movement, as a time-based sequential medium and a functional object, in which we as artists suggest or dictate the reader's motion with our structural and graphic choices. This presentation will investigate how these two movement systems map onto each other within the artist's book "Channel and Flow," which follows an urban stream and breaks it into fragmented, but still connected, narrative vignettes. The presentation will also discuss more generally how landscape features and their accompanying human-built land use structures can function within the artist's book to tell stories, convey information, explore ideas, or to attempt to represent the human experience of the environment. The presenter will bring various walking and mapping strategies into the discussion, drawing on cartography-related traditions of using psychogeographical frameworks, scores, and datascapes within artist's books, visual art and language projects."

Here is the panel I was on (photo nabbed from Sarah McCoy):

Overall, it was a great opportunity to do a lot of thinking and reading, and to get into some interesting discussions with other conference participants.