I finished another seven squares for my 99 day project this week. Monday was lilacs.
Here’s the rest of the week, which included a heat wave with temperatures that warranted heat warnings from Environment Canada in their weather forecasts.
Today is lilacs again.
Here’s a picture of the bouquet of lilacs on the kitchen counter that was the inspiration.
All the background papers are reflective, which doesn’t show in full frontal photographs. Here’s one of the squares at an angle to show a bit of the shine. The appearance of the squares changes considerably with changes in lighting and angle of view.
I also completed and entered a book for Unseen, the juried exhibition organized by 23 Sandy Gallery and form and concept gallery.
About form & concept
form & concept challenges the perceived distinctions between art, craft, and design. The gallery’s programming acts as a conversation between many converging disciplines, harnessing the power of contemporary creative practice to shatter entrenched narratives. form & concept is located in the Railyard Arts District in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About 23 Sandy
23 Sandy was founded by book artist & photographer Laura Russell in 2007 in Portland, Oregon. For 10 years, it was a brick-and-mortar gallery space exhibiting unique & edition artist books and paper art. In 2017, 23 Sandy became an online gallery, and in 2020, artist and long-time gallery assistant Erin Mickelson took over operations from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
When imperceptible phenomena burst into view, revolutionary change may follow. We learned this in 2020, as an invisible but deadly virus spread across the world, an urgent racial justice movement illuminated dark societal realities, and humanity’s long-simmering crimes against the environment unleashed fires and floods. Unseen forces can shape our lives and surface in unexpected ways, often altering our behaviors and worldviews if and when we are made aware of them. This call for entries invites artists to submit work exploring the idea of the “unseen”—physically, psychologically, philosophically—and encourages artists to consider the theme through concept, structure, and material.
My entry is titled The future isn’t what it used to be. The only text is the title hand-written on the front.
All the materials used are translucent vellum. The coloured papers are also iridescent, which, like the shiny layer in my squares, doesn’t show in full frontal photos!
Here are the full spreads, outside and inside.
The structure is my modular accordion with an interior pocket formed by two units. The pocket contains a paper fortuneteller, also without text or symbols.
We can’t see what the future will bring, though we sometimes think we get a glimpse.
The book has a case made out of Yupo, which is also translucent.
The entire work, including the case, is assembled without any adhesives.
I will have to wait until late in the month to find out that the jurors didn’t select it. ; ]
In other book arts news:
Applications for the Salzberg Residency are currently being accepted.
If you are interested in the history of the residency and would like to see what the ten previous Salzberg Residents created, you might want to sign up for the Zoom meeting this Wednesday.
Book Arts 101:
Celebrating the Salzberg Residency
(Episode 38, Home Edition)
Wednesday June 9
3 PM Eastern Daylight Time
You will receive an email reminder in the hour preceding the broadcast.
For Episode 38 of Book Arts 101, we’re taking a trip to the other side of the Lake Worth Lagoon to broadcast live from the home of Helen Salzberg, where JCBA Director John Cutrone will join Helen to show off all ten creative projects produced to date by Salzberg Residents and to chat about the residency and other things: like creativity, art, the paths we take… and whatever else happens to pop up.
You can find information about applying for the residency here.