Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Impact 8 news & deadlines

Fingers crossed, folks, because I just sent two submissions off to the conference organisers at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland, for next year's Impact 8 conference!  Those of you who have been following the progress of Edition Four - or indeed taking part in Edition Four! - will know that it was kicked off at the Impact 7 conference in Melbourne in September 2011, so it would be fitting if all our hard work manifested as a conference paper and/or exhibition at Impact 8.  I've sent off abstracts for both an exhibition and a conference paper (provisionally titled Conversations: the artists' books of BookArtObject Edition Four), and at some point when I'm feeling braver I might put up the abstract so you can take a look at what I'm saying about the project.

So what does this mean about deadlines?  Well, you already know that you need to send me a copy of your book to give to Sarah Bodman.  I will be sending Sarah a big box of books early in the New Year so this is a sort-of deadline!  If you can get your book to me before January 1st 2013 I will be able to send it off in that box.  This pretty much guarantees that your book will be exhibited at the University of the West of England in March, when Sarah has kindly organised a BAO exhibition.  I will probably send off another box of books to Sarah a month or two later, to round upstragglers - this is the last deadline for me sending books off to Sarah in the UK.

What do you need to do?  If you want to be in Sarah's exhibition in the UK, please try and get your book to me by the New Year.  If that doesn't happen, it's OK, but please get your book to me ASAP after that so that I can send it off to Sarah in the second parcel.  I hope that Sarah will allow the books we send to her to be used for any exhibition I manage to pull off at Impact 8 in Dundee so you DON'T need to send me a second book for the Impact 8 exhibition.

I won't hear about either the conference paper or the exhibition proposal until early January, but as soon as I know anything I'll post it up on this blog!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

group one, title 64: "counting"...

Tomorrow "counting" will start its journey to all members of group 1, via US mail.
I had a great time designing and assembling it, mixed with a few emotional moments related to my personal associations with the theme and the elements I used to complete it.
Caren, Celeste, Jack, Anne, Ama, Anne, Rachel, Sara I hope it reaches you all in one piece!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

GROUP 1 "Transparent" Details

It is now a few months  since I posted my little book "Transparent" off around the globe - and as far as I know they have all arrived safely.(Mind you there are a few for which I would like a confirmation that this is so, - no replies or acknowledgments yet) 

So for those of you who have been waiting for some explanation, here goes.

“Transparentis an  A5 book of transparent drawings about  the different aspects, the sum of many individual bits that keep changing continually and are impossible to pin down, a shifting, impermanent persona.

The covers of the book are all slightly different in the way the waxy surfaces have been gently scratched and marked. This hints at how we all rub up against the world and are affected differently. Only gentle scrapes were made and certainly no evidence of being rubbed up the wrong way (that would be a whole new area to explore). The torso, a symbol of the person used throughout the book, is empty but a Ned Kelly visor gives an Australian glimpse of the facial features made by individual dots. The title “Transparent” is transparent and emerges from a scratching made on the reverse side in mirror image.

The misty writing on the interleaving transparent pages is about some of the problems of being transparent but is not meant to be read in a consecutive, sequential, rational way. This would imply that the unravelling process is easy and well understood. Rather the pages are meant to give confusing hints and glimpses of possible meanings.

The different mugshots are filled and surrounded by with ideas and symbols which are all part of my persona. Using transparent paper allows the separate images to interrelate, layer and confuse the final snapshot. The transparent pages also allow us to look both ways, to the future but also the past.

Although the outside shape of the form is always the same, the different contents reflect some of the various layers that together go to make me who I am. The contents and backgrounds include x-rays, drawings, collaged text, maps, stamps and other symbols referring to my world. The book is an attempt to promote understanding by being transparent.

It was a great experience and very enjoyable solving all the various processes and have made a few great like minded BAO  artists. Looking forward to see what evolves next year.

Pre- Christmas Opportunity at Hand Held Gallery

Megan at Hand Held is offering an opportunity to sell some book works before Christmas, so if you can help her out while helping yourself at the same time, get in touch with her. 

Hello everyone., We've had a cancellation at the gallery in December and I'm hoping you might be able to help out. The plan is a book andzine exhibition to fill the shelves and hopefully make some Christmas sales. So... If you have an artist book, art based zine or small publication that you are keen to 
exhibit (or re-exhibit - work doesn't need to be brand new) let me know if 
you're keen to participate. (let me know if you have other paper based 
work that you think might be appropriate - my definition of 'book' is 
pretty flexible)

There will be a gallery fee of $10 per entry for a book/series/edition. 
Entries are unlimited. 

The timing is good for Christmas sales with an opening night Thursday 20 
December. (keep this in mind if you are looking for some unique gifts or 
stocking fillers too!)

I'd need work by December 17th at the latest. 

If you are keen to help Hand Held stay on its feet over summer then please 
let me know you are keen to participate ASAP. 

Please pass this email on to anyone you know who may also be keen to 


Hand Held Gallery

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Received, Group 3 - Now I'm A Cowboy

Rebecca Chamlee (USA) - #93 Now I'm a Cowboy

I received Rebecca's beautiful book this week. This year instead of having books posted to my home address I have asked for them to be posted to work. It saves me the arduous trip to the post office to collect them if they are too big for the letterbox. However, I have found an added bonus. It is lovely to get an email from Reception saying there is a parcel for me and going to collect it to find it is a beautiful book. It really makes my day at work.

I didn't want to reveal too much here in case others have not received the book. It is beautifully printed with letterpress and exquisitely made. Thanks again Rebecca.

Exhibition Opportunity (London, UK)

Just thought I would post about this book art exhibition opportunity I have heard about; I've added full details to the Opportunities page so please check it out.


Deadline is soon so be quick!