The inaugural event will see the return of CURRENT to its original neighborhood in Scott’s Addition, and will be held March 31, 2018, in the special event space at Studio Two Three. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase books directly from artists and publishers based in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina that produced them.
A cash bar benefiting Studio Two Three will run throughout the day during free general admission from noon - 8 pm and food trucks will be parked in the Studio Two Three back patio. Visitors are invited to take a break in the reading room where they can be the live audience for recordings of Paper Cuts, a podcast focusing on the world of DIY publishing hosted by Christopher Kardambikis, and LookSEE, a podcast dedicated to the visual arts in Richmond hosted by Paige Goodpasture.
Please join us from 7-9pm for a panel talk featuring CURRENT Books exhibitors Alison Baitz of Saint Lydia/The Free Feminist Library/DC Art Book Fair, Orvokki Crosby of The Concern Newsstand, Adam Griffiths, Christopher Kardambikis, and Brett Suemnicht of GenderFail moderated by Don Russell of Provisions Library. Exhibitors Chris Kardambikis and GenderFail will be sharing their zine collections for browsing before and after the event.
THIS WORKSHOP EXTENDS FOR TWO DAYS: Thursday, March 28, from 6pm-9pm and Friday, March 30 from 10am-4pm
Learn about the risograph, a magical unicorn of self-publishing equipment, with Rockstar Christopher Kardambikis.
This is a 2 day, 2 color workshop. You will experiment with image production and color separations for riso printing. The workshop will explore developing a collage-based technique for creating prints using physical materials, photographs, and drawings. We will also introduce tools available in programs like Photoshop to process images for printing. Single images and sequencing for zine production will both be covered.
CHRISTOPHER KARDAMBIKIS explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, The Art Students League, The Millay Colony, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
Discover how to produce handmade paper with low-tech methods yielding high-end results. Learn how to prepare kozo (inner bark of a mulberry tree), beat fiber, pull sheets, and wrap basic sculptural forms. Experimenting with natural fibers, we will create sheets and work three-dimensionally.
KERRI CUSHMAN is a sculptural book artist who teaches papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago (2004), exhibits her work internationally, and is the proprietor of Performing Goats Press.
Take a break from your computer and learn how to make a "zine" by hand with instructor Jake Urbanski. We'll appropriate imagery from magazines, draw with markers, include text with typewriters, and finally photocopy pages to produce a zine!
JAKE URBANSKI received his MFA from Indiana University, is a founding board member of Studio Two Three and the caretaker of two cats. He has taught in all areas of the arts at the VMFA Studio School, VCU and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Think outside the codex in this course that focuses on folds, flaps, and dimensional forms that can be combined in inventive ways to create alternative book structures. Creativity and experimentation are encouraged and no previous book making experience is necessary.
JEN THOMAS is currently the Book Arts Studio Coordinator at the University of Richmond and has previously taught graphic design and book arts at DePaul University and the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology. She holds a BFA in Communication Arts from VCU and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. An avid tinkerer, Jen is interested in exploring new ways of integrating traditional print/book media with emerging technologies.
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Join VCU librarians Yuki Hibben and Andrea Kohashi at VCU's James Branch Cabell Library on Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm to view highlights from the Book Art Collection. Viewers will see a wide array of books from seminal artists' books of the 20th century to finely crafted editions with unusual bindings, structures, and materials. VCU's book art collection includes over 4,000 items and encompasses all aspects of contemporary artists' publications.
Quirk Gallery's 2018 exhibition schedule starts with a solo show featuring new work from DC-based artist and illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber. This new Main Gallery exhibit will feauture whimsical paintings of animals, objects, pets, and patterns. Materials used include pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Elizabeth's exhibit will also incorporate some interactive experiences with work generated during the exhibition inspired by friends of and visitors to Quirk Gallery and Quirk Hotel.
Elizabeth lives and works outside of Washington, D.C. Her illustrations have been commissioned by clients including Warby Parker, Whole Foods, BarkBox, NPR, Brooklyn Magazine, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among others. Elizabeth's work has been published in An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails(Gotham/Penguin Books) and in A Field Guide to Redheads (Workman Publishing) featuring over 100 real and fictional redheads.
CURRENT Books exhibitor Candela Books + Gallery has a new exhibition up at their Richmond, VA gallery space through February 17.
Candela Gallery is excited to present the first show of the new year: Science as Muse, an exhibition featuring photographic works from Walter Chappell, Caleb Charland, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Pam Fox, Daniel Kariko, Michael Rauner, Robert Shults, and Susan Worsham.
The eight artists in Science as Muse share a particular interest in science, though their artistic interpretations vary dramatically. Included in this exhibition are artists who have been caught up in the documentation of the incredible worlds within which scientists practice their craft. Other artists use sophisticated equipment made possible only by modern scientific innovation. Some approach their creation through the foundational scientific process, asking questions and applying scientific method, producing unexpected results. Finally, there are those artists who have recontextualized science and its paraphernalia, imbuing or even circumventing the essence of time-tested practical applications with aesthetic pursuits.
The threads that can be teased from these different approaches remind us that photography itself comes from science, and that its early practitioners were as varied as their contemporary descendants. Among early photographers there were storytellers, technicians, explorers, and there were alchemists drawn to the unknowns that chemistry promised. This spirit of discovery then remains with us, and these artists are proof that the muse is always dancing just beyond our reach.
As a publisher Candela Books + Gallery is committed to the quality and design of the printed medium. Partnering with D.A.P. for our distribution, their books have a great reach, in hopes that each of our books will contribute to the history of photography. As a gallery, they exhibit established and less recognized photographers alike, the emphasis being on work that contributes to the discourse of photography as a fine art medium.
Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm
CURRENT Books exhibitor GenderFail is exhibiting selections from the GenderFail Archive Project at SEDIMENT through this weekend.
SEDIMENT presents GenderFail with a multimedia installation featuring publications, prints, and select programming. GenderFail is a publishing and program initiative founded by Brett Suemnicht that features the perspectives of queer and trans people and people of color. The project looks to build up, reinforce and open opportunities for creative projects focusing on printed matter.
GenderFail will present works from the GenderFail Archive Project in the form of a reading room with select titles from the GenderFail library. The GenderFail Archive Project invites artists, curators, librarians, activists and other engaged publics to pick a selection of titles from our collection of art books, zines, and publications. The selections will be archived on genderfailarchiveproject.com and presented at SEDIMENT as installations on sculptures commissioned from Richmond-based artists. The collaborative sculptural displays, which were created by artists Hallie McNeill, Evan Galbicka and Colin Klockner, act as vessels for the selected publications.
GenderFail will also be presenting ongoing work made in response to a protest sign used in the New York Christopher Street Parade in 1974, in which a sign displaying the handwritten message “Mother Nature is a Lesbian” inspired a typeface created in response to that act of protest. The font derived from the original sign extends the initial moment of protest by expanding this moment of agency past a singular event. It has become the unofficial font for GenderFail and has been used in various programs and publications.
Since its inception in 2015, GenderFail has released content by Liz Barr, Jesse Harrod, Maria Tínaut, Anthony Iacono, Paige Hanserd, Ethan Kastner with upcoming works by Pallavi Sen, Roxana Azar and Jordan Loeppky Kolesnik. GenderFail has presented work at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Ulises Books (Philadelphia), After School Special (Milwaukee) and SEDIMENT (Richmond). Their publications can be found at Printed Matter (NYC), Art Metropole (Toronto), Artbook at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Quimby’s Books (Chicago) and Verbatim Books (San Diego). GenderFail’s extensive library of art books, artist books, and zines is available to the public upon request or at scheduled times, and we have been offering free use of Risograph machine printing to queer, trans, and non-binary identifying folks since Fall 2017. It is GenderFail’s mission to use these programs to share whatever resources we can with the communities we inhabit.