“You Aren’t Here: Artists’ Maps of Personal Spaces,” a selection of pieces by 6 artists who use cartographic images and concepts in their work. The artists produce works on paper that map the terrain of the self. Works include altered atlases, sculptural wall hangings, and flat pieces that map a range of milieus: cities reimagined, moods recorded, dreams analyzed, and borders disputed.
Opening reception is this Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. Open Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment until October 29. Paper Hammer Gallery is at 1400 Second Avenue in downtown Seattle.
Continue reading: “First Thursday at Paper Hammer Gallery”
This weekend, join Trimpin, editor Anne Focke, and Ed Marquand at Elliott Bay Books in Capitol Hill. The trio will discuss Trimpin: Contraptions for Art and Sound. The artist will sign copies of the 208-page hardcover retrospective produced by Marquand Books. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948–1953 closes at Paper Hammer Gallery. Nancy Guppy profiled the exhibition on last week’s Art Zone:
In 2010, the American Library Association (ALA) reported that 348 books had been challenged by individuals for their content. While many others go unreported, the United States Office of Intellectual Freedom has processed more than 11,000 official content challenge requests since 1982, promoting the ALA to launch the annual Banned Books Week each September. The event draws attention to censorship and brings awareness to the importance of intellectual freedom.
Photo courtesy of bannedbooksweek.org
Maintaining an endorsement from the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Banned Books Week starts this Saturday, Sept. 24 and runs until Oct. 1. As a part of the festivities, hundreds of bookshops and libraries across the country will cultivate the public’s censorship awareness by displaying a selection of books that have been challenged. In many cases, challenged writing featured in the 2011 Banned Books Week was successfully kept in the collection of libraries and schools, thanks to advocacy by readers, booksellers, and teachers.
Sponsored by a number of organizations including the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Society of Journalists and Authors; and Association of American Publishers, 2011 Banned Books Week events are scheduled across the country. In addition, a virtual read-out encourages book lovers from around the world to post YouTube videos of themselves reading portions of challenged books.
The following is a list of the 10 most challenged books in 2010:
Continue reading: “Free-For-All”
The celebrated exhibition “Pissarro’s People” showcases almost 100 works from throughout Camille Pissarro’s lauded impressionist career, including nearly 40 paintings and several works on paper. Closing Oct. 2 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., the show travels west, opening Oct. 22 at the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The New York Times has posted an online slideshow featuring exhibition highlights. Designed by Jeff Wincapaw and distributed by Prestel, Marquand Books produced the “Pissarro’s People” exhibition catalogue.
Full details and ticket information about the show’s San Francisco opening are available here.
Marquand Books and Paper Hammer are included in this year’s Seattle Design Festival. This Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., our downtown Seattle design studio, gallery, and retail space, Paper Hammer, will host an open house for festival attendees. At 2 p.m., Marquand Books founder and Creative Director Ed Marquand will speak about the work Marquand Books produces and discuss our book arts studio in Tieton, Washington:
In 2005, Ed Marquand started “Mighty Tieton,” an entrepreneurial venture of urban and rural designers, architects, artists, and creative individuals, working in the Central Washington town of Tieton, fifteen miles west of Yakima. Mighty Tieton’s goal is to help revitalize the economy of the town and region by combining creative and professional skills with local resources to build successful businesses involving art, design, hospitality, and recreation. Several artisan businesses have started under the Mighty Tieton banner.
Marquand Books designs and produces illustrated fine art books for museums, collectors, artists, and architects. There’s no studio quite like it — a hybrid of publisher, design firm, and book packager. Marquand also runs a book arts studio in Tieton, Washington, where they produce handmade books.
There are dozens of exciting events scheduled throughout the festival, including a presentation and moderated discussion, Beyond Boundaries: Three Transcendent Design Practices, on Monday, Sept. 19, at the FRED Wildlife Refuge on Capitol Hill. The panel consists of several professionals with architectural backgrounds from across the country that have formed conceptual projects, combining aspects of art and architecture. The following artists’ collectives will be featured at the event:
Continue reading: “Seattle Design Festival 2011: Beneath the Surface”
Humanities Washington is hosting its annual Bedtime Stories fundraiser on Sept. 30 at downtown Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The non-profit arts organization has hosted Bedtime Stories for more than a decade. This year, authors are invited to write on the theme “12:01 a.m.” Poet and MacArthur Fellow Heather McHugh and National Book Award Winner Charles Johnson will be in attendance along with these well-known novelists:
Garth Stein (“The Art of Racing in the Rain”)
Jamie Ford (“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”)
Stephanie Kallos (“Broken for You”)
Jim Lynch (“Highest Tide, Border Songs”)
Ed Marquand is sponsoring a table and has space available. Contact him for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for complete event details.
About nine months ago, Paper Hammer opened on the corner of Second and Union in downtown Seattle. Since its inception, the little shop connected to the Marquand Books Studio and design office has generated a lot of buzz, including profiles in local publications like Seattle Metropolitan, Seattle Magazine, and City Arts. This month, our simple wood type doorknob hangers are spotlighted in Seattle Magazine’s “Best Local Fashion Finds” issue.
Many products for sale at Paper Hammer are Tieton-made: designed, then produced by hand at Mighty Tieton in Central Washington. Each item’s concept, from the simplest to most ambitious, bring together well-considered design, creative uses of technology, and a hearty nod to printing traditions.
In addition to curated gifts from boutique producers Ladies & Gentlemen, Field Notes, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, and Dorothy Cheng Jewelry, Paper Hammer offers hand-picked salvaged and vintage curiosities.
A few months back, the Paper Hammer team launched an online Web store to compliment our brick-and-mortar locations in Seattle and Tieton. The sale of each Tieton-made product benefits the economy of the small orchard town-turned-arts-incubator. In addition to handmade letterpress coasters, paper goods, and ephemera featured on the Paper Hammer Web site, a new line of products is currently being produced for autumn and will be launched in the coming weeks.
A few favorite picks, available at paper-hammer.com:
Continue reading: “Tieton-Made”
Inspired by her book, “The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography,” Seattle-based curator and author Katherine Harmon is presenting a new exhibition at Marquand Books Studio opening on Thursday, Oct. 6. The show will feature imaginative work inspired by urban landscape, terrain, disputed borders, and dreams from artists based around the United States, including:
Doug Beube (New York)
Karey Kessler (Seattle)
Miranda Maher (New York)
Florent Morrellet (New York)
Matthew Picton (Portland)
Heidi Whitman (Boston)
“Dublin June 16 1904
created using text from the novel “Ulysses” by James Joyce
64 x 49 in.
photo credit: Rob Jaffe
More details will follow in the coming weeks.
Now on view at the studio:
“Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948–1953,” featuring selections from the artist’s extensive travels throughout Africa in the 1940s and 50s. Open until Oct. 1 — Fridays, 2 – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and by appointment.
Marking the end of festival season in Seattle every Labor Day is the Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival. More than 100,000 people gather at the Seattle Center for the 3-day spectacle of music, film, food, and art exhibitions. This year, 5 innovative shows curated and executed by several Northwest-based artists are on view in the Seattle Center Pavilion.
Bumber by Number
Re-imagining the hook “everybody can be an artist” that made paint-by-number kits a cultural phenomenon, Seattle artist Ryan Feddersen has executed a fully-interactive paint-by-number version of Édouard Manet’s “The Picnic” (“Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”) to be filled in by audience contributions over the course of the weekend. Curated by Seattle artists Marlow Harris and Jodavid, the exhibition will also display oversized paint-by-number banners and vintage kits reworked by several local artists including Joey Bates, Aaron Huffman, Nancy Guppy, and Joey Veltkamp.
Curator Leslie Lyons will collect and arrange words and images from participants throughout the festival. Bumbershoot attendees will be given 45 – 60 seconds to narrate themes including friendship, birth, and magic. A video, “Expedition,” will be produced from the footage.
Lauded local artist W. Scott Trimble has assembled an impressive sculptural obstacle course featuring a 360-degree skate pipe, quarter pipe, ramps, and more. Unfortunately, the installation is for viewing, not riding, pleasure.
The Magic Show
Mysterious photography, video, and sculpture examining transformation, illusion, and levitation from artists based in the Pacific Northwest and across the country will be on display throughout Bumbershoot. An engaging multimedia concept from curator Kathy Lindenmayer.
More than 75 poster artists are included in “Flatstock 31,” the ninth consecutive Flatstock exhibit hosted at Bumbershoot. In addition, the limited-edition book “Rock Paper Show,” produced by the American Poster Institute, will be on display, as well as a Flatstock retrospective.