Bookmarks XII

The photographs of the bookmarks I created earlier in the year are now up on the website, and the exhibitions are about to open.

The series aims to encourage appreciation of artist books and was begun 12 years ago by Sarah Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world.

The bookmarks are divided into 100 sets; one full set remaining in the CFPR Archive, one being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to take.

See below for links to the website (photographs, statements and details, 52 artists), and links to the 10 venues where the works can be seen (and taken).

Centre for Fine Print Research, Bookmarks - follow the links to Bookmarks XII, and all the previous sets

My posts about the printing of the bookmarks:
                          first step
                          second step
                          third step
                          final step

Venues for Bookmarks XII
22nd September 2014 to 22nd February 2015:

Karingallery, 1/4 James Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada
John M. Flaxman Library Special Collections, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, U.S.A.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Avenue S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
Edinburgh College of Art Library, Evolution House, West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland
Robert Smail's Printing Works, 7-9 High Street, Innerleithen, Scotland
Much Ado Books, 8 West Street, Alfriston, East Sussex, England
Bergen Public Library, Strømgaten 6, Bergen, Norway
KHiB Library, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Vaskerelven 8, Bergen, Norway
Kalvatræet Literature HouseRøldal, Norway

Finalist - 2014 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

My little book Charcoal, Volumes 1 and 2 was selected as a finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards. (each volume is 15cm x 35cm x 10cm when open)

It's a well travelled little set, which started out as part of my Forest of Ambiguity show in the Port Jackson Press Little Window of Opportunity. It went on to be in the New Ground show at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre, then to Swan Hill for the Print and Drawing Awards...and now across to the other side of the country to the Fremantle Arts Centre.

I've written a little about its inspiration here when it was exhibited in Swan Hill.

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2014
Opening Celebration and Announcement of Prizes and Acquisitions
25th September 6.30pm

Exhibition Dates: 26th September to 16th November
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Western Australia 

Open 7 days 10am to 5pm
free admission

Finalist - 2014 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints

My new print drowning (letter no.16) has been selected for the Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, the exhibition of selected works opens on Friday the 5th of September.

My piece is made up of 5 panels, and each one is 58cm x 25cm (detail pictured above). All are printed on Gampi Silk Tissue. Each panel has two layers of tissue, printed in semi-translucent blue for the front layer, and the same block printed in black for the back. They are each stitched together at the top with blue embroidery thread to a supporting strip of etching paper. The work will be exhibited unframed, allowing it to shimmer and flutter a little in the air conditioning.

Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints
Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Corner of Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads
Caulfield 3162

Exhibition dates: 
6th to 21st of September
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Opening and announcement of winners and acquisitions:
6pm to 8pm
Friday 5th of September 2014

Adelaide, Bittondi, Hallett Cove, The Waterhouse, Dorrit, Barbara... and much more...

I have recently returned from an extended trip to Adelaide where I felt very privileged to be able to print at the Bittondi Printmakers Association studio in Aberfoyle Park. I made the above book the Hallett Cove (re)collection. The cover, pictured above, is made by over-printing the two blocks used for the book parts. I was also able to do some experimenting for upcoming prints about the same park. (Many thanks to the lovely people at Bittondi for making me so welcome)

Hallett Cove Conservation Park is an important geological site on the southern suburban coast of Adelaide that was opened in the late 1970s, and which I first visited as an art student in the early 1980s.

One of my favourite landforms at the park is the Sugarloaf (pictured below) a sandstone formation where the layers of colour are immediately evident, pinks, yellows, browns and purples. Unfortunately, on my first visit to the park soon after I arrived in Adelaide, there was evidence of someone leaving the assigned boardwalk and attempting to climb up one side and down the other, leaving great pink/purple gashes of sliding footprints. But thankfully by my return visit two weeks later these had mostly eroded from the site after the intervening rains. This also served to show the ever-changing nature of this beautiful landscape and its evocation of the great themes of life and death and the passing of time. (Black Cliff, Hallett Cove, pictured at the end of this post)

While in Adelaide I was also able to take part in some Bittondi Printmakers member exhibitions, to coincide with the annual SALA festival. Here's a link to a post about the show and the historic gallery in Torrensville in which it's held.

And other exhibition highlights were of course the Dorrit Black retrospective at the Art Gallery of South Australia and The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.

But the biggest highlight for me was the Barbara Hanrahan Studio. Changing exhibitions are held in the gallery/studio at the rear, and sometimes the house is also open which contains over 250 of Barbara Hanrahan's works on display in every room, on every available wall space. The house was open for a couple of viewings during the SALA Festival and I spent a happy hour there with a Bittondi friend, in the quiet, reverential home that Hanrahan shared with her partner.

See links in the previous post, for exhibitions in Adelaide (and elsewhere) that I am currently involved in.