Happy New Year!
January 2015Dear Readers,
More Recent Additions:
- James Palmer, 1924
- Mary I. Dupee, August 19th, 1910
- Margaret Mcgee, October 15th, 1916
- Laura B. Taylor, February 13th, 1910
- Thomas P. Beuford, August 16, 1910
- Fortune Gallo, December 11th, 1920
- Frances A., 1919
- Douglas Fairbanks, 1919
- Ella M. Ward, August 10th, 1910
- Elizabeth Hartle, March 22nd, 1919
FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 6pm
Installation by Brittany Powell Parich and Tae Kitakata
Join us this 1st Friday for Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata! Paper Chatter. Conversation cut-outs. Visual talks. Brittany and Tae will be hanging words -- whole conversations of words -- at mouth-height. Made of cut paper, the words will chat, respond, complain, comfort, shout, and ignore each other. The paper words are tangible, see-able conversations and visitors to the gallery can interact with the installation as if they themselves are speaking. Imagining, saving, and documenting what may otherwise be throw-away interactions.
About Tae: My work varies between intricately cut paper and brightly colored wall paintings spanning twenty feet. I like turning sketchbook doodles into reality and prefer simple processes with immediate results, like polaroids and drawing on paper. The aesthetics of my personal space is always an important consideration that can deeply affect my creativity. I find that ideas often dictate the media I use, but sometimes it's the other way around.
About Brittany: In alphabetical order, the things that interest me are domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, Oregon, and products. When I create my work, I look for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through the methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments. My ways of working thus far range from rendering a Mexican restaurant in contact paper to recreating buildings in my hometown in cut-and-fold models to embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt.
About Low-Commitment Projects: During art school, our studios were connected by an open doorway. We started as strangers, but for the first (and only) assignment of the two-year program, our instructor paired us together. So began a back-and-forth of materials, ideas, and foods. Since school, we've both returned to our home states. Hawaii and Oregon aren't exactly connected by a tele-transporter, so it is hard to keep up the co-generation of ideas. That's where Low Commitment Projects comes in. Low-Commitment Projects provides us a chance to share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money. These ventures are like the materialization of mental sketches; there's minimal risk because they're quick.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th
ACRL 2015 Zine Pavillion!
Oregon Convention Center
More information coming soon...
SUNDAY, APRIL 12th, 3pm
Rad American Women A-Z
Reading & Signing with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
On the occasion of their 60th anniversary has published their first kid's book! Please join us to celebrate the release of Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... and Our Future (City Lights, 2014) with author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl! Children should have easy and plentiful access to books and to characters that reflect their own lives, their communities, and their interests. Rad American Women A-Zis diverse in many ways, including representations of women from different class, race, and geographical backgrounds, women of different sexualities, and abilities, from different times in our country's history. Children's books should also represent a diversity of life choices, and our book showcases a range of things that women can do -- flip through the pages and you'll find an actor, a judge, a scientist, a dancer, a community organizer, a pilot, a novelist, and more.
"I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids' (and grown-ups') educations. Couldn't recommend it enough." -- Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin
"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can't wait for my son to read this." -- Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day
THURSDAY, APRIL 16th, 6pm
Art Exhibit and Book Release Party with Luke Ramsey
More info coming soon...
SATURDAY, APRIL 18th
Linework NW Illustration & Comics Fest
Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.)
FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 6pm
Curated by Jennifer Armbrust & Michelle Blade
TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm
The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory and Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000
Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield and Ash Thayer
The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015) tells the story of Sid, a young woman who gets swept up in the 1990s squatting movement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area that continues to deal with issues of gentrification today. Stacy Wakefield's own experiences add a lot of legitimacy to the novel -- she herself squatted in both New York City and Europe in the '80s and '90s, and the novel draws heavily from her own experiences and observations. She is probably best known for her seminal nonfiction book and underground classic Not For Rent, a compilation of interviews with women she met while living in squats -- one of whom eventually became the basis for the character of Sid in The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. Stacy is also the cocreator, along with Nick Zinner of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and writer Zachary Lipez, of the photo/essay book Please Take Me Off the Guest List.
Ash Thayer's Kill City (powerHouse Books, 2015) perfectly complements the themes of Stacy's novel. The book is a compilation of photographs she took while she, too, squatted in New York City in the 1990s. Few outsiders -- especially photographers and journalists --were allowed inside these squats due to their perilous legal standing, so Thayer's book provides a rare first-hand and intimate look at a largely undocumented movement and the lives of those involved in it.