Featured Periodical: JAB, The Journal of Artists’ Books

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JAB35 | Spring 2014

We love this journal, both for the writing and for the artists’ books that are typically included in each issue. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, spend a little time with JAB! From http://www.journalofartistsbooks.org/:

The Journal of Artists’ Books provides a platform for both theoretical and creative expression. As a forum for the study of artists’ books, JAB publishes critical and theoretical articles, reviews of artists’ books and exhibitions, and commentary on conferences and and other book art-related activities. JAB also regularly showcases creative work in the form of artists’ statements and artist-designed pages and covers.
As a book art project itself, each issue of JAB embodies an interest in all aspects of the production of the journal, incorporating different design elements for each issue and, whenever possible, JAB staff do all the printing of the journal. JAB also sometimes includes various artist-created inserts and booklets or has had the covers letterpress-printed by the designing artist. JAB is published twice a year in the spring and fall at The Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Book Review: Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999 Catalogue Raisonne

This two-volume set is a catalogue for the Walker Art Center’s 1999 show of the same name. It provides one volume of images of Ruscha’s prints, books, and miscellany, and a second volume of essays, images, and information.

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Ruscha’s first book Twentysix Gasoline Stations “was responsible for a significant shift in the practice” of bookmaking, according to Clive Phillpot in his essay “Sixteen Books and Then Some.” As a bookmaker I am particularly interested in Ruscha’s use of the book form, and this catalogue provides images of each book comprehensively; each book is represented completely as a series of little rectangles, page spread by page spread. I’m inspired both by the wealth of works and by the catalogue’s presentation of them, and these books provide a lot of Ruscha’s work to look at as well as a lot of analysis of them.

–Amanda

Friday’s post: What’s happening this weekend?

The Portland Art Museum is still hosting (they extended it!) the exhibition of Richard Mosse’s The Enclave. You can find out more about it here. We’ve been hearing a lot about this exhibition, and you still have the chance to head over to the Museum and check it out until April 12. From the PAM website:

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“The Enclave was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. On the threshold of the medium’s extinction, Mosse employed this film to document an ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Have you visited this exhibition? Let us know what you thought in the “comments” section! Have a great weekend!

Featured Periodical: Cabinet

Come on down to the library, grab a cup of coffee, and check out our extensive periodical collection! Cabinet is just one of the many beautiful art magazines we would love to share with you.

Cabinet is the secret best art magazine.”
Jerry Saltz, art critic, New York magazine

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Issue No. 55: LOVE

From cabinetmagazine.org:

CABINET: WHAT IS IT?
Founded as a non-profit in 2000, Cabinet is an award-winning quarterly magazine of art and culture based in New York that confounds expectations of what is typically meant by the words “art,” “culture,” and sometimes even “magazine.” Its hybrid sensibility merges the popular appeal of an arts periodical, the visually engaging style of a design magazine, and the in-depth exploration of a scholarly journal to create a sourcebook of ideas for an eclectic international audience of readers, from artists and designers to scientists, philosophers, and historians. Using essays, interviews, and artist projects to present a wide range of topics in language accessible to the non-specialist, Cabinetis designed to encourage a new culture of curiosity, one that forms the basis both for an ethical engagement with the world as it is and for imagining how it might be otherwise. In an age of increasing specialization, Cabinet looks to previous traditions of the well-rounded thinker to forge a new type of magazine designed for the intellectually curious reader of the future.

Staff Picks: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

A Drink with Shane MacGowan by Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan is certainly a unique memoir, starring the charismatic and always interesting frontman of the legendary Irish band The Pogues. His stories are shared in a series of conversations with his girlfriend, and circle around his early life, his music career and all the various sorts of shenanigans he got up to in between. Includes his hand-drawn scribbles and prose. A very fun read–just in time for St. Paddy’s day, and Spring Break! Come check it out at the OCAC Library! –Elsa


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From Goodreads:

Hell-raiser Shane MacGowan’s acclaimed and surprisingly lucid memoir. This bibulous, drug-indulgent and anarchic rock legend was born on a small farm in Tipperary, won a scholarship to Westminster, was rapidly expelled, became a rent boy, then a central figure of punk and the hugely influential star of The Pogues. MacGowan’s music, innovative and powerful, is as distinctive as his chaotic, breakdown-scarred, drug and alcohol-fuelled lifestyle. MacGowan has an enormous fan-base hungry for stories of his wild behaviour, but this is also a book that celebrates this unique and charming musician, and offers insight into his remarkable perspective on this world – and the next!” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/257844.A_Drink_With_Shane_MacGowan)

Staff Picks

OCAC Library has an awesome selection of new books available for your perusal! Here’s a recent arrival that’s sure to inspire you: Artists’ Handmade Houses, by Michael Gotkin and Don Freeman.

Available now at WCCLS.org!

Available now at WCCLS.org!

From booknews.com:

Thirteen homes are thoroughly showcased in full-page color photos (by Don Freeman, based in New York) and descriptive text (by Michael Gotkin, a landscape architect and city planner, also based in New York). The format is oversize: 10×11.5″, allowing for a generous visual tour of the unusual, highly individual interiors, primarily, with some photos of exteriors as well. The artists and featured houses are as follows: Henry Chapman Mercer’s home, called Fonthill, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Paolo Soleri’s Coanti, Scottsdale, Arizona); Russel Wright’s Manitoga & Dragon Rock (Garrison, New York); Henry Varnum Poor’s Crow House, (New City, New York); Raoul Hague (Woodstock, NY); George Nakashima (New Hope, PA); Rallph Radcliffe Whitehead & Jane Byrd McCall’s White Pines, Byrdcliffe Art Colony (Woodstock, NY); Sam Maloof (Alta Loma CA); Frederic Edwin Church’s Olana (Hudson, NY); Constantino & Ruth Nivola (East Hampton, NY); Wharton Esherick (Paoli, PA); Ruth & Robert Hatch (Wellfleet, MA); and Michael Kahn & Leda Livant’s Eliphante (Cornville, AZ). Visitor information is included for those that are open to the public.

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OCAC News

Who’s Your Valentine?
TOKENS OF AFFECTION, HANDCRAFTED WITH LOVE.

Express yourself with heARTfelt gifts and cards for your sweetheart or special someone.
See the handcrafted collection at the SHOP @ Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Featured Shop jewelry artist, JacQueline Sanchez, is appearing on OPB’s ARTBEAT, Thursday, February 5, 8pm.
Members enjoy a 10% courtesy discount all year.

Hours: 10am–3pm daily | 971.255.4143 | http://www.ocac.edu/shop
Every purchase supports Oregon College of Art and Craft and our artists….
images: JaQueline Sanchez

JORDAN SCHNITZER FAMILY ART ADVENTURES

SPRING BREAK CAMP Grades 1-5
MAR 24-28 | 9am–5pm
Make, create, and explore art and craft with us in our fantastic art camp. Campers will be immersed in 2D and 3D art workshops every day, while counselors lead games, songs and free time. Before and After Care is available. REGISTER NOW and use Early Bird Discount: $25 off until February 15!

IN-SERVICE DAY OF ART 
Grades 1-5
APR 10 | 9am–5pm | 1 day session
Join us for a day of creating while your student’s school has an in-service day. Young artists are offered an exciting day of two innovative and creative workshops that engage kids in unique projects, inspiring the imagination and fostering the future artist. Games, free choice time and snacks round out the day of making. | Before and After Care available | $70/child

FAMILY WORKSHOPS
Create and explore craft together! Family Workshops are designed for the artist in everyone. Spend some special time together and see what unfolds!
Mother’s Day Crafts | MAY 3 | 1-3pm

ART ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMPS—
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR PLANS FOR SUMMER?
WEEKLY | JUN 15-AUG 21 | MON-FRI 9AM-5PM

Youth Camp for grades 1-5
Young Adult (YA!) For grades 6-8

Youth at Art Adventures are immersed in our incredible art studios, tent studios and workshops for ten weeks every summer. We find the most talented artists and staff to create the magic that is art camp. We give every camper the opportunity to explore and find their artistic vision with amazing materials, creative freedom and endless ideas for creating. Art Adventures provides a strong foundation in visual arts, integrating 2D and 3D workshops into our program. Each weekly session is unique, providing a creative environment where students learn new art making skills, build self-confidence and have fun while being creative! REGISTER NOW and use our Early Bird Discount: $25 off until MARCH 1ST!

MFA IN APPLIED CRAFT + DESIGN

ALY KHALIFA | MFA AC+D VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
THURS FEB 12 | 6:30pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue
Few innovators would qualify as higher-level system thinkers than Aly Khalifa, the Founder of Lyf Shoes and Director of Design & Engineering at McDonough Innovation. Aly is redesigning shoes, and completely disrupting multiple aspects of the shoe industry in the process. Driven by the insight that the best ideas often come out of putting many problems together at once, Aly has designed a system that not only closes the loop on materials materials, but also serves customers in fundamentally new ways. MORE >

AKIKO BUSCH | MFA AC+D VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
WED MAR 13 | 6:30pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue
Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and nature for a variety of publications. The Incidental Steward, her essays about citizen science and stewardship, was published by Yale University Press in 2013. She is also the author of Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday, Patience: Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration, and Nine Ways to Cross a River. MORE >

images: (l to r) Aly Khalifa, Akiko Busch

STUDIO SCHOOL

EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVITY IN 2015!
Find a great workshop and join us on campus to creatively celebrate spring!

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES FOR ARTISTS: IDENTITY CRISIS
FEB 9, 11, 16 | MON & WED | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Having a public-facing personal identity is one of the most important aspects of being a creative professional. Join designer and instructor, Ethan Allen Smith to articulate your brand as an artist and draft a creative identity that highlights the best parts of your work and personality. This dynamic workshop will also specify various critical “best practices” often overlooked by creative professionals.

TREASURED BOXES
FEB 21 & 27 | SAT | 9:00am-4:00pm
Discover how to make beautiful boxes with artist Rachel Fish. Work with unique book art techniques, fabulous papers and make something to keep forever.

FORM AND FUNCTION OF A GARMENT
FEB 21-22 & FEB 28-MAR 1 | TWO WEEKEND WORKSHOP | 9:00am-4:00pm
Join one of Portland’s favorite clothing designers and artists, Liza Rietz, joins us for an amazing exploration in our textile and fiber studio. In this amazing workshop, you will sketch, design, and sew a unique garment.

LIGHT THROUGH THE BRANCHES
FEB 21-22 | SAT| 9:00am-4:00pm
Build an elegant hanging lamp with beautiful bamboo branch tops and paper in this weekend workshop with artist, Charissa Brock.

EXHIBITIONS

Oregon Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition
FEB 5-12
Hoffmany Gallery | OCAC Campus

OCAC Metals Department Exhibition
FEB 5-MAR 1
Centrum Gallery | OCAC Campus

OCAC Faculty Bill Will Exhibits New Work
FEB 5-MAR 1 | Opening Reception FEB 5 @ 6-9pm
Nine Gallery | 122 NW 8th Avenue

Veronika Schaepers | Visiting Artist Lecture
FEB 5 | 5-7pm
Centrum Studio | OCAC Campus

Rain Harris and Paul Donnelly | Visiting Artist Lecture
FEB 6 | 9-11am
Centrum Studio | OCAC Campus

OCAC Student Melina Bishop Exhibits: Between folds and forms
FEB 6 | 5-7pm
SU PE RM AK ER | 2324 SE Belmont Street

OCAC Faculty Michelle Ross: Transformation Chase
THRU FEB 14 | Closing Gallery Talk FEB 14 @ 2pm
North View Gallery/PCC Sylvania Campus | 12000 SW 49th

OCAC Faculty Heidi Schwegler: Wrest
THRU FEB 21
White Box Gallery | 24 NW 1st Avenue

OCAC Faculty Emily Nachison: Dark Ecologies
THRU MAR 28
Bullseye Projects | 300 NW 13th Avenue

OCAC Faculty Michael de Forest: BAM Biennial 2014
THRU MAR 29
Bellevue Art Museum | Bellevue WA

EVENTS

Undergraduate Open House
SAT MAR 7 | 2:00pm
OCAC Campus

Summer Degree Classes @ OCAC
SUN JUN 14 to JUL 11
http://www.ocac.edu