John Miller quote: “I think you’re right. The question of structure …”

“LG: Your work, funnily enough, is not cool in that way. It’s quite complicated. you’re kind of stuck with things, or that’s how it feels sometimes. But there must have been points when you thought, Okay, it’s time to reveal structure or process more. Do you have a feeling about which direction your work is going?

JM: I think you’re right. The question of structure and process relates to craft versus tactics. Nobody in his right mind wants to return to craft, but, on the other hand, aspiring to be the consummate tactician takes us back to the context-heavy nightmare. The unconscious, however, is still unaccounted for–and if there is an outside to the apparatus, that would be it. But I have to admit I don’t have any strong sense of where things are going in my work. I never know until afterward.” (55)

Gillick, Liam. “John Miller [interview]” Bomb. Number 118, Winter 2012. pg 48-55.

46. Prints now : directions and definitions by Gill Saunders and Rosie Miles.

For the rest of this week, The Art Adventures Print Exhibition will be up at the Twist Frozen Yogurt Lounge (7535 SW Barnes Road |Portland | 97225). This exhibition features dry-point and collagraph prints, created by children in the printmaking workshop taught by artist Peter Nichols at OCAC’s Art Adventures Day Camp.

During camp, children grades 1-5 play games, sing songs, and participate in four exciting workshops daily. These workshops are designed to strengthen their creative abilities while developing their intellectual, social, and fine-motor skills.

From printmaking and ceramics, to carved wooden chairs and photography, OCAC’s art camps invite children to explore both 2D and 3D art mediums on a woodsy 10-acre campus outside of downtown Portland.

For more information about OCAC’s Art Adventures Program Click here or call 971-255-4205.

In honor of this fun and fantastic exhibition, we’ve selected Prints Now by Gill Saunders and Rosie Miles for this week’s library pick,. The book is organized into ten sections: 1) New Media, 2) Old Media mad new, 3) Print in 3-D, 4) Found and appropriated print, 5) New Narratives, 6) Site-Specific print, 7) Print as public art, 8) Multiples, 9) Community-based workshops, and 10) Getting into the marketplace. As the following description from the publisher indicates, this work chronicles the evolving and new developments in the world of fine printmaking:

Now encompassing everything from billboards and buttons to clothes, cakes, and shopping bags, printmaking and collecting are among the fastest-growing areas of fine art. The first general survey of contemporary prints to be published in ten years, Prints Now demonstrates the transformation printmaking has undergone over the last two decades. Case studies of artists, new media, and techniques include three-dimensional works like Grayson Perry’s ceramics, ephemeral work like Lee Wagstaff’s Shroud, and appropriated objects like Renee Green’s Commemorative Toile. Illustrated with one hundred wide-ranging examples, the book is not only an invaluable resource, but also a revelation about the potential of this infinitely flexible, infinitely accessible art form. –from the publisher

Artists represented in the book include: Paul Coldwell, Peter Halley, Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, Cecilia Mandrile, Julian Opie, Peter Ford, Lee Wagstaff, Cristina Iglesias, Marilène Oliver, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Sarah Lucas, Lynne Allen, Rachel Whiteread, Ellen Bell, Cornelia Parker, Anne Rook, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, David Bosun, Thomas Kilpper, Richard Woods, Simon Patterson, Damien Hirst, Willie Cole, Sonia Boyce, Ken McDonald, Virgil Marti, Slimvolume, and Chris Ofili.

Check it out!

To follow what is going on in OCAC Book Arts Department, please check out their new blog: Already there are a lot of interesting works by OCAC students published there that are definitely worth checking out! Don’t miss it.

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (02/24/12 – 02/26/12) “Works: AgesandAges, Bryan free, Purse Candy & The Reign of Spain: an Evening of Tapas”


“The seventh annual celebration of the diverse art, music, and culture of Portland, featuring many artists, craftspeople, writers, performers, and musicians.” from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  TheOldChurch,1422 SW 11th Ave.

When:  Fri., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. | $8-10

Phone:  503-222-2031

Website: and



“Kenny & Zuke’s Sunday dinner series returns, as does its long-running Spanish dinner. Chef Ken Gordon will serve up 14 dishes to share, along with pomegranate sangria.” from the Willamette Week (here)

Where: Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen,1038 SW Stark St.

When: Seatings at 4:30 pm and 7:15 pm Sunday, Feb. 26., Sunday February 26 | $42.50 per person including wine, $35.50 without wine, $19.75 kids under 12.


Phone: 222-3354


Library Love – Long Live Analog

The North East Institute for Analog Studies goes into its 18th year. (2009)

Our Mission;
 Since the first shadow was cast and traced on the walls of a cave man has been drawn to the experience of projected images. Centuries of invention and experimentation have yielded a species of devices capable of creating magic with just shadows and sound.  It is our mission to ensure that each generation of artists is familiar with the luminous possibilities of these marvelous and beautiful image making machines. We are also committed to the ongoing discussion of the analog in regard to culture and technology. We embrace models for imagining the world that are fluid.  In order to further our mission, the Institute relocated to the basement of the Montserrat College of Art Hardie Building during September 2004. It is our hope that this move will mark the beginning of a new era for the Institute and it’s program of sound and image events that exist truly as “Continuous and Ever-Changing”.

Alex Randall quote: “The first time I made an angel …”

“The first time I made an angel it was very dense, and I covered the
statue totally in skin. I really tried to control what the material
was doing and it didn’t quite work. Now I let the material do its own
thing, so it flops over and the holes come through. I could wrap it
around the same thing 100 times and every one would be slightly
different” (50).

“High Fidelity.” Crafts: the magazine for contemporary craft. No. 234,
January/February 2012.

45. Book Art Object edited by David Jury

This Thursday, (February 23rd at 6:30pm in the Centrum Studio), the Oregon College of Art and Craft will be hosting a lecture by visiting artist, educator and curator, Catherine Fairgrieve of Coleg Sir Gar / University of West Wales, UK.

Fairgrieve is a printmaker, painter, book artist, and sculptor who lives and works in rural Wales, UK. She earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking from UWE, Bristol. She has taught at Coleg Sir Gar and Swansea Metropolitan University for 17 years, and she is currently Program Co-ordinator, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking.

Fairgrieve will be discussing images and video of her recent work investigating coal mining and the significance of a forgotten or hidden industry as well as the duality between terrible conditions in the mine and the solidarity of social communities. She will include an overview her work that preceded this project.

She is visiting OCAC in connection with the exchange exhibition she organized “Invisible Cities/Hidden Landscapes” which opens in March in the Hoffman Gallery.

We are honored to have Catherine Fairgrieve visit and present to our OCAC community. Don’t miss this event!

Thinking in particular about other contemporary artists (and book artists in particular), we’ve selected this week’s library pick, Book Art Object, because it is probably the most exhaustive and diverse survey of book artists to date. It is an excellent resource to see what it currently going on in the book art world:

“Across its 400-plus pages of sumptuous color reproductions, it tracks the present state of the art throughout every continent (including Antarctica!) and through every variant of the book arts, from one-off publications to letterpress to artist/poet collaborations to artist’s books. Stalwarts of the artist’s book circuit such as Brad Freeman and Granary Books are represented here, as well as newer artist’s book publishers such as Dobbin Mill, Otis Laboratory Press and Red Trillum Press. Also well represented are small literary presses such as Chax Press, Arion Press, Indulgence Press and Nikodim Publishing. A visual record of the proceedings and exhibitors attending the first biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium, Book Art Object collects work by many of the world’s most esteemed printers, book artists and artisans into a single satisfying volume.” — from the publisher.

It is an astonishing work with a broader and far more extensive reach than other surveys on the topic. We are proud to include it among our collection and we hope, by giving special attention to it, we will attract more people to explore its depths.

From a quick perusal, one can get a much better sense of what is going on in the book arts field, and, if you plan to attend Catherine Fairgrieve’s lecture, it might provide a nice context in which to interpret Fairgrieve’s work with respect to her peers. Check it out!