lowercase reading room

September 26, 2012

Bookmarks X: Infiltrating the Library System

Filed under: artist books,books by artists — lowercasebooks @ 10:13 pm

Please join us on Saturday October 13th for a reception for the exhibition BOOKMARKS X: Infiltrating the Library System. Initiated by the Centre for Fine Print Research, UK, the Bookmarks projects series aims to encourage appreciation of work in the format of the artist’s book. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world. Each bookmark has the website address which brings visitors to the gallery of artworks online.

Over the last nine years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 93 venues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey the UK and USA.

356 artists have contributed 35,600 bookmarks to the ten projects to date. Editioned bookmarks are collated into sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating galleries, bookstores and libraries around the world, for visitors to take.

See the complete online catalogue here: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bookmark.htm

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April 29, 2010

Filed under: Artist's Books,books by artists — lowercasebooks @ 9:19 pm

Recently arrived is a package from Kevin Nickerson who has donated a beautiful selection of Mail Art from his own collection. World Art Post is a stunningly beautiful  catalogue of artist’s stamps and stamp images from all over the world. Published by Artpool in Budapest. There is no publication date to be found but one essay is dated 1982.  I suspect this book is at least 25 years old.  Each page of stamps is offset printed in a different colour. Kevin also sent a number of other Mail Art items. Come and hunt for them in the reading room!

Melanie Coles’ zine, Peggy Marshall’s Bat Brew and Mystic Pizza,is a tour-de-force piece of photocopy/collage art. The image above is part of the accordion-fold cover.

Laura Kenins sent us a number of  volumes of her comics Tales of Modern Tragedy and Birch Control. The image above is of the cover Laura printed on the letterpress at the Dawson Printshop.  We have Tales of Modern Tragedy volumes 1, 3, and 4 as well as Birch Control volumes 1 and 2 and a single copy of Russian Roulette.

From Lindsay at pit.of.ennui we’ve received two new zines. This fascinating cover wraps around a story of  women, the land and animals, and relationships. A great deal of content packed into 20 pages.

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