Date(s) - Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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A presentation and discussion of self publishing as an artistic and social practice, examining how contemporary artist publishing and printmaking practices are linked to community and communication.
This event will be held in the Coolidge Museum.
Esther S. White is a visual artist whose artists’ books, textiles, and prints reveal an experimental approach to materials and an interest in personal history. Esther’s recent work examines identity, invisible illness, the Internet, motherhood, and instant imagery. Esther teaches at Zea Mays Printmaking and is a self-described xerographic book arts evangelist. She and Trevor Powers co-curate exhibitions and art events in Western Massachusetts as Fugitive Arts. Together, they produce the annual Northampton Print and Book Fair.
Trevor Powers (b. 1985, Burlington, VT) is a visual artist living and working in western Massachusetts. Using photography and graphic design, his work centers around daily routines and the accidental aesthetics of everyday life. In 2014 he co-founded Papersafe, a biannual journal dedicated to analog photography and relevant discourse. Running until early 2018, Papersafe published the work of over 125 photographers and writers from around the world and participated in art/book fairs in the US and Canada.
Leah Mackin is a visual artist and educator who explores themes of reflection, response, and re-creation through performative publishing projects. “Print plays an integral role in my practice as a lens to view a project’s potential, as a process to execute an idea, as a major component of research – even if the end result isn’t necessarily a print.” She has received several awards including an Archives Research grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Ox-Bow Fall Artists’ Residency, an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, an Artist’s Book Residency Grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop, and a solo show award in The Print Center’s 90th Annual International Competition.
Emily Larned has been publishing as an artistic practice since 1993, when as a teenager she made her first zine. She is co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a union for reflective creative practice. Her award-winning handmade publications are collected and exhibited by over 70 institutions across the USA and UK. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art, and is currently Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Connecticut.