Archive for October, 2010

Keeping Portland Weird Part 2

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Day two of the Movable Book Society 8th Biennial Conference focused on book artists that incorporate pop-ups and movable elements in their work.  The first presenter up to the podium was Laura Russell, owner of 23 Sandy Gallery.  She is also the curator of the Pop-up Now! Show, an international exhibition of movable artist books on display until October 30th.  The night before she spoke before a crowd of 650 people and carried that energy before our cozy group of 65.  She was kind enough to bring some of the works from the gallery and demonstrated the various inventive movable creations.

After she had whetted our appetite with the samples from the show, we were eager to visit the gallery for a reception later that afternoon.  (And I later learned that many of our more curious collectors had toured the exhibition as soon as they arrived in Portland to get a sneak peek of the works.)  But we still had a full day of programming to get through and as folks shuffled restlessly in their seats, Laura announced the half dozen prize winners of the juried art show.  Pop-up Now! was judged by a three person panel comprised of book artist Jill Timm and MBS boardmembers Ellen “thepopuplady” Rubin and Larry Seidman.  Fortunately for the conference, two of the winners were in attendance and were able to share their work in person. Mary Jeanne Linford won Best of Show, Editioned Book for her wonderful book titled Tool Box.

And Elsi Vassdal Ellis received the Gallery Choice Award for her detailed work entitled There Goes the Neighborhood. A complete list of the winners as well as an online version of the catalog can be found here.

Of course seeing pop-ups online is a poor substitute for the real thing so if you are in the Portland area be sure to stop by 23 Sandy Gallery and check out the show yourself.

~Kyle

Keeping Portland Weird

Friday, October 1st, 2010

It has been a very full and exhausting week.  The Movable Book Society 8th Biennial Conference was a great success.  Movable book artists and fans from across the globe gathered in Portland, Oregon for three days of presentations, parties and pop-ups!  Portland turned out to be the perfect location for this year’s assembly.  The city is delightful, with free and easy transportation, great shops and restaurants spotted along the simple grid street layout, and a funky overall vibe from the locals.  We felt right at home.

There is too much info for one post so I thought I would break it down and share some details from the first day.

Our conference kicked off with a talk given by the talented book artist, Colette Fu .  I have been a fan of her work for a number of years and was blown away at the subtly and depth of the narratives that exist in her one-of-a-kind paper engineered artist books.  Dressed in traditional Yunnan Province style clothing, Colette detailed her process of documenting the 25 ethic minorities of her mother’s hometown in China.  By combining her striking color photography with massive pop-up spreads, Colette brought a distant people to the forefront of our consciousness.

She went on to describe her process of creating a series of large format pop-ups of various spooky locations in Philadelphia and a series of collaged photographic pops that focused on beauty, materialism and the colon.  At the conclusion of the evening, when our dinner plates were cleared away and the Portland skyline twinkled at us from our perch atop the Hilton Hotel, Colette shared with us a charming collection of commercial advertising that she recently collaborated on for the Children’s Medical Center.  Check out Colette Fu’s website to view the 30 second commercials and videos of her other work and learn more about this up and coming pop-up artist.

~ Kyle