"Cuts Make You": a process played out


"Cuts Make You" colophon


tape hatching "bluebies" on scroll


Early this year, I completed a collection of five artists books, entitled "Cuts Make You" in response to my solo exhibition, Cuttings, at Risk Press Gallery (Sebastopol) in October of 2013.   For the exhibition, I installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens (refer to image above).  Upon the closing of the exhibit, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.

Upon the closing of the exhibit, I cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, I printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, I printed to cut out new spaces. Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.


Clamshell Box containing 5 artist books with pamphlet covers; 9 x 13 x 3.67 inches


Pamphlet Covers; each 7 x 8 x .25 inches


one of the artist books with remains from "cutting" process


Page spread of masking tape used to "cut out" parts of the schematic die cut


Detail of masking tape prints

More on "The Poetry of Printing" at RiskPress





AndBut_1 on display at RiskPress


"The Poetry of Printing"

exhibition runs till February 23rd at RiskPress Gallery in Sebastopol.  The gallery hours are Tues - Sunday, 11 - 7 and I will be sitting the gallery on Wednesdays from 11 - 3.  Stop by if you are in the area.

There also is a poetry reading,  A Speak Easy - Sounds in Print,  on February 16th, 2 - 4 and printing demos every Friday afternoon.

RiskPress Gallery  7345 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472

Iota's "The Poetry of Printing" at RiskPress

Iotians are busy this month preparing for the exhibit in February. Mark your calendar!

Iota Press & Co-op present:


 The Poetry of Printing

The Poetry of Printing

Featuring letterpress works by Megan A. Arnold, Serena Coltrane-Briscoe, Lyn Dillin, Lucille Friesen, Judi Goldberg, CK Itamura, Eric Johnson, Maia Kobabe, Tiana Krahn, Tami Lovett, Lin Max, Katie Nealon, Birgit Neilsen, Micah Schwaberow, Ash Weiss and me.

February 1 - 23, 2014

Opening Reception: Feb 1,  3 - 7

Love Letter Writing:  Feb 6,  5 - 9

A Speak Easy - Sounds in Print: Feb 16, 2 -4

Printing demos every Friday afternoon

Gallery Hours  11 - 7    Tues - Sun

RiskPress  Gallery  7345 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472  Contact: iota@sonic.net

Please stop by and be prepared to experience a wonderful exhibit!


More cuts: walks and poetry

mtlaugwalkcuts_1-7 installation at RiskPress Gallery  

The installation, mtlaugwalkcuts was inspired by a walk that I took to the summit of Mt. Laugarvatn in Iceland.  I recorded the shapes of the walk with a GPS device and then printed out into 23 sections. The line sections influenced the contours of the constructions. More images of the individual works can be found on my website on the third page of  mixed media/ constructions.



During the exhibition at RiskPress,  I hosted poetry walks in and outside of the gallery and recorded their shapes with a GPS device. We chanted the words, "walking like reading like cutting like..." while looking at the artwork on the walls. Words appeared and found their place on the concrete floor of the gallery.  These words and more may find another place as I continue this work with cuttings.

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Other words that surfaced but didn't appear on the floors  but may appear elsewhere in the future are:

multiple lines, icey undulations, cold empty, sequential, serial striations, slivers and slices, shafts and shifts, gray-day shuns, uninterrupted, light of rain, shimmering ground, curves, edges, distillation, energy, music, enigmatic void, an architecture of color, meandering texts, gun metal striations, white ice open, the architecture of a cut, cuts squared, grounded sticks and stones, graphite lines go by, waves, piano keys, subtle shifts, tracking, folding, bird perches,....



A Eureka Fellowship Nominee and Applicant








Lots happening this fall:

Recently I received a letter from the Fleishhacker Foundation inviting me to apply for the 2014-2016 Eureka Fellowship for the Visual Arts.  I was one of 118 Bay Area artists nominated from which twelve will be awarded the fellowship, a $25,000 unrestricted grant.  The twelve will be selected in the fall by a panel of noted visual arts experts from outside the Bay Area and awards will be announced in December.   I am honored to have been nominated!

By the time you read this, the exhibit 'Cuttings'  will have closed.  As with most of my shows, I  love  the interesting discussions and interactions I have with those who come and look. I'm  often left with more to ponder.  Thanks to all who attended!  Look for more postings on sections of this exhibit.  And I will be looking for other venues to exhibit this work.  If any of you have any suggestions or leads, please let me know.

And now that the exhibit has closed, I can start work on a project/ collaboration with musician, Jesse Olsen Bay.  In August I met with him about his project, "Makings"; he set music to his grandmother's,  Tillie Olsen's  journals  that she called the 'blueys'.  He has commissioned me to make artwork for the CD cover.

'Cuttings' Opens

I was touched by all of you who came to celebrate the opening of Cuttings.    A festive evening and many thank yous are in order. Special thanks to Lin Max for her support, many hours of help with the installation and opening festivities.  Also thank yous to Eric for his assistance with lighting, Hope, Deborah, Sean, Sally, Laurie, Steph, Satri and Rich for their help with and at the reception. And finally to Charlie and Kevin, proprietors of RiskPress, for offering an alternative gallery space to artists in this county.  We are fortunate for their patronage and generosity.

The work is up. Some have sold and still many days left for viewing, walks and talk.  Here are a few glimpses of what you will see.

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Another view

'Cuts Make You' in the making

You can learn more about this exhibit on Satri Pencak's blog at www.satripecak.com/

And finally come to the first walk this Sunday, Oct 13th  at 1:00.  Note the prompt for this walk:  walking like reading like constructing If you can't come to this walk, there will be others on Sundays,  Oct 20th and 27th.

RiskPress Gallery is located on 7345 Healdsburg Avenue Sebastopol, CA 95472.  Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.  11-6  & by appointment 707 494-8534

'Cuttings' @ RiskPress Gallery

'CUTTINGS', a solo exhibition of mixed media constructions, artist books and drawings will be on display at RiskPress Gallery in October, running from the 4th through the 27th. The artwork explores "cutting" as process and form and is informed by the changing role of the book as the world moves to primarily digital delivery systems.  Discarded book remnants are the dominant material of the work. postcard final 1 copy

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 5-8. Also featured during the exhibition will be a:

Gallery Talk:  Saturday, October 19, 4-6

Walks:  Sundays, October 13, 20, & 27,  1-3

Closing Reception:  October 26, 5-7                                                                                                                                   

RiskPress Gallery       7345 Healdsburg Avenue        Sebastopol, CA 95472

Gallery Hours:  Weds, Fris, Sats & Suns,  11-6 and by appt: (707) 494-8534