EXTENSION: ARTISTS' BOOKS, PRINTS, AND ZINES
Dixon Gallery and Gardens / 4339 Park Ave October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019
David Onri Anderson
Ramón Miranda Beltrán
Bronze Age Editions
Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn
Aram Han Sifuentes
Daniel Luedtke (Random Man Editions)
Locate Arts + Extended Play
Christina Long of #Blkgrlswurld ZINE
Sara Moseley and Eric Clausen
Caroline Paquita (Pegacorn Press)
Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz
Temporary Services (Half Letter Press)
Aggie Toppins (The Unofficial Press)
Walls Divide Press
Print is a medium where fine art, design, and writing intersect. Printed surfaces and pages are a part of our everyday experience, utilized for the exchange of information, entertainment, fashion, and advertising.
Extension presents a spectrum of contemporary approaches to print media with an emphasis on self-publishing. Artists’ books, prints, and zines are unique in that they offer the viewer a social and personal experience that is very much like reading. Whether the works offer a linear narrative or play with sequence and juxtaposition of images, the act of holding the work in one’s hands and turning the pages creates an intimate connection between the artist and the reader. The larger works in the exhibition, many of which incorporate text and images, can also be “read” as a visual representation of a sequence or repeating content. Additionally, self-published and editioned works are generally inexpensive and allow a wide audience to collect art in the form of printed posters and publications.
The works in Extension reveal how artists today are offering urgent and playful observations of their present conditions, reflections on history, and speculations upon the future in the form of printed materials. The works range in scale, in edition size, and in material, from repeat-printed yardage to pocket-sized zines, yet they share a common commitment to artistic investigation and celebration of print.