Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pegacorn Press in CHINA + new print studio

Every single Pegacorn Press release (thus far) made it into this amazing show that Marshall Weber from Booklyn helped curate in Beijing, China! The first show of it's kind there, I feel honored to have all this Riso work included: 

Fag School #4 (listed as New Fiction under Pegacorn Press): Brontez Purnell
Burn Collector #16: Al Burian
Womanimalistic #1 +2: Caroline Paquita
Late Era Clash #24: Mike Taylor
Future TenseEdie Fake, Jo Dery, Anna Haifisch, Mike Taylor, Sy Wagon, Roby Newton, Josh Bayer, Al Burian, James Turek, Kasey Henneman + Caroline Paquita

Big thanks to Marshall, as well as to the artists that I've worked with over this past year.
Printed matter is still alive and thriving, despite what you may have heard.

-----PEGACORN HAS GONE "PRO" AND IS NOW HOUSED IN AN ACTUAL STUDIO--------------------------BLASPHEMY!------------

Having a real studio is a wildly new experience for me, particularly after exclusively working out of my bedroom for years. (Honestly, it's odd to not have a Risograph, or two, in the kitchen anymore, WTF?!) The change is welcomed though, as it's been super nice to have a completely dedicated work-zone and to not have to manage living and working in the same space anymore. Makes one focus more while making art, and helps make a bedroom an actual place to relax- who knew what I was missing all these years?

Spirit duplicator+ stencil duplicator+ decade old laser printer= printmaking wingnut

The new and petite print studio, located near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, has been GREAT. All my printing equipment has finally been moved in and it's only going to be a matter of weeks until some new material starts making it's way out of the machines and into the larger world. It's about time! After months of trying to get back on my feet after my dad passed away, the olde brain is starting to work again after being in total stasis. It's not in perfect shape, but it's doing something, luckily, just in time for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest coming up on November 10th. Pegacorn Press will be tabling that, and more than likely, our favorite pal/partner in crime, Mike Taylor will be at the table too. The BCGF is always a great way to see new work and meet other comic/printing freaks, so definitely check it out cause it's, "super badass."

Ok- enough with the updates for now. More soon on what releases will actually be done by the BCGF, release events, etc, etc, etc...

Goodbye Glorious Summer, but hello Autumnal Equinox!



A bit about the show in China:

Booklyn Artists Alliance is pleased to announce the opening of DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books from around the World. A collaboration between the Booklyn Artists Alliance and the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, the exhibition is curated by Xu Bing, artist and Vice-President of the CAFAM, and Marshall Weber, artist and Directing Curator of Booklyn; it is the first major museum exhibition of contemporary international Artist Books in China.
A decade in the making, the DIAMOND LEAVES exhibition showcases over 200 masterpieces of the Artist Book form created by more than 100 visual artists, some well known and some emerging, who approach the creation of Artist Books as an interdisciplinary and multi-media practice. Using collage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and digital and social media, artists are creating books that provide us with complicated aesthetic experiences and push the boundaries of book design far beyond the limits of the conventional book’s form. Just as photography liberated painting from its documentary function late in the 19th century, digital media has liberated the book from the burden of operating as a vehicle for text and data, spurring the renaissance of creative bookmaking celebrated by this exhibition.
Focusing on books created in the 21st century, the exhibit demonstrates how an Artist Book can function as both fine art and as an experimental laboratory for global visual language development. The exhibition consists of conceptually, materially and structurally ambitious hand-bound hardcover Artist Books published in limited editions of under 100. Another component of the exhibit features a reconstruction of a Brooklyn-style bookstore of inexpensive, image-based, softcover, populist, intimate, and artist-produced Zines and comic books published in editions of over 100. Other exhibits components contain examples of the early 20th century Soviet constructivist books that revolutionized book and typography design, and a small exquisite selection of antique European and Asian illustrated books that show the trajectory from older book forms to contemporary Artist Books.