Friday, May 31, 2013

Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Irwin Susskind

Artist Profile: Irwin Susskind

Irwin Susskind has worked as a graphic designer at Lippincott & Margulies. Inc., a firm that specializes in developing corporate identities, where he designed logos for Fortune 500 in the United States and world wide.  His artwork has been exhibited at the Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York City and in the Members’ Gallery in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

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Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Jacqueline Rush Lee

Artist Profile: Jacqueline Rush-Lee

Jacqueline Rush-Lee is a sculptor from Northern Ireland who lives and works in Hawaii (USA). Jacqueline has been working with books for fifteen years and is recognized for working with the book form through artwork features in blogs, magazines, books and international press. Selected bibliography include: BOOK ART: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books; PAPERCRAFT: Design and Art with Paper and PLAYING WITH BOOKS: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Re-Imagining the Book. Jacqueline’s work will be featured in ART MADE FROM BOOKS, Chronicle Press, 2013 by Laura Heyenga, writer and former editor for SFMOMA.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a background in [‘O’ level] drawing and painting from Northern Ireland. She exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally and her work is in private and public collections, including The Allan Chasanoff Book Under Pressure Collection, New York City.  

Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Donna Ruff

Artist Profile: Donna Ruff
Donna Ruff grew up in Miami Beach, and moved to New York to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. She earned an MFA from Rutgers University, where she focused on printmaking and installation. In 2010 she moved to Santa Fe, NM. She has been chosen to create site-specific installations at the Eldridge Street Project on the Lower East Side of New York, PS 122, and for ArtSPACE in New Haven, Connecticut. Exhibitions include Speaking Volumes at the Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin; Fireworks at the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey; Paper[space] at the Philadelphia Art Alliance; Qville, at the Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY; 4th International Graphic Trienniale in Prague; and Feedback: Artist to Artist at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, as well as numerous gallery exhibitions. Recently her work was purchased by the New Mexico Museum of Art. She has curated several exhibitions, including Off the Wall>Rethinking the Print at the NewArt Center; and Status Update at Heskins Laboratory at Yale University. Her work was recently featured in Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books, published by Gestalten.

Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Paul Forte

Curator/Artist Profile: Paul Forte

Paul Forte’s career began in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970’s. Primarily a visual artist, he also writes poetry and essays. Forte has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California  (1975, 1976, 1983); A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada (1978); 80 Langton Street Gallery, San Francisco, California (1981); The Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, California (1986); The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut (1991); the Kim Foster Gallery, New York City (1998); Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York City (2007 & 2008); and The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, California (2011). Forte’s work is included in the Sol Lewitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City (artist’s books); and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, among others. Forte has lectured on his work at Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island; The University of Rhode Island; The Rhode Island School of Design; Brown University (Honors Program); Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; The California College of the Arts in Oakland, California; and the University of California at Berkeley.  Paul Forte is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship (1978), and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship (1990). A resident of Rhode Island since 1987, Forte lives in Wakefield with his long time partner, Laura Beauvais.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Claire Dannenbaum

Artist Profile: Claire Dannenbaum

Claire Dannenbaum is an academic librarian and visual artist living in Eugene, Oregon.  Her current work explores the conceptual life of books through manipulation, destruction, reconstruction, and collage. Claire’s bookwork has been exhibited in Oregon, California, and Rhode Island.  She was awarded a Celebration Foundation grant in 2012.  Working as a librarian continues to be a rich source of inspiration for her projects.  Previously, Claire was a filmmaker and her work has screened internationally. She has participated in public panels, been a visiting artist, won a few awards, and has films in university libraries on both coasts.

Transformed Volumes Artist Profile: Doug Beube

Artist Profile: Doug Beube

Doug Beube is a mixed-media artist working in bookwork, collage, installation, sculpture and photography.  Since 1993, he has been curator of a private collection, The Allan Chasanoff Bookworks Collection: The Book Under Pressure, in New York City.  Beube has taught classes at Parsons The New School in artists' books, collage, mixed media, and photography and given workshops at Penland School of Crafts, in Penland, NC, Haystack Mountain, Deer Isle, MN and The Center for Book Arts in New York City. He regularly lectures on his work throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Prior to receiving an MFA in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, graduating in 1983, he was a darkroom assistant to Minor White in Arlington, MA. Doug has exhibited nationally and internationally and his bookwork and photographs are in numerous private and public collections. In the fall of 2011 a monograph entitled, Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex: Bookwork, Collage and Mixed Media, was published by Etc. Etc. The Iconoclastic Press, Brooklyn, with an introduction by David Revere McFadden, chief curator of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.  The volume presents an in-depth overview of Doug Beube’s artwork over the past thirty years, with essay contributions from several well-known writers, critics and curators.

Transformed Volumes June 15th - July13th

Transformed Volumes
An Exhibition of Artist’s Bookworks
Curated by Paul Forte
June 15th to July 13th 2013
Opening Reception Saturday June 15th 6-8pm

The idea for this exhibition of artist’s bookworks occurred to me after reading Garrett Stewart’s insightful book, Bookwork, Medium to Object to Concept to Art, a 2011 survey of recent developments in the way that artists engage with and transform books into art.  Garrett’s key concept, indeed the raison d’ etre for what may be a new genre, is “de-mediation,” a term that has a familiar ring, summoning the holy grail of Conceptual art first proposed in 1967 in an article in Art International magazine by critics, Lucy Lippard and John Chandler: “de-materialization.” And there is an intriguing connection or similarity between these two concepts; the former designating the reduction of media to its material support or basis, the latter, the reduction or minimization of the material basis of art (ironically, in this context, often involving the presentation of ideas through language and or photo documentation).  While apparently denoting similar processes, these are really two inversely related concepts that seem situated at opposite ends of the Conceptual art spectrum. 

With this in mind, Transformed Volumes attempts to make some distinctions between what are called “artist’s books,” and “artist’s bookworks.”  The interesting thing about both these art forms - something that supports my contention regarding the inverse relationship between “de-mediation” and “de-materialization” - is that both arise from Conceptual art.  As I have stated elsewhere, “The defining feature of bookwork art is its “de-mediated form,” which means that the basic function of the book to convey ideas or expression through its content (usually text or images) is disrupted or suspended in some way.” I hasten to add that “de-mediation” is a relative matter, whether it involves text or images, because the effacement, disruption, or occlusion of such content is often partial or incomplete.  Instances of purely de-mediated bookwork are probably rare because, among other things, the refashioned material embodied by most transformed books and their surrogates could be broadly construed as image content.  In other words, if the transformed book acquires symbolic or semiotic significance it might prove to be a kind of de facto mediation.  Stewart and I discussed this possibility and he was essentially in agreement when he answered a question that I posed: “Might some bookwork involve, for lack of a better term, a paradoxical form of  ‘de-mediation’ where ‘the original treatment and intent’ has been re-framed or removed, thus ‘replacing its means toward a new end?’ ” That end being to function in its altered or re-fabricated form as either a symbol or a sign (all quotes are from Stewart’s Bookwork, Medium to Object to Concept to Art). After maintaining that what was de-mediated was text alone (which I take issue with), Stewart replied to my query: “And what emerged in the remaining medium of sculpture was usually a figure or trope or metaphor (or yes, sign or symbol), often of precisely what was missing (hence, yes, paradoxical).” * The “missing” element is, of course, content, the paradox being that bookwork can still be read, not for what this art contains but for what it embodies.

Transformed Volumes makes a strong case for an emerging aesthetic founded upon what might be considered the remains of the traditional book while also showing that the iconic status of this seminal technology still has the power to engage the imagination in new and unusual ways.

*Email, August 14, 2012

© Paul Forte 2013

Introducing Our New Intern: Lindsey Bailer!


My name is Lindsey Bailer and I am very excited to say that I am the new intern at the Hera Gallery!  I just graduated from the University of Rhode Island a few weeks ago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to do something in the arts.  My dad, a RISD alumnus, was always nurturing and guiding my artistic tendencies. 

Throughout my URI career, my focus was mainly in digital photography.  I love creating images that advertise ideas and/or opinions. Besides actually creating art, I have a strong desire to educate the public on the importance of art and the influence it has on our day-to-day lives.  I realized this desire during my treatment at Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer during my senior year of High School. While undergoing chemotherapy, I was exposed to the healing power of art – art both displayed throughout Hasbro and art created in the comfort and security of the Tomorrow Fund Clinic.

I feel a gallery environment is a wonderful place to educate people on art the importance of art.  Each show introduces new points of view, ideas, and opinions that viewers can ponder. One day I hope to be a conduit for artists to broadcast and showcase their art and positively affect the lives of the viewer.  

I am so grateful and excited for this internship because it will be a wonderful platform to help me understand the behind-the scenes aspect of a gallery.  Each skill gained from this experience will help me thrive in the gallery world with the intent to change lives through art and make a difference in the world.

"Appallingly Appealing"
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"Grim Princesses"
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"Chin Portraits"
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"Friendly Reminder"
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Postcard Fundraiser Time!


Having a Wonderful Time!
Announcing the Third Annual Hera Gallery Artists’ Postcard Fundraiser

This summer, Hera will hold its third annual postcard fundraiser! We are seeking artists’ postcards created as original works of art to sell at $15 each for benefit of the gallery. Postcards will be displayed in the gallery from July 17-20, 2013. An opening reception

featuring music, food, and fun will be held on Saturday July 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Following the event, postcards will be permanently on sale in the gallery. Please create postcards for this event and recruit other artists to aid in this effort. You may contribute individual postcards or editions of postcards. They can be stamped and sent through the mail, put in an envelope, or delivered to the gallery. Postcards will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for inclusion in the show is Friday July 12. All cards become the property of Hera Gallery. Artists are asked to sign and date the back side of the postcard and to include any information they would like to make available: a message, contact information, artists statement, or websites.  The piece need not be a functional postcard. Anything goes as long as it is 4” X 6”.

Have fun!

More information is available on the website:
Also see the Facebook event page. 

Contact Barbara Pagh (bpagh@uri.eduor Dora Szekely with questions.

Mail cards to:
Hera Gallery, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880.

Friday, May 24, 2013

"Shadows: Travels Without Skin" Closing Ceremonies

Closing-of Show-Reception
Amanda Swain Bingham
"Shadows: Travels Without Skin"
 The Colo Colo Gallery 
June 1, 2013, 6-8pm 
29 Centre Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration Begins Tomorrow! Join Hera for our Annual Meeting!

Join us in celebrating the countdown to our 40th Anniversary where we will share "What Was, What Is, What Will Be" for Hera Gallery! Our annual meeting that will celebrate the past 39 years is this Saturday, May 18th starting at 6:00pm!