In the Gallery
Featured Publisher’s Exhibition
Opening: Saturday July, 23rd from 7-10 PM
Women’s Studio Workshop is thrilled to present a Featured Publishers Exhibition alongside the first WSW Upstate Art Book Fair featuring works by three independent publishers; Childish Books, Passenger Pigeon Press, and GenderFail.
All three publishers are deeply engaged with publishing, not only as a means of artistic production, but as a platform for archiving and community-building.
The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Saturday July, 23rd from 7-10 PM, following the first WSW Upstate Art Book Fair. Each publisher featured in the exhibition will also have a table at the fair with works available for purchase. The exhibition will be open to the public from July 11-November 4, 2022 in the gallery at Women’s Studio Workshop.
Full Publisher Descriptions:
Childish Books seeks to create, celebrate, and collect artist books and zine projects that can be enjoyed by a ‘child audience’, however defined. We believe these books represent voices and issues often left out of corporate publishing, and therefore feel it is important that they reflect and reach young hands. Childish loves projects that are informed by children and/or childhood culture, made collaboratively with children, or create open dialogue with children from a place of value and respect.
GenderFail is a publishing, programming and archiving platform run solely by Be Oakley. GenderFail is not non-for-profit but profit-for-survival or profit-to-continue-our-work-without-other-means-of-capital and most importantly to make money for others I publish, to create profit-for-labor. With GenderFail, publishing is personal, it’s a means of my livelihood and a tool for the dissemination of imperfect, but powerful idea. For GenderFail, we seek to publish works that expand queer subjectivity by looking at queerness as an identity that challenges capitalist, racist, ableist, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-environmental ideologies.
Passenger Pigeon Press is an independent press started by artist Tammy Nguyen which pursues nuance through the creation of artist books. The platform houses three projects: Martha’s Quarterly, Collaborations, and Public Domain. The publications address human culture, the environment, and geopolitics among many other themes.
Martha’s Quarterly is a quarterly subscription for four handmade artist books a year. It aims to present critical topics through thoughtful interdisciplinary collaborations from people working across disparate subjects, perspectives, and expertises through experimentally formed books that arrive in the mail each season of the year.
Collaborations are projects with artists and thinkers working across many disciplines who pursue topics that are less known. The Color Curtain Project, a series of “artist book and culinary experiences” where people can experience food whilst “reading” an artist book which explores Afro-Asian solidarity through the lens of the Bandung Conference. Atomic Sublime was an artist book collaboration with Bombshelltoe, a nuclear policy and arts collective, that explored nuclear histories in the Grand Canyon and Nevada Test Site.
Public Domain is an ongoing project that explores public archives from around the world. The publications are reproductions of publicly accessible government documents that are relevant to today’s urgent issues.
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