June 10, 2006

NEWS | Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce has emailed to let me know about a couple of things. He has also been collaborating with painter Alexandra Grant. Her one-woman show scheduled for April 7-July 7, 2007 at LA MOCA, will feature paintings based on his texts.

Michael's new novel/la/ette, Was: annales nomadique /A novel of internet will be published by FC2 to coincide with Alexandra's show. The book is obviously deeply indebted to my familiars: the real Joyce, Pound, Olson, Cage, Cixous, Maso as well as other pre-post modernist creolizers and collagists not to mention Google.

Michael has written a poetic text to accompany the exhibition, Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists' Books (info as follows).

Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists' Books
October 6 - December 17, 2006
Prints and Drawings Galleries

Over the course of the last ten years artists have expanded the terrain of the artist's book, taking the format to new limits. Artists such as Jonathan Callan, Paul Noble, and Brian Belott manipulate found books to invent new objects that have been transformed by the artists' hand and imagination. Beatriz Milhazes, Francesca Gabbiani, and Russell Crotty craft new books that illustrate texts that they find meaningful, from poems and songs to the artists' own musings. Simon Evans' framed works are harvested directly from his sketchbooks and show evidence of his obsessive process that involves scotch tape, correction fluid, and numerous layers of words and images.

This exhibition includes work by approximately fifteen artists working today who create books alongside their other output including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. The artists' books included here represent a diverse range of expression, yet they share a remarkable consideration for the craft of making an art object in the form of a book, with a focus on craftsmanship and the attention to detail. Many of the books incorporate layered collage or hand-drawn, hand-painted, or hand-cut pages, resulting in unique objects and very small editions. Books by the following artists will be included: Brian Belott, Jonathan Callan, Russell Crotty, Miriam Dym, Simon Evans, Francesca Gabbiani, Carlos Garaicoa, David Hammons, Beatriz Milhazes, Takashi Murakami, Paul Noble, Monique van Genderen, and Martin Wilner.

Organized by Mary-Kay Lombino for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the exhibition and its brochure are sponsored by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Exhibition Fund.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College, Box 703
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-070