April 01, 2014

Auction Spotlight: Purgatory Pie Press

Purgatory Pie Press, the collaborative name for the publishing activities of Esther Smith and Dikko Faust, is one of the participating presses generous enough to donate a work to our Annual Benefit Auction, Forever 39, coming up on Friday, April 4. Their print Hexafloratil is one of the many works in this year's auction, (which you can preview online here.)

Dikko Faust makes patterns inspired by traditional tiling, bricklaying, weaving, and geometric abstraction from as far back as 90,000 BC for their Tessellation Postcard and Print series. Faust relief prints movable typographic elements that he makes by sawing down wood dowels and square moldings, which he combines to create intricate patterns also including existing metal type ornaments. Faust has completed ten of the series of twelve. This subscription series includes both prints and postcards. 
Tessellation Postcard and Print

Purgatory Pie Press made its first Postcard Subscription in 1982. Collaborating with a different artist or writer each month, they continued their series for ten years and then continued with projects like a coaster subscription, Artist Tracts, Purga-Toys, and Instant Books. They began making postcards again in 2006 with their square postcards series. After 3 series of those, they moved to elongated postcards and then onto this current series. 

Esther K Smith designed these series as a contemporary alternative to broadsides--and as a model to fund their projects via subscribers who would order the art sight unseen, getting the limited editions at a lower pre-publication price.

Purgatory Pie Press has had solo exhibitions in the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Their limited editions and artist books are in many major collections including the Whitney Museum and MoMA where PPP.ABC.XYZ was in last year's Artists' Alphabet exhibition.

Faust teaches letterpress/printmaking at School of Visual Arts. And Smith, the author of HOW TO MAKE BOOKS has taught the long-running Artist Books Class at Cooper Union. Purgatory Pie Press has an internship program in cooperation with the University of Chicago.

You can see photos of their work on their flickr site and on their main website. 

March 31, 2014

Auction Spotlight: Beatrice Coron

Etched in Stone

Beatrice Coron is a mixed media artist whose work combines papercutting, illustration, book arts, and public art in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass, and digital media. She has donated a new papercut, Etched in Stone to our upcoming auction "Forever 39"  on April 4th. 

Believing in the power of stories, Beatrice Coron, says 

"Stories give meaning to everything, from mythical legends to journalistic reports, from marketing strategies to political ideologies: the story is always for free, and it's the bait, the cure and the hope."
For the last 15 years, she has been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, she stages narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies.
These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space.
After briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, amongst others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and a New York City tour guide. Coron has lived in France (her native country) , Egypt and Mexico for one year each and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985 where she reinvented herself as an artist.

Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.

Coron is an artist member at the Center for Book Arts and her work has been included in a few exhibitions at the Center, including: "Narrative Sequences," "Black/White [and Read]," "Mutilated/Cultivated Environments".  

To browse the works in this year's auction and place a bid even if you can't make it to the main event, click here.

To view Beatrice Coron's art and to learn more about her, visit her website

March 26, 2014

Auction Spotlight: Cecile Chong

Cecile Chong, is a mixed media artist whose work addresses the process of cultural assimilation and the development of individual identity. She is also a participating artist in this year's Benefit Auction,"Forever 39" , coming up on April 4th. 

Cecile was born in Ecuador of Chinese parents, and her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau, and China.  Her exposure to different cultural traditions and ideas has driven her fascination with how these influences are acquired, represented, and interpreted.  She is interested in how cultures copy each other, and how borrowed ideas often find their way back to the original culture in curious ways.  

The work she has contributed is called Going Places (Blue), and is a work in encaustic and mixed media on a found skateboard. 

She has exhibited work at El Museo, Wave Hill, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Corridor Gallery, Sue Scott Gallery, Praxis International Art in New York, and with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London.  Fellowships include The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM 2011 Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC 2010,  Aljira Emerge 10, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant 2008.  Cecile's work is in the collections of El Museo, Citibank Art Advisory, Peggy Cooper-Cafritz, Carmen Ana Unanue, and other private collections in the U.S., Europe, and South America.   Her work has been reviewed in El Diario La Prensa, Singtao Daily, and The New York Times.  She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, and MA from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College.  Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. 

Cecile was one of our Artists-in-Residence last year at the Center for Book Arts, and the work she produced here will be featured in the 2013 Workspace Artists-in-Residence exhibition at The Center for Book Arts this spring, opening April 18th.

To browse the works in this year's auction and place a bid even if you can't make it to the main event, click here.

To view Cecile Chong's art and to learn more about her, visit her website.

Auction Spotlight: Rosaire Appel

Rosaire Appel, a digital artist, photographer, writer, and artist member of The Center for Book Arts, is a participating artist in our upcoming 2014 Benefit Auction Forever 39 being held on April 4th.

Rosaire describes her gravitation toward the book form:
"- as container, receptacle - and for the way the book distributes content over time, rather than in one fell swoop. The time element -duration- which allows content to grow and cross pollinate is particularly useful to my way of working - a gradual expansion of a theme, variations and branches.  I've also been drawn to the book form for the practicalities of portability.  And for the intimate nature of a handheld object, the singularity of reading, individual rather than public viewing. As for content, I tread the flexible boundary of suggestion between familiar and abstraction."
The work she has donated to the auction Three Scenes from the Same Play, is an archival digital print on three wood panels:
Three Scenes from the Same Play

Rosaire's work has appeared in many past exhibitions organized by The Center for Book Arts, as well as in shows at venues like the International Print Center, Proteus Gowanus, Central Booking, and others.

To learn more about her piece in the auction visit the online auction preview here. 
To view Rosaire Appel's art and to learn more about her, visit her website

March 21, 2014

Auction Spotlight: Tomie Arai

Tomie Arai, a public artist and printmaker here in New York City, has donated a beautiful silkscreen print titled Return to our upcoming auction "Forever 39"  on April 4th.

Tomie Arai has designed both temporary and permanent public works of art for Creative Time, the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, the NYC PerCent for  Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the New York City Board of Education and the San Francisco Arts Commission.  

Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Japanese American National Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  She has been a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Printmaking for 1991 and 1994.  Most recently, she was a recipient of a 2013 Puffin Foundation grant.  

Arai's work was featured in the main gallery exhibition organized by The Center for Book Arts, Racism: An American Family Value. and she had a Featured Artist Project Tales from Home in the foyer gallery here in 2013.

To browse the works in this year's auction and place a bid even if you can't make it to the main event, click here.
To view Tomie Arai's art and to learn more about her, visit her website