Saturday, September 29, 2012

John Cage and Artists' books -- at the University of Richmond on Tuesday

First thing's first:  if you're interested in following everyday news of blue bluer books events, please stop by my new Facebook page.  That's where I will be most likely to give timelier updates about talks and exhibitions that you might want to know about.

Like this one

stitching speechless,
Stephen Addiss & Josh Hockensmith (2011)
On Tuesday I'll be putting on an event at my alma mater, University of Richmond, in conjunction with their current exhibition of John Cage prints.  If you followed that link you might be alarmed to see that the event is scheduled to be an hour and a half long, but don't despair -- it's not going to be a standard lecture.

For the first part of the evening I'll give a presentation about artists' books, John Cage, and the Cage-inspired artist's book I've made in collaboration with UR professor Stephen Addiss, stitching speechless.  Then after the slide show and talk, the audience will be invited to join in creating a new, one-of-a-kind copy of our artist's book, which will be donated to the museum when we finish it. 

Today I've been preparing the pages for the copy the audience will help to create, and I have to say I'm excited with how they look so far.  Here are some preliminary images (and more info about the UR event below the photos):


At the event at UR, the audience will be using chance methods inspired by Cage, Addiss, and Marcel Duchamp to alter the pages before I sew them together into the finished product.  Can't wait to see the results.

If you're in Richmond, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Artist’s Talk, Harnett Print Study Center, University Museums