Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Perhaps Jeff looks like he is pontificating and perhaps Marianne looks a bit incredulousBut, really, we were having a great discussion that ranged across history and media.
The show continues next week, through Friday, November 18. The gallery is open Monday, 10-5 . Other days, you should call ahead to set a time. I have a few appointments off site, but would love to have you in to see the show.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Reader's Art, an annual survey show of artists books, is entering its 12th year. .
The theme this year is :
LONGING FOR HOME
What does home mean to you? is it a place, a building, a feeling, a belief system,a family, a way of being in the world? What are you longing for?
This is show of ARTISTS BOOKS. All media and structures that can be construed as a book or refer sufficiently to bookness will be considered. Artists should send between 3-10 jpg's and a resume and/or artists statement. Please download the How to Apply document from the website for other instructions.
Applications are due Jan 15, 2011
Art Books for sale, among other things!
Big Annual Book Sale
Corcoran Neighborhood, is pleased to present the 8th Annual Book Sale, October 15, 9am-4pm,at the Neighborhood Office, at the corner of Cedar Ave and 35th St, South Minneapolis.
This is What Retirement Almost Looks Like
Susan Hensel Gallery will soon change its footprint in the neighborhood. The month in month out exhibition schedule is nearing its end with the current show. Monday hours will continue, but the space will become my working studio. Come in on any Monday to see what I am up to. I may be up to my elbows in paint and charcoal.
Project Gutenberg Project
The Project Gutenberg Project by Jeff Rathermel continues at Susan Hensel Gallery through November 18. This show can be seen as an overall installation, a faux library, a cabinet of curiosity all focused on the idea of the book. The gallery is always open Mondays, 10-5 or viewings can be arranged by appointment.
The Original Show
I am re-launching my exhibition career with this show
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
They were really NICE lingerers...writer Betty Bright, artists Paulette Myers-Rich & Jodi Williams, gallerists Steve and Karen Sugarmen.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Friday, September 23, 7-10 pm. The food and beverages are chilling. The lights are set, the floor needs sweeping, the trim on the new shop windows is painted.
I am so excited! It is a simply beautiful show.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Jeff Rathermel is a master! His show, project gutenberg project, is a series of groupings around a topic. The green sheets are the titles of the series. The red sheets are cut to the precise size of the artwork being installed. They are laid out in their precise grids before any artwork actually is hung.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
PROJECT GUTENBERG PROJECT
Saved words, broken books, new appreciation
September 23- November 18
Jeff Rathermel is the executive director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts. But he is also an artist. Running a non-profit often saps his energy and thought processes for studio work. It is with great relief and excitement that he presents the Project Gutenberg Project, opening Friday, September 23 at Susan Hensel Gallery.
More and more, we are giving up the tangible for the digital. Project Gutenberg Project responds to this by celebrating the material beauty of the book and the value of tactile experience. Using book remains to create two and three dimensional work, this project both embraces and criticizes the power of technology to shape our understanding of the world.
The idea for the project grew out of a donation received by the Minnesota Center for Book: broken, dis-bound, trashed books. There were great works of literature, minor literary works, beautiful papers, illustrations, bits and pieces of varying quality that were the remains of the process of digitizing libraries undertaking by Project Gutenberg. In order to save the words, the books were destroyed. The organization could use little of what remained. Jeff Rathermel looked at these remains with the eyes of an artist who has been devoted personally and professionally to book and paper arts for years.
Project Gutenberg Project may be viewed simply at face value - a commentary on digital libraries and the "demise" of physical books - but it also has deeper underpinnings that explore notions of aesthetics, immediacy, cultural values and the basic human need to engage all senses to most effectively and satisfactorily experience the world they live in. And the reasonably priced objects and publications are just plain beautiful.
The show opens at Susan Hensel Gallery Friday, September 23, with a reception from 7-10pm. Also join Jeff for a closing event ,Keep in Touch: Physicality in Contemporary Art , on Friday November 11, 7-9pm, when he will be joined in conversation by Marianne Combs and Paulette Myers-Rich.
What: Project Gutenberg Project, by Jeff Rathermel
Where: Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
When: September 23-Nov 18
Opening Reception : Friday, September 23, 7-10pm
Closing Conversation : Friday, November 11, 7-9pm
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Project Gutenberg Project Description: Commentaries on the pace of everyday life are far from unique but remain important as humans increasingly forfeit physical relationships for digital immediacy. The Project Gutenberg Project celebrates the beauty of book structures, honors traditional book art processes, exposes overlooked materials, and draws attention to the gratification that comes from tactile experiences. Using the remains of books scanned into digital libraries, Project Gutenberg Project speaks to the lack of physicality in contemporary art and the trend toward fetishizing book objects. Full of irony, the project both embraces and criticizes technology while elevating and violating its subject matter. Equal parts commentary, prophecy and preservation, the Project Gutenberg Project compels viewers to reflect on their interactions not only with books, but with all physical objects in their lives.