Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Variety of book related forms

90 Days Project by Joel McKinney

A disparate group of artists books and book like objects sailed my way through the internet.  Pictured here are a 'zine, a stitched broadside and a beautifully printed 90 day compilation of digital collages.

Muse by Gail Kern
How His Trouble Began by China Marks
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

More artists books

Many books have run across my computer screen...just not enough to mount Reader's Art this year.  But next year, the projected penultimate year, is another story.
Recollections by Arini Esary

portfolio by Sally Johnson

Journeys by Jennifer Hines
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Sally Johnson

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Books I have seen

Triangle Book by Elena Mary Siff

 In the ongoing effort to expose you to artists books that were submitted to the Reader's Art show that was suspended for a year...
Pentimento by Claire Jeanine Satin
Making it Home by Gail Smuda

New Beginnings by Beth Dorsey

All wonderful artists.  Learn more about  them:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've never had to cancel a show before!

READER"S ART 13 is cancelled!

For the first time in my 15 years or so of curating shows, I did not receive sufficient numbers of proposed artworks to create a show that coheres. I usually receive images for around 100-125 books from which I fashion a show of around 90 books.  This year I received 40 books, only 25 of which "play together pretty well."  As a consequence, I am canceling Reader's Art 13 for this year.

This is not a reflection on the quality of the particular works, nor on my willingness to show it.  It is my responsibility to show the work in a way that enhances it, advances the field of artists books, and creates a coherent experience for the clientele. A show that looks scatter-shot does not fulfill these requirements and, indeed, hurts us all.

I will, from time to time, share images of some of the artwork proposed.  There really were many lovely pieces  and I would like to share them with you.

It is my hope to resume the show next year and to complete the cycle of Reader's Art in 2015.  At the end of the Reader's Art 15 show I plan to publish a catalog of the fifteen years of this show.
Crowku by Julia Babbs

Candela by Luz Marina Ruiz

Sandy Hook by Ginger Burrell
Learn more about these artists:
Julia Babb
LuzMarina Ruiz
Ginger Burrell

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Oh My! What an Opening!

Deb put on her best duds and a beautiful smile and welcomed the crush of people who came out to experience this singular work of art.

Within the "canning room," as we were calling it during the build, Deb chats with Orrie Rutchik of the Minneapolis Photo Center.  The room was full of people, dazzled and delighted by the glowing jars.  Deb's Husband, Andy McQuigg was far form the only person who had to touch the jars.  At one point in the evening I stood and watched people giggling like little children making the lighted jars dance.

Deb's Dad, painter Joe Miller, flew in from the west coast to assist with the completion of the work, and , of course, to be the proud Papa at the show.

The soaring video was the great unifier of the show...spanning distance and time, the relationship of self and other.

The twins, Rebecca and Debora, confer on a phone call with Rebecca's children home on Long Island.
I'm not me, she's over there
by Debora Miller with Rebecca Miller

Jan 11- Feb 22, 2013

The gallery is open Mondays 10-5 and on other days and evenings, by very generous appointment.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Painting the proscenium

 It may or may not be a proscenium...although we  have been referring to it as a stage...but upside down.

The projector is placed, the window transparencies have begun to find their way to the windows.

All things are moving ahead in good order.

Food and beverage are purchased and chilling

So, the public unveiling is Friday!

I'm not me, she's over there
by Debora Miller with Rebecca Miller

Jan 11-Feb 22, 2013

Reception Jan 11, 7-9pm

Numinous Space

 Andy McQuigg and Deb Miller are still hard at work installing the temporary ceiling which will establish the "stage" for the installation I'm not me, she's over there.

Huge cedar beams span the gallery space, establishing place, beginning to create the location for a numinous experience .

The exhibition opens Friday. January 11, 7-9pm

I'm not me, she's over there.
by Debora Miller, withRebecca Miller

January 11-February 22, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Helpers make light work

Lots of help around bringing this show to fruition.  In these various photos people you see: Gideon, Roan, James, Karen (of Mother Earth Garden) and Deb.

It's a mystery!

On a lovely sunny, Sunday, work has begun in earnest! Andy has been spending the day in the rafters...or more precisely, making rafters. A room is taking form inside the room of the gallery.  The cedar rafters will become Deb's new bed frame.  You read it here!  It's a deal!

The show opens soon:

I'm not me, she's over there

opening reception Friday, January 11, 7-9pm

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I'm not me, she's over begins

I'm not me, she's over there
an installation by Debora Miller
opening Friday. January 11. 7-9pm

It's like a moving-in.  You know, when you gather friends, boxes, tape and trucks and haul  the mismatched parts of your life to new home. Deb Miller and her husband Andy have begun the move. Measuring tapes have measured and snapped shut across the space.  Plans have been drawn, tools have been assembled.  Mason jars, twin shots, paint, tape and a set of bound dolls that travel back and forth between Deb and her identical twin when they visit one another.  You can see Debora at work at work at