|Harvey Benge - UN-SOLVED and NOT FOOD|
In August 2016, INFOCUS at the Phoenix Art Museum called photographers internationally to submit their photobooks to the second triennial Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks. The purpose of the exhibition was to explore the range of ways that artists were using newly available commercial technologies in order to express themselves. A jury of eight industry professionals reviewed 179 submissions and selected 111 books for the exhibition.
Selected books showcase a wide range of printing technologies, including offset lithography, digital inkjet printing, letterpress, laser printing, and photocopying. In some cases, self-publishing artists worked with boutique operations like Conveyor Arts in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Edition One Books in Berkeley, California; in others, they worked with print-on-demand online publishing platforms like Blurb, MagCloud, MyPublisher, and Shutterfly.
Books were requested on any subject including retrospective, project-based, souvenir albums, fictional narrative, exhibition catalogues, poetic, biographical, or children’s books, and welcomed collaborative or collective books in addition to those by a single author. They found that in a well-crafted book, the artist considers every element of the book’s design, and uses each to enhance the finished product. Among the selections are noteworthy selection of paper weight and surface; cover material; printing method and reproduction quality; font style, color and size; text placement and justification (centered, aligned to the right or left); end-paper and title page design; binding (spiral bound, hard bound, paperback); size and placement of the images; sequence of the images; and inclusion (or exclusion) of and placement of the caption information.
All submissions were created between 2014 and the present, representing some of the best examples of self-publishing from the last three years.
I was pleased to be included (along with friends Lydia Panas and Mark Power) in the show with two of my bookworks: UN-SOLVED PUZZLES RE-MAIN and NOT FOOD OR SEX.
The exhibition runs until April 9, 2017. You can see a full list of the artists and books included HERE.
|Lydia Panas - Falling From Grace (selection of images)|
|Mark Power - Destroying The Laboratory...|