The eighth annual Art of the Book exhibit at the Seager Gray Gallery opens May 1, with a reception for the artists on Friday, May 3, 6-8pm, and open to viewing until May 31. Seager Gray is located at 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley, CA. For more information see their website. My newest letterpress book Tree is included.
Bound & Unbound: Exploring the Art of letter, word & book opens May 4 and runs through May 26 at Open Door Arts @ Odd Fellows (on Kasten & Ukiah Streets, one block up from Main) in Mendocino Village, CA. Opening party May 11, 5-8pm and Alisa Golden will give an artist talk on May 19 at 4:30pm. See Flockworks for more information.
Star 82 Review Inaugural Issue Is Live!
The first issue of Star 82 Review, the art and literary online and print magazine has been released! The pieces contain humor and heart, quirkiness and poignancy. We've got some interesting objects as pivot points: a pineapple, a ruler, a baseball, a scarecrow, and more.
Online is here.
Order a print copy here. You can also get it through Amazon to bundle with other books)
*82 Review is on Facebook!
Looking ahead, I am currently accepting submissions for Issue 1.2! Approximate deadline for the Summer Issue is May 15. Artists, I am particularly looking for your art! Please see *82 Review website for details!
Coming in September 2013 500 Handmade Books Volume 2
Two of my recent Curiosity Boxes will be featured in Julie Chen's curation of 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 from Lark Books, available in bookstores September 2013. They are Let Me See: 20/30 and A Delicate Situation.
Upcoming in Literary Publications
Read more stories and poems by Alisa Golden in these literary publications. I have several new pieces forthcoming this Spring.
Safety Pin Review: upcoming Spring 2013; "The Way We Count to Infinity"
Off the Coast: upcoming Spring 2013; "Temporary Treasure"
Poetry Pacific: upcoming Spring 2013; "Not Falling/Not Moving"
NANO Fiction: Issue 6.2; "The Art of Flash Fiction and Handmade Books"
Basalt Magazine: upcoming Spring 2013; "Traces"
Flash Fiction Site: Sidewalk Story and Sidewalk Story: the paper book
Based on my daily walks, a fictional story inspired by a photo, posted randomly at http://sidewalkstory.tumblr.com/
There is a story on the sidewalk waiting to be picked up. Collect them all. Actually, now you can start. The first twenty-six short-short stories and their accompanying photographs are available in paper book form. Get a Sidewalk Story book today!
Blog & Instructional Book
I supplement the structures book with thoughts on the creative process, creative writing, reading, exploratory essays on writer/artists and exhibitions, and I include a craft project here and there. If you wish to ask questions about a certain post, please click on "comments" at the footer. I'll be happy to reply. See makinghandmadebooks.blogspot.com.
Making Handmade Books: 100 Bindings, Structures and Forms is my fifth instructional book, a compilation and revision of the first three books plus new material, 16 or so new structures, and 41 statements from professional artists who make books and/or teach bookmaking.
You may purchase books directly from the press via cash, money order, or check.
If you prefer to pay by credit card, the following dealers represent never mind the press:
Seager Gray Gallery (formerly Donna Seager Gallery)
23 Sunnyside Avenue
Mill Valley, CA
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am - 6pm; Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC
South Hall Building
1951 Hoover Court, Suite 205
Birmingham, AL 35226-3606
ArtRead: Bookworks from CCA Students and Faculty
Curated by Betsy Davids, Alisa Golden, and Nance O'Banion
Photos of the books here.
Catalogue and preview of catalogue available here.
Wings for Words: New Bookworks from Korea and Japan
Curated by Alisa Golden
Photos of the exhibit here.
Catalogue may be purchased from the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Snapshots of Book Art in Asia
In Summer 2007, my interviews and article for the Pacific Center for the Book Arts journal The Ampersand was published. Tsang Kinwah and Heejung Kim have posted the article on their websites. Sangmi Chun has posted excerpts on her blog. I'm happy to report that I've now got it online with active links so you can see all the artists and artwork easily.
The following people graciously gave their time: Xu Bing, Michael Cherney, Elsie Sampson, Tsang Kinwah, Kahoru Otani, Veronika Schäpers, Seiko Tachibana, Peng-Peng Wang, Shu-Ju Wang, Narae Kim, Sangmi Chun, and Heejung Kim. Thanks to everyone who had input. Hard copies of the magazine are available through PCBA. The article became a prelude for the Wings for Words exhibit at the San Francisco Center for the Book in 2009.
Here is an article "The Background's The Thing" that I wrote in September 2008 for the Pacific Center for the Book Arts Journal The Ampersand, comparing book art to science fiction short-short stories from the 1960s.
My friend and colleague, Lisa Kokin had an exhibition at the Donna Seager Gallery called Panacea Plus. I was honored to be asked to write the essay for her catalogue. The full-color catalogue is available (with the introductory essay) from lulu here. You can see a video of her discussing and showing her work here.
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