The Slow Read

Ready, Get Set…Slow Read

Q: What is the opposite of a book club on steroids?

A: Reading Willa Cather’s novel ‘My Ántonia’ at the slow pace of six pages per day.

SlowReadWhat is the Slow Read?

The Slow Read is a public literary / art project conceived of and produced by Portland-based artist Barbara Tetenbaum. “After taking a workshop on video mapping, I had this vision of projecting the pages of a novel onto the wall of a building, so people would read together in public. The project has now grow to nearly a dozen public sites and can be accessed by anyone on their personal computers. This means that everyone in America and beyond can essentially read as a community,” says Tetenbaum. “This year is the centenary of a book I’ve been working with for some time, ‘My Ántonia’ by Willa Cather. It made perfect sense to use this particular novel for the Slow Read and a chance to find a deeper connection to her words and the issues Cather was illuminating which are still relevant today. Some readers will stumble upon this novel for the first time, others will be rereading it again, discovering something new in her story. I want to offer a piece of culture in the form of shared daily ritual, to be experienced slowly over time, providing a counterweight to the spectacle-based world we live in.”

During this centenary year of My Ántonia’s publication, readers around the country and the globe can follow along on their cell phones, laptops — or at a public site location – and read closer and deeper than before. From May 30 through August 11th, images of the first edition page spreads will be looped on a dedicated website (www.slowread.org) and offer the first-time reader, or long-time fan, this unusual, slow unfolding of the novel.

Why?

“Cather shows us what it was like to live on the 1890’s Nebraska prairie, a life that was tough and beautiful at the same time.” says Tetenbaum, “Cather herself grew up in Red Cloud around immigrants from Central Europe and Russia. ‘My Ántonia’ reads as a chronicle to their humanity and struggles during the formative years of the American Plains. The immigrant experience is particularly relevant in our current political climate, and perhaps there is a way to find a meaningful dialog through Cather’s story.”

Where?

Public venues such as libraries and museums are hosting the Slow Read, usually through a publicly-accessible video monitor. {At Constellation Studios, 2055 ‘O’ Street, the monitor faces the street and is best viewed in the evening, and runs 24 hours with new page selection added each morning} Individuals who don’t have access to these sites can read along on their own internet-connected devices by going to www.slowread.org and clicking the “Today’s Reading” button.

Barb Tetenbaum will be taking the project on the road in early June to show at outdoor sites. Go to the website blog to find the next screening: https://theslowread.squarespace.com/news/

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When?

The broadcast begins on May 30th and ends on August 11, 2018. If you miss a day, the website has an archive of previously shown pages.

Want to participate?

The Slow Read web-stream is free and available at www.theslowread.org

What else is there?

The Slow Read website links to activities, discussions, exhibitions and lectures organized by Cather institutions and scholars. It also contains a visual concordance of images from eight years of personal artist projects connected to this novel. Explore the website for all this.

Where can I find the public Slow Read venues?

Currently, these sites are hosting the Slow Read:

Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, NE     willacather.org

Love Library at Univ. of NE-Lincoln   https://libraries.unl.edu

Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE   https://constellation-studios.net

Jaffrey Public Library, Jaffrey, NH   www.jaffreypubliclibrary.org

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR   ocac.edu

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR   pica.org

Pacific Northwest College of Art Library, Portland, OR pnca.edu

Working Library, Portland, OR c3initiative.org/working-library.htm

Union College in Lincoln, NE

Check www.slowread.org/abouttheproject to explore additional locations as they are added and to track The Slow Read mobile pop-up on the road.

About the artist/director of The Slow Read:

Barbara Tetenbaum is a visual artist interested in the act of reading. She uses the mediums of books, prints, installation, and animation to explore this subject matter. She founded her artist book imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979. Barb is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, career and project awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She is currently Professor and Head of the Book + Print at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She holds a B.S. (Fine Art) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Community Conversation: Collaboration

Join us for low-key conversation and sharing on the theme of Collaboration.   Nick Hernandez (KZUM Radio) leads our conversation and invites key discussants to spark inspiration and directions towards his ongoing quest on issues of Happiness and Well-being for our community enrichment.


Semographics III Monoprinting Collaboration

April 6 – May 31, 2018

First Friday April 6 Opening Reception 6 – 8pm

Semographics III Monoprinting Collaboration, is an exhibition that presents the work of 12 printmakers who joined in a weeklong experiment to print together as a team, using silkscreen (the fine art terminology is “serigraphy”, hence Semographics)) and relief printmaking.   The collaboration event took place in March 2017 onsite at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio and the Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta, and was a featured event at the annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference. The resulting prints are a cross-disciplinary challenge – even a stylistic and technical mixed media “mash up” – with each unique print showing iterations, beautiful moments and graphic themes.

The group conducted a collaborative protocol involving a ‘Neutral Zone’, where all of the ‘in progress’ impressions were ‘up for grabs’ for anyone to embellish; and the ‘Safe Zone’, where any impressions deemed as ‘finished’ or aesthetically resolved were kept.   Allowing the process to develop, over 150 prints were made with layers from different artists, hand applications of color and drawing, and aesthetic touches and special printing effects. Each work represents collective solutions to enhance and “solve” imagery from what other artists had done. Ultimately, the print series is a critical examination of choices, each artist’s practice, of technical demands, and stamina.

Semographics III portfolio of 50 selected works is traveling for exhibitions nationally, including the presentation at Constellation Studios.   The project was organized by Professor Timothy High, University of Texas Austin, with co-chair Stephanie Hunder, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.   The other participants are: Kathryn Maxwell, Arizona State University, Tempe; Sandra Fernandez, New Jersey; Brian Johnson, Texas State University, San Marco; David Newman, Brookhaven College, Dallas, ;  Karen Kunc, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lenore Thomas, University of Pittsburg PA; Amanda Knowles, North Seattle College, WA; Eric Avery, Pennsylvania; John Hitchcock, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Sofia Maria Paz, University of Texas Austin.

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Our Skyline Exhibition

October 28 – November 30

First Friday Reception, November 3, 6-8pm

Constellation Studios presents Our Skyline, a creative project and exhibition, of hand carved linoleum block prints by over 28 community artists and 20 UNL students.   The prints were created in respond to the historic linoleum block print by noted Nebraska art teacher Gladys Lux created in the 1930’s of the Lincoln skyline with the state capitol building under construction. This print is featured in the exhibition on loan from the Lux family. This creative project is an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial, and celebrates 150 years of statehood.

Our Skyline participants were inspired with a myriad of art and design approaches: views of our state capitol, downtown, distant viewpoints of Lincoln, urban construction, iconic Nebraska landmarks, rural settings and structures, our open skies, nature silhouettes of trees, grasses, the prairie, and conceptual ideas. Participants took part in two printing sessions to carve and print with assistants to run blocks and paper through the presses during the sessions. For many this was their first time creating a print, with “printing magic” transforming their mark-making into a striking graphic statement.

48 Artists:

Nora Abdel Monem, Christie Asuoha, Joel Anderson, Anissa Bensen, Abby Birkel, Jeri Brainard , Kristin Brooks, Anne Burton, Keith Buswell, Austin Carstens, Dana Clements , Haley Collins, Sally Cox, Erin Cross, Samantha Evans, Lynette Fast, David Fowler, Amy Groff, Abigail Groth, Justin Groth, Amanda Guenther, Mary Guenther, Emily Heater, Madeline Hinrichs, Michele Hrbek, Kristina Insingo, Brynna James, Carolyn Johnson, Megan Kemptar, Hannah Klemme, Karen Kunc, Rise Lange, Yoojeong Lee, Mariah Livingston, Lisa Mills, Brookely Nitsch, Gail Ogden, Lindsey Pinkerton, Diane Reece, Emily Reiman, Jessica Reiter, Jackie Rogers, Rachel Saniuk, Yria Santos-Torres, Kate Speicher, Kristin Vorderstrasse, Emma Ward Jamaica Wilson

Lux_Capitol_Print  Print by Gladys Lux, 1936

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Our Skyline Lino Block Carving Sessions

 

Theme:   Respond to the historic linoleum block print by noted Nebraska art teacher Gladys Lux created in the 1930’s of the Lincoln skyline with the state capitol building under construction. We will similarly be influenced by Our Skyline in a myriad of approaches: views of our state capitol, downtown, local buildings, urban construction, iconic Nebraska landmarks, rural settings and structures, our open skies, nature silhouettes of trees and grasses, and conceptual ideas.

Activity: Join in onsite creative sessions, for mentoring, and to carve the “easy-to-carve” lino blocks. Photo and graphic source images will be on hand for generating ideas, and artists can bring their own source images. Printing assistants will run the presses to print from the blocks during the sessions.   Studio tools are available to use on site, and good quality paper for the impressions will be provided.   Your time commitment: 1 – 2 hours during a session.

Fee: There is a $10 participation fee, which covers one linoleum block 8” x 10”, and two print impressions, one of which will be used for the exhibition, one will be for the artist to take.  Pay onsite, or register online at: www.constellation-studios.net

RSVP for creative sessions, by phone or email, or online registration:

To be held at Constellation Studios, 21st & ‘O’ Street, Lincoln

  • Wednesday October 18, drop in between 5 – 10pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, drop in between 6-10pm

Our Skyline Exhibition: October 27 – November 11

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Our Skyline Lino Block Session

Theme:  Respond to the historic linoleum block print by noted Nebraska art teacher Gladys Lux created in the 1930’s of the Lincoln skyline with the state capitol building under construction. We will similarly be influenced by Our Skyline in a myriad of approaches: views of our state capitol, downtown, local buildings, urban construction, iconic Nebraska landmarks, rural settings and structures, our open skies, nature silhouettes of trees and grasses, and conceptual ideas.

Activity: Join in onsite creative sessions, for mentoring, and to carve the “easy-to-carve” lino blocks. Photo and graphic source images will be on hand for generating ideas, and artists can bring their own source images. Printing assistants will run the presses to print from the blocks during the sessions.   Studio tools are available to use on site, and good quality paper for the impressions will be provided.   Your time commitment: 1 – 2 hours during a session.

Fee: There is a $10 participation fee, which covers one linoleum block 8” x 10”, and two print impressions, one of which will be used for the exhibition, one will be for the artist to take.

Pay onsite, or register online at: www.constellation-studios.net

RSVP for creative sessions, by phone or email, or online registration:

To be held at Constellation Studios, 21st & ‘O’ Street, Lincoln

  • Wednesday October 18, drop in between 5 – 10pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, drop in between 6-10pm
  • Our Skyline Exhibition: October 27 – November 11
  • First Friday Reception, November 3, 6-8pm
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Reception for Migrations! and Works on Paper by Sukha Worob

Reception Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Meet the Artists!

Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob.    The students carved and cast their own rubber stamps, and did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.

Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition.   He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.

Worob grew up in a small community in the high desert landscape of Prescott, Arizona, and currently lives in Bozman, Montana. Worob obtained his BFA in Printmaking from Northern Arizona University in 2006, MFA in Printmaking from Montana State University in 2011, and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University in 2015. Worob’s work explores contemporary approaches to the printmaking multiple through works on paper as well as installation and interactive works. Worob’s work is primarily driven by his history in communal living and observation of the potential of humanity when set upon a common goal. Worob has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

 

 


Migrations! Collaborative Stamping Project by UNL Print Students. And Works on Paper by Sukha Worob

September 22 – October 21

Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE

Reception Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Meet the Artists!

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Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob.   The possibility to carve and cast one’s own rubber stamps enables unique icons for repeat printing and layers to accumulate and evolve.   The students did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.

Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition.   He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.

Artist Statement: “My work is created using hand-cast rubber rollers covered in raised dots. The rollers are inked up using cyan, yellow, magenta and black. The dots and colors reference the building blocks of printed ephemera. During printing, patterns and images begin to emerge out of the random color relationships and dot placements. The resulting color relationships and images ask the viewer and participating creator to examine their interest in seeking deeper meaning and context for what is, at its core, just random chance.”


upcoming: Book Arts Exhibition: Metropolis & Invisible Cities

October 21 – December 24, 2016

Opening Reception Friday October 21, 6 – 8pm

Metropolis is a handmade book venture in a spectrum of printmaking processed by artists from around the world, including two from Constellation Studios. The theme speaks to the broad contemporary urban experience and extends to the idea of the network of communication possible today.

The idea for this collaboration came from Berlin-based artist Andreas Kramer who prints at Centro Internazionale della Grafica (CIG) in Venice where Metropolis was realized under the guidance of master bookmaking Silvano Gosparini and where the Renaissance legacy of traditional Venetian book publishing continues.

Among the 303 interpretations of this theme, the reader is destined to discover reflections of one’s own meandering thoughts about ‘metropolis’.   The leoporella (accordion) construction enhances this stream-of-consciousness effect as it stretches fully to 215 feel.   Ideas circling forwards and backwards through compositional and iconic connections and diversions make an impression underlined by the haptic qualities of the media where ink makes sculptural lines on paper.

What lingers is a metropolis of the mind, a crazy-creative vitality mirroring the variability and vicissitudes of existence, and inspiring a continuing interaction, and a visually challenging mix.

Participants come from: Australia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, UK, France, Spain, Tunisia, Canada.   The edition of three has been circulating on exhibition in Italy, Germany, USA and most recently in Sao Paolo, Brazil, most recently at the Katzen Rotunda Gallery, American University, Washington, DC. This is the premier exhibition in the mid-west.

CONCURRENT WITH Metropolis: An exhibit of Artists’ books and folios on the theme of Invisible Cities

Artists respond to the concept from a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino, Le citta invisibili, published in Italy in 1972. In Calvino’s story Marco Polo reports on cities across the empire that he purportedly has visited, to the emperor Kublia Khan. Organized in a mathematical structure. Calvino’s descriptions are fantastical, of dream-like cities all named after women. Following each eleven descriptions, the two men discuss ideas brought forward by the tales such as notions of human nature and linguistics.

Artists from across the USA and international artist join to respond to Metropolis with a new project Invisible Cities.   Over 200 artists have contributed a folio page to construct a new leporello book to be produced at Constellation Studios. Others have made their own artist book on this theme.   Also included with be artist bookworks from Constellation Studios collection.

Contact:

Karen Kunc   karen@constellation-studios.net   402-438-0049

Further information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fREObY60_vY

http://www.italianculturalsociety.org/metropolis-an-artists-book-with-303-prints-by-303-artists-from-17-countries/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Cities

 


Lining: Sheathing Installation Exhibition

Collaborative Installation by Denise Bookwalter & Lee Emma Running

June 24 – July 23, 2016

Residency June 14 – 24

Opening reception June 24, 6 – 8pm

Lining: Sheathing is an exhibition experience that explores texture, handwork and embellishment inspired by the human urge to house the body and decorate environments.   This installation concept presents volumes of materials that have been printed with textile content and historical designs, covering an enclosure space built for viewers to enter while enveloped in special wrappings for an immersive experience.   Artists Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have collaborated for a year on this multi-faceted concept, which culminates with their residency at Constellation Studios to realize this elaborate and ambitious project.


Lining: Shealthing Residency In Process

Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have been working for two weeks to realize the installation project Lining: Sheathing.    In the studio they have made huge handmade papers sheets, printed onto the paper with laser cut woodblocks for repeat patterns, and assembled and sewn fabrics to construct a shelter in the gallery space.   Here are some images of works in progress:

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A room size tent enclosure, inspired by Yurts and other nomadic domestic structures,  is the core of the installation.   It will be covered with canvas walls that have been screen printed with a variety of designs, such as Fair Isle knits, traditional crewel work embroidery, an image of a “whorl” of wool, or a “bloom” of cotton.   Hand dyed silk lines the interior of the tent structure of a shadow like pattern, using the image of a cotton boil that was laser cut into plexi glass and clamped with the silk, for resist dip-dying on the delicate material.  Inside the dark space of the tent a bed-sized platform will be covered with two hand-embroidered felt blankets.   Large handmade papers of Iowa grown kozo fiber will be made during the residency, and then printed with laser engraved woodblocks, that will be hung on the gallery walls.    Lining:  Sheathing gives evidence of a love of textiles, while reflecting the beauty of materials that protect and house the body.  

 

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Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints.   Her artists’ books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists’ books. The National Endowment of the Arts funded her most recent collaborative artists book, Rain/fall. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally as well as internationally. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department.  She is the director and a founding member of Florida State University’s artists book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.

 

 Lee Emma Running is trained as a traditional papermaker and sculptor. She is currently an Associate Professor at Grinnell College and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City KS, the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg PA, and the Rijeka Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka Croatia. She’s been granted residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artists Residency, Penland School of Crafts and Anchor Graphics, and was in residence in the fall of 2015 at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. She is represented by Olsen Larson Gallery.