Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Opening Reading: Carlos Soto Román and Brian Teare
May 17, 2013 7-8:30 pm

Musehouse: A Center for Literary Arts welcomes the following artists and writers for the Handmade/Homemade Sister Exhibit, curated by JenMarie Macdonald:

Thomas Allen
Evelyn Eller
Krista Franklin
Monica Hand
Samantha Huang
Christopher Janke
Owen W. Lee
Miriam Londoño
Carlos Soto Román
Nico Vassilakis
Suzanne Vilmain
Brian Teare

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides.

Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of “La Marcha de los Quiltros” (1999), “Haiku Minero” (2007), “Cambio y Fuera” (2009), “Philadelphia’s Notebooks” (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook “Con/Science” (2012). He is a translator and the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of contemporary U.S. poetry. He is also a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s the author of four full-length books, The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses. He’s also published seven chapbooks: Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, ↑, Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, [ black sun crown ], and SORE EROS. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

In order of appearance:

Various pieces (from left to right, top to bottom): Evelyn Eller Talking Heads, Krista Franklin and Ruth Ellen Kocher Sl*tbook, Miriam Londoño Book, Owen Lee Ophelia’s Skull, Owen Lee Ambivalent Notebook, Nico Vassilakis Mendax #2, Carlos Soto Román’s Map Indifference/Maps Solitude

Owen Lee, Ophelia’s Skull

Miriam Londoño, Book

Evelyn Eller, Talking Heads

Owen Lee, Ambivalent Notebook

Carlos Soto Román, Map Indifference/Maps Solitude

Nico Vassilakis, Mendax #2, and Carlos Soto Román, The Air I Breathe

Christopher Janke, handmade acrylic case artist’s book, #’s 1-9

Carlos Soto Román, The Air I Breathe

Christopher Janke, handmade acrylic case artist’s book, #’s 1-9

Carlos Soto Román, Philadelphia Notebooks: Chapter 1 Japanese Tea Bag Version

Samantha Huang, book dedicated to those who can’t read it

Krista Franklin and Ruth Ellen Kocher, Sl*tbook

Krista Franklin, étoile noire & the beauty machine

Monica Hand, Cold  

Photographs of 2013 exhibit by Fatuma Hydara.

Additional photographs available here.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

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Inspired by a View-Master and pop-up books as a child, Thomas Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using mid century books and pulp fiction paperbacks as still life subjects. Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface, and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions. His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings. He explores the human experience by exploring sexuality, desire, childhood and scientific norms. In his earlier work from Uncovered and New Releases, Allen portrayed unrequited love, dramatic sexuality, violence and dynamic scenes of movement. In Beautiful Evidence, Allen plays with the findings of science, the complexity of the universe, identifying with the wonder and innocence of childhood. With an offbeat and cinematic way of storytelling, Allen continues to create photography that is animated, contemplative and intriguing.

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Talking Heads – 2006 – 8″ x 9,” Evelyn Eller

Evelyn Eller is a native New Yorker, who attended a high school with a focus on art. One of her teachers was a student of Hans Hoffman. She then went to the Art Students League in New York for three years on a scholarship, taking classes with Morris Kantor and Will Barnet.  She later studied in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship and was a resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.

She has worked in various mediums, oil and acrylic paintings, and printmaking, but her primary medium now is paper collage and artists books. She has traveled extensively. Her interest in travel and other cultures is reflected in the use of different languages in her artists’ books and language fragment collages as well as her landscape images.

She has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, at the Whitney, Queens and Brooklyn Museums in New York City, The Smithsonian, National Jewish Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and in Mexico, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, India and Germany, and other exhibition spaces. She is represented in numerous public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad, including: Citicorp, Exxon, the Museum of the City of New York, Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, Ind., the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Brooklyn Museum, NY, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wash. D.C., Tyler Museum of Art, Texas, King Stephens Museum, Hungary, El Archivero, Mexico, Health and Hospital Corp, NY, Sackner Archive, FL., University of California, LA, University of Alberta, Canada, University of Western Michigan, MI, University of Vermont, Vermont, Yale University in Conn., Florida Atlantic University, and George Mason University.

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Etoile Noire & The Beauty Machine, detail, artist book, Krista Franklin

Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and performer from Dayton, OH who lives and works in Chicago. Her poetry and mixed medium collages have been published in lifestyle and literary journals such as Globetrotter Magazine, Vinyl 5, The New Sound, Copper Nickel, RATTLE, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Clam and Callaloo, and in the anthologies Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K and Gathering Ground. Her visual art has been featured on the covers of award-winning books, and exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her chapbook Study of Love & Black Body was published in 2012 by Willow Books. Franklin is a Cave Canem Fellow, and a co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars. http://www.kristafranklin.com

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Monica A. Hand is a mother, grandmother, writer, book artist and poet currently residing in Bronx, NY. She is formerly from the DC area where she founded and directed the Poetry Slam Academy, an in-school, after school and Saturday program for middle-school and high school youth interested in writing and performing poetry. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and several Montgomery County, MD Humanities Grants.

Monica designs unique artist’s books, chapbooks and blank books. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of Poets for Ayiti a diverse collective of poets committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. She is also a member of Alice James Book’s Cooperative Board.

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Samantha Y. Huang was born in 1985, in Changhua, Taiwan. She began studying business upon graduation from high school, but decided working in an office was not for her and quit after one semester. She subsequently moved to Vancouver, Canada where she studied English and began to take an interest in the Arts.

Samantha was on the move again, this time relocating to London in 2008 to study Foundation and Design 2008/2009 at London College of Communication where she discovered an ability to transfer books into something new.

Samantha takes inspiration from her experience of growing up surrounded by blueprints and drawings from her father’s construction and engineering business. Samantha is fascinated by lines, forms, shapes and texture. She likes to encourage her audience to experience her art via different senses rather than visual.

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Christopher Janke’s poems have been published in Harper’s, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, A Public Space, Field, Forklift Ohio, Conduit, and dozens of other journals. His book, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize and was called a “must read” by the Bloomsbury Review. He fixes laundry machines, tends bar, and hosts a yearly lost-and-found fashion show on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Mass. Across the river in Greenfield, he stacks wood, grades papers, writes poems, and edits manuscripts for Slope Editions, where he is Senior Editor. His recent series of hybrid poem/sculptures called “of the of of the of” involve lots of plexiglas and vellum and explore the ways that words attach to non-words and have been exhibited in juried shows nationally. http://www.christopherjanke.com/

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Owen W. Lee studied Visual Communication Design in BFA, Seoul and worked as a freelance Motion Graphic design for a year. In 2006, he founded graphic design studio, Sugarcandymountain, and worked as a creative director by 2011. During the time, he was mainly focused on graphic design and print based works. He is now studying MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London broadening his work into multidisciplinary areas such as sculpting, Interaction Design and Product Design. He has been trying integration between tactility, analogue and digital technology in design, literary and psychological approaches.

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Miriam Londoño studied art at the Antioquia University in Medellin, Colombia, and at the Arts Academy in Florence, Italy. While she lived in Medellin, Londoño combined her work as an artist with being a Lecturer of Arts in the Faculty of Architecture at the National University. Ever since she graduated, she dedicated herself to painting and drawing. In recent years she has experimented a great deal with paper fibbers, developing a personal technique to write and draw with paper as if it were ink.

Textile and writing have been Miriam’s sources of inspiration: textile as the underlying structure of things, and writing as a textile created by the continuous interlacing of words. Her work has been exhibited in many countries around the world. One of her calligraphic pieces was awarded two prizes while on show at the 2008 Paper Triennial in Switzerland.

Currently Miriam Londoño lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of “La Marcha de los Quiltros” (1999), “Haiku Minero” (2007), “Cambio y Fuera” (2009), “Philadelphia’s Notebooks” (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook “Con/Science” (2012). He is a translator and the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of  contemporary U.S. poetry. He is also a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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photo credit: aLDON nIELSON

Nico Vassilakis works with both textual and visual alphabet. Recent books include  Staring @ Poetics (Xexoxial Editions, 2011), West of Dodge (redfoxpress, 2010), Protracted Type (Blue Lion Books, 2009), staReduction (Book Thug, 2008), and Text Loses Time (Many Penny Press, 2007). His Vispo videos have been shown at festivals and exhibits of innovative language art. He was a founding member of the Subtext Collective. Nico, along with Crag Hill, edited THE LAST VISPO: A Visual Poetry Anthology 1998 – 2008 from Fantagraphics Books (Fall 2012). Samples of Nico’s work can seen at http://staringpoetics.weebly.com.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Pace University, Westchester—with a sister exhibit at Musehouse: A Center for Literary Arts in Philadelphia—welcomes the following artists and writers for the fifth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Thomas Allen
Evelyn Eller
Krista Franklin
Monica Hand
Samantha Huang
Christopher Janke
Owen W. Lee
Miriam Lodoño
Carlos Soto Román
Nico Vassilakis

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides. The exhibit takes place the entire month of March in the Mortola Library at Pace University, Westchester. The sister exhibit takes place the month of May at Musehouse in Philadelphia.

Several events accompany the fifth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Pace University Opening/Reading, Thursday March 7th from 12:00-1:30
A reading and opening takes place Thursday, March 7th, at 12:20PM. Monica Hand will read from her poetry collection Me and Nina (Alice James Books 2012) as well as new work. The location is the Birnbaum Room of Mortola Library.

Pace University Bookmaking Workshop/Demonstration, Thursday March 7th, from 2:30PM-4:30PM
Artist, writer, and educator Monica Hand provides a bookmaking workshop Thursday, March 7th at 2:30PM. This will be the first time Japanese and Coptic binding are taught as part of the Handmade/Homemade annual exhibit and events. The location will be the Art Gallery in Choate House.

Musehouse Literary Center Sister Exhibit and Opening/Reading, curated by JenMarie Macdonald
The sister exhibit will take place in Philadelphia, at Musehouse during the month of May. The opening/reading information will be announced.

Please visit this page for further information. Visit the Pace University Web site for directions to the Westchester campus. Vist the Musehouse Web site for directions to their Philadelphia location. For additional questions on the events, please email dpoe@pace.edu.