Paper Chatter and Printed Matter
March & April 2015
- Dr. Mutter's Marvels (Gotham Books, 2014) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: A true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine.
- Eventually Everything Connects (Nobrow, 2015) by Loris Lora: a gorgeous, wordless accordion book drawing connections between California Modernists like Charles and Ray Eames, Edith Head, and Sister Korita Kent.
- Girl in a Band: A Memoir (Dey Street, 2015) by Kim Gordon: A candid memoir by vocalist, bassist, and founding member of Sonic Youth.
- Home (Candlewick, 2015) by Carson Ellis: a children's picture book celebrating homes of all sorts.
- I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli (AK Press, 2014) by Andrea Pakieser: A lesser know writer, publisher, anarchist, and iconoclast.
- Here (Pantheon Books, 20014) by Richard McGuire: This experimental and nonlinear graphic novel tells the story of one corner of the earth over the course of many millennia.
More Recent Additions:
- A is for Zebra
- William B. Taylor, February 11th, 1910
- Shirley B. Robinson, September 19th, 1910
- Mrs. L. A. Faranture, October 7th, 1916
- James Palmer, 1924
- Mary I. Dupee, August 19th, 1910
- Margaret Mcgee, October 15th, 1916
- Laura B. Taylor, February 13th, 1910
- Thomas P. Beuford, August 16, 1910
- Fortune Gallo, December 11th, 1920
FRIDAY, MARCH 6th
- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st
Installation by Brittany Powell Parich and Tae Kitakata
Join us this 1st Friday for Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata! Paper Chatter. Conversation cut-outs. Visual talks. Brittany and Tae will be hanging words -- whole conversations of words -- at mouth-height. Made of cut paper, the words will chat, respond, complain, comfort, shout, and ignore each other. The paper words are tangible, see-able conversations and visitors to the gallery can interact with the installation as if they themselves are speaking. Imagining, saving, and documenting what may otherwise be throw-away interactions.
About Tae: My work varies between intricately cut paper and brightly colored wall paintings spanning twenty feet. I like turning sketchbook doodles into reality and prefer simple processes with immediate results, like polaroids and drawing on paper. The aesthetics of my personal space is always an important consideration that can deeply affect my creativity. I find that ideas often dictate the media I use, but sometimes it's the other way around.
About Brittany: In alphabetical order, the things that interest me are domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, Oregon, and products. When I create my work, I look for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through the methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments. My ways of working thus far range from rendering a Mexican restaurant in contact paper to recreating buildings in my hometown in cut-and-fold models to embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt.
About Low-Commitment Projects: During art school, our studios were connected by an open doorway. We started as strangers, but for the first (and only) assignment of the two-year program, our instructor paired us together. So began a back-and-forth of materials, ideas, and foods. Since school, we've both returned to our home states. Hawaii and Oregon aren't exactly connected by a tele-transporter, so it is hard to keep up the co-generation of ideas. That's where Low Commitment Projects comes in. Low-Commitment Projects provides us a chance to share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money. These ventures are like the materialization of mental sketches; there's minimal risk because they're quick.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th
- FRIDAY, MARCH 27th
ACRL 2015 Zine Pavillion!
Oregon Convention Center
The The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference is in Portland this year and will be hosting a Zine Pavilion! Reading Frenzy, Antiquated Furniture, Brown Recluse Distro, and Portland Button Works will be peddling their wares and the IPRC will have a zine exhibit! Not a college or research librarian? No sweat! Complimentary exhibits-only badges will be available onsite for the Thursday and Friday of the conference!
- Wednesday: 5:30pm-7:30pm (for conference attendees only)
- Thursday: 9am-4pm
- Friday: 9:30am-4pm
More information coming soon...
SATURDAY, APRIL 11th, 7pm
Shock & Awe Release Party
Slideshow Reading & Signing with Ethan Rafal
Join us to celebrate the release of Ethan Rafal's Shock and Awe -- A twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, Shock and Awe is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the book presentation is both a reading, and a show-and-tell. The performance will last approximately 40 minutes, followed by an open discussion about the issues explored in the project. Walnut Pie will be served.
Ethan Rafal began working on this project in 2001, though he didn't know it for the first five years. Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th, and still deep in shock as the US began the invasion of Afghanistan, he instinctually stopped shooting skate videos and began documenting the up-turned social landscape of his North Jersey world. Out of reflex, he became a photographer, and soon found himself traversing the country, to document, collect, and preserve.
Years later, after photographing war and losing several friends to it, he rediscovered this early archive. It held acute personal significance, as it held the remains of his youth; however, he also felt it provided an early view of the national moral and corporeal collapse that loomed around him. He re-opened this project full time, revisiting the country he had once known, hoping to tell what was then - before the recession - the unheard story of an exhausted American homeland drained by its relationship with war.
After a couple of years, the world caught up. The toll of the homeland became the doublespeak of politicians and headlines, and he watched as the noise of the "recession story," diluted and stripped of larger and longer standing causes, drowned out a trauma that, like his subjects, he too could no longer escape.
His subjects are as much a reflection of himself as they are products of this time. But, he too is a product of this time, and it has been his primary task with this project to reclaim his story from the fog. Ultimately, this work is autobiographical and it is the artist's hope that, in his search, you see yourself, too.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12th, 3pm
Rad American Women A-Z
Reading & Signing with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
On the occasion of their 60th anniversary has published their first kid's book! Please join us to celebrate the release of Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... and Our Future (City Lights, 2014) with author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl! Children should have easy and plentiful access to books and to characters that reflect their own lives, their communities, and their interests. Rad American Women A-Zis diverse in many ways, including representations of women from different class, race, and geographical backgrounds, women of different sexualities, and abilities, from different times in our country's history. Children's books should also represent a diversity of life choices, and our book showcases a range of things that women can do -- flip through the pages and you'll find an actor, a judge, a scientist, a dancer, a community organizer, a pilot, a novelist, and more.
"I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids' (and grown-ups') educations. Couldn't recommend it enough." -- Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin
"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can't wait for my son to read this." -- Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th, 7pm
Companeras: Zapatista Women's Stories Reading with Hilary Klein
Reading with Hilary Klein
Companeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers -- who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Companeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.
"A guiding light for a new generation of feminists and others who would challenge patriarchy, poverty, gender oppression, racism, and all the other inhumanities maintained by global capitalism." --Elaine Brown, Black Panther Party leader
"Beautifully written, Companeras is a story of love and courage that gives a new depth to our understanding of the Zapatista movement and resonates beyond Chiapas." --Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch
Hilary Klein lived in Chiapas, Mexico, for several years, where she worked with women's projects in Zapatista communities. After she edited a book of Zapatista women's testimonies to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Hilary Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities.
This event is co-sponsored by The Hella 503 Collective
FRIDAY, APRIL 17th, 6pm
IS? (Intelligent Sentient?)
Art Exhibit and Book Release Party with Luke Ramsey
Join us to celebrate the release of Luke Ramsey's new book IS? Drawn and Quarterly, 2015) and enjoy a companion exhibit of a dozen prints from the book as well as original drawings.
Intelligent Sentient? feels like an artifact from another time -- a lost feature in OMNI magazine or the album booklet for a late-1970s Hawkwind record or perhaps a print version of Koyaanisqatsi. Beautiful, detailed filigreed drawings fold in on themselves and blossom out at the reader as time speeds up and contracts. A loose story is told that involves a society of giant people, strange art, and inexplicable scientific experiments utilizing nonexistent technology. Factories and tree houses teem with life, and the city nestles up against a landscape filled with dinosaurs, apes, and dragonflies living peacefully side by side.
Intelligent Sentient? is a series of images that are tied together not in narrative but in a progressing theme, the takeaway being that everything is connected. The drawings contain the fine detail of a watchmaker and the visual scope of a social reform muralist. This book is meant to be read forward and backward and returned to and treated like a mystical text.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18th
Linework NW Illustration & Comics Fest
Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.)
FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 6pm
Curated by Jennifer Armbrust & Michelle Blade
SUNDAY, MAY 3rd, 1pm
Feminist Bookstore Art Party!
With Jen Armbrust and Michelle Blade
More info coming soon...
SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 6:30pm
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
Reading and Signing with Jessica Hopper
In collaboration with Beacon Sound we're please to present Jessica Hopper to celebrate the release of her new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books, 2015). Join us at Beacon Sound (3636B N Mississippi Ave) for a reading and discussion, afterward hop two doors down to Reading Frenzy for the signing. Beacon Sound will be hosting an after party! More event details coming soon...
Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as one of the firebrands of the form, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music, but the culture around it, revealing new truths that often challenge us to consider what it is to be a fan. With this premiere volume, spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why the New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful and humorous writing, this book serves as a document of the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption.
Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music, the ideas in songs and albums, how fantasies of artists become complicated by real life, and just what happens when you follow that obsession into muddy festival fields, dank basements, corporate offices or court records.
Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a senior editor at The Pitchfork Review and the music editor at Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the longtime music consultant for This American Life. Her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.
TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm
The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory and Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000
Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield and Ash Thayer
The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015) tells the story of Sid, a young woman who gets swept up in the 1990s squatting movement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area that continues to deal with issues of gentrification today. Stacy Wakefield's own experiences add a lot of legitimacy to the novel -- she herself squatted in both New York City and Europe in the '80s and '90s, and the novel draws heavily from her own experiences and observations. She is probably best known for her seminal nonfiction book and underground classic Not For Rent, a compilation of interviews with women she met while living in squats -- one of whom eventually became the basis for the character of Sid in The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. Stacy is also the cocreator, along with Nick Zinner of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and writer Zachary Lipez, of the photo/essay book Please Take Me Off the Guest List.
Ash Thayer's Kill City (powerHouse Books, 2015) perfectly complements the themes of Stacy's novel. The book is a compilation of photographs she took while she, too, squatted in New York City in the 1990s. Few outsiders -- especially photographers and journalists --were allowed inside these squats due to their perilous legal standing, so Thayer's book provides a rare first-hand and intimate look at a largely undocumented movement and the lives of those involved in it.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 7pm
Reading and Signing with Dasha Kelly
More info coming soon...