Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Towards New Models of Artists’ Publishing: 2 Round Table Discussions


A Summer School for Artists’ Publishing
July 12 at 6:30 in Rennie Hall
With Danielle St-Amour, Jonathan Middleton, Kristy Trinier. Moderator: Kathy Slade
Publications of the Future
July 19 at 6:30 in Rennie Hall
With Jacquelyn Z Ross, Ryan Smith, Emma Metcalfe Hurst + Christian Vistan. Moderator: Lyndsay Pomerantz

As part of the Libby Leshgold Gallery’s exhibition It’s difficult to put a painting in the mailbox: Toward new models of artists’ publishing, READ Books and Publication Studio Vancouver are pleased to present two round table discussions by both leading and up-and-coming artist publishers. It’s difficult to put a painting in the mailbox continues at the gallery until September 16, 2018.

For information on the exhibition please visit our website.

About the Panels:

A Summer School for Artists’ Publishing
July 12 at 6:30 in Rennie Hall
Danielle St-Amour
Jonathan Middleton
Kristy Trinier
Moderator: Kathy Slade

Please join Danielle St-Amour from Art Metropole, Jonathan Middleton from Distribution Office, and Kristy Trinier from Southern Alberta Art Gallery in a discussion moderated by Kathy Slade. The discussion will consider current concerns in artists’ publishing as a practice and centre on ideas for the formation of a summer school for artists’ publishing. How should this school take its form? What is needed? What could it look like?

Danielle St-Amour is the Director of Art Metropole in Toronto. She is an artist, writer, and curator who works predominantly with collaborative projects and platforms. She has served as an editor with Kunstverein Toronto and is a member of the editorial advisory board at C Magazine. In 2013 she co-curated the exhibition TO BECOME WHOLE at The Banff Centre, with writer and art historian Robin Simpson. From 2008-2013, she was a member of the experimental publishing collective palimpsest. St-Amour participated in the Banff Research in Culture Institute, 2014, and the Critical Arts Writing Symposium at the Banff International Curatorial Institute in 2015. She regularly publishes arts writing and criticism nationally and internationally.

Jonathan Middleton is an artist, curator and publisher based in Vancouver. His practice proceeds from strong interests in language, failure, and the antagonistic structure of comedy. His artwork has been presented at Plaza Projects, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Vancouver International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, VIVO Media Arts, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, among others. Middleton served as Director/Curator of Western Front Exhibitions (1999–2005) and Or Gallery (2007–2017) and was the founding publisher and an editorial board member of Fillip magazine (2004–2008). He currently works with artist/designer Derek Barnett in a design and publishing collaboration called Information Office.

Kristy Trinier is the Director of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Secretary of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, and Editor of Publication Studio Edmonton at 66B. Her previous roles include Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, where she curated the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art in both 2015 and 2017; Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council. Trinier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands. She is currently pursuing PhD studies in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at European Graduate School based in Switzerland.

Publications of the Future
July 19 at 6:30 in Rennie Hall
Jacquelyn Ross
Ryan Smith
Emma Metcalfe Hurst + Christian Vistan
Moderator: Lyndsay Pomerantz

Lyndsay Pomerantz of READ Books will moderate a discussion with Jacquelyn Ross of Blanque Cheque, Ryan Smith of Brick Press, and Emma Metcalfe-Hurst and Christian Vistan of SPIT. Together they will speak about their publishing practices, speculate on what the future holds for artists’ books, and point to the wishes and needs of young publishers.

Jacquelyn Z Ross is a writer and critic based in Toronto, Canada. She publishes books by emerging artists and writers under the small press Blank Cheque. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Mousse, C Magazine, The Capilano Review, artforum.com, and elsewhere. Some of her recent chapbooks include Mayonnaise and Drawings on Yellow Paper. Her short story Wild Horses was published in the most recent issue of Agony Klub and her poem R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Fence.

Ryan Smith is a designer and publisher based in Vancouver, BC. He has been independently publishing books since 2010. In 2012 he created a pop-up shop called Ryry’s Bodega, a retail space used for installation based art projects. He is the founder and operator of Brick press, an art book publisher and bookstore. Since 2012, Brick Press has published a variety of artists’ books, art theory and exhibition catalogues. In the Fall of 2018, he will begin a Masters of Design degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Christian Vistan is a Filipino-Canadian artist originally from Bataan, currently based in Ladner, BC. His work has been exhibited in Canada, US, and Philippines. Recent projects and exhibitions include a lot of it happened under my grandma’s mango tree (2017) for GUM in Ladner, BC, Kamias Triennale (2017) at Kamias Special Projects, Quezon City, Perla/Pervize (2017) at Artspeak, Vancouver, and breakfast lunch & dinner (2016) at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta. He was the Curatorial Assistant at Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and in 2017-2018, he was part of the Studio for Emerging Writers at Artspeak. Together with Emma Metcalfe-Hurst he runs SPIT.

Emma Metcalfe-Hurst is an artist and writer based in Vancouver. Since graduating from Emily Carr University in 2015, Metcalfe-Hurst has worked with Nanaimo Art Gallery, Access Gallery, and Avenue. She has exhibited her work at Ladner Library, Unit/Pitt, 221A, The Amazing Gallery, and Avenue. Together with Christian Vistan she runs SPIT, which is a new iteration of LIT LIT LIT LIT,  a project she collaborated on with Stephanie Ling.

Libby Leshgold Gallery (formerly the Charles H. Scott Gallery)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 East 1st Avenue. Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2

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