Archive for ‘Interview’

Felicia Rice Interview & Eco Echo Exhibition

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Much has been revealed in this engaging and insightful Whirligig Interview with Felicia Rice. Rice is a printer, publisher, writer, visual artist, performance artist and award winning maker of books. She is known internationally for her artist’s book, CODEX ESPANGLIENSIS from Columbus to the Border Patrol, a collaboration with Enrique Chagoya and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Rice recently celebrated 40 years as Moving Parts Press with a retrospective exhibition: Perseverance furthers: Moving Parts Press 1977-2017 at Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, California. We met up to experience her work, talk about making books, art and working with other creatives.

Read Felicia’s Interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org


Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection

March 3 – April 15, 2018

Anne Beck, Barbara Boissevain, Ginger Burrell, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Kent Manske, Michelle Wilson, Nanette Wylde


Exhibition
WORKS/San José
, art and performance center
365 South Market Street
San José, California
workssanjose.org

Gallery hours: Fridays 12 – 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 4 pm
Opening Night: First Friday, March 2, 7 – 10 pm

South First Fridays Art Walk:
Friday, March 2, 7 – 10 pm
April 6, 7 – 10 pm
Eclectic evenings of Arts & Culture in downtown San José’s SoFA district.
www.southfirstfridays.com


Exhibition Programming

Sunday March 11, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Kent Manske
Conversation with Kent Manske around his installation Cell Garden. Points of departure will include biology, interconnectedness, life cycles, health, healing and epistemology. The artist will briefly talk about his experimental approach using screen printing to produce one-of-a-kind prints that evolve, mutate and synthesize from blank states to living, thriving organisms.

Saturday, April 7, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Ginger Burrell
“Subversive Comfort: Artists’ Books as a Tool for Raising Social Consciousness”
Artist Ginger Burrell will discuss the use of the book format by artists to explore political and social concerns. What is it about artists’ books that provide a unique opportunity and approachability not usually found in other artistic media? How can the selection of content, materials, images, scale and design engage a viewer and communicate an artist’s message? Explore examples of artists’ books that attempt to raise social consciousness, including three works by the artist included in the Echo Echo exhibition.

Sunday April 8, 4:30pm
Panel: “Big Dirty Secrets: Three Photographers Engaging in Environmental Advocacy in the San Francisco Bay”
Photographers Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang and Barbara Boissevain will discuss their ongoing photography projects that address environmental issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panelists will share how the devices they use in their work aim to provoke discourse on local issues and encourage environmental stewardship. They will also discuss the relationship between contemporary photography and environmental and social advocacy, including the “Apocalyptic Sublime.” Managed and moderated by Barbara Boissevain.

Saturday, April 14, 4:30 – 6:30pm
“Constellations in Paper,” Bookmaking workshop with Anne Beck and Michelle Wilson
In this workshop, learn the basic of embroidery on paper. Bring a design of your own or use one provided to sew a design onto a sheet of decorative paper. Embroidery on paper can be a little different that the traditional form on fabric, but still can create a wondrous and exquisite design. At the end of this workshop, this embroidered paper can stand alone, or participants will have the option of turning it into a cover for a handmade book! No embroidery or bookbinding experience necessary, all materials provided.

In addition, Anne and Michelle are Artists in Residence at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum through March 24, working on the Rhinoceros Project. Visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org/artist-residency/ to learn how to participate in sewing circles and paper-making happenings.

Whirligig Interview with Jan Rindfleisch

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

We are appreciating our Bay Area Art Roots with this new Whirligig Interview with Jan Rindfleisch.

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Jan is an artist, educator, writer, curator and cultural worker. She was the executive director of the Euphrat Museum at De Anza College in Cupertino for 32 years. During that time she laid the groundwork for an engaged and inclusive museum environment by continuously tapping the diverse local voices of Silicon Valley.

Jan continues her work as a community builder with Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community, a history of the art of the greater South Bay area from the post-Mission era artifacts of our First Nation peoples to the artists and activists that have made the western/southern half of the Bay Area the rich and vibrant scene it is today.

Read her Whirligig Interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org


Upcoming Events
Book Arts Jam 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
11 am – 5 pm

A celebration of book arts presented by the Bay Area Book Artists (BABA), featuring:
• exhibition of artists’ books
• artists selling handmade books
• artist’s talks
• sale of donated books, art, and tools
• demonstrations and hands-on activities

Free Admission & Parking
Program, Schedule, Directions & Parking Info: www.bookartsjam.org

Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
Map to Palo Alto Elks Lodge


Mark your calendars
Artists’ Holiday Open Studio
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017
12 noon – 5 pm

Over 100 artists at 11 sites in Redwood City & San Carlos
www.rwcahos.com

PreNeo Press & Friends
33 Dexter Avenue
Redwood City

Whirligig Interview with Michelle Wilson

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! It’s a new Whirligig Interview with papermaker, printmaker, bookmaker, conceptual and social practice artist, and art educator, Michelle Wilson!

Michelle Wilson Corn, Incorporated

Michelle Wilson is a papermaker in an extremely complex sense. Her work with paper is both conceptual and concrete as it extends from the making of sheets for artist’s books and printmaking to social practice, sculpture and installation. As a somewhat recent transplant to the Bay Area, Wilson has quickly embedded herself and her work into the consciousness of the local art scene with a residency at the School of Visual Philosophy, a Small Plates commission from San Francisco Center for the Book, teaching at both San José State and Stanford, engagement with a handful of arts organizations, and many exhibitions.

You can read Michelle’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org


Our own current activities:

Kent is showing in Pressing On — Contemporary Printmaking at the Richmond Art Center. June 13 – August 19 with a reception on June 10.

Nanette is showing in Art of Our Century at the Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University June 1 – September 9.

Yay! for summer break, the garden being in, kittens, and studio time.

Whirligig Interview with C.K. Itamura

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

We are metaphorically euphoric due to this Whirligig Interview with C.K. Itamura.

C.K. Itamura is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and producer.

Her work responds to a wide range of personal and social content; and is realized as richly engaging, metaphorically layered, participatory, conceptual installations.

C.K. is currently exhibiting a trilogy of works under the theme of s+oryprobl=m, in three North Bay locations.

Read about them with her interview here.


Our own exhibitions during the month of May include: The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California; and #Resist at the Nave Gallery in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Whirligig Interview: MicroClimate Collective and More . . .

Monday, May 4th, 2015

microclimatecollective_victoria_glennaWhirligig is feeling the buzz
with a new interview:
MicroClimate Collective is the curatorial project of Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil. In this interview they share their insights into the Bay Area Art Scene, discuss the concepts and challenges that go into curating diverse exhibitions, and reveal insights into their own creative processes and interests. 
Read it here:
whirligig.hungerbutton.org


The Undercurrents Portfolio which Kent organized last year has found three institutional homes in the Bay Area: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Oakland Museum of California, and The Peninsula Museum of Art. Many thanks to each of these for acquiring this rich and diverse portfolio of Bay Area printmakers.


Between Us cover image

 

Between Us, Nanette’s needle felted book, was recently acquired by Baylor University.

Whirligig Interview with Beau Beausoleil

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Beau Beausoleil Whirligig is waxing poetic over a new interview with San Francisco-based poet and bookseller, Beau Beausoleil.

Beausoleil is the founder of The al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, a multi-faceted, global response to the March 2007 car bombing of Bagdad’s historic bookseller’s street and the center of intellectual and literary culture in Bagdad.

In this interview, Beausoleil talks about poetry, writing, bookstores, and The al Mutanabbi Street Coalition as an act of witness.

On March 5th, the anniversary of the bombing, there will be poetry readings all over the world. Look for a reading in your area, or, in the spirit of creative community and witness, start your own.

Read Beau’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Paul Davies

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Paul Davies at the piano

Whirligig is singing all over the place after publishing this interview with composer, music educator, and concert pianist, Paul Davies who recently completed his first full length opera. The opera, Carlota, is based on the life of Charlotte of Belgium who was Empress Carlota of Mexico during the period in Mexican history known as the French Intervention.

Read Paul’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Diane Cassidy

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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PreNeo Press is out of the doll house over a new Whirligig Interview with Bay Area photographer and artist Diane Cassidy. Cassidy celebrates her 82nd birthday this month with the showing of a new series of photographs at the annual San Francisco Altered Barbie show, and the launch of her first website.

You can read Diane’s interview at: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Lisa Hochstein

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Lisa Hochstein, wrap 2

We are putting together the pieces with this summertime Whirligig interview with collage artist and curator Lisa Hochstein.

Lisa recently curated the exhibition Earth • Science • Art for the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz. The exhibition paired 16 scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center with 16 Bay Area artists.

Her work can be seen at several Santa Cruz locations this season.  Find out where and Read Lisa’s interview at: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview: Valerie Raps

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

raps_smWhirligig is all tooled up over a new interview with metal arts artist Valerie Raps and her recent public art project for San José’s  Alum Rock History Corridor Project.

Cultivating Community is a life-size, stylized spring tooth harrow created from fabricated steel and cast bronze. The tines of the harrow are made from casting the arms of ten San José community members.

The sculpture is located at Tropicana Shopping Center at King and Story Roads in East San José.

The dedication ceremony is Saturday, October 29, 10:15 – 11:30 am.

Read Valerie’s interview here: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Steven Andrew Kacsmar

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Phantom City

Whirligig is singing the praises of Steven Andrew Kacsmar. Kacsmar is a San Francisco based singer songwriter. His band Phantom City has just released its second CD Off the Map.

Visit Whirligig to read Steven’s interview: whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Jody Alexander

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

alexander_artistinstudioThe book is open on a new Whirligig Interview with Santa Cruz bookmaking artist, Jody Alexander.

Alexander’s work celebrates collecting, storytelling, and odd characters.

Alexander currently has two solo exhibitions open through May 31: Jody Alexander: Sedimentals at Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, California; and The Odd Volumes of Ruby B.: An Installation at Saffron and Genevieve in Santa Cruz, California.

Read Jody’s interview at: whirligig.hungerbutton.org.

Photo by r.r. jones.

Whirligig Interview with Marion Patterson

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

mpatterson_ptlobosWhirligig is pleased to announce a new interview with photographer and Bay Area native Marion Patterson.

Patterson was mentored by Ansel Adams, and has experienced a rich history surrounding the early California art and photography scenes. She was photo faculty at Foothill and DeAnza Colleges for 28 years.

Patterson has several new bodies of work coming out based on recent travels to Antarctica and the Galapagos. Her monograph Grains of Sand: Photographs by Marion Patterson was published by Stanford University Press.

Read Marion’s interview at whirligig.hungerbutton.org.

Whirligig Interview with Stacy Speyer

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Stacy Speyer Polyhedra

PreNeo Press is tickled pink to publish a new Whirligig interview with textile artist Stacy Speyer.

Speyer recently completed a residency at the Exploratorium in San Francisco where she created an interactive exhibit of metal geometric forms known as polyhedra for the Exploratorium’s traveling exhibition Geometry Playground.

Visit Whirligig to read Stacy’s interview:
whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Julia Bradshaw

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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Whirligig has a new interview with photographer and video performance artist Julia Bradshaw. Bradshaw is exhibiting seven different series of work in her first one person show at Fresno City College this month. Her work often comments on language and the mixed messages of cross-cultural exchanges.

Visit Whirligig to read Julia’s interview:
whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with Pod Post

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

pp_sashes_smPreNeo Press and Hunger Button Books are tickled green to announce a new Whirligig Interview with the amazing Pod Post, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.

Read what these delightful book, zine and mail artists have to say about being pods and more at www.whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview with José Arenas

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

arenas_personaleffects_smPreNeo Press and Hunger Button Books are delighted to announce a new Whirligig Interview with Bay Area painter, muralist and art educator José Arenas.

Visit Whirligig to read José’s interview:

http://whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Whirligig Interview: Jane Reichhold

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

riverabovePreNeo Press and Hunger Button Books are pleased to announce a new Whirligig Interview with award-winning artist, poet, prolific writer and haiku scholar Jane Reichhold.

Visit Whirligig and read Jane’s interview:

http://whirligig.hungerbutton.org

Interview with Alice Templeton

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

alicetempleton_smWhirligig has published a new interview with award-winning, San Francisco-based, poet, musician, songwriter, educator, and scholar Alice Templeton.

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