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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.


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

Chocolate Foodie Wishes for February 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

We have been hungrily working on three new projects for Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie which opens today at the Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, California. It is feeling like we just ate a whole box of designer chocolate truffles.

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February 2 – March 19
Reception: Febraury 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
See the Museum website for the full schedule of events associated with this exhibition.

One of our new projects is a Meaning Maker: Food Edition. Download your copy from the Meaning Maker website.


Paul Davies‘ (Whirligig Interview, March 2013) opera, Carlota, will be performed Sunday, February 15th, at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, CA.

The opera is directed by Daniel Helfgot with Barbara Day Turner conducting the ensemble. Soprano Christine Capsuto sings the title role of Carlota, Stephen Guggenheim, tenor, is Maximiliano, and mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker is Carlota’s handmaiden, Sara.

For ticket information Carlota Opera 2x

Winter Solstice Greetings

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

manske_knowledge_sequenceKnowledge by Kent Manske

On this longest night of 2014 we wish you an abundance of lightness.

The news on our front:

Kent and Nanette both have prints exhibiting in Absence and Presence: A Printmaking Response to the Bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street at the San Francisco Center for the Book through January 25, 2015. Absence and Presence is a project of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition.


Kent is engaged in a new public art project creating four entry signs for the North Fair Oaks area (Unicorporated San Mateo County between Atherton/Menlo Park and Redwood City) where we abide as PreNeo Press. The 10 foot tall metal figures will represent the people who live and work in the community. Here’s an article on redevelopment of Middlefield Road including a video interview of Kent in the studio: Identity in infrastructure: North Fair Oaks banks on road project to revitalize area


Undercurrents, a themed portfolio of original prints by fifteen Bay Area artists has recently been acquired by The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


In early December Nanette gave a LASER talk (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) at U.C. Davis.


We welcome you to join us New Year’s Day for Open House at PreNeo Press in Redwood City, 1 – 6 pm.
• Soup on the Stove
• Cheer in the Air
• Art Project in the Studio


May your holidays be bright.

New Hungerbutton Publications and Exhibitions

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Kent Manske: A SurveyPreNeo Press & Hungerbutton Books are artfully excited to bring you two new monographs:

Kent Manske: A Survey with an introduction by Drew de Arc.

A survey of artwork by our own printmaker and book artist Kent Manske, who processes the world through the creation of personal visual narratives and symbols. Full color. Paperback.

Diane Cassidy: Responding to aMuseDiane Cassidy: Responding to aMuse with an introduction by Jade Bradbury & interview by Nanette Wylde.

In this oeuvre, which spans thirty years of capturing the world as seen through the lens of photographer and maker of artists’ books, Diane Cassidy, she demonstrates a consistent vision sparked by humor, wit, intelligence, and a keen sensibility that makes us think, undermines our equilibrium and forces us to look at things from a different perspective. Full color. Paperback.


Kent & Nanette are both exhibiting in (This is Ourselves) Under Pressure! at 1890 Bryant Street Studios in San Francisco. This exhibition is in conjunction with Paper on the Press 2014 a conference co-hosted by The American Printing History Association, Friends of Dard Hunter, and The San Francisco Center for the Book. The exhibition was curated by Anne Beck.


Nanette is showing artists’ books, electronic flipbooks and net.art in Book Art Art Book at the Crawford Campus Center Gallery, The Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. This exhibition was curated by Susan Coote and runs through October.


Also showing through October is an exhibition curated by Nanette of books by Bay Area Book Artists at the Menlo Park Library in Menlo Park, California.

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

Winter 2014 Activities

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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We have a few upcoming exhibitions:

Deep Reading
Euphrat Museum of Art
at DeAnza College
Cupertino, California
February 3 – March 20
Reception February 19, 5:30 – 7:30
Download Parking Pass

The Printed Page
Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, Denver, Colorado
February 21 – April 5
Reception: February 21, 6-9pm

Wabi Sabi
Alterspace Gallery

Printmakers Kent Manske, PreNeo Press, and Eric Kneeland, Black Stamp, will orchestrate a loosely planned, instinctually derived, multi-layered, site-specific vertical screen print directly on the gallery wall during the Wabi Sabi opening reception. Reception attendees will be encouraged to influence the work’s evolution throughout the evening.

1158 Howard Street, San Francisco
March 15-April 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 15, 7-10pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2-5pm
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 1-6pm

85 Years
Menlo College
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, California
March 17, 2014 – July 11, 2014
Reception: March 26, 5-7 pm

Southern Graphics Council International Conference
Undercurrents
Peninsula Museum of Art
1777 California Dr, Burlingame, California
Reception: TBA

We both are working on commissions for Awagami Paper (Japan) which will be exhibited by Awagami Paper at the upcoming
Southern Graphics Council International Conference
in San Francisco
March 26 – 29

Summer Doings

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Meaning Maker Logo We are launching a new Meaning Maker edition: Control, in the exhibition
Character Profile at Root Division
Curated by Jon Fischer
3175 17th Street at Van Ness
San Francisco
Exhibition Dates: July 10 – 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 7 – 10p

We hope you can visit the exhibition, but if not you can visit the Meaning Maker website and download all of the Meaning Maker editions to experience in the privacy of your own home.

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Nanette’s book On Judgment: the book of bully created for An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street will be exhibited in New York City at:
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library

535 West 114th St.
July 16-September 21, 2013

This is an amazing project curated by Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman. It involves 260+ artists and their responses to the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, a historic location for booksellers, tea houses and the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community, in 2007.

This exhibition is traveling for the next few years and may come to a venue near you. You can also see images of most of the books on this project website: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htm

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amslNanette will be exhibiting a new augmented reality project, In Other Words, commissioned by TheatreWorks for their New Works Festival at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, California, Aug. 10 – 18.

Nanette also co-curated a small exhibition of interactive online works in the Digital Humanities with festival director Tom Bruett.

More information is at the festival website.

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Both Kent and Nanette are included in the upcoming 500 Handmade Books, Volume Two, Published by Lark Books and curated by Julie Chen. This book is due to be available in September.

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Nanette’s online project: haikU is published in the Rio Grande Review Digital Edition, University of Texas at El Paso. Editors: Scott Rettberg, Leonardo Flores and Juan Pablo Plata.

Experience the Rio Grande Review.

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In June, the Earth • Science • Art exhibition curated by Lisa Hochstein last year traveled to USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia.

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We are developing a web presence and network for Bay Area printmakers and print studios. We will provide you more info on this later. For now: Please email us contact information for Bay Area print artists and studios.

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

Autumn Art

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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Our current exhibitions and events.

Diverse Paths
Augmented Reality Installation
Public art commission for the Palo Alto Art Center
located on the Embarcadero Road lawn through December 8, 2012.

The Art Center is having its Grand Re-opening on October 6.
Funded by ArtHERE/ZERO1 San Jose.

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Feminism and the Artist’s Book
In conjunction with Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art at The Brooklyn Museum

Central Booking
Brooklyn, New York
October 19-December 30, 2012
Reception: October 19, 6-8pm

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Posted
Printmaking Center of New Jersey
August 18 – October 13, 2012

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Book Arts Jam
We’ll be showing our newest book: Creative Sightseeing Investigation: NYC

Lucie Stern Community Center (new location)
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
October 20, 2012, 10am – 4 pm
Bay Area Book Artists

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The Art of Education: De Anza and Foothill Art Faculty/Staff Show
Euphrat Museum of Art
Cupertino, California
October 22 – December 7, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m
Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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X Libris
Root Division
3175 17th Street
San Francisco, California
Nov 7th – Dec 1st
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10,  7 – 10pm
Closing Reception: Friday, November 30, 5 – 8pm

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Seeing Silicon Valley
Augmented Reality Intervention
at fine cultural institutions in the downtown San Jose area
Available indefinitely.

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Anniversary
PreNeo Press is celebrating 20 years of creative collaboration!

Whirligig Interview with Lisa Hochstein

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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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

Focus Generator

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

fg_icon_colorPreNeo Press is focusing in on creative strategies with a new online project:
Focus Generator.

Focus Generator is a tool for artists who enjoy the challenge of randomly set project parameters; and for those who find that preset parameters help them to focus their creative energies into projects beyond their previous imaginings.

Focus Generator comes in three flavors: Focus Generator, is the primary engine and provides the highest level of challenge for the contemporary creative. Focus Light is a mid level machine for those who know their media yet enjoy the challenge of content triggers. Custom Focus provides the the highest level of individuation as it allows Participants to custom select from four areas of randomly generated stimuli.

Take the Focus Generator Challenge and check out the creative work of Focus Generator Participants: http://focusgenerator.net

Stephanie Metz Residency

Monday, August 8th, 2011

smetz12smSummer 2011 Residency Artist Stephanie Metz created a series of Monotypes with Drypoint and Chine Colle during her time in the print studios. Stephanie’s focus is overly domesticated creatures, especially those whose form has overgrown their function.

Visit Stephanie’s Residency page to see all twelve prints.

Lyn Bishop Residency

Monday, August 8th, 2011

lynbishop_smLyn Bishop focused on her move to Panama for the prints she made at PreNeo Press during her Summer 2011 Residency.

Lyn created two editions employing digital pigment printing, monotype, drypoint, screeprint and chine colle. Visit her residency page and read about her time at PreNeo Press in her blog, Sharing Secrets.

Spring 2011 Artists in the Print Studios

Monday, August 8th, 2011

maggie_bk_stand_sm Erin Manske and Maggie Manske were our Spring 2011 Residency Artists. These cousins came together during their shared spring break to visit us in California. The projects they created — although they are very different in both concept and form — both demonstrate a strong interest in interpersonal communication.

Erin created a broadside which included her own collected writings. Maggie created a blank journal as a device to communicate with a person she seeks to be closer to.

You can see Erin and Maggie’s projects at PreNeo Press Residency in the Prints Studios.

Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Kent and Nanette are launching this summer with three exhibitions showing their artists’ books. Happy Summer reading!

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Bibliophoria II
June 16 – July 23
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
6780 Depot St.
Sebastopol, California

BOOKWORKS, Pacific Center for the Book Arts’ Fourteenth Triennial
June 18  –  August 7
San Francisco Public Library
Main branch Skylight Gallery, 6th floor
100 Larkin Street at Grove
San Francisco, California

East for Art in a Global Age
September 8 – November 5
Asian Arts Gallery
Towson University
Towson, Maryland

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.

Hello Catty!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Hello Catty! by Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde

Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde are meowing up a storm over the completion of their new book Hello Catty!

Hello Catty! is a light-hearted, yet poignant play on catty behaviors couched by a feline perspective and inspired by the meanness of others.

Designed as a movable board book, it consists of five two-page spreads. Each spread contains user interactive elements: wheels, pop-ups, pulls, spinners, windows, flaps, a game and ephemera.

A Hello Catty! celebration event is scheduled for late April. Contact either Karen or Nanette to be included in the guest list. Space is limited.

See more about Hello Catty! at Hunger Button Books.

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

New Year Events

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

01doll-christopher3Gualala Arts presents Dolled Up, featuring the works of Signe Barrar, Elaine Benjamin, Matthew Christopher, Eileen McGarvey, Jane Reichhold, Shannon Shea, and Nanette Wylde.

In this exhibition artists push the limits of how we understand and think about the doll using installations, video and animation, portraits, books, narratives and unique doll objects.

The reception is Friday, January 7, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 30, 2011.

More info at: Gualala Art Center

While you’re in the stunning left coast towns of Northern California catch José Arenas’ book signing on Saturday, January 8 at the Phoenix Restaurant in Point Arena. 5:30 – 7ish pm.

José’s book,  A Little Piece of Happiness, was recently published by PreNeo Press’ Hunger Button Books .

Image: Matthew Christopher, Western 1:47