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Another sketchbook is on the way to the Brooklyn Art Libary for the 2017 Sketchbook Project. Three streams of consciousness merge: hybrid monsters (real, imagined and augmented), an assortment of owls (scowl owls, wise owls and stylized) hidden and tucked into unlikely compositional elements and sketches of freeform climbers traversing, ascending and building stamina. Exhibition and touring details will be announced shortly. Nightmares — monsters, owls, and bouldering will soon be on view online; until then, nine digitized sketchbooks can be viewed here.

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Artists by nature are not hard-wired to boost, promote, or sell their work. Buyers usually want to know more about the works that attract their attention and perhaps purchase. That more can be the backstory, the technique or inspiration, and it is often said that it is not the work that is sold but the story that is bought. For some artists, that conversation is difficult. In my own artist practice, all of this is the case. If I could bring that story to life in conversation, there would be no need for me to make a drawing, photograph, artist book or ceramic sculpture. I came to value (and now miss dearly) art school critiques because I learned how to speak more confidently about the backstory, techniques and inspiration in my artist practice. Having said that, this blog feels somewhat like shameless self-promotion, but it could also be a year end summary about where my work can be found, where this work can be purchased.

South Main Gallery (279 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver) now represents my work, particularly More Illuminations, featured in Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival (2016).

Cityscapes Art Rentals (335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver) holds a small collection of my work for rent, rent-to-own, and purchase. A selection of my work will be in the 2017 Art Rental Show (opening 12 January through 04 February 2017).

The Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY)/ Sketchbook Project now sells high quality prints of pages from nine of my sketchbooks in their collection. Sketchbook Collection

Gifting is an art form in its own right, and in this season of gift giving, a gift of art is a double gift because it gifts the artist as well. More about my photography continues at http://www.sassamatt.com

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Screenshot 2015

Screenshot 2015

Mobile phones have become a notebook of sorts; they store images and fragmented memories, keep a phone call and text log, store data, track appointments and whole lot more. For a photographer, the fully loaded mobile phone is the notebook I’ve been waiting for. I can use it standing up, lying back or hunkering down without awkwardly searching for something to write with when the visual thought is in front or behind me, just about to disappear as the train is leaving the station. With a little planning, I have access to tools to work on stored images and maybe even prepare them for publication. I’m not much of a speech to text person, but I can dictate thoughts that take the shape of words or keep those words as a soundtrack. This is not to say that it replaces the coil bound artist notebook that is central to my artist practice; I have three crates of artist notebooks, and there’s no sign that that habit of visual journaling will be replaced by my mobile phone. But finally, there’s a notebook for photographers.

From time to time, I sing the praises of Aline Smithson, creator, editor and publisher of Lenscratch, photographer, writer and teacher. I read her blog daily, and it fuels my artist practice on many levels. I appreciate her seasonal calls for submissions to her theme-based blog exhibitions and look forward to visual content and editing/curating, offering a reading of these juxtaposed images that adds up to way more than the sum of the parts. A recent LENSCRATCH blog featured five pages of cellphone photography and included one of my cellphone photographs. Set among other cellphone photographs, I read my work in a new way.

Scrolling through LENSCRATCH 2015 Cellphone Exhibition, this blog emerged, and writing about my own work is always more laboured than this one. It was an inspirational series of images that illustrates how versatile the cellphone and cellphone camera can be. I am one of many who believe that technology and the economics of the cellphone camera have democratized photography, making cellphone photography a genre in its own right. While I began celebrating the notebooking opportunities of the cellphone, I end with a statement about the potential of the cellphone to make photography both immediate and contemplative, complex and spontaneous. View my Screenshot in isolation in this blog, but also view it in the context of the Lenscratch 2015 Cellphone Exhibition. 

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Three of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. This year’s tour kicks off at the Brooklyn Art Library on Friday, 05 May and then travels to nine tour stops in North America.  Sketchbook Project tours are fun: in addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities.

On board this year are two new sketchbooks and one classic. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. Summer Tour Schedule

Big Wheels is a girl’s look at big wheels on roads, streets and sidewalks. It amazes me to think about how the wheel is one of six simple machines and how much complex technology is dependent on basic elements like a wheel. This book has been to Chicago, NYC, Bloomington, Ocean Shores, Iceland, Denmark and Germany. It traveled many miles to get to you.

Songs for the Accordion was inspired by the accordion book form and wanting to make a unique book that could visualize song and dance. Music threads through a landscape of colour and leaves notes to play and replay. Marks on paper were made using Procion dye, acrylic ink, charcoal, thread, acrylic medium and white glue. Of all the books made for the Sketchbook Project, this was the most difficult to send away.

My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir has been on many Sketchbook Project Tours, including Art Basel. It is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. This book is also available from Blurb

View these and my other Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbooks on line.

One of my sketchbooks is on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. The bookmobile will pull into Vancouver and park in front of Emily Carr University on Granville Island this coming Monday, 07 July (open from 1 – 5PM). Sketchbook Project tours are fun. In addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities. If you can’t get to the Sketchbook Project in Vancouver, find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/sbp2014

Like some of my other  sketchbooks residing in the Brooklyn Art Library, Last Trip to Surrey reaches deep into family history. It reflects the ending of a long journey of a family elder in a series of drawings about many journeys to visit and attend family meetings. It is difficult to disguise the debilitating impact of these visits, but somehow, I found a playful way to bring colour to time of fading light. This book can be viewed on line along with other books in the touring collection. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

Papergirl Vancouver openings Tuesday, 08 July (from 6 – 9 pm), and the exhibition will be on view until 11 July at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). The Papergirl Rideout is 19 July, starting at 11Am, and artwork will be distributed to unsuspecting recipients along a yet to be disclosed route. More about Papergirl http://www.papergirlvancouver.com  https://www.facebook.com/PapergirlVancouver

My involvement in Papergirl reflects my belief in the importance of generosity and keeping art in circulation. Often, I think about the monetary value of a work of art and the impossibility of putting a price on creativity. Papergirl makes it possible for me to live these values. There are, of course, situations where/when it is appropriate to exchange money for artwork, and yes, an art sale is sweet. It has been an honour to have been selected by Papergirl to offer Lumen Print Workshops as part of the promotion of this year’s Papergirl event. Some of the work produced in these workshops will be in the exhibition and then distributed.

 

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Two of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. Soon the bookmobile will pull into Chicago and then cross the continent and set up 25+ North American locations before heading home to the Brooklyn Art Library. Sketchbook Project tours are fun. In addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/summer-tour

Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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The Sketchbook Project 2013 opens this Friday at the Brooklyn Art Library, beginning a seven city North American tour. Both artist books included in this tour reach deep into family history. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

Touring Brooklyn, Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. More tour details

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject/tour/15

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Tuesday’s deadline for posting my two Brooklyn Art Library sketchbook projects has been using a lot of midnight oil. Soon they will arrive in Williamsburg where they will be scanned, put up on line and eventually go on tour as the weather becomes warmer. Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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Sketchbook Limited Edition 2013  — Chesterman Beach Impressions, new Arthouse Coop sketchbook, has been digitized and is available on line. This photo/lumen print project made at Chesterman Beach is an homage to Anna Atkins, first woman to publish photographs in a unique editioned book. It will tour in 2013.

http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject

Papaergirl Vancouver/ Papergirl Calgary — My work will be show and distributed in Papergirl Vancouver and Papergirl Calgary — a redefinition of street art and philanthropy. Vancouver Papergirl is on show between 22  and 27 July at the Roundhouse; opening party is Tuesday, 24 July/7pm and work is distributed Friday, 27 July in downtown Vancouver. http://papergirl-vancouver.blogspot.ca/  Calgary Papergirl is on show between 9 and 18 August at the Epcore Centre; work is distributed 18 August. http://papergirlcalgary.tumblr.com/

Wish You Were Here  CARFAC-BC’s fundraiser and exhibition continues on line.  View and purchase works  http://wishyouwereherefundraiser.weebly.com/photography.html

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here  —  CARFAC BC’s inaugural membersl postcard exhibition and fundraising event, “Wish You Were Here” takes place on Friday June 22 at Woodward’s Atrium, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver from 10 AM – 6 PM. All work is 5 x 7 inches and priced at $50 with half of the cost going to CARFAC BC. Five of my photographs are included in this exhibition. Stand By: there may be an evening opening.

Lord Byng Community Show 2012

Lord Byng Community Show  — this event is near and dear to my heart. Every year, the Byng Arts Senior Students help curate an exhibition of work by artists in the community: neighbours, alumni, and staff. Every year the show gets better. Four of my lenticular photos will be in this exhibition. The show is up from June 1 – 15, and the gallery is open during school hours. Opening Reception: Thursday, 7 June (4 – 7 pm), 3939 West 16th Avenue (enter off Crown Street).

and by the way: i designed the e-vite for this year’s show / photographed the work for publication

Sketchbook 2012 World Tour — continues, residing in Oakland thru June 20th; after Oakland, the tour continues check out two of my books and tell me what you think. Sketchbook events are lotsa fun! Have a look at all of my work with Arthouse Co-op. http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012

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