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Liverpool

Fellow ABC artist Mishka Henner has a spectacular solo show up right now at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, England. A display of photo books that influence Mishka is featured on one of the tables, including my Spectral Lens and Apparition of a distance (Mishka’s Astronomical is on the other table). “Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities” is up through 5 May 2013.

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Printed Matter

273 Relics for John Cage is now available at Printed Matter. I’ve long fantasized about having a title available at this legendary non-profit organization dedicated to publications made by artists. One of the many good things to come out of my participation in the 2012 NY Art Book Fair.

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ABC

I’m now a member of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, an international network of artists who make print-on-demand books. The collaborative group was started by Berlin-based artist Joachim Schmid in 2009 and votes new members in each month.

We are diverse but we collaborate. We don’t have a dogma but we know what we want. We work, we play, we dream, we imagine, we explore, we collect, we photograph, we draw, we write, we copy, we paste, we design, we edit, and we make books. Slow and spontaneous, small and excessive, serious and funny. We print on demand and we self-publish, self-determined, self-empowered, unfiltered.

Via ABC I plan to show some of my work at various art book fairs this fall, including the 2012 NY Art Book Fair at PS1, 28–30 September.

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Print Center

273 Relics for John Cage (A Likeness Is an Aid to Memory) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Print Center’s 86th Annual International Photography Competition. The juror was Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Stetson

Stetson is my first font and it’s now available as a free download, under an Open Font License. Use it, manipulate it, embed it in other products—have fun. It may be used commercially but only as part of a larger project (like a book or an app). The font may not be sold on its own (as part of the Weymouths project, commissioned by the b-side Arts Festival, it’s always been my intent to keep it open and free). Let me know what you make with it!

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Book Live symposium

I’ve been asked to present a preview of the Weymouths project at the Book Live symposium at London South Bank University June 8–9, 2012. This is a a collaboration between the Centre for Media and Cultural Research (CMCR) at LSBU and bookRoom Research Cluster at UCA Farnham. Sharon Helgason Gallagher, founder of D.A.P./Artbook is a keynote speaker and John Cage’s Empty Words will be performed for twelve hours by Sylvia Alexandra Schimag, coinciding with the release of the complete recording by Editions Wandelweiser.

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Glass House Conversation

I’m hosting a 2-week Glass House Conversation, beginning Sunday, February 5. Be sure to check in, and please consider participating — the topic is John Cage and the role of the ego in art and design. “Is design humility possible?

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B-side Arts Festival, England

For the next several months I’ll be focused on Weymouths, a 12-book project commissioned for the 2012 B-side Arts Festival in the UK. The work will be installed during the summer Olympics (July 27–August 13) in Weymouth, a seaside town in Dorset, England, where the official Olympic sailing competitions will take place.

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Mixels go to Colorado

Two 16″ x 24″ digital collages produced with the Mixel app were selected for a juried photography show at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, CO. The pieces are up from January 10 through February 13.

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The Manual

I’ve been asked to write for The Manual, “a new, beautiful crafted journal that takes a fresh look, in print, at design on the web.” It’s published by Andy McMillan, edited by Carolyn Wood and designed by Jez Burrows. Look for me in issue #3 (March 2012).