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EXPO Chicago, September 13-17

Check out Island Press at Booth 859 of EXPO Chicago, an international exposition of contemporary and modern art. The Press will be showing works by Orly Genger, among others.

Lisa Anne Auerbach

Lisa Anne Auerbach is serving as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist for fall 2017.

Auerbach engages ideas about self-publishing and other modes of communication. Her sweaters, publications, and photographs have been shown in museums, galleries, cooperative bicycle repair shops, and kunsthals, and on vacant desert lots, internationally, including solo exhibitions at Malmö Konsthall in Sweden (2012); American Philosophical Society Museum and Philagrafika2010: Out of Print in Philadelphia (2010); Nottingham Contemporary in the United Kingdom (2009); University of Michigan Museum of Art (2009); Aspen Art Museum in Colorado (2008); Printed Matter in New York (2009); and CPK Kunsthal in Copenhagen (2006). Her work was also included in the Whitney Biennial 2014, Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, and Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A. at the Hammer Museum in 2009. She has self-published numerous magazines, including American Megazine, Saddlesore, and American Homebody, among others. Her knitting patterns are currently up at the Beverly Center.

Auerbach's public art commissions have included a tile wall at Malmöfest in Malmö, Sweden; a path at Beloit College; billboards in Cincinnati; and 1,000 feet of wallpaper at the Beverly Center Mall.

She earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. She received a 2007 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 2012 and 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and a 2012 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist COLA Grant.

Auerbach is the co-proprietor of the backyard space The Meow, which shows small businesses run by artists. She is an associate professor of art at Pomona College.

Image credit: Lisa Anne Auerbach, installation view of Beverly Center, 2017 (900 linear feet of knitting patterns installed in the mall).

Island Press at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair April 1-2

Island Press is participating in the 2017 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, which takes place April 1-2 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Stop by Booth 10 to view new and recent editions by Orly Genger, Beverly Semmes, and Paula Wilson. Island Press will also feature one of the 2013 editions it published with James Siena, the featured speaker at the fair.

This invitational, biennial fair will feature work from 20 vendors from around the United States, offering an opportunity to talk to printers and gallerists and to purchase artworks. The fair is free for museum members, students, and teachers with valid ID. Tickets for non-members are $15 for both days or $10 for one day. Fair hours are 10a-8p April 1 and 10a-5p April 2.

Diana Guerrero-Maciá: Spring 2017 Visiting Artist

Diana Guerrero-Maciá served as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist for spring 2017; check out the Island Press Facebook page for updates on her work.

Guerrero-Maciá works within the expanded fields of painting, textiles, and design and believes craft is a way of thinking. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, created several public art commissions, and received multiple grants and residencies, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and two fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Additional exhibitions include Elmhurst Art Museum (Chicago), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (California), Loyola University Museum of Art (Chicago), and the Bronx Museum.

Guerrero-Maciá studied and was awarded fellowships at both Skowhegan School of Art and Penland School of Craft. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Villanova University. She is currently an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son, who both love riding bicycles with her.

Image credit: Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Collapsing Into One, 2012-2016. Wool, cotton, canvas, vinyl, and dye on Belgian linen, 3453, 60 x 48 inches.

Michael Williams Update

Artist Michael Williams' spring 2017 residency at Island Press has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

UNTITLED Art Fair, November 30-December 4, Miami Beach

Check out Island Press at Booth D29 of UNTITLED, an international, curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. For the fair, Island Press is featuring new editions and projects with Paula Wilson and Beverly Semmes, as well as prints by Lisa Sanditz.

Dario Robleto: Fall 2016 Visiting Artist

Houston-based artist Dario Robleto is the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist for fall 2016. In conjunction with his residency, he delivered a Public Lecture Series talk titled The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat on September 19. Part storytelling, original research, and rare sound archive, The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat weaves together topics as diverse as the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat as sound and image, the heartbeat and brainwave recordings currently on a probe heading for the edge of the solar system, pre-Edison sound recordings, and recent developments in the history of the artificial heart. The result is a creative intertwining of multiple histories of human exploration, in both outer and inner space.

Born in San Antonio in 1972, Robleto earned his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1997. Robleto has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection in Houston (2014), the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014), the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2011). In 2008, a 10-year survey exhibition, Alloy of Love, was organized by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; accompanied by a major monograph, the show traveled to the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.

Notable group shows include Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder at MASS MoCA (2016), SITE: 20 Years / 20 Shows at SITE Santa Fe (2015), Nouveau Festival 5th Edition at Centre Pompidou in Paris (2014), The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (2011), The Old, Weird America at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2008), and Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2004).

Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous universities and institutions including Bard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. In 2013-14 he served as the Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor at the California College of the Arts.

Honors and awards include the International Association of Art Critics Award for best exhibition in a commercial gallery at the national level (2004), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2007), and the USA Rasmuson Fellowship (2009). Robleto has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as the Menil Collection (2014), the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (2014), Rice University (2013-14), and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (2011).

In 2015 Robleto joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to "Breakthrough Message," a multinational effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent beings beyond Earth is successful. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. In 2015, he also joined the board of directors of Artspace in San Antonio. He was recently appointed the 2015-16 Texas State Visual Artist 3D.

Image credit: Dario Robleto, Setlists for a Setting Sun (Dark Was the Night) (detail), 60" x 45 1/2" x 45 1/2", 2014. Cyanotypes, prints, watercolor paper, butterflies, butterfly antennae made from stretched audiotape of Blind Willie Johnson's Dark Was the Night (recorded 1927, launched on Voyager I probe in 1977), various cave minerals and crystals, homemade crystals, coral, nickel plated sea urchin shells, sea urchin teeth, various seashells, beetle wings, ocean water, pigments, cut paper, mica flakes, feathers, mirrors, plastic and glass domes, audio recording, digital player, headphones, wood, and polyurethane. Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock.

Inaugural Island Press Emerging Artist Fellow: Leah Beeferman

As the winner of the inaugural Island Press Emerging Artist Fellowship, Leah Beeferman worked in residence at Island Press from June 6-10. In her digital, video, and sound work, the New York City-based artist creates relationships between the physical, natural world and the immateriality of digital and experiential space. For her Island Press project, she explored how—or if—the material processes of printmaking could translate the quality of immateriality typically present in her digital work. Collaborating with master printer Tom Reed, director Lisa Bulawsky, and the Island Press summer interns, Beeferman played with the idea of the print surface and ways to make flat shapes feel like they were suspended in a space deeper than the paper. Specifically, she worked with digitally printed forms alongside stenciled or print-made forms to play with what is material, what is done by hand, and what is mechanical. By the end of the week, they developed three prints that each question materiality and the digital in the realm of the handmade print, using Beeferman's unique vocabulary of forms and colors. To view photos from her residency, visit the Island Press Facebook page>>

Beeferman earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has participated in numerous residencies, including LMCC Workspace (New York), The Arctic Circle (Svalbard), SIM (Reykjavik), Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), Sirius (Ireland), Kökarkultur (Finland), and Diapason (New York). She recently had a solo show, Strong Force, at Rawson Projects in New York. This winter, she traveled to Finland as a Fulbright Scholar. She co-runs Parallelograms, an ongoing online artist project.

Image credit: Leah Beeferman working in residence at Island Press, June 2016.

Beverly Semmes: Spring 2016 Visiting Artist

New York-based artist Beverly Semmes served as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist for spring 2016. In conjunction with her residency, which took place in late February, she delivered a Public Lecture Series talk.

Semmes experiments across a wide variety of media, creating sculptures in clay, fabric, and glass, drawings, performances, photography, and video that explore relationships between craft and fine art, and between pleasure, gender, and desire. In the early 2000s, she began The Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP), which, at its heart, features hundreds of drawings on pornographic magazine pages. Responding to pages from magazines such as Hustler and Penthouse, Semmes creates rough gestural marks that both conceal and reveal the women's bodies in their seductive poses. Imagine a committee of rogue censors responding to pornographic imagery. They blot out the literal; what is left behind and altered now speaks in a different voice.

Semmes has had numerous solo museum shows, including major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio). Her work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York), the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Image credit: Beverly Semmes: FRP, installation view, 2015, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.

Special project with Ann Hamilton at Untitled

As part of Untitled, which took place December 2-6 in South Beach, Miami, Island Press collaborated on a special project with artist Ann Hamilton—a continuation of (signal), which began in 2010 when Hamilton was the inaugural Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist. (signal) (2010-2015) consisted of offset-printed sheets of newsprint bound into pads. The images featured different moments within the single wave of a hand—waving is how we signal at a distance greater than the voice—and a concordance of texts by John Keats and Charles Darwin. The newsprint pads were torn off one sheet at a time by visitors to Island Press' booth; these giveaway prints made tangible the idea of direct communicative connection. #untitledartfair

Image credit: Ann Hamilton, detail, (signal), 2010-2015, 34"x44". Offset lithography on newsprint, alumnium, 2015.

Island Press Honored at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair

Island Press won the Artists and Editions Award at the 2015 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair.