Issue: Image and Text is an ongoing course through the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, taught by Jan Estep. In the course, students collaborate to create and publish an artist book. For the Spring 2012 class, 20 artists will contribute our work—including photography, poetry, film, ceramics, and graphic design—inspired by the theme of Erasure.
The poet William Butler Yeats wrote, “Man is in love and loves what vanishes, What more is there to say?”
Erasure can mean many things, from the physical act of erasing something—a word, a mark, a life—to the emotional act of erasure—memory loss, social invisibility, self-annihilation, death—to the collapse of a star or the extinction of a species. Through collaborative work, we will make our individual artistic ideas into a single book. The book will be printed as a four-color, offset publication. In the spirit of collaboration, we ask our friends and community for your financial support, which will allow us to complete the project.
The artist Bas Jan Ader wrote, "Thoughts unsaid and then forgotten.”
Our goal is to cover costs to create a stunning four-color, offset-printed book that encapsulates our ideas in two-dimensional form. A portion of the books will be available at our release event in May, and will be given away as incentives. The remainder of the copies will be divided among the participating artists so we can disseminate them further.
If we don't reach our goal, we won't receive any funding from Kickstarter. Any amount you can donate to help reach our goal would be greatly appreciated! Five dollars might not sound like a lot to donate, but 20 five-dollar donors = $100. Please give what you can.
Our guide through this process is Jan Estep. Estep is an internationally recognized artist who primarily works with image and text in her own work. She has an extensive background in independent publishing and also as a previous editor of the Chicago-based arts magazine New Art Examiner. She successfully oversaw the first two volumes in the Issue series: Issue: Below Ground (Fall 2007), created with students through the University of MN course, and Issue: Land (Fall 2009), which includes a mix of students and non-students and was produced outside the formal course framework.
Participating artists for Issue: Erasure (Spring 2012) include: Miranda Brandon, Jon Dahlin, Casey Dickinson, Jan Estep, Lucy Haas, Terry Hildebrand, Fred Larson, Blake Leigh, Alicia Losier, Jared Martin, Bridget Mendel, Sophia Mohs, Joe Moore, Marlo Munch, Keit Osadchuk, Megan Rosenberger, Christopher Selleck, Rachael Slater, Rachael Twait, and Sarita Zaleha.
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