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About this project

Here at Booklyn we're dedicated to active learning and growth for ourselves, our artists, and our audience. 

Booklyn has been invited to move into ArtBuilt Brooklyn, a vibrant new arts community at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This amazing opportunity is too good to pass up and it could not have come at a better time, because we've long since outgrown our modest 600 sq/ft studio space in Greenpoint.

We’ll be moving into a more accessible space, double in size, with a ten year lease that will give our community the stability it needs to grow. The new space will include a production studio, art gallery, event space, and office where we’ll publish, exhibit, and distribute hundreds of artists books, graphic novels, zines, and prints. With the new space, our mission will stay the same, but our facilities for production and education will expand, increasing our ability for audience outreach and impact. 

Your support will help us build out our new space, and with moving logistics as we prepare for our big step forward. Help us keep Booklyn in Brooklyn!

A portion of Booklyn's new home before the build out.
A portion of Booklyn's new home before the build out.

Why this is important...

For 20 years, Booklyn has been one of the only not-for-profit educational organizations that distributes artists’ books, zines, and prints to hundreds of libraries, museums, schools, and universities in New York City and around the world.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists initiative, and the Department of Cultural Affairs are working to keep artists and art organizations in the city. In partnership with ArtBuilt Brooklyn, the City is giving us the space we need to do our work.

Our new, more affordable location gives us a secure base to provide activists, artists, and social justice organizations with a home to create and distribute archives, art, books, and programs to educational and public institutions nationwide.

Our new public space will hold public events and have larger exhibitions than the current location. We will be in the middle of a new creative community in Sunset Park with galleries, artists, and cultural organizations, helping to increase our audience and community outreach.

Artists & Events at Booklyn, clockwise: Crystal Valentine, 2017, SASS opening 2017, ditto, Surprise opening, 2012.
Artists & Events at Booklyn, clockwise: Crystal Valentine, 2017, SASS opening 2017, ditto, Surprise opening, 2012.

 

Past exhibitions in our 300sq/ft gallery space in Greenpoint, left: Mike Taylor, No/Future exhibit, 2014. Right: War is Trauma, 2013.
Past exhibitions in our 300sq/ft gallery space in Greenpoint, left: Mike Taylor, No/Future exhibit, 2014. Right: War is Trauma, 2013.

About Booklyn

Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit 501(c)(3) consensus-governed, artist and bookmakers organization headquartered in Brooklyn. Our mission is to promote artists’ books as art and research material and to assist artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artworks and archives.

Booklyn represents work by living artists and provides support for artwork that deals with provocative subject matter including environmental, historical, linguistic, and political issues. Booklyn also provides opportunities and services for artists who have limited means of distributing or producing their artwork.

Booklyn has collaborated with hundreds of artists and social justice organizations including 596 Acres, ABC No Rio, Bullet Space, Cinders Gallery, CultureStrike, EZLN, Interference Archive, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds, La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68, the Occuprint Project of Occupy Wall Street, Printed Matter, and Triple Canopy. 

Booklyn supports the work of these emerging and activist artists and provides connections with museums, institutions, universities and libraries to collect, exhibit, and promote their work as educational tools to a growing audience.

Select Booklyn Artists & Publications: clockwise, Colette Fu; Various Artists from Booklyn's “Nothing is True” collage book;  “Scream at the Librarian” with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sullivan
Select Booklyn Artists & Publications: clockwise, Colette Fu; Various Artists from Booklyn's “Nothing is True” collage book; “Scream at the Librarian” with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sullivan

 

We offer various workshops in the arts, specializing in printmaking and book-binding.
We offer various workshops in the arts, specializing in printmaking and book-binding.

 

Greenpoint Gallery Night, 2017.
Greenpoint Gallery Night, 2017.

How your contributions will be used...

Before we even move, we need to raise these funds before the end of the year to cover the costs of designing and constructing a new, raw space to meet our diverse needs: exhibitions space, office space, storage, and a production workshop.

After that, we’ll need to pay for moving expenses, including packing and moving heavy bookbinding and printing equipment, two giant flat files, office and studio furniture, thousands of papers and ephemera, hundreds of books and artworks, and about a hundred boxes of archive materials. Your contributions will go toward these expenses. 

Our end-of-year stretch goal is $45,000. The $15,000 will cover the move and $30,000 is needed to complete build-out of the new space in advance and make a down-payment that will reduce overall monthly rent expenses. 

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Why Kickstarter?

We have had two very successful Kickstarter campaigns. The first helped fund the organization of our 10-year Archive, which is now in the collection of the Library of Congress. The second campaign funded the creation of our online database and web archive, which holds ~1650 books, ~375 works on paper, by ~650 artists, including images and collection information.

Rewards

To show our gratitude, we have a variety of great rewards, including an exclusive pre-order of our new book Freedom of the Presses: Reading Artists’ Books. Backers of this campaign will get the first copies hot off the press. Freedom of the Presses features commentary from contemporary masters/scholars and images from more than 50 artists, including Kurt Allerslev, Tia Blassingame, Stephen Dupont, Ganzeer, Sarah Kirk Hanley, Fly, Richard Lee, Mobile Print Power, Florencia San Martin, Aaron Sinift, Suzy Taraba, Deborah Ultan, Marshall Weber, Anton Wurth and Xu Bing. The publication is offered to different tiers of patronage for donations of $35, $75, and $250.

Freedom of the Presses: Reading Artists' Books. Booklyn Trade Publication, to be published Spring 2018. Actual cover design may vary.
Freedom of the Presses: Reading Artists' Books. Booklyn Trade Publication, to be published Spring 2018. Actual cover design may vary.

 

A preview of page layouts for Freedom of the Presses: Reading Artists' Books.
A preview of page layouts for Freedom of the Presses: Reading Artists' Books.

 

      

Other rewards:

$20 A mystery package with a selection of 3 Booklyn ABC chapbooks along with related studio ephemera (stickers, prints, zines, etc.)!
$20 A mystery package with a selection of 3 Booklyn ABC chapbooks along with related studio ephemera (stickers, prints, zines, etc.)!

 

 

$25, Streetopia, with writing by Kris Krauss, Rebecca Solnit, Erica Lyle, and art by Chris Johanson and Barry McGee.
$25, Streetopia, with writing by Kris Krauss, Rebecca Solnit, Erica Lyle, and art by Chris Johanson and Barry McGee.
$50 Adam Golfer's photo-art book "House Without a Roof," 2017.
$50 Adam Golfer's photo-art book "House Without a Roof," 2017.

 

      
$100, Choose one of Mark Wagner's screenprinted dollar bills.
$100, Choose one of Mark Wagner's screenprinted dollar bills.

 

$300 Tour with a Booklyn Curator. A 4-hour session for yourself and up to 12 friends to get a tour of Booklyn's new space and a private hands-on workshop about artists' books, zines and publications.
$300 Tour with a Booklyn Curator. A 4-hour session for yourself and up to 12 friends to get a tour of Booklyn's new space and a private hands-on workshop about artists' books, zines and publications.

 

$400, Christine Shield's "Esmeralda Tree Cat"
$400, Christine Shield's "Esmeralda Tree Cat"

 

 

$500, Chose 1 of 4, two color screenprint by Ganzeer, 25 x 19 inches.
$500, Chose 1 of 4, two color screenprint by Ganzeer, 25 x 19 inches.

 

 

$1000, "Scream at the Librarian," by Joel Rane, with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan Sullivan.
$1000, "Scream at the Librarian," by Joel Rane, with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan Sullivan.

 

  
$1000, "5 Year Plan," by Aaron Sinift. Screen printed and block printed onto hand-spun, hand-woven, unbleached khadi, a cotton cloth.
$1000, "5 Year Plan," by Aaron Sinift. Screen printed and block printed onto hand-spun, hand-woven, unbleached khadi, a cotton cloth.

 

$3,000, Isabella Kirkland's "Taxa," a suite of 6 archival digital prints in cloth bound hard box with monograph about the project. 35 x 26.5 inches.
$3,000, Isabella Kirkland's "Taxa," a suite of 6 archival digital prints in cloth bound hard box with monograph about the project. 35 x 26.5 inches.

 

 

$7,500 "Romeo and Juliet," suite of prints by Sam Winston. 33 x 44 inches, 270gsm Giclée print Litho-realistic.
$7,500 "Romeo and Juliet," suite of prints by Sam Winston. 33 x 44 inches, 270gsm Giclée print Litho-realistic.

**Anyone interested in these higher tier artworks are welcome to contact aimee@booklyn.org for high-resolution photography and details. 

Risks and challenges

With the exception of our new publication "Freedom of the Presses," all of the inventory for the rewards are available in our studio and slated to ship January 2018.

Since the publishing of the book "Freedom of the Presses" is a collaborative project, there may be interruptions in the schedule due to design/ color discrepancies, shipping delays from the printers, all which we’ve tried to factor into our publishing date.

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    Your choice of one of two Mark Wagner print's. 1.TRUST dollar bill 2. IOU dollar bill. Both are two-color silkscreen print on US Dollar, opalescent silver and black. Limited edition of 100, signed and numbered.

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    Raymond Pettibon's classic "Scream at the Librarian" artists' book, hand screenprinted, hand-bound and signed. Limited edition of 50. Only six copies from the edition are available. By Joel J. Rane with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon & Cristin Sheehan Sullivan 2007. 94 pages.

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