The Velocity of a Page is a cross section of contemporary practices in book arts and publishing. The book as an object, as a practice, and as a place wields a specific gravity. The books and publications on display are experiments in art-making. They are tools to build and support communities. They are spaces held for individuals and documents of experience. This multifaceted world reveals a nuanced and complicated view of what it means to publish and what it means to distribute ideas and art via objects that are held, open, and explored by hand.
This cross-platform exhibition, curated by Christopher Kardambikis, pulls together books, zines, publications, and book-ish objects by contemporary artists and publishers from across the United States. Extending across both GRACE’s website and social media platforms, The Velocity of a Page seeks to engage with a kaleidoscopic view of the web as a way to focus on the various facets of each artist and/or publisher’s practice.
The exhibition website is organized in loose categories for ease of exploration. These categories do not have rigid boundaries as each artist or publisher can, and does, occupy multiple spaces simultaneously. Follow the links for more information and to see more books by all of our featured artists and publishers.
About the Curator
Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and narrative through books, prints, and drawings. A bibliophile and zinester, Christopher founded Paper Cuts, a podcast and publishing platform that documents the contemporary world of zines and artist publications, as an excuse to talk to people about the books they make. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.
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Louis M Schmidt
Marianne Dages // Huldra Press
Perfectly Acceptable Press
Small Craft Advisory Press
Homie House Press
Walls Divide Press // Corkey Sinks
Raw Meat Collective
Caroline Paquita-Kern // WOMXNIMAL // PEGACORN PRESS
Virtual Public Programming
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: May 7, 6pm
Conversation with The Velocity of a Page Guest Curator Christopher Kardambikis and featured artists Leah Mackin, Julia Arredondo, and Kyle Quinn of Raw Meat Collective.
FREE and open to the public. RSVP in advance at email@example.com for Zoom Room link and password. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.
Insights: May 14, 6pm
Hear Sarah Osborne Bender, Head of Library Technical Services at the National Gallery of Art discuss the works in The Velocity of a Page. FREE and open to the public. RSVP in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom Room link and password. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.
Sarah Osborne Bender is a librarian at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In her position there, and previously as Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, she has helped develop important collections of book arts through meaningful acquisitions. Her favorite method for sharing artists’ books is to put them literally in peoples’ hands. Using exhibitions, public programs, and personal interactions, Sarah demystifies this fluid form and makes meaningful connections with the visual, literary, and tactile elements of artists’ books. In addition to over twenty years experience in art and museum libraries, she has a background in studio arts and writing.
Creative Response: May 21, 6pm
Hear and watch performance artist Rex Delafkaran respond to The Velocity of a Page. The short presentation will be followed by Q&A. FREE and open to the public. RSVP in advance at email@example.com for Zoom Room link and password. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.
Originally from California, Delafkaran is currently based in Washington, DC, where she has a studio at STABLE. She has exhibited work and staged performances at IA&A at Hillyer (Washington, DC), Transformer Gallery (Washington, DC), Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY), Southern Exposure Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and the Textile Museum at The George Washington University (Washington, DC) among other venues. Delafkaran curates independent projects, most recently HYPHEN AMERICAN at The George Washington University in collaboration with Tsedaye Makonnen. Delafkaran holds a degree in Ceramics and Performance Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently Exhibition Director at the non profit gallery and fellowship program Hamiltonian Artists in Washington, DC
Top image: detail of work by Sarah Hulsey