Today I made my first book available to patrons on Patreon. Each year I decide upon a project for the whole year. Sorta like a drawing-a-day. This year I decided to create artists books one each month. These fit on a single sheet of paper. 8.5 x 11 inches, letter-sized US.
I'm making the whole collection available for download as they are completed. I expect to have a collection of 12 books one each month.
The first book is a selection of digital drawings I made for my 2020 project called Digital Ink. This one includes a poster backside that can also be printed separately.
It's hard to believe but I've been in my studio for more than a decade. We did major work when I moved in to make the space clean and efficient for me to make work. I was lucky enough to have an air conditioner left from the previous tenant. It kept me cool for many a summer day. also managing the incredible humidity that Philadelphia offers.
Just before the pandemic stay-at-home order came down I tested the air conditioner and it groaned a sad groan — then it died.
This is art I bought from artist Selma Dronkers who also makes drawings. I finally reached my goal for #artistsupportpledge Her studio practice is in the Netherlands. I'm so happy to contribute to the effort that has stimulated a worldwide creative economy. This effort began to support artists and makers around the world who have had a very difficult time sustaining earning and maintaining their practices.
The counter top is glass, an old deli case front. It weighs about 400 lbs. and is 9 ft long.
Inspired by numerous single sheet artist's books out in the universe, I have decided to make works that can be digitally shared with my patrons and collectors.
Sharing the work of Odili Donald Odita
I have always loved colorfield paintings, geometrics, and minimalism. I haven't even finished reading this article but wanted to share it because I find this work very interesting. Fresh even after all the work that has come before it. You'll have to follow the link since I'm not willing to use images without permission.
Here is a statement from the artist:
It's great to be signing my catalogs and packing them up for shipping. I use Priority Mail regularly.
I'm pleased to support the USPS (United States Postal Service) and remind everyone to support our postal carriers and workers. Contact your representatives to speak out at the dismantling of this service. It delivers so many important packages, prescriptions, and government checks. The Postal Service employs a huge number of veterans.
You know what to do. Contact your representatives, demand DeJoy be fired.