Self-made: zines and artist books, State Library Victoria

Our artists' book, A Deck of Salvaged Relatives, and two accompanying zines, are currently on display as part of Self-made: zines and artist books in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery at the State Library Victoria, until the 12th of November, 2017.

 Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

 Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

Looped opens in the Dome, State Library Victoria blog

Looped opens in the Dome
State Library Victoria blog
"The Dome was already one of the most beautiful rooms in Melbourne and now it’s even more so. Looped: artist books in the round, our new display by artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, opened on 4 August in the La Trobe Reading Room.  Gracia and Louise have turned the cabinet cases around the Reading Room’s dais into pages in a story. They’ve created five artist books that, through collage and the written word, tell a complete tale. It’ll be on display in the La Trobe Reading Room until 26 November.  To celebrate the display, Gracia and Louise took over our Instagram account on 4 August to introduce themselves and share their work."

Installing Looped in the La Trobe Reading Room, SLV, early in the morning

Looped, in the La Trobe Reading Room

We have turned State Library Victoria's dais in the heart of the Dome Reading Room into an artists' book. Not a book you hold in your palm, but a book that you walk around. One foot, after the other — left, right, left, right — turning the cabinet pages with your feet.

Treating each cabinet as a page, we are exhibiting five new artists' books upon large-scale collages, weaving a fable beneath glass.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Looped
Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria
Friday 4th of August – Sunday 26th of November, 2017
La Trobe Reading Room
State Library Victoria

Come and see.

Nestled under #GraciaLouiseLooped, you can see how it all came together, from working table to early August's install.
 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Looped, La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria, 2017

The Cold War in Australia, and the anarchic world of zines, on The Conversation Hour

Our artists' book, A Deck of Salvaged Relatives, will be exhibited as part of Self-made: zines and artist books in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery at the State Library Victoria, from the 11th of August through until the 12th of November, 2017. And on Thursday, Louise was on the radio with Monica Syrette talking about zines and artists' books.

Listen to The Cold War in Australia, and the anarchic world of zines, on The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Jon Faine's co-host is Emily Sexton, who is the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Festival, and The City of Melbourne have joined forces to present The Festival of Questions at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 15th October, 2017.

Their first guests, Mark Aarons and John Grenville, have collaborated on the new book The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement (Scribe). Mark Aarons is a journalist and author, who was once a member of the Communist Party of Australia. He's a former ABC Radio National reporter, was the founding EP of Background Briefing, and went on to work as an advisor to NSW Premier Bob Carr. Mark's books include The Family File and War Criminals Welcome. John Grenville is an industrial advocate, who was once a member of the National Civic Council (The Movement). He's a former Federal Secretary of the Federated Clerks Union, and was Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council.

Then they are joined by Monica Syrette and Louise Jennison. Monica is a curator at the State Library of Victoria, and has put together the show Self-made: zines and artist books which features work by Louise. Louise works with Gracia Haby as Gracia & Louise. The exhibition Self-made: zines and artist books is on at the State Library Victoria from 11th August to 12th November, 2017, and will then tour to the Mildura Arts Centre, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, and Latrobe Regional Gallery through 2018 and 2019.

Duration: 1hr
Broadcast: Thursday 27th July, 2017, 11:00am

Self-Made zines and artist books, coming soon to the library

ABC Melbourne

We are looking forward to having our artists' books and zines included in Self-made: zines and artist books at the State Library Victoria this August. And today, Louise will be a guest on Jon Faine's The Conversation Hour with exhibition curator Monica Syrette, at 11am.

Tune in to ABC Radio Melbourne, to hear her talk about Salvaged Relatives, why we love zines, and the link between artists' books and those printed on the photocopier.
 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria

We're thrilled to have our zines and artists' book included in the forthcoming exhibition, Self-made: zines and artist books. Read Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria to discover more.

Developed in partnership with The Sticky Institute, Self-made will display rarely-seen material from the Library’s collection of artist books and its zine collection the largest and most comprehensive in Australia. Exhibition curator Monica Syrette said Self-made will take visitors on a journey through the colourful and sometimes controversial evolution of self-publishing.

"The history of zine-making and self-publishing is inextricably linked to influential counter-cultural movements and social activism. What we’re displaying
items like sci-fi zines from the 1940s, punk zines from the seventies and contemporary feminist zines – are all reflections of the political and cultural movements of the time. The artist books in Self-made were also ground-breaking, designed to circumvent the commercial gallery system and make art easily available to all."

The exhibition features works by leading international artists including Swiss German artist, Dieter Roth; Pop Art influenced American artist, Ed Ruscha; pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and renowned Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Jacks; alongside works by contemporary artists and zine-makers. More than 170 works will be on display, including a dedicated reading lounge, revealing the breadth and beauty of artist books and zines.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

Prattling in Mackay

Delighted to chance upon our birds in our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, in a promotion for Artspace Mackay's "diverse collection of artists' books," which you can "enjoy in the Tate Adams Reading Pod, a purpose-built space for visitors to have unprecedented access to the collection" (in the latest Art Guide).

Turn the page. Get up close, and enjoy.

Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street
Mackay, Queensland

Tracing the Line

Our two prints, Giving libation to John Singer Sargent’s dead bird study of 1878 (limestone and rose) and Giving libation to John Singer Sargent’s dead bird study of 1878 (limestone and gold), are currently on display at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery as part of their winter group exhibition, Tracing the Line in Australian Contemporary Printmaking.

Tracing the Line is on until the 27th of August, 2017.

Port Jackson Press Print Gallery
84 Smith Street
Collingwood

2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle Print Award

In continued good news, our artists' book, I think all the world is falling, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle Print Award. It will be exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre, W.A., from the 21st of September, 2017.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, I think all the world is falling, 2017, artists' book

2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards

We are thrilled that our artists' books, paired, I think all the world is falling and No longer six feet under, have been shortlisted for the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards.

"Showcasing diverse contemporary Australian printmaking practice, the acquisitive awards and biennial exhibition will feature works by Benjamin Armstrong, Rosalind Atkins, Elizabeth Banfield, G.W Bot, Laura Castell, Jock Clutterbuck, Marian Crawford, Ben Fennessy, Dianne Fogwell, Peter Garnick, Kaye Green, Sue Grossman, Andrew Gunnell, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Robert Hague, Rew Hanks, Carolyn Hawkins, Clare Humphries, Anita Iacovella, Michael Kempson, Deborah Klein, Jo Langley, Marion Manifold, Megan McPherson, David Nixon, Jiri Tibor Novak, Sharron Okines, Glenda Orr, Janet Parker-Smith, Jim Pavlidis, Stieg Persson, Ben Rak, Brian Robinson, Kati Thamo, Bridgit Thomas, Vanessa Wallace, Halina Wolski and Joel Wolter.

The exhibition of selected prints will be held at the Geelong Gallery from the 12th of August to the 8th of October 2017."

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, No longer six feet under, 2017, artists' book

Looped

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming exhibition, Looped, at State Library Victoria.

Nestled under #GraciaLouiseLooped, you can watch our process, from start to early August's install.

Looped
4th August – 26th November, 2017

'It was familiar. Yet it was out of sorts. It was a left foot crammed into the right shoe.'

From the 4th of August, we are turning State Library Victoria's dais in the heart of the Dome Reading Room into an artists' book. Not a book you hold in your palm, but a book that you walk around. One foot, after the other — left, right, left, right — turning the cabinet pages with your feet.

Treating each cabinet as a page, we will be exhibiting five new artists' books, including I think all the world is falling, and No longer six feet under, upon large-scale collages, weaving a fable beneath glass.  Come and see.

'I think all the world has fallen. And it was long ago.'

Come and see.

Concertina artists' books, in process

Concertina artists' books, in process

Meow: A Genetic Concert for Cats

We recently had the pleasure of working on the cover illustration of a Siamese cat for Kerry J. Fowler's book, Meow: A Genetic Concert for Cats, which looks at the DNA responsible for the diversity and appearance of cat breeds. In a clowder of cats, and to purrs of delight, the book was launched at the 45th ACF National Cat Show, Diamond Creek.

Meow: A Genetic Concert for Cats (2017) with a Siamese cat and DNA cat toys