Booklyn Artists Alliance

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of stopping by the Booklyn Artists Alliance in Greenspoint, Brooklyn. Holy hell, you guys: These people are amazing! Everyone was super friendly and eagerly dove into conversations about the work I saw there.  At times discussion got really passionate about how they define or name art, artists, and art-work. (Ask them their definitions of what book arts or artists books are or aren’t.) (But don’t ask about craft versus art. Because, really?)

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First up, a horrifying image from Jenny Lin‘s Skinny Leg. The screenprinted book really takes advantage of all the things you can do with pop-ups. My favorites were the pages with the anatomical illustration inspired lil’ fold out pages.

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A quick shot from Marshall Weber’s As Above, So Below: Central Beijing Codex. All images began as wax rubbings from manhole covers in Beijing. Weber then inked these images with various inks or dyes such as sumi ink or turmeric and then used the book structure as a press to create an offset image. Matrix and printing press all in one package. (Take note recent graduates of printmaking departments everywhere.)

IMG_5935 Untitled-1Some shots from Bullet Space‘s Your House Is Mine. A crucial collection of 1980’s and 90’s activist history in Lower East Side, NYC there’s a little bit of everything in here: art from Seth Tobocman (pictured, bottom left) and David Wojnarowicz, poetry from Miguel Piñero and Allen Ginsberg, etc. The book runs the gamut for printmaking methods too — screen printing, spray paint, aquatint, collage, and lithography.

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Some printed note pads from Jason Roy — you are, in fact, encouraged to rip off a sheet for yourself.

The rest of this post is a few shots of the space itself, a great example of using every square inch of space available to further Booklyn’s clear purpose: to promote, curate, and facilitate the work of a wide range of engaging artists in ways that are as exciting as they are accessible.

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 Mini-merch table.

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I’m convinced that walking under this magnificent book-arch would transport me to a land of pretty ponies and zine libraries.

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Not enough hours in the day to see all the work Booklyn has stored away.

 

 

 

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