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ARTISTS BOOK BRISBANE: Print Culture Fiesta – Our Presence

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ABBE panorama PHOTO Helen Cole

ABBE panorama PHOTO Helen Cole

 

The Artists Book Brisbane Event, known as ABBE held their 4th event, a Print Culture Fiesta, on November 26 at the Queensland College of Art’s Web Centre. We were there not so much in our physical form, but rather as a table presenting our latest artists book and photobook publications.

ABBE events were initiated at the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research in 2015. This year’s ABBE was expanded to embrace all aspects of print culture. Via a selection process around 30 small publishers, artists and designers attended the event to share their creative works to an audience of peers, collectors and those who just love to see and handle art in the print form.  

 

Helen Cole in her library

Helen Cole in her library

 

While we were unable to attend, well-known artists book identity Helen Cole presented our books at the fair. Fellow artists book maker David Symons also was successful in his application for a table and shared the exhibition space next to us.

Other participants included: Alethea Richter, Ana Estrada, Annique Goldenberg, Bad Teeth Comics, Bronwyn Rees, cobalt editions, Cooper+Spowart, David Symons, Ebony Willmott, Geoff Burns, Glenda Chaplyn, Grey Hand Press, Helen Sanderson, IMPRESS, Ivy Minniecon, Jennifer Long, Kanako Enokid, Louis Lim, Maikki Toivanen, Mat Adams Comics, Matt Newkirk, Michael Phillips, Noshyacking Press, Peter Breen, Rachel Dun, Samantha-Jane Windred, silverwattle bookfoundry, Sue Poggioli, Swing Moon and the NightLadder collective.

Contacts and friends who participated in, or attended ABBE commented that it was a great opportunity to see all the artists works, meet up with friends and network with peers. We were also thrilled to be able to show our work as most of these books were only recently made this year.

 

abbe2022 Logo

abbe2022 Logo

 

SOME IMAGES OF THE EVENT courtesy of Helen Cole and David Symons

 

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OUR WORKS PRESENTED @ ABBE

Our presentation consisted mainly of 5 recently resolved and made by us. The main books are two from a continuing series relating to concepts surrounding ‘desire paths’ and follow on from an artists book made by Victoria for the Melbourne Art Book Fair in 2019. To see more information about this book CLICK HERE

The two new books Desire Paths: Navigating the path and Desire Paths: Stepping off the concrete take on an autobiographical response to our lives over recent years.

To see more information about Desire Paths: Navigating the path CLICK HERE

To see more information about Desire Paths: Stepping off the concrete CLICK HERE 

As a result of relocation to Benalla in north east Victoria last year we have been inspired by our new location to create two books – one, a field report by Victoria, dealing with the natural environment and the other by Doug about walking and the suburban architectural space.

To see more information about Victoria’s Visual Field Notes book CLICK HERE

To see more information about Doug’s Walking Urban Ground book CLICK HERE

The 5th book is another in the continuing Artist Survey series for the Centre for Regional Arts Practice. This latest book relates to concerns and preparations for the regional artist to sell their home. At ABBE a selection of the final copies of the earlier 22 editions of these C.R.A.P. books. To see more information about this book CLICK HERE

 

COOPER+SPOWART ABBE Catalogue cover

COOPER+SPOWART ABBE Catalogue cover

DOWNLOAD OUR ABBE CATALOGUE HERE

 

We would like to acknowledge and thank Helen Cole and David Symons for their support in presenting our work at ABBE and also to the QCA team that made this opportunity happen …

 

Looking forward to the next ABBE …  We’ll be there …

 


 

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ABBE 2022 PARTICIPANTS …

 

ABBE-Participants list

ABBE-Participants list

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ABBE …

https://www.instagram.com/abbe_artistsbooks/

 

https://linktr.ee/abbe_artistsbooks

 

abbe2022 artist images for website & instagram - abbe2022

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