Category Archives: Artists’ Books

End Cycle: Christopher Kardamibikis

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Artist’s Talk by Christopher Kardambikis
November 29     3 p.m.
Room 1014B     Fenwick Library    Fairfax Campus

End Cycle Catalog

In addition to the works on display, a series of risograph prints will be produced throughout the month that will be available for free, on a first come first serve basis, in the gallery.

Prints - Take One_________________________________________________________________

A collection of books as travelogue. Books as time capsules that reveal how images are built and rebuilt. Books that contain multiple spaces, all folded up and overlapping and spilling out.

Zine. Edition of 30
September 2014

Digital Print

Over the past 5 years I’ve lived in almost as many cities. I had developed a rapid production method to simultaneously explore place and form. Overlapping the space of the book with living space. With social space. Playing with pacing and materials and setting goals that forced invention within tight time frames. Making drawings, photographs, and collages that, once printed and bound in books so closely tied to their cities of production, have gained a specific weight. Maybe (probably) only felt by me, but that weight is there and real. Loaded images that built up a charge through use, reuse, and distribution. Books bound to specific locations and times.


Zine.  Xerox and Inkjet Print.
August 2015

END CYCLE is a show of 23 books and 1 large format print. The work is arranged in vitrines circling the gallery so as to allow for new connections to be made between points in space and time – between the Terra Nullius of New Castle – a small town in western PA frozen in grey post-industrial collapse – and the 1,520 pages sewn together in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn – tied to the daily routine of cross-neighborhood foot commutes. Between Southern California streets scorched by the sun and endless comic-book panels burnt into a childhood brain over the course of long afternoon readings.

Doomed PlanetA wander around the catacombs before allowing the books to rest. Or maybe more like reverse archaeology – deliberately burying images and pages in masses of ink and glass boxes until they’re partially forgotten. Until they break down. Until they’re useful again. Until they can be built into something new.


Christopher Kardambikis
explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at The Art Students League, Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, Pioneer Works, and the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.  Christopher is laso the host of “Paper Cuts”, a program on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing.

Christopher Kardambikis is an Assistant Professor and Director, Printmaking & Navigation Press, School of Art, George Mason University.Installation View

Snow Day Artists’ Book Feature

Even though the University Libraries are closed January 24th and 25th, you can enjoy an Artists’ Book from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 exhibit here. Stay safe and we will see you at the exhibition opening on January 28th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.


Hers: A primer of sorts, 2013 by Tia Blassingame

Artist’s Statement:

Hers: A primer of sorts is dedicated to the countless women for whom education and scholarship are restricted or forbidden. Despite lack of opportunity or access, threats of violence, and intimidation, these female readers gain strength and knowledge from the texts that they consume and alternately hide under clothing, farm or factory equipment, and kitchenware.

This idea of limits or restrictions on access to education, particularly for women, seems like an outmoded notion. Yet globally it persists. Contemporary women from various cultures and ages find refuge in books and often at risk to their own physical or emotional safety.

Detailing topography, language, population numbers, and other basic facts, the discarded pages from an outdated almanac serve as the book’s cover and the female protagonist’s cultural and physical landscape. Though covers depicting North America and Europe were not employed, this does not imply that obstacles to women in those regions are absent.

This primer mixes ornate letter forms to create patterns and screens, the main text is concealed and revealed just as a woman or girl in any country or community might hide a book or banned text.

Watch the Call & Response 2015: Lineage Panel Discussion

On September 30th, six artists and writers from the Call & Response 2015: Lineage Exhibition participated in a panel discussion moderated by M. Mack. The panelists discussed their collaborative process and experiences creating work for the show. The panel was part of the Fall for the Book 2015 programming.

This year’s panelists were:

Marcos L. Martínez
Benjamin Brezner
Mike Walton
Kelly Hendrickson
Nikki Brugnoli Whipkey
Qinglan Wang
Ariel Goldenthal
Anne Smith

Watch the discussion here:

View the artwork and read the poetry from the show in the exhibition catalog here.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Artists’ Books in the Exhibit


Joy of Eating: True Food Security & A Recipe for Disaster by Robin Bachtler Cushman

From the artist:

I explore the intersection between nature and culture thorough my art. The two have been entwined throughout history since early agriculture. This recipe file box contains photographs of local produce, gardens, farms, and markets—a celebration of the abundance of our local agriculture. This is true food security. This work also examines the role of herbicides and Genetically Manipulated Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply—through images and recipes filed under “Disaster.” Pictures from the dust bowl era and my own contemporary photos of big agriculture are included in the file labeled “Disaster.”




Good Eats: sit down, relax & enjoy: it’s the cook’s choice: selections from an appetizing array of well-seasoned moments and finely diced tales by Carissa Carman & Gretchen Hooker

From the publisher:

With its striking red portfolio case printed to reference a flashing marquee sign, Good Eats welcomes you to a roadside diner. Inside you’ll find a place setting and 18 illustrated, loose leaf recipe cards. Through the sharing of imagery and personal accounts the functional recipe cards portray the intimate connection between food, place, comfort, and memory.