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Mel Parada: Rethinking Lines

Artist’s talk with Mel Parada this Wednesday, 9/26

Reminder! Join us this Wednesday, September 26 at 11am for a discussion with Mel Parada, in conversation with Emily Fussner (Fenwick Gallery GPA).

This artist’s talk will be held in the Fenwick Main Reading Room (2001) on the second floor of Fenwick Library. Visitor parking is available in the Rappahannock River or Mason Pond parking decks — see the Fairfax campus parking map for more details.

New exhibition: “Call + Response: Invisible” opens Wednesday

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to announce our newest exhibition, “Call + Response: INVISIBLE,” opening on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Call + Response is a collaboration between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating the interplay of artistic media, and speaking to the issues of our times.

The theme for this year’s Call + Response is INVISIBLE, developed in conversation with ArtWorks for Freedom’s campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking, “invisible crimes,” and unlawful actions against marginalized communities. The visual and literary artists participating in Call + Response begin at this point, but may diverge in their creative responses to the theme.

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3:00-4:15pm for our opening Artists’ and Writers’ Panel, presented as part of Fall for the Book’s activities at Mason. This discussion will be followed by an walkthrough and opening reception at 4:30pm in the Fenwick Gallery, with refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea.

Learn more about the exhibition, artists, writers, and related events on the exhibition’s page here.

We hope to see you there!



Edie Fake: Art World/Comics World

Edie Fake: Art World/Comics World
Thursday, September 21, 2:00pm
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room

“There’s nobody who draws comics like Edie Fake draws comics.” Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic

Poster for Edie Fake's talk at George Mason UniversityBefore you attend tomorrow’s talk with Edie Fake, learn a little more about the artist!

Edie Fake’s colorful architectural drawings depict manifestations of queer spaces, and use architectural elements as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. The imagery depicted, such as stages, parade floats and art deco buildings, combines parts of Fake’s family history with aspects of queer history and a sort of psychic geography of trans people in society.

Fake’s drawings, comics books and publications have been written about it in artforumArtNewsThe Comics Journal, Art 21, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo show at Marlborough Chelsea and group shows at Andrew Edlin in New York, Kavi Gupta in Chicago, John Connelly Presents in NYC, the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, LACE in Los Angeles, and threewalls in Chicago. Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980 and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Fake is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and he currently lives and works in Joshua Tree, California.


Our Comics, Ourselves: Meet the Curators!

Curious about the stories behind Our Comics, Ourselves? Join us for a discussion with the exhibition’s curators this Friday evening (9/15) at Fenwick Library!

Jan Descartes (she/her) and Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) will lead a curator’s talk on the latest iteration of the traveling exhibition, Our Comics, Ourselves, which originated at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY.  Focusing on themes of authorship and identity, they will talk about the major works on view, and discuss the process of organizing Our Comics, Ourselves through their method of feminist curating. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

Before you join in, learn a little more about our curators:  Continue reading

Workshops for Friday, Sept. 14

Get involved with your comics! As part of our curator’s visit for Our Comics, Ourselves, Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson are presenting additional events prior to their lecture on Friday evening.

Letter Writing Support for LGBTQ Prisoners: Friday 9/14, 1:30pm, Fenwick Special Collections Research Center (2400 Fenwick Library)
Writing a letter to a prisoner is a tangible way we can support those behind the walls on an individual level.  In this workshop, the Our Comics, Ourselves curators will discuss material in the exhibition that relate to incarceration – works from and about prisoners and prison injustice.  We will use that material to introduce prison activism and prisoner support in the form of letter writing.  We will introduce everything about letter writing to prisoners – why it’s important, what it means to someone on the inside, and guidelines. With the help of Black & Pink, an LGTBQ prisoner support and advocacy group, we will write to LGBTQ prisoners as a way to connect with those who have been hidden behind walls, and who are a part of a population that can use correspondence the most.

Minicomics Workshop: Friday 9/14, 3:30pm, Mason School of Art Print Shop (1009 School of Art)
Your story and your world is important and comics are powerful way to share your experiences, combining your words and images to tell your story the way you see it.  When you make a comic and share it with the world it has the power to educate, to incite, to create empathy, and to make a space for understanding. It is an exciting and empowering medium!

In this workshop, we will learn about why comics is a uniquely powerful medium, and how to create a 8 page mini-comic.  We will learn about creating a character, a narrative, drawing and inking our  comics.  This class is for beginners and experienced drawers alike – no experience with comics is necessary, only excitement to tell your story!  The goal is to leave with a mini-comic, drawn on letter sized paper, that will be ready for you to Xerox and distribute.

Please note: This event will be held in the Mason School of Art Printmaking Shop (1st floor, room 1009).

Join us for these events, and stay for our Curator’s Talk and Print Shop Jam on Friday evening!