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Specific Turn: Monograph Bookwerks Selects Uncommon Books on Art and Craft

September 13, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Opening Reception | Thursday, September 13 | 4-7pm
Specific Turn: Monograph Bookwerks Selects Uncommon Books on Art and Craft

Acting as curators, artists John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill present a selection of books on art, craft, architecture and design including out-of-print and small press tomes. The pair finds that as artists they generally tune their cultural antennae to other contemporary artists' practices, and through books mine the field of makers for an exploration of self, meaning and contemporary culture.

Books will be available for purchase.

Find one-of-a-kind hand made items created by OCAC alumni, staff and faculty artists, including but not limited to, book arts and prints, ceramics, fiber and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, wood and sculpture at the SHOP @ OCAC.


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John Brodie was born in Portland, OR and has been painting for over 20 years, with explorations in book art, mixed media and sculpture.  He was included in Disjecta's PDX2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art.  In January 2007 he founded TodayArt, whose first project was the formation of the 9,000-square foot TodayArt Studios in Southeast Portland.  From 1996 to 2006 he was a member of the notorious 333 Studios, a loose collective and fine arts studio.  In June 2009, he produced Store for a Month, an art exhibit and temporary "store" in Portland (based on Claes Oldenburg's famous Store of 1961) that featured over 70 Northwest artists.  In May 2010 he opened Monograph Bookwerks with Blair Saxon-Hill.  From 1988 to 2007 he worked in the music business, first for Monqui Presents, managing the legendary Portland club La Luna; and then managing the globe-trotting band Pink Martini and their record label, Heinz Records.  He opened Le Happy, a frenchy restaurant which he still owns, in 2000.


Blair Saxon-Hill is an artist and a co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks.  Saxon-Hill is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary and her current work examines materiality and the relationships between photography and sculpture through the use of outmoded print technologies, the verbiage of our time (such as scanning and digital printing), and the evocation of the haptic.  The resultant works appear as impossible 2D documents and emotively activate the viewer’s perceiving body in considerations of material, space, presence and absence.  Saxon-Hill also creates paintings, collages, photographs, and sculptures.


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