We had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Marshall Weber, artist and Booklyn's co-founder and curator, about all things artist books. He generously toured us around their Greenpoint office and exhibition space to unearth a plethora of thought-provoking artist books and information on collecting, creating and the inspiration behind these publications. Booklyn’s mission is "to promote artist books as an art form and an educational resource, to provide the general public and educational institutions with services and programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing and publishing artist books." And they do this very well.
In addition to being an invaluable resource for contemporary artist books and distributing to museums and institutions around the world, they take the time to consider the impact that marginalized voices can have in the context of their connections and exhibitions. In the same afternoon we were shown an original chapbook by Raymond Pettibon as well as the Occuprint Portfolio, a collective who collects, prints and distributes posters from the worldwide Occupy movement, amongst others. We could have looked at everything for days.
Marshall, whose work often explores issues of social justice, peace studies, linguistics and theories of representation is a thought-provoking artist and is collected worldwide. We are very excited that Marshall will be speaking at our first ever DELVE Networking event in Brooklyn on March 20. Come check it out. His energy and knowledge are not to be missed.