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Louise Odes Neaderland: Xerographic Bookworks 1981-2017
On view September 2 to December 3, 2021
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Campus only reception:
Oct 21, 11am-1pm, light refreshments + remarks at 12pm
Public + campus reception by RSVP*:
Oct 21 3-6pm, light refreshments + remarks at 5pm
This is the first retrospective dedicated to the artist’s books of Louise Odes Neaderland (1932—). As a politically-engaged printmaker, photographer, bookmaker, and raconteur for over four decades, Neaderland has been influential to generations of artists, making significant contributions to the development of mail art, copy art, and the democratic multiple.
Perhaps best known for her work as the director of the International Society of Copier Artists (I.S.C.A.) and the publisher of the I.S.C.A. Quarterly (1982–2003), she has not yet received widespread recognition for her advancement of independent artist’s publishing.
To kick start a critical evaluation of her work, this exhibition includes nearly eighty projects—represented here in published editions and variable printings as well as in paste-ups, master copies, and direct imaging sources. Organized chronologically and accompanied by a full bibliography, her projects snake throughout the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center.
As a prolific, message-oriented book artist, Neaderland’s books pivot from political commentary and satire, to philosophical wonderings and existential humor, to works on aging and relationships. Drawing from a deep well of inspiration as a reader and a connected global citizen, the copy machine fits the nature of her artistic practice.
The projects featured in the exhibition are from the Louise Neaderland Collection of Copy Art at the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center. Additional loans have been generously provided by the Artists’ Book Collection of the Pratt Institute Libraries, the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, and the Special Collections and Archives at Boise State University.
*RSVPs for the public reception can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.