4.03.2011

The Sketchbook Project Show in Portland, Maine

Kathryn Clark's Sketchbook
Kathryn Clark's Sketchbook
Remember back in January when I made a sketchbook  for The Sketchbook Project sponsored by The Brooklyn Art Library and Art House Co-op? ( look over here for more about them) Yesterday we went to the first show of the tour of the more than 10,000 sketchbooks! It was held at Space Gallery in Portland. The place was packed with people excitedly looking at sketchbooks. I think most people first found sketchbooks of artists they know, as I did. I got to hold and examine my friend Kathryn Clark's beautifully executed sketchbook (take a look at her blog here). It was when I was actually holding it and looking at it that I understood her theme for the first time. She did a powerful depiction of the impact of foreclosures in cities in this country. The show was organized by theme, so you could ask to look at two books at a time within one theme. It was very well run given the complexity of the show. It was also a bit frustrating because there were all those stacks of sketchbooks and not enough time to see them all. It was impossible to document or photograph the sketchbooks properly, so I just did the best I could to show you a little bit of what it was all about.

8 comments:

Kitty Kilian said...

Lucky you to be able to just go there! K's book looks gorgeous..

Lari Washburn said...

It was really fun to see. Did you think about joining in?

Sophie Truong said...

how exciting!!!! how many books would u say there was? i should try to get overthere...

barbarabeesblog said...

Oh I would love to go there too, but I'm too far away - so my little sketchbook is there in between the 10.000 piled up there! But as your post shows, it wont feel alone.

Lari Washburn said...

Alas, the show is gone! They come in and out in 4 days. I think the next stop is NYC. ANd boy how I wish I had known to look for your sketchbook barbarabee! It was fun! Will you be able to get to a show near you?

tiel said...

OH DEAR! I failed.

mine is still sitting here by my desk only with a few pages complete. Such great intentions. But glad that you shared and I got to see a portion of this. Thank you.

Kathryn said...

What a small world!!! How neat that you were able to look at my book. Thanks for checking it out, I'll be sure to see yours when it comes here.

Scatt said...

Thanks for the link to my sketchbook website at http://www.gis.net/~scatt/sketchbook/links2.html. I will be adding a link to this website soon. . . all the best.

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