2017 VABC Annual Member’s Project: Art|Facts

This year’s Annual Member’s Project is beginning to take form.
As the project evolves we’ll be updating this page (most recent date first).
Next meeting to discuss the project: Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 PM, at VABC.

The post will also be used for project management and communication.
Participants should freely add their questions, suggestions, and comments to the discussion area.

Posted April 14
We seek to explore a topic: the unreliability of everything. The 2017 collaborative project, tentatively titled Art|Facts, is an archive that bears witness to the disconnectedness and dislocation of our times, exploring visual and textual evidence of concepts in motion, with a special attention to past facts as they were understood at their time. We will explore what art reveals beyond an illusory reality, namely, that things are often not what they purport to be. A vision that explores knowledge as partial, inherently flawed, and yet utterly necessary.

Posted March 27
At our last meeting, we titled our collaborative effort Art|Facts.
With a view towards attaining a certain consistency in the physical structure of the artifact, the following specifications have been adopted…

  • Flat or Folded sheets of paper will be what artists will work on
  • A maximum width/height/bulk will be defined at future meeting
  • The “binding” will be a box tray with a slipcase
  • There needs to be some kind of “hand” involved in the process of your piece, not just a hand-on-a-computer-mouse. (so, letterpress, etching, hand coloring, block cutting, stamping, sewing)
  • Additional details to be determined at future meeting(s)
  • Next scheduled meeting/presentation Wednesday, April 05 @5:30 PM (details to follow)


Event Details

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (5:30-7:00 PM)
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Open to the public


10 Comments on “2017 VABC Annual Member’s Project: Art|Facts”

  1. Garrett Queen Post author

    Your thoughts, musings, and ramblings are welcome as they pertain to the VABC’s 2017 Members Project.
    To better, keep all participants “in the loop” you’re encouraged to use this forum for project related discussion.
    Please remember that this is a public moderated forum so there may be a delay in the time between your posting and its appearance on the blog

  2. Kristin

    “On the Fifth Day” by Jane Hirshfield

    On the fifth day
    the scientists who studied the rivers
    were forbidden to speak
    or to study the rivers.
    The scientists who studied the air
    were told not to speak of the air,
    and the ones who worked for the farmers
    were silenced,
    and the ones who worked for the bees.
    Someone, from deep in the Badlands,
    began posting facts.
    The facts were told not to speak
    and were taken away.
    The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent.
    Now it was only the rivers
    that spoke of the rivers,
    and only the wind that spoke of its bees,
    while the unpausing factual buds of the fruit trees
    continued to move toward their fruit.
    The silence spoke loudly of silence,
    and the rivers kept speaking,
    of rivers, of boulders and air.
    Bound to gravity, earless and tongueless,
    the untested rivers kept speaking.
    Bus drivers, shelf stockers,
    code writers, machinists, accountants,
    lab techs, cellists kept speaking.
    They spoke, the fifth day,
    of silence.

  3. Kevin McFadden

    “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the inverse is also true: A word is worth a thousand pictures. If I say “bear,” you might picture a grizzly or a black bear, a polar bear, a panda bear, a burden of weight or stress (“more than I can bear”), or even a cartoon or plush toy (like the Care Bears).

    This slippery, imprecise quality of words was a serious concern for scientists in the mid-17th century. In the midst of the Scientific Revolution, natural philosophers (as they were called at the time) were still figuring out which methodological practices could be considered reliable, and visual observation was considered the ultimate in reliability. Images were thought to show the truth of nature, or what the U.K. Royal Society historian Thomas Sprat called ‘a bare knowledge of things.’”


    1. Jennifer Wingard

      I’m conjuring up an evolution of thought, images of spirits and humours and hand drawn anatomy figures from the 1800s interacting with each other somehow, as well as abstract shapes that produce a ‘Voynich manuscript’ of modern day or even futuristic knowledge.

  4. Annie

    This discussion makes me think about Western musical notation. In the musical score: facts transcribed in image, the grammar of a future performance immaculately preserved but silent and paperbound, each actual performance more or less “faithful.” Music for the Chinese guqin (a kind of zither), on the other hand, looks like a sheet of prose. Performers rely heavily on oral tradition and fake books that use Western musical notation to approximate pitch, rhythm, and duration.


  5. Bonnie Bernstein

    Found a large old records (file) box, vintage 1950s, made by a company in Staunton in a junk antique mall — it might make an interesting model for the Art/Fact archive box. I’ll bring it to the meeting on the 10th.

  6. Richard

    Thinking about my contribution, I’ve returned to two texts: Oscar Wilde’s essay “The Decay of Lying” and the the eighth circle of Dante’s vision of hell, the circle in which he places (to name a few) falsifiers, sowers of discord, hypocrites, flatterers, and panderers.

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