art + reading Journal, Issue 3: Evolve pt.3


Andrew Testa, slow time (birch and snow), 2021

art + reading

evolve, issue 3, 2021

To publish is to make public, and with this new issue of art + reading we are reimagining the potential for creative and interactive art making and publishing. Issue 3 is comprised of a series of 18 curated weeklong projects from May to December 2021. Utilizing Instagram @artsletterspress as a creative platform, we will feature material interventions, multi-platform conversations, process videos and reflections, time-based installations, walkabouts, sound projects, poetic experiments, hyperlinks, and other creative engagements.

Please join us on INSTAGRAM @artsletterspress for new projects and view the archived projects of art + reading, evolve Issue 3.


Doug Guildford, excerpt from The Pretty Lady, 2021 (reflecting on life’s work and recurrent strands in material practice.)

We began the series in May 2021 and are now almost halfway through this incredible collection of ideas centred around the theme of evolve. Contributors, to name a few, include Andrew Testa from Newfoundland and Dyan Marie from Vancouver Island, as well as internationally based Ruth Rosengarten from the UK and Marion Wassenaar from New Zealand. Each contribution is a unique take on the theme and expands the conversation as our creative community grows.

If you have missed any of the past projects, they continue to be archived on our Instagram site @artsletterspress.


Johannes Zits, Finding Place, performance, 2021 (working on a site at Tommy Thompson Park, where there is a dumping ground for trees removed from construction sites. “It is a negotiation of what is there and how I fit into it.”)

Following the online project, Arts + Letters Press will be publishing a special edition of art + reading — not as a catalogue, but rather as an extension of the curatorial project, exploring a new format, processes, spin offs, and the successes and failures along the way. As part of the continued conversation, we will be hosting numerous online live stream digital performances and/or talks, open zoom panels, and online reading groups.

The full roster of contributing artists includes Mary Anne Barkhouse (ON), Millie Chen and Warren Quigley (ON), Maralynn Cherry (ON), Derek Coulombe (ON), Linda Duvall (SK), Doug Guildford (NS), Stephen Hobbs (Ireland, South Africa), Jenn Law (ON), Dyan Marie (BC), Lauren Nurse (ON), Ruth Rosengarten (UK), Nicole Seisler (US), Nicole Small (QC), Penelope Stewart (ON), Andrew Testa (NFL), Marion Wassenaar (New Zealand), Johanne Zits (ON).


Linda Duvall, A Brief History of Nesting, still from video, 2021

Arts + Letters Press, established in 2017 by artists Jenn Law and Penelope Stewart, is an independent, not-for-profit publishing platform. As a duo we sought to create this project as an artistic gesture that draws on our interests of ‘reading as a material practice’. The vision from the beginning has been to create an International platform that would expands the field of publishing, fostering multi-format conversations, artistic projects, exhibitions, performances, and screenings, linking the analogue with the virtual. The foundation for this platform is the International serial journal art + reading, aimed at examining the relationship between reading and making, with spin offs that animate conversations and art projects.

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