art + reading Journal, Issue 3: Evolve pt.4


Stephen Hobbs, In Search of Bungalow Bliss, Self-Portrait with Drapes, 2021

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‘evolve’, issue 3, 2021

Over the course of 2020, art +reading began a conversation about how to create a new publishing model for this time. In this, we imagined a series of interactive projects that went beyond an online exhibition or social media takeover, but rather aimed to enact a curated series of connected experimental weeklong projects utilizing Instagram @artsletterspress as a creative publishing platform in its own right. For this ongoing series of interventions, we have invited 19 artists from Canada and abroad to create material interventions, multi-platform conversations, process videos and reflections, time-based installations, walkabouts, poetic experiments, hyperlinks, and other artistic engagements. A special printed edition of art + reading issue 3, evolve, will be published in winter/spring 2021-2022.

Please join us on INSTAGRAM @artsletterspress for upcoming projects and view the entire series to date currently archived.


Maralynn Cherry, Alchemy at the Windowsill/Morning Light, 2021

The official launch of the series took place in May 2021. To date we have completed 12 interventions centered on the theme of ‘evolve’ and have experienced contributions from artists such as Stephen Hobbs (South Africa and Ireland), Johannes Zits (Ontario), Nicole Seisler (USA), and Linda Duvall (Saskatchewan), to name a few. Upcoming projects include work by Maralynn Cherry (Ontario), Mary Anne Barkhouse (Ontario), and Millie Chen and Warren Quigley (Ontario). Each contribution offers a unique take on the theme and expands the conversation as our creative community grows.


Lauren Nurse, How to be a Fig (False Fruit), 2021

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), Pudy Tong (ON), Marion Wassenaar (New Zealand), Johanne Zits (ON).

To view past projects, please visit @artsletterspress


Mary Anne Barkhouse, Hummingbird, 2021

Arts + Letters Press, established in 2017 by artists Jenn Law and Penelope Stewart, is an independent, not-for-profit, experimental publishing platform. As a duo, we approach this project as a collaborative artistic gesture that draws on our interests of ‘reading as a material practice’. From the beginning, our vision has been to expand the field of publishing, fostering multi-format conversations, artistic projects, exhibitions, performances, and screenings, while linking the analogue with the virtual. The International serial publication art + reading is the foundation of this collaborative endeavour, examining the relationship between reading and making, while facilitating spin off initiatives that animate material conversations and multi-disciplinary projects.

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