art + reading Journal, Issue 3: Evolve pt.5


Millie Chen and Warren Quigley, Compression, 2021

art + reading

‘evolve’, issue 3, 2021

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

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 was to create an international platform that would expand the field of publishing, fostering multi-format conversations, artistic projects, exhibitions, performances, and screenings linking the analogue with the virtual. Our first foray into building the foundation for this platform was to create the International serial publication art + reading. The journal aims at examining the relationship between reading and making with spin offs that animate conversations and art projects.

Over the course of the 2020 lockdown, art +reading began a conversation about how to create a new publishing model for this time. Through these conversations we began to imagine a series of creative and interactive projects that would be more than a singular post or exhibition online but rather a curated series of connected weeklong projects utilizing Instagram @artsletterspress as a creative publishing platform. Working through a list of amazing artists from around the world we selected 20 and began publishing through Instagram these material interventions, multi-platform conversations, process videos and reflections, time-based installations, walkabouts, sound projects, poetic experiments, hyperlinks and creative engagements.


Jenn Law, Six Memos (Multiplicity), 2021

Upon completion of the series, we will be publishing an expanded version of the interventions as a Special Edition of art + reading. The publication is not a catalogue, but rather an extension of the curatorial project exploring a new format, processes, spin offs and the successes and failures.

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


Penelope Stewart, Penumbra, 2021

The official launch of the series took place in May 2021 and we have over the past 8 months showcased 18 projects, 20 artists, exploring the theme of “evolve”. We have shared and experienced contributions from artists such as Derek Coulombe (Ontario), Nicole Small, (Quebec), Ruth Rosengarten (UK), and Marion Wassenaar (New Zealand), to name a few. Each contribution is an unique take on the theme and expands the conversation as our, international creative community grows.

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


Pudy Tong, Six Memos, (Quickness), 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), Carolyn Wren, (ON), Johanne Zits (ON).

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