For the second show of 2010, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Felicia Rice about her current projects that involve her MOVING PARTS PRESS, a fine art and literary publishing press that she began in the late 70s here in Santa Cruz. Currently, she is involved with two exhibitions one as a curator and the other as a participant.
Ms. Rice collaborates with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create book structures in which word and image meet and merge. She employs traditional typography and bookmaking methods in conjunction with digital technology, bringing the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page.
Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa11210.mp3]
Right now, Felicia has an installation at the The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center in the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowships Exhibition. It is running now through March 14, 2010. This exhibition showcases local artists: the works of William “Skip” Epperson, Felicia Rice, Terri Garland and Daniella Woolf. They are the recipients of the 2008 and 2009 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Program at The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. The Rydell Visual Arts Fund was created by Roy and Frances Rydell to promote Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations.
During the show, Felicia told a wonderful story about one of the pieces in exhibition that involved her father that was a painter . We didn’t get to discuss in great detail one of the other works, a work in progress that she is doing in collaboration with a dream team, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Jennifer A. González, and Gustavo Vazquez. When I first saw this “work-in-progress”, I fell in love. This piece is more than a book it is an museum installation out of box. I fell in love with this book/alter/suitcase art piece.
The exhibition that we didn’t get to due time constraints is the exhibition in preparation, the Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text. Felicia is co-curating with this exhibiton with the Sesnon gallery director, Shelby Graham. The show runs January 27 – March 6, 2010 at the Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, UCSC. The public reception takes place Wednesday, January 27, 5:00-7:00pm.
Below is a little video of Felicia talking more about the Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text.
This exhibition Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text is an international invitational exhibition featuring 28 book artists. Each of the participants probes issues of content, form, material, collaboration and accessibility with wide ranging results. The exhibition is sponsored by the UCSC Art Department, Charles Griffin Farr Fund, Porter College and Cowell College.
There are related events occurring on Friday, March 5, 2010. First there will be a Bookmaking Demonstration @ Cowell Press: 2:00-3:30pm with Gary Young. There will be a panel discussion @ Cowell Provost House: 4:00-5:30pm with Julie Chen, Harry Reese, Sandra Liddell Reese and Felicia Rice, moderated by Shelby Graham. The Closing Reception is at the Sesnon Gallery: 5:30-6:30pm. Events are free and open to the public.