On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I stopped by 23 Sandy Gallery to see their latest exhibit, Blood Quantum, a book art exhibit about ancestry, identity and our personal cultural narrative. It’s a wonderful exhibit and will be on view through December 19.
Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery
Blood Quantum is a concept that refers to the degree of ancestry for an individual of a specific racial or ethnic group such as Native Americans. This concept leads to thinking about ancestry, identity, heritage, family history and personal cultural narrative.
you are with me by Jihae Kwon
Artist books, as multi-surfaced and textural objects, are a perfect medium to explore such complex and powerful topics. Artists responded to our call with deeply felt, thoughtful works—at once celebration, remembrance and reflection.
Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon
Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian and curator of the artists’ book collection in the UCLA Arts Library helped with the jurying of this exhibit.
Riddle One by Anita Bigelow
As Robert Gore said in his juror statement: “To name a few places, in the course of this show you will travel with the artists to Latin America, Russia, France, Poland, Hawaii, China, Chile, Tennessee, Appalachia, Canada, India, South Korea, Virginia, Norway, Mexico, and the Cherokee, Nuxalk, and Oneida Nations.”
Ancestral Pods by Hidde Van Duym
I loved this exhibit. I hope you have a chance to see it. If not, you can see more on 23 Sandy Gallery’s website.