Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary is the latest show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky to get to Portland this past weekend and my first stop was to see this show. It’s only up until the 29th of October, so if you’re in the Portland neighborhood, you’ll want to get there ASAP.
Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary began their Dead Feminists series of broadsides in 2008 which have featured 24 different women from history. The letterpress printed broadsides connect their words and stories to current social political issues.
The newest chapter in the series is the publication of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color, a book about the series published by Sasquatch, which was released earlier this month.
The exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery delves into the process of creating both the prints and the book, from original drawings and ephemera to the latest print in the series to be revealed concurrently with the book release. It’s this showcasing of the process that adds so much to the show.
23 Sandy Gallery always has wonderful shows. But they also have a number of other works on display in the back rooms and in their display cases. It’s always a delight to visit. Since I live 300 miles away, I don’t get there as often as I would like. But that only makes it more special when I do get to visit.
My favorite little book, from this visit, is Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy (see photo below). It shows the responses to her question, Can I get some coffee please? across the US. Sue noted that there were significant regional differences to her question.
Unfortunately, I did not record the artist or the name of the book on the above photo. I guess that means you have to visit the gallery yourself to find it out. You can also see more on the website: 23sandy.com