23 Sandy Gallery Show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page

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.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary.

Book: Dead Feminists: Historical Feminists in Living Color by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

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.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

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.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

Letterpress printed broadsides by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary on display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.

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.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawing to separations to printing.

My favorite part of the exhibit is this wall which shows the process from drawings to separations to printing.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

More from the show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O'Leary.

Postcards of Dead Feminists by Jessica Strong and Chandler O’Leary.

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.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

Three delightful little books by Paul Johnson on display at 23 Sandy Gallery.

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.

Coffee Please? by Sue Clancy.

Coffee Please? an accordion book by Sue Clancy.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

Flowers in Hotel Rooms by Sarah Bodman.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

On display at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

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

Enjoy, Candy

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