The Little Silent Library: Artist's Book Master Class with Shirin Salehi, April 24-26

Regular price $ 550.00

Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, 11-5pm
Instructor: Shirin Salehi
This workshop will introduce the students to the concepts of silence and void as languages of secret and mystery. This class will instruct students the beauty and metaphors of these concepts by creating a little silent library. Students will start with an artist book, learning the various steps of creation, from printing methodologies, to realizing a creative vision.
Students will draw from personal history, memory, spirituality, music or as poetics counter to visual overexposure noise, to incorporate into their book project.
Students will also be introduced to the works of selected artists and creators as case studies in order to raise questions and reflections on the poetics of the silent and the hidden qualities in art, which contain mystery. This will be done through text and poetry readings, and audiovisual visualization during the course, reflecting on the work of creators who work with the languages of sculpture, painting, ceramics, poetry, music and cinema. Some of our references will be Abbas Kiarostami, Philip Gröning, Pere Portabella, Aleksandr Sokurov, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Whiteread, Micha Ullman, Jochan Gerz and Esther Shalev-Gerz, Man Ray, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Sol Lewitt, Mieko Shiomi, John Cage Alphons Allaise, Lewis Caroll, Robert Rauschenberg, Stéphane Mallarmé, Cornelius Gijsbrecht, Pieter Jansz Saenredam and the artists of Antiquity collected in the tales of Pliny the Elder.
This class is open to students of all levels and experiences.
Students should come to class with the following:

- Personal notebook/sketchbook and material for sketching, drawing and writing. Pencils, markers, awl, divider, scalpel, small scissors, ruler and square, glue brushes, weight, different types of paper of their interest (veiled paper, Japanese papers or similar, printmaking paper or similar)
- Images, sketches or photography of previous projects (optional). They can also bring their own project to start with, strengthen and develop during the course.
About the instructor:
Shirin Salehi is an iranian visual artist, researcher, and teacher who lives and works in Madrid and New York. She has a M.A. in Art and Research from the faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense in Madrid. She has received art residency prizes from Académie de France à Madrid, Il Bisonte Foundation (Florence), Fundação Bienal de Cerveira (Portugal) and education grants from Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró (Mallorca) and CIEC Foundation (La Coruña, Spain).
Her work received the PILAR JUNCOSA & SOTHEBY’S BIENNIAL AWARD FOR ARTISTIC CREATION from Joan Miró Foundation (Mallorca, 2019), first prize of Ankaria Foundation Artist book prize (Madrid, 2015), Combat Prize special award (Livorno, Italy, 2015), Pilar Banús prize at the 22nd National Printmaking awards from the Contemporary Spanish Printmaking Museum (Marbella, 2014), Acqui Giovani award at 21st printmaking Acquiterme Biennial (Italy, 2013) and recently the second prize at Carmen Arozena international graphic art award (Madrid, 2017).
Since 2012 she has worked as teacher and personalised tutor on artistic projects based on the languages of printmaking and artists’ books in Hedera Printmaking Studio and in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors. Interested on the process of an artistic creation and its poetics, her classes are also a continuous reflection of these perspectives.
Her work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Germany and participated in European Art Fairs, galleries and museums.
This workshop is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Touch-Untouch
Images courtesy of the instructor.