THE ARTIST NOTEBOOK PROJECT
I took a sabbat year in 1997 for traveling and studying.
How to cope with all the mail while on the road?
This question triggered me into proposing the artist notebook project. So many mail artists are into artist book making but could they contribute also very personal items like notebooks?
Yes, yes, yes.
First address for this project was Marilyn Dammann's because I was crossing thru' the USA and Canada. This resulted into an exhibition in a gallery in Calumet, Michigan and a first documentation publication which was a description of all the received books and included also some real mail!
Back in Belgium the address became my home one and the project continued to blossom.
In 2001 a big notebook exhibition happened in the German quality bookshop Lesezeichen in Brussels.
The second documentation publication was a notebook on the travels of Lavona Sherarts to Belgium.
Lavona came to give some workshops on how to make books during the exhibition.
When she returned the next year we published the diary of that trip on an Internet site.
This was fase 3 of the project.
Fase 4 resulted in the second issue of Friour Network Magazine. I had asked to mail me impressions on the world after 911 and the zine united notebook fragments, artist books, object books, long poems, Vispo and other reactions of artists in a publication I consider perhaps as my best so far. (GV)
Size: 21 X 29,5 cm
Pages: 40 for Notebooks 1 and 2 doc
60 for Friour zine 2
Fase 5 was a notebook publication on my pilgrimage to the trenches and graveyeards of world war one in the Flemish part of Belgium. I'll make another entry on this later.