This weekend, area zinesters, art aficionados and anyone fond of old school print is invited to browse more than 50 exhibitors from near and far at BOUND
, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA
) Cleveland's second annual art book and zine fair.
Free and open to the public, BOUND will take place in Gund Commons on the museum's first floor on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to meet and interact with booksellers, artists, photographers, poets and independent publishers from Northeast Ohio as well as from points across the country. All of them will be offering limited edition art books and zines at affordable prices. In addition, a reduced $5 admission includes access to the MOCA galleries as well as all the programming and talks associated with BOUND. There will also be live music on Friday and DJs spinning tunes on Saturday.
"It's going to be a very high energy event with a lot to offer people who are either artists and creators or fans of comics, zines, photography, and art books," says Deidre McPherson, MOCA's curator of public programs. "There will be publishers, comic book creators, zinesters, printers, poets, and photographers here." They'll be exhibiting work that tackles pop culture, activism, feminism, gender identity, madness and sexuality – just to tag a few topics.
Contemporary artist TR Ericsson
, whose pieces are part of several permanent museum collections, curated the event as he did last year's inaugural effort. His work, notes McPherson, imparts "voice to the voiceless," which is also at the heart of BOUND – but don't ask either to tap picks from the upcoming line up.
"The most compelling aspect of the book fair is the diverse selection of artists and book makers," says Ericsson, adding that "this makes it impossible to list favorites simply because each offering is so exceptionally unique."
"You'll find artists who went to art school and have a very extensive background in creating work at a high level," adds McPherson, "but also self trained artists who are incredibly talented and have done some outstanding work in their careers."
Fair enough, but in lieu of favorites, here's a sampling of BOUND exhibitors. Locals include John G of Shiner Comics
, co-creator of the local horror comic Lake Erie Monster; the venerable Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry
; Caitie Moore, who will be exhibiting her indie photobooks from her Nomadic Bookshelf
project; artist Jerry Birchfield
and the Gordon Arts Square institution Guide to Kulchur
along with proprietor RA Washington, who is a tireless advocate for marginalized voices in print medium.
Out-of-towners include Brooklyn artist Paul Weston of Instigator
and his interactive ANY1 mural project; Philadelphia's Nathan Pierce, Claire Cushing of Same Coin Press
; and from New Orleans, former Clevelander JS Makkos of NOLA Digital Newspaper Archive
, who will conduct printing demos on mimeographs, the predecessors of the copy machine.
A host of emerging local voices such as photographer and internet sensation Alison Scarpulla
and Cleveland Institute of Art grads Matthew Rowe
(BL^NT), Ash Fiasco
and Evan Fusco
will round out the roster.
A soundtrack will accompany the entire event, with Friday night's live music performances staged on MOCA's loading dock and doubling as part of the museum's creative sound music series, LOADED
. Bands include Form A Log, Hiram-Maxim
and Fake Species
. DJs from WCSB Radio
will aptly score the action in Gund Commons throughout the day Saturday.
will feature presentations, discussions and a workshop on zines and how to make them from Cleveland-based artists Jacob Koestler of My Idea of Fun
and Anna Tararova, proprietor of Meowville
. A panel discussion on the use of zines as a platform for emerging and marginalized narratives will include RA Washington; Akron-based writer Angel Cezanne, founder of Eleanor: A Zine
, which aims to empower women and non-binary people by promoting their art; and Jimmy Lewis of Columbus, Ohio, founder of Fag Enabler
, a zine for queer, feminist, and nonconformist creativity. The panel discussion will be moderated by poet, author, and change catalyst M. Carmen Lane
. An after-party at the Grog Shop
will cap off the two-day event.
McPherson hopes to build on the momentum of last year's Mimeo Revolution: Art Book + Zine Fair
, which was inspired by MOCA's 2015 exhibit How To Remain Human
and Ericcson, who coincidentally approached MOCA staff with the idea of modeling an event after the MoMa PS1 Art Book Fair
, a popular underground fair in New York and Los Angeles. The resulting three-day event attracted some 1,000 attendees.
"Attendance was amazing. It was great to see," says McPherson, adding that she expects similar numbers this weekend – or even more attendees mingling with exhibitors, which numbered about 30 last year. "It was gratifying to see how many artists were given a space at MOCA to share and talk about their work."
Lastly, BOUND is a fitting dovetail with MOCA's current exhibit, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
. From the 30,000 original post cards he's created over the years to the 1977 self-published 300-page My Struggle, Booji Boy
, which are currently on display at the Akron Museum of Art
and MOCA, respectively, Mothersbaugh's work embodies an alternative legacy of underground and DIY culture.
"Mark Mothersbaugh – when he was a student at Kent State University – created zines and was self publishing and using art books and zines and his own drawings as a way of expressing himself," says McPherson. "Mark was definitely inspired by the mimeo revolution that was occurring in the 1960s and continued through the 70s," she adds.
Furthermore, Friday night's live concert, which was curated by Dandelion Moon's Andrew Auten, Lisa Miralia of Mysterious Black Box
and artist-musician David Russell Stempowski of Polar Envy
, will be an energetic fusion of experimental sound, avant rock and punk.
"These three bands were hand picked and selected with Mark Mothersbaugh in mind," says McPherson.
will be in its final weekend during the fair. Hence the reduced $5 admission is an affordable last-chance to see the dazzling collection
along with the extended BOUND presentations.
"It's a great capstone," says McPherson of the interactive farewell to Myopia