Rum Riot Press
Organized by Printeresting, Rum Riot Press is a small press exposition of artists' publications including work from over sixty artists, designers, and publishers from around the world. Rum Riot Press explores how DIY and small press publishing can foster communication and offer an alternative to mainstream media sources. This show coincides with a major resurgence in self-publication, which is a mode of communication that offers agency to anyone willing to participate. Given the current small press explosion, now seems like a good time to marry the mistakes of the past with the possibility of the present.
The exhibition's title references an event in Portland history when, had these kinds of independent publishing and accessible communication methods been available, violence may have been prevented, averting 1855's brief period of civil unrest after the city attempted to prohibit the distribution of alcohol and sparked so-called "Rum Riots."
The Rum Riot Press will operate as a functioning small press production and distribution site for the duration of the exhibition. Resident artist Amze Emmons, a founder and editor of Printeresting, will spend three weeks in the gallery, organizing zine workshops, readings, and related events to engage the community in a conversation about the role print can play at this unique moment in history. All publications from this exhibition will become part of SPACE Gallery's new zine Library, which will be permanent and open to the public.
Featured artists include:
Andrew Kozlowski/Goldmine Anthology
Anne Elizabeth Moore
The Art Department
Brooklyn Art Gallery
Cafe Royal Books
The Center for Book Technology
Crystal Stokowski/Space 1026
The Daily Collaboration
Holly Holly, Hobby Hobby
Marc Snyder/Fiji Island Press
Mark Price/Zine of the Month
The Moving Crew
Trixine Chemical Corp
Ugly Duckling Presse
Yes, Ma’am Press
Opening Reception: July 26 from 5-7PM
Zine Workshops: July 28 from 12-6PM
See installation photos here on Flickr.
Special thanks to Business Equipment Unlimited, who provided the fine photocopier for this exhibition and small press production.