Showpaper still remains true to its original inception producing a bi-monthly all-age music listing fold-out featuring a visual artist on every cover issue. When a concept is fluid it's evolution has little boundaries. Showpaper is branching out to include art and music benefits that support its printing, guerrilla style music happenings and participation in art fairs. Passion can be infectious and Showpaper is worth spreading.
The NY Art Book Fair housed at PS1 in early October, Showpaper displayed an array of colorful issues on a small ledge below Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool art installation. Part of the Showpaper charm is the dedicated rotation of volunteers manning the unofficial site. I spoke with a young woman who was doing a double shift and enthusiastically telling anyone who was interested about the Showpaper mission.
Recently Showpaper shared a booth with VendorBar an exhibitor at The 2009 Editions|Artists' Book Fair showing videos by Flipswitch, Cassettes by Party Labs, and showpaper editions. Greeting the curious was Joe Ahearn, Showpaper's volunteer impresario. He is always finding new ways to bring the Showpaper mission to different audiences. VendorBar organized by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, had awesome conceptual art editions including Yoko Ono's Add Color: Imagine Peace -Stenciling Action, Sal Randolf Free money in book form and printed editions and chewed drawing editions by Larry Miller.
Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn are both working artists and VendorBar is their latest curatorial endeavour whose mission is to open up direct lines of communication between artists and the public in order to make ideas and artwork more accessible.. They represent an older generation who have an authentic love of art and an enthusiastic vision to inform. This is rare in adult form and even in the art world. Choosing to share a space with Showpaper proves that the spirit of art can cross generations and go beyond just the selling of product.
Michael Petruzzo whose music taste I trust gave me a list of must see music emphasizing The Eskalators. Showpaper arranged for the eighteen piece to play a set to end the Editions Fair three day run.
The group assembled in the upstairs entrance with guitar, toy instruments, violin, array of brass and a mini megaphone. Their spirited music full of sing alongs, great lyrics, rag tag fun were in contrast to the traditional and formal aspects of any art event but what a welcome juxtaposition.
Flickr Set VendorBar / The Eskalators