AUTHORS

 
 

LA KEISHA LEEK

How to Make A Hood

La Keisha Leek is a Brooklyn-based arts professional and is currently the Manager of the Kenan Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a borough-based artist residency project. Prior to relocating to NY, she produced exhibitions, programs and publication projects throughout the City of Chicago and worked on project teams, for Navy Pier's Arts and Discovery Plan, and a multidisciplinary city-wide centennial project honoring the poet Gwendolyn Brooks with The Chicago Community Trust. From 2012-2015 she worked as the Executive Administrator and Special Projects Manager to Theaster Gates where she provided day-to-day administration to the artist, and managed artist-led programs, collection-based and community engagement residencies, conferences and special events. In 2016, Leek was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship with the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and participated in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.


Hey, I'm Adam. I'm an artist, writer, and a yoga practitioner. I teach aspects of yoga practice at Tejas Yoga and in various other locations across Chicago.

I received a BFA in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most of my yoga training happens at Tejas Yoga under the instruction of Jim Bennitt and James Tennant, where I received my foundational teaching certification in 2011 and where I continue to pursue advanced study.

If you want to know more about me, you can also email me directly or obliquely connect with me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also send an email newsletter once in a while that you can sign up to receive.


 

 

 

 

 

 

David Robert Elliott is a photographer based in San Francisco, CA.

 

 


A-lan Holt

Moonwork

A-lan Holt is a dramatic writer, poet and mother whose work explores blackness and intimacy as love, spirituality, disruption and change. Holt was named 1 of 20 'Women to Watch' by KQED for her collection of poetry Moonwork and for her contributions across performance and education. She is the writer and director of Inamorata, a short film starring Sabina Karlsson and Natasha Mmonatau. A-lan serves as the Associate Director at the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she develops curriculum, which explores the relationship between art practice, spiritual practice and social change. She is an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers program. A-lan resides in Woodside, CA.


David L. Bell

 

Included insert: risograph white ink handprint of A-lan's daughter Indigo June, whom this book is dedicated to.

Comprised of Poems from 2011-2014, Moonwork carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

#MOONWORKPOEMS


Victor Yañez-lazcano

 

de, which is Spanish for “of” or “from” is an ongoing body of photographic work that explores my family’s identity in the United States as it grows into a second generation of citizens. Predominantly settled in the Midwest, my family has grown to over 100 individuals, many of whom I have yet to meet, spanning a diverse socioeconomic spectrum with varying degrees of assimilation. In 2009, inspired by the myriad of oral histories, I began to document the members of my family and re-imagine narratives of transition as a way to better understand the social implications of our Mexican-American identity. Veiled in new traditions and sometimes accompanied by thick accents, my family’s brief history in the United States has allowed for me to witness a cultural shift that I believe is unique to the rural Midwestern Mexican immigrant experience.  

#victoryanezlazcano


Moonwork (ARTIST BOOK)

Poems by A-lan Holt

Released September 16, 2016.

7.25" wide x 7" tall, 104 pages.

Hand-sewn hardcover edition of 28.

Silkscreened + foil-stamped cover.

Unique raw pigment Indigo dye handprint inside each book.

Comprised of Poems from 2011-2014, Moonwork carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

This book has been shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize in Art & Design Publishing at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. 

#MOONWORKPOEMS


Bye Bye Broadway (Paperback)

by David Bell

Released May 23, 2016.

7" wide x 8.5" tall, 74 pages.

Perfect bound. 

 

 

 

Bye Bye Broadway is a book of poetic reflections on David's personal experience of living in and running an exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles and the impact it has had on his perception of and relationship with gentrification.

#BYEBYEBROADWAY


WIND THROUGH QUIET TENSIONS (Paperback)

by Adam Grossi

Released September 30, 2015.

6" wide by 7.5" tall. 214 pages.

Soft-touch laminated cover, perfect bound.

ISBN: 9780996816106

 

The book consists of two parts. Part One: Thicket is a memoir focused on the last 12 years of Adam Grossi's life, his journey through mental illness, psychotherapy, and therapeutic applications of yoga and ayurveda. Part Two: Garden is a collection of working theories: musings on what it meant for Adam to be sick and how he has been able to heal.

#WINDTHROUGHQUIETTENSIONS


How to Make A Hood (artist book)

Compiled by La Keisha Leek

Released August 30, 2015. 

4.5" wide x 6" tall, 106 pages

Hand-sewn hardcover edition of 50.

Blind Embossed cover.

How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

#HtMAH


Forthcoming:

A lick and a promise

by Sara J. Winston

Artist Book Edition of 50 handmade copies

— Releasing Summer 2017 —

Sara J. Winston artist talk

Filter Photo Festival

Date: Friday, September 22

Time: 1:00 pm –2:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel


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