A new book exhibition in US

My books “Don’t retouch anything!” and “Wedding series 1819-1998” are on show. Paper from 1800’s Swedish Royal Announcements, ink, contact prints and a zirconia ring are some of the materials used.

Berglund Cardenas Gaby, Wedding series 1819-1998, mixed media, 2017 wm

Pages from “Wedding series 1819-1998”, mixed media, 2017

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Pages from “Wedding series” 1819-1998, mixed media, 2017

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Pages from “Don’t retouch anything”, mixed media, 2017

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Pages from “Don’t retouch anything”, mixed media, 2017

Bound and Unbound IV is an international juried altered book exhibition at University Libraries, at the University of South Dakota:

“As artists, I believe, one of our roles in society is to protect and foster culture. Altered books seemingly exist as a contradiction to this; destroying the old to foster in the new, by using a cultural icon, the book, as a delivery system for new information outside the bounds of its original intent. I would hope that all the artists in this show hold a certain amount of reverence for the object they are destroying or obfuscating. I believe it is selfish to claim our personal expression is more valid than the information expressed in the book. But, as the book slowly declines as our society become more and more digital, can this mode still be relevant in today’s constant barrage of information? I believe these artworks act as a surrogate for these books, creating monuments and symbols that try to capture the logic of a book in the aesthetic of art.

We are asked as viewers to contemplate these works in consideration of the objects they were born of. The title of this show is Bound and Unbound, a reference to how books are assembled and made. It is a reference to the object itself without considering the information within its pages. It is looking at the object of a book as its physical form: pages, registers, binding and cover. In the works that were selected for this show, I am curating what I believe to be a transformation from object to icon. These works are ruminations and ideations of what the book as an object has a chance to become once divorced from its original intent. Art in itself is a language outside of the letters and words. These works are examples of when a book goes beyond its contents and becomes more than a possession. Your favorite book is something beyond a written tome of increasingly important thoughts. It is something that you use to construct yourself: to become wiser, excited, smarter, faster, better informed, inspired and more empathetic. I see these themes in the works themselves. We look at the weaving that recreates a map on top of the book. The topography of the thread creating an alternate universe that we can only imagine travelling. This transformation is what this show is about to me. The object is reborn/transmuted/challenged. The reader is now asked to read a form. Bound and Unbound IV is the sum of its parts, an exhibition of books undone and put back together. ” – Eli Show, juror.

Artists from Australia, Denmark, England, Puerto Rico, Romania, and the United States are represented in this exhibition running from Aug. 21, 2017 until Jan.3, 2018. 

Their digital library is in the process of publishing photos here

More videos and photos will follow on Instagram

Made it to THE BIG SHOW at Lawndale

 

After six months living in Houston I didn’t know what a huge honor it was to be selected for The Big Show, with juror Toby Kamps, former Curator of The Menil Collection and soon-to-be Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum. As usual, I didn’t enter for the competition but because the theme was interesting and it gave me a chance to exhibit one of my scrolls locally.

The scrolls were made in S. Korea and they were initially 3. Today they are over 20 pieces. They are by far the most humble works I have made yet the most important, meaningful and fun. They are part of my own meditation practice by handwriting with ink the words “no mind” repeatedly. This practice remind us of the Japanese Zen monks who in ancient times drew Enso circles of enlightenment with ink as part of their own meditation. The circles, like the handwriting, do not need to be perfect as they reflect the state of mind of the writer at the moment of performance. The dream is to show them together, as the last series of 15 pieces explores the use of mindfulness in the healing process of the mental illness.

Of the 3 initial scrolls mounted on antique wood spools one became part of the permanent collection of Kent University Special Collections and Archives in UK after “Prescriptions” exhibition at The Beany Museum in Canterburry. The other piece is currently in Venice after a recent exhibition at The Scuola Internazionale Di grafica Venezia and will stay there as part of a travelling exhibition of “Scrolls” in Italy.

This year’s organizing Theme
It is a truism that life moves fast and that change is a constant. In the 21st century, rates of change in our ecological, economic, and political lives are accelerating and increasing at breakneck speed. Even consciousness itself is under constant pressure as new technologies transfer images, messages, and memes from the screen to the mind at the speed of light.

This weekend: Artists’ Books Biennial in Ome, Italy

It’s truly an honor to be part of the IV International Biennial of Artists’ Books:  “Il Viaggio come Metafora, I’lo e la Natura (THE TRAVEL METAPHOR, NATURE AND I) exploring our journey in life as a metaphor where we are in close contact with the four elements of nature. It’s inspiration was the breathtaking nature of the venue: The Casa Museo Pietro Malossi, located in a village on the southern border of the Ome area, at the foot of the forested slopes of Mount Delma, and is crossed by the canal Molinaria that, as suggested by the same name, moved the wheels of a mill from grain and a mallet iron, existing factories probably since the fifteenth century. The whole place retains its striking beauty and magic.

The Museum is the house where Andrea Averoldi lived, an antiquarian whose collections now part of this museum include more than six thousand prints from woodcuts and lithographs to copper engravings and etchings.

Curator Virginia Millici has organized the international artists’ books biennial for the 9th time gathering a group of international artists, each of us with our own diverse practice, but brought together by a common interest in the medium of the book.

Artists’ books became popular throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and the genre has continued to expand. During the 1980s and 1990s many more artists began to use the book as a medium for self-expression and they continue to do so. Techniques remain varied and range from the traditional to the experimental. Small presses and individuals have continued to promote the art of letterpress printing and the hand-crafted book. Some artists have chosen to use computer-generated images while others have used the photocopier to reproduce their work. Many artists have taken up the challenge to experiment with the content and physical structure of the traditional book form. Bookworks and book objects have continued to step outside conventional boundaries to encompass concepts associated with the fine arts. Works range from the minuscule to the gargantuan. Bookworks are not restricted to the use of paper and ink but can incorporate all kinds of materials and appended objects. While such works are usually unique or limited editions, some are produced in multiple copies.

Exhibition title: IV Bila Biennale Internazionale Libro D’Artista, “Il Viaggio come Metafora, I’lo e la Natura (THE TRAVEL METAPHOR, NATURE AND I)

Museo: FONDAZIONE CASA MUSEO PIETRO MALOSSI, Borgo del Maglio, Ome, Italy

Period:  July 2nd – September 12th, 2017

Curator: Virginia Millici

Organizer:  Associazione Culturale Art Gallery/Museum Nabila Fluxus in collaboration with Associazione Culturale ” Il Borgo Del Maglio “

Participating artists:    Ariberto Badaloni, Paola Baldassini, Luisa Balicco, Tiziana Baracchi, Gaby Berglund Cardenas, Sarah Bodman, nicoletta bustreo, Sirlei Caetano, Mara Caruso, Maria Teresa Terry Cazzaro, Renata Di Palma, cinzia farina, Grupo Gralha Azul, Arlene Hawrot Landry, Jeanette E. Kohler, Mario Lagos, Beatrice Landucci, Mire Le Fay, Ruggero Maggi, Danilo Micheletto, Virgy M. Milici, Janis Rudolfs Nedela, Csaba Pal, Walter Pennacchi, Fabio Pera, Gentile Polo, Maria Pujol, Rosella Quintini, Roberta Spettoli, Maria Do Carmo Toniolo Kuhn, Luca Xodo

More details on  Exibart’s art newspaper, Rome.

This is the Facebook page created for the Biennial where you can follow up the upcoming exhibition and also see a preview of photos of the museum before the exhibition.

 

Berglund Cardenas, BOOK OF BALANCE 2

Book of Balance I, mixed media, 2013, S. Korea, Gaby B. Cardenas

The location of the museum

“No Mind” stays in Venice for travelling exhibition

After “Scrolls” exhibition ended at the SG Gallery in Venice, my scroll will stay longer with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia as this is a travelling exhibition. The beautifully located school was founded in 1969 and is the premier university program in Venice for Printmaking and Book Arts, as well as the most established and equipped studio for professional and practicing artists. One of the organizers of “Scrolls”, the Associazione VIS Venetiae Incipit Scriptorium, whose goal is to teach and keep the ancient art of calligraphy, posted these photos of the opening April 17th.

A scroll is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper which has been written, drawn or painted upon for the purpose of decoration or preserving or transmitting information. Scrolls were the first form of editable record keeping texts, used in Eastern Mediterranean ancient Egyptian civilizations. While the scroll was popular until the fourth century, it was gradually replaced by the codex, which is a book in the format used for modern books.

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“No Mind I” artist’s book, handwritten calligraphy on Nepalese paper, limited edition of 3, each unique.

 

A view from the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, photo by J. Davis.

First show in Houston, Venice and more

Still haven’t finished unpacking my studio but I’m thrilled about my first group exhibition in Houston honoring Frida Kahlo’s legacy at East End Studio Gallery (at Nance and Hardy Studios)  on April 8th, curated by Lizbeth Ortiz, known for her annual Frida Festival (going on its 11th year).  Also, I’ve been invited to show one of my artist’s books in Venice at “Scrolls” at the  Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia in Italy (Ap.14-21) and to join a group show to honor the anniversary exhibition of a great dutch artist: Norbert Wille at Jan Et Piet Museum in Netherlands (May 7th).

Moving to Houston from S. Korea  early this year after 7 1/2 years of making art and having such wonderful Asian country as home means both opportunities and challenges at personal and artistic levels, however doors always open when we put hard work and the heart on what we do.

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THE MOTHER, mixed media, 31.5 x 25.5 (80 x 64 cm) in. framed in acrylic box, 2012 (one of the 4 paintings to be exhibited at “Viva Frida”)

New books at Edward Hopper Art Center in NY

A form of meditation and a powerful part of healing, the physical act of making my artist’ books allowed me to express emotions that words alone are often unable to communicate. The fragility of their paper and materials remind us of the fragility of the human mind. The words “no mind” (emptying your mind) and the empty medicine blisters where the scrolls are mounted are a contrast and an antidote to today’s age of worrying too much about achieving and meeting the expectations that others place on us. Finally as the Cuban poet Rafael Campo tells us “Through certain books, a truth unfolds”.

The 3 artist’s books are part of a series on progress of 15 scrolls of ink calligraphy on Nepalese paper carrying the words “No mind” (part of the concept of mindfulness), mounted on medicine blister strips, between 100 and 300 cm. long when open and about 5 x 9 cm when folded.

Last Saturday opened “Small Matters of Great Importance”: small works on paper that make big statements, curated by Carole Perry and juried by Michelle Donelly, Fellow Curator of the Whitney Museum. Here on this album from the museum are photos of the opening and my works displayed on top of the fireplace.  If you are in the area, please stop by!

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“No Mind V”, Artist’s book, ink calligraphy on Nepalese paper, mounted on medicine blister strips, 274 cm. long, 2016. Part of a series of 15 books, on progress.

Thank you note

I was recently invited by the Honorary Consulate of Ecuador to curate a solo exhibition for the opening of his post in Busan. The successful ceremony took place Nov.27th in Novotel Hotel with around 130 guests and live music including an Ecuadorian group and it lasted for 10 days. I want to express how deeply honored and grateful I feel to the Embassy of Ecuador in Seoul, the Honorary Consulate of Ecuador in Busan, Novotel Ambassador Hotel in Busan and to Gana Gallery for their support.

I came up with the theme “When leaving becomes arriving” and gathered paper works including large paintings-collage, monotypes and an installation from the last years. Curating this retrospective made me reflect about what it involves leaving your home country and those you love to embark on a pilgrimage. One is subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way, the nature of the destination changes, step by step, and not always we know where the end of the road is. It takes inner resilience to endure the loneliness and the unforeseen but also a sense of risk and adventure. After all, there is a sense of freedom when we touch the deep foundation of aloneness. Maybe there is a need for following a certain star not seen by anyone else, an internal migration running parallel to the outside road, keeping us changing while trying to stay true. Maybe there is the need to create a more beautiful mind. 

Here is the publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility ad well as the news from the Embassy of Ecuador in South Korea.

FUI INVITADA POR EL CONSUL HONORARIO DE ECUADOR A CURAR UNA EXPOSICION PARA LA APERTURA DE SU OFICINA AQUI EN BUSAN. LA CEREMONIA SE LLEVO A CABO NOV.27 EN EL HOTEL NOVOTEL CON ALREDEDOR DE 130 INVITADOS Y MUSICA ECUATORIANA EN VIVO. ESTA ES UNA NOTA DE AGRADECIMIENTO PARA LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN SEUL, EL CONSULADO HONORARIO DEL ECUADOR EN BUSAN, EL HOTEL NOVOTEL DE BUSAN Y LA GALERIA GANA POR TODO SU APOYO.  

EL CURAR ESTA EXPOSICION “CUANDO EL IRSE SE CONVIERTE EN LLEGAR” ME HIZO REFLECCIONAR PROFUNDAMENTE SOBRE LO QUE SIGNIFICA DEJAR SU PAIS NATAL Y LOS SERES AMADOS PARA EMBARCARSE EN UN PEREGRINAJE. UNO ESTA SUJETO A LOS CAMBIOS DEL VIENTO Y EL TIEMPO, NUESTRA DESTINACION CAMBIA, PASO A PASO, Y NO SIEMPRE SABEMOS CUAL ES EL LUGAR FINAL. SE NECESITA FORTALEZA INTERIOR PARA SOBRELLEVAR LO INESPERADO Y LA SOLEDAD, PERO A SU VEZ RIESGO Y AVENTURA. DESPUES DE TODO, SE LLEGA A CIERTA LIBERTAD CUANDO UNO TOCA LO MAS PROFUNDO DE LA SOLEDAD BUSCADA. ES COMO UNA MIGRACION INTERNA QUE NOS HACE CAMBIAR CONSTANTEMENTE. QUIZAS HAY UNA NECESIDAD DE SEGUIR UNA ESTRELLA QUE ES INVISIBLE PARA TODOS LOS DEMAS. QUIZAS EXISTE LA NECESIDAD DE CREAR UNA MENTE MAS HERMOSA.

AQUI ESTA EL COMUNICADO DE LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN COREA DEL SUR Y EL COMUNICADO DEL MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES .EXTERIORES.

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At Edward Hopper Art Center and Museum in NY in November

Today I got great news: 3 of my artist’s books on “Mindfulness” will be on exhibition at “Small Matters of Great Importance”, curated by Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition celebrates small works on paper that make big statements and will be held in two gallery rooms of Edward Hopper’s birthplace and family home, now a non-profit art center and museum. According to The Huffington Post, the Edward Hopper’s House of Art and Museum is one of “The 13 best New York art spots that aren’t in NYC”. I’ll post photos of my work when the exhibition opens Nov. 19, running until Jan. 8, 2017.

HOY RECIBI EXCELENTES NOTICIAS PUES 3 DE MIS LIBROS DE ARTISTA SOBRE MEDITACION O EL ESTADO DE “NO-MENTE” ESTARAN EN EXPOSICION EN EL Museo y Centro de Arte Edward Hopper EN NUEVA YORK. LA EXPOSICION SE CONCENTRA EN OBRAS HECHAS SOBRE PAPEL Y ES CURADA POR MICHELLE DONNELLY, CURADORA DEL MUSEO WHITNEY DE NUEVA YORK. ESTA CASA MUSEO FUE EL LUGAR DONDE NACIO Y CRECIO EL FAMOSO PINTOR EDWARD HOPPER Y DE ACUERDO AL PERIODICO HUFFINGTON POST ES UNO DE LOS 13 MEJORES ESPACIOS DE ARTE EN NUEVA YORK QUE NO ESTAN DENTRO DE LA CIUDAD. PONDRE FOTOS DE LAS PIEZAS CUANDO LA EXPO ABRA EN NOV.19, CULMINANDO EN ENERO 8 DEL 2017.