The Brink: Andrew Dadson — A Final Weekend and a New Book

It’s the last weekend to see The Brink: Andrew Dadson, the exhibition presented on the occasion of the biennial award given to an artist in British Columbia, Washington, or Oregon in the early stages of a promising career. This year’s recipient of The Brink is Andrew Dadson, whose canvasses, photographs, and works on paper have been on view in the Henry’s East Gallery since April. As we bid the show farewell we are happy to announce the launch of a publication to commemorate the artist and his first solo museum exhibition.

For this book we collaborated again with Portland-based Publication Studio, the independent publisher who was an artist-in-residence during last summer’s book-oriented program, Shelf Life. Publication Studio has helped countless artists, writers, and cultural organizations make and publish books, including two that the Henry and Publication Studio co-published last summer with the artists Lucy Pullen and Matthew Offenbacher.



Readers are taken on a photographic walk through the exhibition space, interspersed with detail images of key pieces. The installation was beautifully shot by Jones Sanchez, who captured both the immense size of the artworks as well as the bright colors peeking out between heavy black brushstrokes. The book also includes short essays by exhibition curator Sara Krajewski and Hedreen Gallery curator Jessica Powers, and an interview conducted by Reid Shier, the director of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver. These were typographically set in a bold, black font to suggest the monochromes so often present in Andrew’s work.



We were privileged to be able to work closely with Andrew on the design of this book, and because of this we were able to produce something truly special. Because not only was he gracious enough to dig up images and contribute his thoughts throughout the design process, Andrew decided to make the covers for the first edition of his book by hand.

That’s right. All 100 covers of the first edition have been handmade by Andrew Dadson, who crafted them in a manner similar to Painted Paper Folds Up, Down, Left, Right (2012), an artwork currently on view. Andrew spent a few days straight working on the covers before mailing them from his studio in Vancouver to Publication Studio in Portland, where the covers were bound to the rest of the book. The covers are incredibly tactile, the heavy coat of paint cracking at the edges formed by the folds in the paper. It takes the book from being a simple publication and into the realm of the artist multiple.

The Brink: Andrew Dadson comes down this Sunday, July 22 and the book will be available for purchase this weekend. We hope you’ll take one last look at the show and then stop by the front desk to check out the book and hold Andrew’s work in your own hands.



The Brink: Andrew Dadson
Limited edition of 100

64 pp.

Published June 2012 on the occasion of the exhibition The Brink: Andrew Dadson at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, on view April 21 to July 22, 2012 and organized by Henry Curator Sara Krajewski.

Texts by Sara Krajewski, Jessica Powers, and Reid Shier with Andrew Dadson
Design by Jayme Yen

Printed and bound by Publication Studio, Portland, Oregon


The Brink is made possible by the generous support of Henry patrons John and Shari Behnke, founders of The Brink award. The exhibition is organized for the Henry by Curator Sara Krajewski.

The Latest HankBanner: Alyssa Volpigno


Thanks to artist Alyssa Volpigno for designing our beautiful new Hankblog banner! Alyssa has a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington. She works primarily in collage, and is the owner and chocolatier of Saltimbanque Chocolates. Alyssa is also the co-founder of an online curatorial project called Violet Strays with UW Photo alum Serrah Russell.

If you’d like to contribute a banner to Hankblog, email a 740 x 192 pixel image and include your name and a brief bio. We’ll select the best to feature in the next banner rotation!

A new Hankblog banner by Joe Milutis

Hankblog Header by Joe Milutis

Thank you to Joe Milutis who sent us this digitally-inspired new banner for Hankblog. Can you find the elusive Henry H? Joe is a writer, media artist, and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington-Bothell.

Want to see your own artwork adorn the Henry’s blog? Email a 740 x 192 pixel jpeg or gif  to and include your name and a brief bio. We’ll select the best to feature as a Hankblog banner!

TONIGHT: Shelf Life offsite public lecture by designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen

Shelf Life, the Henry’s look at books and independent publishing, closes this Sunday! But before then we’ve got a few more events to take us out on a high note. In partnership with the University of Washington School of Art – Design Division, we welcome New Zealand graphic designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen, who will give a public lecture at the UW Art Building (room 003) at 6:30 pm this evening. (Thursday, October 13th)

An accomplished graphic designer who trained in the Netherlands (her background includes a BA at the Rietveld Academie and an MA from the Werkplaats Typografie), she often works under the studio name Narrow Gauge designing books for artists and arts organizations. With an interest in critical and cross-disciplinary design and art practices, Layla established split/fountain, a project space, bookshop, publishing venture, and studio in Auckland.

Layla has just arrived in Seattle after representing S/F at the New York Art Book Fair, a premiere annual festival for independent publishers from around the world. There, bookshops both replenish their stocks as well as sell and trade their own book projects. Of the many publications Layla brought with her to the States, she has sold out of most of them. However, she’ll have samples of her books available for the audience to see in person tonight.

Layla’s involvement in publishing ranges from initiating independent publications to handling distribution and promotion, all the way to the meticulous typographic adjustments designers make to a file the night before it goes to the printer. Tonight, Layla will talk about what influenced her to found split/fountain and as well as her aspirations for the space and continuing publication projects. Please join us!

Note: Tonight’s lecture will be held at the UW School of Art building, room 003. Many thanks to Karen Cheng, Chair of Visual Communication Design at the UW School of Art, for helping us coordinate and supporting this event.

Shelf Life Public Talk @ the UW School of Art
Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Book Designer and Director of split/fountain (S/F)
Thursday, October 13
6:30 pm
Free and open to the public
University of Washington Art Building, room 003

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.

Shelf Life welcomes Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2)

We’re in the final stretch for Shelf Life. This exhibition and series of programs has been an exhilarating opportunity to work with people who work with books in myriad ways, opening and expanding the definitions of publishing and publications. The Shelf Life roster has included publishers, poets, writers, curators, and artists who have all outlined possible futures for books. And now to further open the conversation that has been going on since July, we welcome Stand Up Comedy to Shelf Life!

Stand Up Comedy is Diana Kim and Scott Ponik, with Morgan Ritter. Based in Portland, OR, and Stand Up Comedy is a shop for clothing, printed matter, and objects. Their contribution to Shelf Life is a compilation of short videos about and around the subjects of reading, publishing, and performance, titled Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2). ‘Pt. 1’ of Forms of Stand Up Comedy was exhibited as part of Motto Storefront, a 2010 project at Artspeak in Vancouver. About their project SUC writes:

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2) is again a video reel. Represented are direct subjects (fashion, art, consumer culture, reading) by indirect associations. The material collected is easily available to the public, and in this grouping of segments tells a short story of the shop and its current practice. Pt. 2 visits the distribution, consumption, and veneration of independent publishing as it exists currently within a system of alternative economies. It suggests the discussion be framed through multiple creative mediums, and with an expansive series of references that may help un-define its future.

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2) will be on display for a short time only — just until Shelf Life closes on Sunday, October 16th! Stop by soon for short clips of videos featuring George Carlin, Paul Rand, and even Glenn Danzig. (Really!)

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2)
Ongoing display
October 4 – 16
Test Site

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.

Friday, September 30 at Shelf Life: Poste Restante c/o Eric Fredericksen


Since September 7th Shelf Life has welcomed the trickling-in of the exhibition Poste Restante, curated by Eric Fredericksen, director of Western Bridge. The objects of Poste Restante are large and small, oblong and round; a few are completely flat and one is shaped suspiciously like a sculpture. They lie in their original mailing packaging on two tables inside the Test Site. As Eric writes in the introduction to this show:

A set of artworks is addressed “Poste Restante” to the Henry Art Gallery and delivered via national postal systems. A relic of an archaic system, “poste restante” indicates an instruction to the post office to hold a letter or parcel until its intended recipient — a traveler, perhaps, or a clandestine contact, or a mistress — arrives to claim it. Works are presented as received, in envelopes or parcels. The work waits, held by the museum for a recipient whose identity and location are incompletely known. Information as the the contents is available largely through the forms attached to the parcel, documenting the contents for customs purposes, and the series of addresses and return addresses multiplying on the surface testify to the work’s maker and its itinerary.

The art object remains local, specific, visible only in certain spaces, while operating in far-flung networks of conversation and commerce. Like a letter sent instead of an email. In this project, delivery is deferred. A specific deferral is that of the resolution of ownership, the discovery of the work’s recipient. More generally deferred is the delivery of meaning, a suspension that is necessarily permanent: delivery of meaning is the end of art. So these letters must always arrive and never be delivered.

The participating artists of Poste Restante are Lucy Clout, Martin Creed, Jason Dodge, Allison Hrabluik, Hadley+Maxwell, Aaron Flint Jamison, Sam Lewitt, Heather and Ivan Morison, Avigail Moss, Pamela Rosenkranz, Dexter Sinister (with Christoph Keller), Matt Sheridan Smith, and Oscar Tuazon.

These letters and objects, handled by three national postal systems (to date) and many unknown hands (including those of Homeland Security) have their ties to Shelf Life as the subject matter for an upcoming publication that Eric is currently working on. So how does an exhibition about the immaterial … materialize into a book? Is the ‘unknown recipient’ actually the future reader? (Is a book never quite ‘finished’ until it is read?) Eric will deliver a public talk on this subject (and perhaps the intricacies of dealing with customs forms) inside Shelf Life at 7 pm Friday, September 30th.

Public Talk
Poste Restante c/o Eric Fredericksen
Friday, September 30
Test Site

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.