Ethiopian Highland

The Ethiopian Highlands near Abuna Yosef

Clifton Meador

I am a writer, photographer, printmaker, and designer. I combine these disciplines to make artist’s books that explore how the narratives of culture, history, and place are the basis for identity. Human identity is not monolithic, nor is it a simple linear narrative, and I use the book as a strategy to present this complexity. Who we are depends on who is asking; and the book, as an artistic vehicle, offers countless ways to create complex, engaging narratives.

View work in progress on my Tumblr.

news

Exhibition Interplay: Photographers Focus on the Book 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon, April 6 to May 12, 2012

Exhibition Photo + Plus Coastline Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA, February 10 to March 10, 2012

Exhibition Blanket Impressions: Bread Freeman, Clifton Meador and the Offset Printed Artist's Book San Francisco Center for the Book, May 6, 2011 - September 2, 2011

Public Lecture Arts Forum Lecture Messiah College, Grantham, PA.February 24, 2011

Public Lecture La photo dans l'art contemporain Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multi-média Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali, 14 Janvier 2011

Exhibition Embodied at the Library Special Collections of the Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, January-April 2011

Exhibition Social Commentaries Catich Gallery Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, January 18 – February 25, 2011

Exhibition Double Vision: Julie Chen and Clifton Meador, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, November 24–February 4, 2011

Exhibition Novel Abstractions/Book Exhibition, Reyes + Davis, Washington D.C., September 8-October 16, 2010

Exhibition TypO Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Illinois, March 4–April 10, 2010.

Exhibition No Translation Required-Artist' Books in Germany/Georgia Trahern Gallery, SCAD Atlanta, March 8–April 16, 2010. Also at the Klingspor Museum, October–November 14, 2010

Two Day Fair February 26 and 27, 2010 with my colleagues from Book & Paper, as part of a Temporary Services exhibition at Gallery 400 at UIC, Chicago.

Exhibition of my work at Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay University,Clarksville, TN. January 19-February 8, 2010

about

Education and Professional Experience

Awards and Grants

Collections

CV The academic version of my curriculum vitae.

links

ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative is an international distribution network created by and for artists who make print-on-demand artists’ books. They don’t sell books through the site but provide information about selected books.

Columbia College Chicago Department of Interdisciplinary Arts Where I teach.

Artists' Books Online. An amazing resource of facsimiles and metadata concerning artists' books.

Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper The center offers exhibitions, classes, and publishes the Journal of Artists' Books.

Journal of Artists' Books. A Journal dedicated to criticism and writing about artists' books.

 

artists' books

Several of these links point directly to the Artists' Books Online site.

How Books Work Julie Chen and Clifton Meador {2010}

Three Tibetan Bookstores {2008}

heart {2008}

Rocks, Literati, & Invasion {2007}

Kora {2007}

Avalanche {2007}

Bad {2006}

Tourist/Refugee {2005}

Nameless Dead {2004}

Crossing the Oxus {2001}

Whisky Defense {2001}

Memory Lapse {1999}

Natyurmort {1997}

Long Slow March {1995}

Positive Produce and Negative Books {1995}

Nutritional Disease Throw Rugs {1995}

A.A.A.R.P. {1994}

A Long Walk {1995}

Foxtrot Oscar Lima Lima Yankee {1991}

Sea Change {1990}

Massive Infection {1990}

Anecdote of the Jar {1989}

Mighty Fortress {1989}

Greenness {1988}

Stampland {1988}

Rising Converging {1988}

New Doors {1985}

Doom {1984}

Great Men of the Modern Age {1982}

Short Letter to My Friends {1980}

 

 

other projects

FiftyTwo Turning everyday life into books: a book a week for my fifty-second year.

Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing at the Derge Parkhang In 2006 and 2007, Patrick Dowdey and I traveled in western China, documenting traditional Tibetan book production. The results were exhibited at Wesleyland University and at Columbia College Chicago, and are also available as a print-on-demand catalog.

Partially Enumerating Tibetan Buddhism. Mnemonics, metaphysics, and numbers.

I HV DRM Dr. King's famous speech, with all the words removed.

Kora Font. A font of walking people, designed for Kora.

Printed Paper. Printing heart during March, 2008.

articles

The Small Pond Published in JAB21 2006

Disciplining a Craft Published in The Bonefolder — Volume 3, No. 2, Spring 2007

reviews

Emily McVarish The Square Published in CAA Reviews, July 2010

Artists' Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971–2008 Published in CAA Reviews, February 2010

Toby Milman: Access and Closure Published in JAB26 2009

purchase

Vamp and Tramp. Book dealers who carry some of my work.

1950s Chicago Medical Banquet {2008}

Private Prison Company Annual Report {2008}

Internet Police Uniform Sites {2008}

Dallas Texas Bail Bond Yellow Page Ads {2008}

heart {2008}

Every Offering {2007}

Kardanakhi Tataroba {2006}

Sapara Monastery {2006}

Nicht Drain {1999/2006}

contact

Clifton Meador

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