In a move that will delight book lovers and art fiends alike, the book-centric blog Blonde Art Books has opened a permanent store in Bushwick. Sonel Breslav began BABS in May of 2012, working mostly out of her living room. The project began as an art book blog, exploring book-centric exhibitions, interviewing self-publishing artists, and documenting independent publishing events. Because Breslav has chosen not to clearly delineate the boundaries of BABS (Curatorial project? Artistic endeavor? Publisher?) she has a unique versatility and has been free to work with a wide variety of artists.
As of January 2013, Breslav’s project now has a permanent home in Bushwick at Schema Projects. Schema is a gallery that deals exclusively in works of art on paper. The space opened a little over a month ago by artist Mary Judge to explore the role of drawing in the creative processes of all fields. The space exclusively features exhibitions of works on paper, which is where Blonde Art Books comes in. Breslav curates a small, permanent art book exhibition and store within Schema Projects. The store currently includes books, journals, and other publications by a whole slew of innovative artists.
The next exhibition at Schema Project opens this Saturday, on March 2, 2013. The exhibit will be curated and organized by Blonde Art Books. Four artists (Brian Belott, Matthew Craven, Sara Cwynar, and Jen Liu) will display work done with collage, photomontage, and painting on paper. The artists have also submitted work created specifically for the exhibition. If you can’t make it to the gallery, or even if you can, be sure to check out an upcoming video interview between Breslav and the curators of an exhibit at The Elizabeth Foundation, on the Blonde Art Books blog.