Time is running out! Make sure to get your tickets for this Friday’s auction soon! We’re looking forward to both a live and silent auction starting this Friday at 6pm, but you can still browse and bid online in advance of the event. Online bids will be accepted until noon on Friday, at which point we’ll put things on hold until the event starts.If you (sadly, tragically) cannot make it in person, you can make an absentee bid on all your favorite works.
In the meantime, today let’s take a look at the very generous Steven Daiber of Red Trillium Press, who has donated not just one but two works to this year’s auction.
Red Trillium Press/ Aqui en la Lucha is the work of artist Steven Daiber, who is based in Massachusetts. Daiber has worked with books for more than twenty years. He has been to Cuba regularly since 2001 and has facilitated dialogue between Cuban and foreign artists. His books create real, metaphorical objects: palaces of the memory in which each element underscores a meaning. The collaborations with Cuban artists tell their stories of the lived reality of Cuba in the 21st century.
I asked him about the work he sent us for this year’s event and he told me the following:
Havanna is a collage I made specifically for the auction because of all the original typesetting and the printers mark up for my wood engravings. Here is a page from a 19th century almanac, which I over printed for a series of business cards I made 15 years ago. Two of the wood engravings are mine and the pitchfork comes from the UK. I added the tobacco lithograph, printed in 2003 at the Taller Experimenta de Grafica, Havana because of the page reference to Havana.
The Fishing is from a series of collages created last fall, mapping, natural history, fish are all passions of mine.
You can learn more on his website here, and see images of some of his collaborative projects that he’s been producing with artists in Cuba for the last several years. Thanks Steven!