Between the Lines Broadside Collaboration:
Portrait #3 Future Self, I dream of…
About Between the Lines
Center for Book Arts 2021 Workspace Artist in Residence Rowan Renée‘s year-long project Between the Lines—consisting of correspondence based workshop series with LGBTQ+ artists incarcerated in Texas and Florida—concluded with an in-person reading & print launch event at CBA (28 West 27th St, 3rd Fl) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Six limited-edition broadsides produced by collaborative pairs of NYC-based artists and queer incarcerated artists are available for pre-order to pick up at the event. Individual broadsides are $15 and the entire series can be purchased for $75. All proceeds directly benefit organizations supporting queer incarcerated artists.
About #3 Future Self, I dream of…
Garcia’s artistic practice is informed by the life stories and backgrounds of the people he meets. For the Between the Lines collaborative broadside project, he was particularly inspired by the title of McPhee’s poem, Portrait #3 Future Self, I dream of… He found it honest, raw, and direct – elements he tried to capture in his stark design for the broadside which features a photograph he took of a friend and McPhee’s own handwriting. Garcia imagines the broadside as being easily distributed and postered in public—making people stop and think about maintaining hope and dreams despite the fragile nature of existence and how quickly time flies.
Oswaldo García (1989, Querétaro, Mexico) is a photographer and art conservator who graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UAQ. He is the editor, printer, and co-founder of Gold Rain—a Mexican publisher of artist books, which won the Shannon Michael Cane Award (LAABF19), granted by Printed Matter and the Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Fund to outstanding emerging book artists and projects. With Gold Rain x Da Substanz, he publishes artist’s books, catalogs, fanzines, editorial accidents, and other experimental books in limited or spontaneous editions, mainly printed in risograph, and always in close contact with authors and artists. García’s artistic work mines documentary and constructed photography, archiving (personal and public), accumulation, and time/space through experimental film photography techniques and artist books.
Willie McPhee is an openly gay spoken word poet and fashion designer who has been incarcerated for over 30 years.
As a poet, his work is concerned with social justice, revolution, and representing the complexity of human emotion and relationships.
He designs both men’s and women’s clothing and hopes to someday create his own brand and fashion label.
He participates in Between the Lines, a series of collaborative art workshops by correspondence. His contributions will be exhibited in The Power of We, a large-scale public art exhibition, supported by We, Women Photo, that will travel across the U.S. to venues in Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans.