root to rise

So much gratitude for teachers that have planted seeds, provided encouragement, asked complex questions and shown interest artists, weirdos, outliers, misfits, wallflowers, wild cards communities that help with feeling seen and heard studio space & studio practice friends and neighbors that come to shows and stay connected discovering the magic of one’s own hidden mysteries,Continue reading “root to rise”

pale pink papermaking

My latest joy in the studio has been making paper with a new handmade sugeta mould. The mould consists of 2 parts – an interior flexible bamboo-splint mat, and an exterior framework which houses it. My main goal is creating consistent sheets – in color, texture and weight. I aim to make a good numberContinue reading “pale pink papermaking”

clouds in a sheet of paper

As one of the simplest forms of human technology, it could be argued that paper has had the most impact on the proliferation and preservation of knowledge worldwide. When I work with paper as a medium and/or as a support, some of the questions that provoke my research are: How do paper and books operate within social,Continue reading “clouds in a sheet of paper”

New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

WHAT BOOKS DO BETTER 25TH ANNUAL NEW JERSEY BOOK ARTS SYMPOSIUM @ RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK On November 8, 2019, the twenty-fifth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium will feature presentations by: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a Russian-Mexican visual artist, teacher and researcher; Maureen Cummins, founder of the Inanna Press, a recipient of the 2009 Pollock-Krasner Award,Continue reading “New Jersey Book Arts Symposium”

Homage to the Ancients

A Place to Rest One’s Palms, 2019 Cyanotype on handmade paper from Thai Kozo (mulberry), Mitsumata, Philippine Gampi, Soapnut natural dye, Handmade rope and covers from Thai Kozo Dimensions variable (can be open or closed as a folded book) when open 88 in. x 42 in. x 1.5 in. The sewn structure is based onContinue reading “Homage to the Ancients”

All Things Inter-are

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is notContinue reading “All Things Inter-are”

the book as sculpture

In Signatures, Version II, no text is present, there are no discernible pictures. It is the pure form and gesture of the earthen material to be read, which echo signs of human touch, providing textural information, and having a memory of its own. Each signature has unique punctures along its spine, traces of its disembodiment.Continue reading “the book as sculpture”

mae naam = Mother Water

Jaz Graf Mother Water, 2018 Laser-etched acrylic, cyanotype, porcelain Dimensions variable (15 panels – each 14”x11”) This work is from my recent exhibition, of origins and essence @ The University of Notre Dame. The river featured is Thailand’s Chao Praya.

Art of the Book

Seager Gray Gallery presents The Art of the Book, 2018. This signature show for the gallery is in its 13th year and includes 42 works by 22 artists. The exhibition runs from May 2 to June 1, 2018. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and the artists include Robert Adams, Rhiannon Alpers, Tor Archer, DougContinue reading “Art of the Book”

warm orange glow

Northern Indiana may be covered in 2 feet of snow right now, but there are still warm cozy niches to escape to, like this one @the St. Joseph County Library! Check out the 3rd floor and have a look at my copperplate photogravures of Thailand! Most photogravures these days are made from polymer plates, but mineContinue reading “warm orange glow”

On a Different Page

November 9 – December 14 Reception: Thursday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Thursday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of the artists in this exhibition utilize the bookContinue reading “On a Different Page”

bookwork in progress

The french phrase, “nous sommes simplement de passage” translates into “we are only here for a moment’s time.” This bookwork of grief is a personal confrontation of a silent event, recognizing that the process of healing is communal. Every book is coded, a system of signs to be decoded by its reader. It is theContinue reading “bookwork in progress”

illumination of past & future

Place Exhibition runs through 7/19/17.  Reception 6/14/2017. View this email in your browser   Please join us for a free public reception on June 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture located at 1045 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601. Place This group exhibitionContinue reading “illumination of past & future”

Exhibit @ AAHD Gallery

NEW FACES @ AAHD Gallery, University of Notre Dame On view Dec 1, 2016 – Jan 16, 2017 Jaz Graf – Trophic Avulsions, 2016, Cyanotype accordion book with thread drawing, paper lithography and laser engraving on wood, Dimensions variable, closed: 6” x 8.5” x 1” Jaz Graf – Here and After Series, 2016, Paper lithography on muslin with laser cut-outs,Continue reading “Exhibit @ AAHD Gallery”

all in blue

A new book in progress! Cyanotype images featuring deltas of the world, with thread drawing throughout. I was thinking about the currency of transboundary rivers and all that collects at the delta. Aerial views of these land areas provide a vast expanse of what is perpetually in flux.

Articulations

  Articulations: Jaz Graf Curated by Adrienne Wheeler Sept 6, 2016 – July 31, 2017 Reception on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5-7pm as part of Newark Open Doors Festival Free and open to the public. The exhibition was organized by Paul Robeson Galleries with funding provided by Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.

studio visits at VSC residency

I was awarded a Civil Society Institute Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center to participate as an artist-in-residence. I had my first studio visits here with Byron Kim, Jen Bervin and Miguel Luciano. Open Studios, book-spread inspired walls, influenced by writers in-residence… Visual Artists in residency, Vermont Studio Center May 2016 (Barbara White Studios)

10 Years of The Feminist Art Project

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, announces a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s 10th Anniversary entitled TFAP@TEN.  Established at Rutgers University in 2006, The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) is an international collaborative initiative advancing theContinue reading “10 Years of The Feminist Art Project”

a clearing

a clearing – – – jaz graf Sept 15, 2015 – Oct 16, 2015 The exhibit includes experimental prints, sculptural paper, artist books and mixed media drawings. Hostetter Gallery The Pingry School 131 Martinsville Road Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 (908) 647-5555 Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm http://www.jazgraf.com —–

In Other Words

Nine solo exhibitions in drawing, painting, and print featuring Terri Amig: Mercury and the Little Mysteries, Enrico Gomez: Paper Works, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern: Chamber Pieces, Eileen Ferara: Estuary, Jaz Graf: In Other Words, Carol Radsprecher: We’ve Escaped the Studio!, Eliot Markell: Imaginary Sculptures, James Prez: Bird(s) on a Wire, and Max Velez: Faces. @ Drawing RoomsContinue reading “In Other Words”

a less controlled state of image making

“The tension of the string against the tape led to unpredictable changes in the form of the drawing over the course of it’s lifespan. Initially when I returned home to find a drawing had lost some of it’s structure, drooping or tangled into itself, I felt a disappointment at the loss of the precision ofContinue reading “a less controlled state of image making”

Times at Sam Rit

My partner and I were lucky to be at Sam Rit artist residency during the rice harvest. We found piles of rice on the grounds of the local wat, in front of the school, along roadsides…they were all over town. Workers even pitched tents to watch over their rice. It was an interesting phenomenon toContinue reading “Times at Sam Rit”

Celebrating Print Week in NYC

A couple of my prints will be exhibited as part of Print Week at the Highline Loft Space, NYC. PaperView, a benefit for the Manhattan Graphics Center, takes place on Wed, Nov 5th, 2014 from 6-9pm. Each attendee will go home with a framed print of their choosing. It’s a great event. See you there!Continue reading “Celebrating Print Week in NYC”

Open Studio This Weekend :)

Jaz Graf Open Studio prints, book arts, and drawings Saturday and Sunday, Oct 18-19 from 12-5pm Merseles Studios – 339 Newark Avenue @5th St, in the Monaco Lock Bldg downtown Jersey City, NJ #69 on the JCAST Map http://www.thejcast.com (with 6 other art studios + resident artists exhibit) My work will also be included inContinue reading “Open Studio This Weekend :)”

graffiti impulse

A couple fresh monotypes from the studio. These were super fun to make and their family is growing! On view at Merseles Studios in Jersey City for JC Fridays (Sept 5th) and for the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour, October 17, 18 and 19th, 2014.

New Print Edition – Part of MAPC Biennial Conference Portfolio Exhibit

This edition is part of an Exchange Portfolio to be exhibited at the Mid-America Print Council Conference – Print City Detroit 2014. It will be exhibited at several university galleries in the U.S. through 2015. More info to come.

Monitors’ INK

I made this print several months ago working with the concept of absence and ghosts. The feather plumes drift and sway with air currents. On View in the Main Gallery at Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC thru August.

what will you leave behind?

Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “What Will You Leave Behind?” A project by Thai artist, Nino Sarabutra, features over 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls installed as gallery floor for guests to walk on. Tread lightly!  

traces of absence

traces of absence is a show I curated at Manhattan Graphics On view October 1 – 26 in the Project Space Closing potluck reception + artist talks on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30-9pm. Artists Stephanie Werthman J Carpenter Amber Heaton Marc Shanker Amanda Thackray Thomas Stavovy Also on view – Recent Etchings by Douglas CollinsContinue reading “traces of absence”

flocking it

One segment of a four piece drawing. Tar, acrylic, thread, pencil, flocking on paper. Part of a group show – “RAW DRAWING” On view until Nov 3rd, 2013 @ The Drawing Rooms in Jersey City. DRAWERS Eileen Ferara, Elizabeth Onorato, Ibou Ndoye, Steve Singer, Margaret Weber, Sandra Desando, Maggie Ens, Mike Markman, Kim Wiseman, GregContinue reading “flocking it”

new monotypes

These are from a new series of monotypes I’m working on. I took a two day workshop with Don Nicoulin and was moved by the immediacy of the process.  These pieces are quite different than most of my other print work. I’m experimenting with color, mark-making, and composition. It’s raw. It’s freeing. It’s like learningContinue reading “new monotypes”

exhibition in keene

On view thru June 8, 2013 – KSC Art Alumni Exhibition curated by Rosemarie Bernardi, featuring works of Randall Merchant, Jaz Graf, Katie Houle, Eileen Longe, and Nicholas Petrow. My work was featured in a recent article by Summer Dawn Hortillosa in The Jersey City Independent – http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/2013/04/29/a-lasting-impression-artist-jaz-graf-deconstructs-materials-to-build-new-ideas/