New works in progress! I’ve been hard at work during my fellowship at Dieu Donne. I feel incredibly lucky to have access to a high end papermaking facility and to be working alongside master papermakers and guest artists! In this exploration, I continue to use the language/structure of the multi-tiered, elongated palm leaf manuscript. Here,Continue reading “silk-storied”
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Title: Embankment/Embodiment Medium: Jersey City Embankment soil, organic seed starting mix, ceramic, and wood Year: 2022 Dimensions Variable: 84” x 12” x 10” As we move about our city, it hovers above our street view, fenced off from the public. The human eye cannot see the Embankment in its entirety. Its presence speaks of earthContinue reading “Embankment/Embodiment”
Special Edition Books
While COVID-19 shut downs persisted and my access to facilities for printing and binding were limited, I turned my Aferro studio into a production space. This project manifested as a limited edition of 60 artist books made by hand and took several months to complete. Studies in Brotherly Love is a collection of four poetsContinue reading “Special Edition Books”
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”
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”
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”
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”
another clay book!
more books to the kiln
Clay and porcelain
clay books, bisqued
Next generation of Eviscera books…by Jaz Graf.
Book binding can be so meditative! So far, my favorite binding I’ve practiced is the french loop link with exposed spine.
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.
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)
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”
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 :)”
text flirting in 3-d
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/
an open book
These pieces were recently exhibited at City Hall in celebration of Women’s History Month. Book pages are selected poetry by women from Immortal Poems of the English Language.
On the daily commute, I saw lots of people with ash crosses on their foreheads for Ash Wednesday. It got me thinking about James Castle, a deaf, illiterate, self-taught artist who barely ever left his home. His communication skills were limited and few in his family could understand him. His assemblages, drawings and book piecesContinue reading “ash”
Truly awe inspiring artist books and paper sculpture by Swiss artist, Valerie Buess.
Fri, Sat and Sun have been jam packed with amazing arts events! This weekend is Jersey City Artists Studio Tours. Selections from the 2010 GRAF X-change are on exhibit at the Grassroots Community Space. A visit to the NY Art Book Fair @ MOMA PS1 was intoxicating and stimulating. An impressive collection of books andContinue reading “busy weekend!”
My Eviscera installation is included in “Remembrance of Things Past,” a juried show featuring the works of 50 New Jersey artists. On view September 8th, 2011 to February 15th 2012 at Gallery 14 Maple, part of the Arts Council of Morris. Opening reception on September 8th from 6-8pm. An impressive array of art, exhibited inContinue reading “remembrance”
The sickest assortment of altered books I’ve ever seen!@ Brian Dettmer has a solo show on view in Chelsea at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art thru June 11th.
I once heard an old man in a wheelchair yell “Take me Home where I belong!” I have stolen this phrase from him and continue to use it often. That’s how I feel most of the time. When I spotted this painting by Jeremy Geddes– It seemed to say the same thing.
Participate in the Sketchbook Project
Art House Co-op (now located in Brooklyn) is having another Sketchbook Project series of exhibitions all over the country! $25 gets you a book and return it by Jan 31st 2012 to have your work seen by the masses! Read more about it here…
The opening reception for Eviscera was great! Despite the bad weather it was a good turnout of people. I even sold my book, Blub Blub Blub! Here is a pic of my installation from the Eviscera series. EVISCERA, 2010-11 Paper lithography on muslin with mixed media Dimensions variable Origin: c.1600, from Latin verb ēviscerāre,–e (ex)Continue reading “Print Installation”
E V I S C E R A
Come and join me for an exhibit of recent print work at the Manhattan Graphics Center (481 Washington St btw Spring+Canal) NYC. Sat, FEBRUARY 5th 2011 from 6-8pm On view through February. Also on view in the Project Space: International Print + Stencil Exchange Exhibition featuring over 30 artists work. In 2008 and 2010 IContinue reading “E V I S C E R A”
Upcoming exhibit & auction
My work was selected to be included in a group show at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. A Reverence for Water October 23-December 5, 2010 Reception: Oct 23rd from 1-4pm Live Auction: Dec 5th from 4-7pm (auction benefits ANJEC, Association of NJ Environmental Commissions) Location: Printmaking Center of NJ, 440 River Road, Branchburg, NJContinue reading “Upcoming exhibit & auction”
Jersey City Artists Studio Tour 2010
Koshi Kawachi breathes new life into old comics. he calls it “manga farming.” and i am in love with it!
recently discovered the illustrations of Fernando Forero – this artist has some wicked style! im dying to get my hands on Bestiary – a book of his imagined creatures. these manifestations are truly fantastical.
handmade gifts for the little ones
so my nephew is big into science and nature so i made him a book to jot down his microscopic findings and inventions. the best gift i got as a kid was a microscope and i loved eyeballing weird things – the covers of this book are a compilation of all things scientific made byContinue reading “handmade gifts for the little ones”
Published in my first gallery catalogue! Exquisite Corpse, Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary, a full color, 64 page book, Published 2009 ISBN# 978-0-9795167-7-1
street arts book release
Last summer there was a call for art on on Priority Mail Stickers (label#228). I sent in some stencil pieces and they were selected to be published in “Label 228 – A Street Art Project.” The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
Recently been working on book projects. This is the latest: