I have an article in the latest issue of Openings: Studies in Book Art, which is now open access and available to read here. Titled 'Framed by Thumbs: Reading Raymond Pettibon', the article looks at drawings from the artist's early zines and places them in their original sequential context. Aspects of the book form continue to haunt Pettibon's work, even as they appear in a variety of settings.
Openings is the journal of the College Book Art Association, and this issue is edited by Inge Bruggeman and features articles by Caren Florance, Emily Larned, and Sharon Helgason Gallagher.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Transcend|Constrain: Collective Book Dimensions
An artist talk as part of Mesocosm
Saturday, June 11 at 2 pm
3130 24th Street in San Francisco
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Pleiades Book Review. Jared Wolfe writes, ‘Runkle proves to be a fearless proponent of imaginative power and willingness to push boundaries.’ Buy the book from Brooklyn Arts Press!
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Like the rest of the world, I've had Prince on the brain, so thought I'd revisit this intensely magical experience of seeing him in San Jose in 2011, from the introduction to RUNX TALES #3. Even then, he existed among the angels, those lucky bastards ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I'm preparing to give an artist talk tomorrow as a guest lecturer in a Publication Design class at the University of San Francisco, where I'll discuss my body of work and how my love of narrative, sequence, and collage draw me toward the book as an art form. I'll also give students some tips on attaching covers to an accordion structure for their final projects. I had a lot of fun a couple weeks ago giving a workshop on creating a perfect binding in a case for two other sections of the class.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Story Box: Creating Narrative with Relief Collage is happening at San Francisco Center for the Book next Saturday, April 16! We'll be making story boxes, shallow boxes with partitions that tell three-panel stories using 3-D collage (think Joseph Cornell!). Whether or not you're new to the book arts, if you're interested in boxmaking, visual narrative, sequential art, or collage, this workshop will be a lot of fun! Click HERE to register.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Story Box: Creating Narrative with Relief Collage, a daylong workshop at San Francisco Center for the Book. In this workshop, we'll use bookboard to build a shallow box with three collaged compartments. Participants will receive instruction in 3D collage, layout, and sequence, and will leave with the fundamentals of building, covering, and dimensionally decorating a compartmented box. This will be a a lot of fun—learn more HERE!
Sunday, February 28, 2016
'The Tyrant Bride' is a letterpress printed pamphlet that is now available at Big Cartel. It's one book of ten in an ongoing wedding-themed material novel called The Hitch: An Agamist Manifesto. While the ten books are thematically and often narratively related, each contains its own visual and textural theme, and the prose shifts in genre, from fiction to experimental memoir to lifestyle magazine feature to dramatic script.
'The Tyrant Bride', subtitled 'As droplets hover above her like spots', is a theatrical short story in which a bridezilla-type figure recounts various nightmarish weddings that have haunted her. Her visions are told through text printed from metal type. The text is interspersed with a shifting configuration of spheres printed from photopolymer plates. To learn more about The Hitch, visit matt-runkle.com/thehitch.