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LA Art Book Fair Friends

Christopher Kardambikis visits Mary Tremonte of Justseeds and Darin Klein & Friends at the LA Art Book Fair 2016 at The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA, Los Angeles.

Darin Klein & Friends: With an ever-expanding network of friends and collaborators, Darin Klein curates and organizes dynamic and engaging exhibitions and arts programs, simultaneously creating, collecting and promoting artists' publications and independent media. Klein is a 2010 recipient of Printed Matter's Awards for Artists for exemplary work with books and printed media and has lectured and taught workshops on the art of ‘zine-making at universities and arts organizations.

Justseeds: With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.

Mary Tremonte: is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh, PA. A founding member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, she works with "printmaking in the expanded field," including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist multiples. Mary has exhibited, presented lectures and workshops, and performed in Toronto, throughout the United States, and internationally. Through her work she aims to create temporary utopias and sustainable commons through pedagogy, collaboration, visual pleasure and serious fun.