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Terence Hannum Interviews PMF 7 Participant Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch will also have a show up at Open Space during the run of the fair.

Give us a brief history of your work as an artist and with publications.  When did you start publishing books and making editions, where are you based and what would you say are your guiding principles to making your books?

I really began in college. I’d made a few zines in high school guided by some of my more radical friends, but I didn’t really understand the possibilities until I moved to Portland, OR. I participated in the Portland Zine Symposium almost every year I lived there and made a wide variety of hand made zines with drawings, writing, and comics. I felt a lot of encouragement through the creative production and community. I now live in NYC.


You’ll be having a show at Open Space here in Baltimore, knowing the breadth of the material in your work can you give us an idea of what will the show feature? 

The show spans a few processes, but is really focused on creating a kind of cohesive feeling/narrative in the and about the space. There’s some ritualistic, mysterious undertones. The pieces include some framed sequential drawings, cast metal candle holders, and a 12 foot long fabric scroll.


Why printed material? What is it about the physical over the digital or gallery based? Do you ever augment your printed work with web based approaches (please provide us with links – if so)?

I think there’s an intimacy in the physical form that can never be replaced by a screen.

That being said, I’ve been a very active artist online and had my first portfolio site and Flickr account in 2007. My site has been through more remodels than I can count but I’ve always kept it up and I switched over to tumblr, instagram, and twitter as my other platforms. I try and be aware of how each tool functions best for what I want. I don’t necessarily use any of them in a way that totally reflects the work I present IRL but I think they’re all incredibly relevant to my mental process.


What are you most looking forward to seeing at the Open Space Prints and Multiples Fair?

Most of the year I participate in fairs that are strictly for books. I love that this one is really open to the concept of multiplication in all its creative forms. It actually feels a lot more cohesive and engaging that way. Last year I walked away with some really beautiful ceramics and cards.

Was there a specific artist or art publication that got you into creating or printing graphic novels? If so, what was it? Do you still have the publication? 

Not really. It was more of a fluid evolution out of zine making to mini comics to long format.

Will you be debuting a special edition or new publication at the fair? If so tell us about it.

I will! I produced two sterling silver charm editions for the fair. I’ve made jewelry work for galleries, so this is one of the first times I’ll have something publicly available.

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Please check out Aidan Koch at the Open Space Publications and Multiples FairApril 9th and 10th at the Baltimore Design School. Both Terence Hannum and BmoreArt will be participating in the PMF so please stop by and say hello.

Author Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assitant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL).  And in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Allegra La Viola (NYC), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO) & Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA).

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