Apenest: Buy A Print Or A Book!

Just stumbled across a few prints by printmaking duo Apenest when searching for a t-shirt of my eternal live performance favorites These Arms Are Snakes. This is their design:

In fact, I’m not sure where one can attain this and am in the midst of conducting the appropriate research to make that known to this blog, but in the meantime, I want to queue up some reasons you should go to the website and buy something. Starting with this one, a silkscreen print appropriately entitled Everything. It’s intricate. Look closer.

Here’s what the dudes have to say about it:

We’ve made a lot of designs and drawings for stuff since starting Apenest a couple years ago.
Here is all of it, in a big transparent pile.

Process photos. Cool.

And last but not least, their Volume 2 book, which is now on sale for $25! It’s hand-numbered, limited to 1,000, and features the work of all of the following artists: John Copeland, Denise Kupferschmidt, Justin B Williams, Sophia Dixon, Bill Dunlap, Corey Arnold, Andrew Schoultz, Joseph Hart, Cody Hoyt, Paul Wackers, Grimaldi Baez, Brian Willmont, Corey Corcoran, Fighting, Mark Chariker, Eddie Martinez, Jeremy + Claire Weiss, Anthony Sobiech, Elton Lovelace, Zac Scheinbaum, Deep Slumber Lake, Whitney Claflin, Eric Saline, Meghan Tomeo, Chris Wawrinofsky, Travis Neel, Rebecca Gordon, Suzy Coady, and Alex Lukas. It also comes in a a slipcase with offset prints by Alex Lukas, Patrick Casey, James Quigley, Steak Mountain and Kevin Cyr… uhhhhh how can you not want this?

Eat it up! They are cool cats — or at least seemingly so — who are more about art and the process than making a quick buck. Gonna close it out with their self-proclaimed statement of work.

Our goal is to create a high quality and accessible creative publication solely focused on showcasing good art by emerging artists. We promise not to bombard you, the reader, with complicated, self-indulgent layouts, repetitive features on the same trendy artists, or record reviews.

We are artists first and foremost, and the goal of this project is creativity and experimentation. Not a “lifestyle” or a vehicle for advertisements.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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