Unseen Press is independently run out of Seattle, Washington by photographic book artist Alexander Mouton (that’s me). Over the years, some of my teachers in the book arts have included Jeff Wolin, Jim Canary, Amos Kennedy, Nathan Lyons, John & Joy Tonkin, and Timothy Ely. Many of the artists’ books from Unseen Press are in collections internationally including MoMA Library, NYC; the Getty Research Institute, LA; and the Kunst Bibliothek, Berlin, among others.
As a lens-based artist, I explore the potential that sequencing images has for generating meanings that extend beyond the single image. My background is in film, literature, photography, the book arts, and digital media. I lived in Berlin four years directly following the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1990’s, during which time I was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship apprenticing to a bookbinder at the Technische Universität (’96-’97).
Through my artistic pursuits I am also involved with digital extensions of the book, including interactive video installations, net.art, and multimedia performances. This work has been included in Rhizome.org’s ArtBase and has been exhibited at SFcamerawork, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, Springgun Press, and E-Poetery 2013 at Kingston College, UK, among other international venues.
I am a member of the College Book Art Association, the Guild of Bookworkers, CODEX, and the Electronic Literature Organization.
For the past ten years I have been a rogue teacher of the book arts within art departments including Indiana University, Denison University, and Seattle University –where I am currently Associate Professor of Digital Art & Design.
Alexander Mouton, MFA