1. The McCloud River Railroad’s scrap yard — one of the many sites and finds from summer 2012…Parallel Cases

     
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Joe Riley, 2013 (at The Cooper Union)

and Audrey Snyder

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    slavin:

    Joe Riley, 2013 (at The Cooper Union)

    and Audrey Snyder

     
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    We sat down with our friend Andres Janacua to discuss the ins and outs of Parallel Cases for a new blog, the Initiant.  

"In the summer of 2012, artists Audrey Snyder and Joe Riley set out west to traverse the disused railroads of days passed. Riding on their custom rail bikes, they brought along with them a small mounted letterpress, a camera, and tools to record their experiences. Here, they open up about the ideas that concerned them and using technologies that can be easy to forget"

You can check out the interview, here

    We sat down with our friend Andres Janacua to discuss the ins and outs of Parallel Cases for a new blog, the Initiant.

    "In the summer of 2012, artists Audrey Snyder and Joe Riley set out west to traverse the disused railroads of days passed. Riding on their custom rail bikes, they brought along with them a small mounted letterpress, a camera, and tools to record their experiences. Here, they open up about the ideas that concerned them and using technologies that can be easy to forget"

    You can check out the interview, here

     
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Come join us for the Parallel Cases exhibition at Cooper Union on January 29, 2013! The opening will take place from 6-9pm on the 6th floor of the Cooper Union Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street). There will be drinks and food and railbikes and prints. Hope to see you there!

    parallelcases:

    Come join us for the Parallel Cases exhibition at Cooper Union on January 29, 2013! The opening will take place from 6-9pm on the 6th floor of the Cooper Union Foundation Building (7 E 7th Street). There will be drinks and food and railbikes and prints. Hope to see you there!

     
  5. I recently finished making this full scale, 7 ft. long, wooden rail. The peice is made from ash, finished with paste wax, and intended to be flush mounted as a sculpture and a shelf. It will make its debut as a shelf at the Parallel Cases exhibition, opening Jan. 29, 2013 at Cooper Union

    More photos of the piece here

     
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    Railbike love
     
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    McCloud train graveyard

    McCloud train graveyard

     
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    Skunk train depot.
Ft. Bragg, CA

    Skunk train depot.
    Ft. Bragg, CA

     
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    Composing

    Composing

     
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    Railbike build in progress.

    We’ve since tested out the design. The bike rides on the rails like a dream.

    Over the next two months Audrey Snyder and I will be working on a project, entitled Parallel Cases, which will take us clear across the country and throughout California and Oregon. We have been honored as fellows of the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship from the Cooper Union for the project. In a nutshell, we are taking a small letterpress, ink, metal type, and a couple of railbikes (bicycles outfitted for travel on railroad tracks) out to California where we will travel and print along several hundred miles of abandoned railroad trackage. These areas of abandoned railroad tracks that once connected areas of industrial production and raw materials with metropolitan areas within the state but are now unused. We have modified bicycles, adding a clamp attachment to the front wheel and an outrigger which allows us to ride on the rails. This project was inspired by the legacy of the tramp printers, a group of itinerant type setters during the golden days of type who hopped freight trains from town to town in search of a couple days work. According to their tradition, a printer’s training was not complete until they were traveled. Through Parallel Cases, we endeavor to take up the methods and means of the tramp printers as a way to both collect and distribute our findings. We have proposed this project as a way to is to situate ourselves in this lost landscape by traveling a series of abandoned train tracks in Northern California on rail-bikes with the aim of producing a primary document of our experience of the past and present states of the lines we travel.

    We begin our journey West this week and will soon end up in San Francisco. We will then begin railbiking and typesetting in earnest. We hope to exhibit a number of the prints and artifacts from our trip in San Francisco and will exhibit the entire body of work at the Cooper Union come next fall. We will also periodically update a project blog with updates, prints, discoveries, and anything else that comes our way. Please follow along at: http://parallelcases.tumblr.com/