“This is a book about abstractions (rules) and following them and breaking them and writing about them and visualizing them and grinding them to dust. It is about consequences and the lack of them and who exactly is privy to them.” The third issue of ON Journal takes the “rule” as its critical through-line, offering an interdisciplinary array of works by contemporary artists and writers.
Join ON Journal, Shelf Shelf, and LVL3 Gallery in launching the third issue of ON! All readers are featured in ON / Rules. Readers include:
Drinks from Marz Community Brewing Co. will be available for purchase, with all funds benefiting the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF). A portion of all book sales at the event will also benefit the CCBF. In dedicating an issue to the broad concept of ‘rules,’ we recognize that rules are often enforced unfairly and disproportionately. CCBF actively works to aid those incarcerated and affected by money bail in Chicago.
About ON Journal:
ON Journal is an interdisciplinary publishing project based out of Chicago, IL. Each issue of the journal is produced as both a printed art book and a reading event. In this way, ON hopes to anthologize experimental arts and writing practices in multiple formats. ON Journal is collaboratively produced by Gabrielle Welsh and Shelf Shelf.
About Shelf Shelf:
Shelf Shelf is a Chicago-based publishing imprint and collaborative design practice founded by Lucas Reif and Austin White.
About Chicago Community Bond Fund:
The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. Inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children. By paying bond, CCBF restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases.