Photo Book Works is an international exhibition of artists’ books incorporating photographic imagery and/or processes as a primary element. Photo Book Works combines the curatorial expertise in the book arts field of gallery director Alicia Bailey with jurying by Rupert Jenkins (executive director at Colorado Photographic Art Center).
In addition to the works selected by Jenkins, selections from Carol Keller’s private collection, selections from gallery inventory and from Bailey’s Lovely and Amazing photo album series will be on display. Photo Book Works includes work by artists from the United States, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Argentina and Australia.
The works in this exhibition weave visual stories not just with images, but with the materials their creators have chosen and the structures that house their work. These works support the viewpoint that the physical, printed book is most emphatically not on its way out, as some loudly proclaim, but rather that the book as physical object remains and will remain a constant.
Included in Rupert‘s juror’s statement are the following remarks:
It doesn’t need to be said that books – photo books - have evolved, that they now come in varieties and forms hitherto unimagined. They always have, of course - hand painted and inked by monks, mass produced by German inventors, scrunched into pockets for reading underground, hand made, machine made, made in the cloud and delivered to your door in three days.
The books in this show have one commonality – their innovative use of images in book form. They are a representation of the evolution and variety of the photo book, a generous plurality of approach and vision. Like all the most vividly creative collections they interpret our countless ways of seeing and experiencing the world, and they make us better for recognizing how varied and creative that world – those worlds, our universe, so to speak – is seen to be.