Archive | 2012 Exhibitions

Artists Book Cornucopia III – Linda K. Johnson

Seasons of Winter by Linda Johnson 

 

Linda K Johnson - Seasons of Winter

 

This book makes use of an everyday, low-end material, papertoweling, to create a book perfectly suited for Randy L. Mayes’ musings on winter. Johnson handset the type and printed on slightly translucent papertowels. That each is carefully  torn at the bottom edge creates a series of soft edge layers very evocative of falling snow. 

 

For Johnson the 

torn fore edges . . . connote the sense of time passing and the observationsof winter changing as the season progresses and ultimately gives way to spring. 

 

The book is stab bound at the top, the cover a cool tone Amate paper.

 

This books is produced in an edition of 25 and sells for $125.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde

Karen Chew and Nanette Wylde – Hello Catty! 


Karen Chew & Nanette Wylde - Hello Catty!

 

The whimsical black and white drawings and colorful cats on the pages of this book make it great fun to peruse. That each page also includes text accessed via moveable wheels, pulls and pop-up flaps makes adds to the fun.

 

The book is a collaborative work inspired by the unpleasantness of unnecessary meaness. Those unpleasant ‘catty’ traits are treated in a lighthearted and visually appealing and interactive way, such as  a spread featuring a feline cemetery complete with epitaphs such as 

 

This dead kitty was one to fear because no human ever called her dear. 

 

The book also includes a game, buttons and a bit of organic catnip.

 

This books is produced in an edition of 28 and sells for $300

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Cynthia Colbert

Cynthia Colbert – The Scars We Carry

 

Cynthia Colbert - The Scars We Carry

 

It is my belief that hand-crafted objects are forever imbued with the energies present during their production, regardless of the intention of their maker. Whether or not viewers are able to tune in to these energies depends on a range of variables.

 

The hand-worked covers of The Scars We Carry exude calm. To find out that they were sanded and carved while the artist was in a wheelchair recovering from back surgery, unable to rush about and over plan, is consistent with their hand-worked appeal. 

 

Cynthia says: 

 

The process of making this book helped me heal. I had unlimited time to think, plan, and reconsider my plans and when I was able, I created the book with certainty and calmness.

 

The text block pages present a series of cuts and slits, sewed together and/or patched over with translucent paper. The limited text includes hand-written descriptions of some of the scars Colbert has earned over her lifetime.

 

The books is well crafted in a coptic binding, lies nice and flat and is held closed with a flat hand-knotted braid and shell button.

 

This books is produced a one of a kind and sells for 600.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Heather Doyle-Maier

Her (un) Doing – Heather Doyle-Maier

Heather Doyle-Maier - Her (un) Doing

Heather Doyle-Maier works in performance, installation and book arts.To all her work she brings a sense of quietude paired with undertones of outrage at or, in this case, a questioning of the status quo.

Her (un) Doing is a feminist look at the traditional “learn to dress myself” fabric books, exploring the simple tasks involved in dressing a small girl as commentary on the process of being fastened into a gender.

In answer to the question How can we remove the packaging of girls, and babies in general? Doyle-Maier states:

I’m not sure we need to, or can. Dressing up babies is not only part of keeping them warm and safe, but part of how we adore them, and their survival depends on us adoring them. . . No matter what clothing we choose for our children, we make a statement about how we want them to be held in the world, . . . it’s good to be aware of the potentially limiting contents of whatever packaging you are applying.

The book, as is typical of all her work, is beautifully crafted with care and attention given to both physical and conceptual details.

This books is a one of a kind and has been sold.

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Ravi Shukla and S. Arden Hill

ahoy parachute boy – Ravi Shukla and S. Arden Hill

 

Ravi Shukla & S. Arden Hill - ahoy parachute boy 2

 

Another collaborative effort is that of two Canadian artists Ravi Shukla and S. Arden Hill. Simple in concept and execution (they each created five drawings/pages and then turned those pages over to the other to be finished — the book ahoy parachute boy is stab-bound), the book pages are rich with a variety of reference and materials.

 

All but the first page are heavily collaged with materials that have a broad range of depth, translucency and physical presence.

 

The text block is glued in to what, for Hill, has become a signature style. He creates covers (and sometimes entire books) from glue that, when dry, remains malleable. These covers can be formed and reformed, without evident harm, holding their shape for many hours before gravity, or intervention, cause the covers to reshape. 

 

Ravi Shukla & S. Arden Hill - ahoy parachute boy 1

 

This books is a one of a kind and sells for $1500.

 

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Laurie Weiss

Laurie Weiss - Dark River of Stars

 

Laurie Weiss (Black Dog Press) with Paulann Peterson and Barbara Mason

Another example of artists’ working collaboratively on a book project is Dark River of Stars, a project overseen by Laurie Weiss at her Black Dog Studio in Oregon.

The work is a collection of poems that Paulann Peterson, Oregon Poet Laureate, sent as gifts to friends and family each Valentine’s Day for nine years. These poems, many previously published, are accompanied by prints created by Barbara Mason. All are beautifully presented in a drum leaf style binding.

The drum leaf style binding allows the abstract imagery on each page to spread in an uninterrupted flow across the page. The lush rainbow roll colors and rich blacks maintain a spontaneous feel while leaving open space for the book’s text.

Each copy of the edition is signed by all three collaborators. It is housed in a matching single tray clamshell box.

This books is produced in an edition of 50 and sells for $350

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Sarah McDermott

Sarah McDermott - Problems of Scale 2

Sarah McDermott (Kidney Press) with Joanna Ruocco – Problems of Scale

Several of the books in this show use text written by someone other than the book artist/publisher. Many take the writing of another and use it, with permission but without collaboration, for the project. A few are actively working in collaboration with the text’s author to develop the book.

An example of this collaborative approach is Problems of Scale published by Sarah McDermott’s Kidney Press with text by Joanna Ruocco.

The book is slightly more vertical than is easily held in the hand (an intentional ‘problem of scale’?). It is lightweight with a paper case and cover and feels good in the hand. It is long-stitched through a slotted spine so it opens easily and stays open when asked to do so. Ultimately an approachable book.

McDermott holds an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama and thus knows her way around letterpress (the book is produced with metal type and polymer plates), layout and design.

Sarah McDermott - Problems of Scale 1

The text is sparse, the illustrations quirky in the style I now associate with McDermott (this is the 2nd Kidney Press book exhibited at Abecedarian). Simple line illustrations of two people interacting are printed translucent sheets in a variety of colors allowing both the previous and following pages text and or illustrations to be viewed simultaneously.

This books is produced in an edition of 20 and sells for $340

It is the recipient of the Savannah College of Art and Design Purchase Award.

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Artists Book Cornucopia III – Rebecca Childers

Rebecca Childers - Armature

Rebecca Childers – Armature

Armature presents a poem written by Rebecca Childers. Childers wrote the poem, created the image, made the paper, handset the type and bound the book. Childers has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Iowa, an institution renowned not only for its writing program but as the institution affiliated with the Center of the Book, directed for many years by master papermaker Timothy D. Barrett.

Armatureis a small and elegant work, letterpress printed on handmade paper of a quality that enhances the intimacy of the piece. The book is of simple construction that does not distract from the above mentioned strengths. Every element of this work contributes to the artists’ stated intent:

to recapture in object form the childhood experience of being nestled close to my mother’s body under her winter cape.

To this end she has dyed the felt that serves as book cover the same color as her mother’s cape; the letterpress images are photographs of that same cape and the books closure uses a button similar to the one her mother’s cape.

This is the first work of Childers I have seen; I hope to read more of her skillful writing as well as see more books from her press -The Seedbed of Irony Press, in Eugene, Oregon.

* This books is produced in an edition of 14 and sells for $300.

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