About this piece:
A boxed set of 3 single sheet books, Statutorio, La Strada and Rovine et Reletti presented in a custom made and printed box (2 x 3 x 1.75). One side of each book reveals a full image when unfolded while the other side features 36 images, one on each “page” as you peruse the book.
The books are oriented so that they can be viewed page by page while they are being unfolded until the viewer reveals a large page that displays all of the images at once on one side and the singular image on the other side. The maze fold is designed so that the books have to be re-oriented at each intersection. Turning left or right, up or down or over as the fold dictates, involving the viewer on a physical level with the book as they negotiate the pages.
The images are from time spent in Italy and Paris during the summer of 2015. Statutorio and La Strada are full color front and back while Rovine et Reletti is black and white.
The books feature images of statuary in Italy, documentary street pictures taken in Rome, Florence, Naples and Paris and images of relics and ruins from Rome, Ostia Antica and Pompeii.
mitsubishi double sided matte paper, ultrachrome ink, archival board
About the artist:
Michael Peven was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended the University of Illinois, Chicago for a BA in Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an MFA in Photography/Artists Books. He has been active as a photographer, bookmaker and installation artist since the 1970s. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he directs the photography program and teaches photography and bookmaking courses. Peven was named Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education South Central in 2014.