Saturday, May 12, 2012
Anderson Center Main Gallery
The Art of the Book: Seventeen Artists from the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts will open at the Center. Throughout the afternoon there will be book arts demonstrations and poetry readings, with a reception for the visiting artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
The seventeen book artists highlighting the show represent a wide variety of artistic perspectives and experience levels. Playing with structure, materials and content, and employing a wide variety of forms—scrolls, box-sets, accordion-like fold-outs—their work is presented in unique, handcrafted, often one-of-a-kind editions that celebrate the coming together of words and images, art and literature.
There is Cory Sherlock's breathtaking Horizontal/Grandeur, for example, with its flowing shocks of golden wheat. Or Lilla Johnson's long fold-out, accordion-like book of stunning winter landscapes. Or Kira Bavender's humorous love letter, We Have Great Chemistry, with its beaker of bubbling hearts.
Employing the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding as well as modern digital publishing techniques, each of the seventeen artists in this remarkable exhibition reveals a deep commitment to exploring, perpetuating, and ultimately preserving the fine art of bookmaking.
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