|2005 Artist-in-Residence Karina Skvirsky|
Let’s take a look today at one of our former artists-in-residence Karina Skvirsky. Karina was here for a full year taking classes and working in the studios throughout 2005. Karina is a photographer and video artist who came to us with no prior experience in the book arts, but a desire to learn and digest new skills and an openness to the community of artists working here at the Center. After a certain point in her time at the Center, she chose to focus on sculptural and moveable book forms, eventually creating a complex editioned tunnel book project called El Espectaculo.
El Espectaculo is a tunnel book depicting a theater, where both the audience and the actors are figures from television news footage in 2005, including Michael Jackson and his security entourage, Martha Stewart, and others. Karina describes the piece on her website :
El Espectáculo explores the News as entertainment phenomenon. Excerpted television news footage—the Tsunami, the Iraq War, Martha Stewart’s prison sentence and Michael Jackson’s trial—covering a one month period in 2005 is recontextualized and integrated within the context of a Broadway stage.
It was produced in an edition of 5, and all of the numerous parts were hand cut and assembled here. She relied heavily throughout on the input and assistance of the community of book makers around her, especially Gavin Dovey of Paper Dragon Books. It is one of the pieces that we always point to as a perfect example of how an artists working in photography and time-based media can translate that work into the book arts. She has continued to work in the book format since her residency, and has really thought about how to integrate books into her art practice. Learn more about Karina and her work here.
If you’re excited about the work created here by our artists-in-residence, please help us continue to provide this opportunity in the future. Give to our campaign to support artist residencies in the book arts through WeDidIt here: http://wediditfundraising.com/campaigns/25-help-fund-our-art-residencies
Please give what you can, and spread the word to any family, friends, and colleagues who believe it’s important for artists to be given time, space, materials, and funds to experiment and create new works of art. Watch some of our past artists in residence speak about their experience at the Center for Book Arts in the video below, and go to We Did It to make a pledge or forward the link.
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