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2017 Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
October 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our Fall 2017 Exhibitions:
The Internal Machine
Felicia Rice: Collaboration and Metamorphosis
Faculty Fellow: Mark Cockram
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6-8 pm
In the style of Alfred Jarry: “The book is a mechanism, a piece of technology with multiple parts. It is a device fitted with a central hinging structure, which when opened doubles its surface area as if by magic. This machine is by no means limited solely to forward motion and its bilateral division, enabled by its hinged spine, makes a fluid multidirectional transport possible and also inevitable.”
Following this notion of the book as not only object but of mechanism, The Internal Machine suggests a perspective that considers the book object as a piece of technology. Utilizing a thought process that highlights the relationship between form and function and their dual contribution to the movement of a book through time and space, The Internal Machine prompts the question of a book’s structure in relation to its purpose.
This exhibition features DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, the most recent in a series of artists’ books by Felicia Rice in collaboration with contemporary Chicano/Latino artists and writers. DOC/UNDOC is a mixed media artists’ book housed in a hi-tech aluminum case seven years in the making. It includes Felicia Rice’s images, performance texts by artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña, critical commentary by art historian Jennifer González, video by artist Gustavo Vazquez, and sound art by Zachary Watkins. But the object itself carries a crisis of identity: What is it exactly? A border kit to face the uncertainty of future crossings? A traveling case for apprentice shamans? A reliquary for imaginary saints? A toolbox for self-transformation? It is all these things and it is also an original book, a performative artists’ book in search of a new format and a new audience. Each element stands by itself, but together they form an indescribable whole.
This exhibition encompasses examples of Cockram’s recent production in which he has been exploring the more creative side of bookbinding and the wider field of book arts. He has been given the opportunity to work with some fantastic text blocks provided by understanding and adventurous collectors. The creative bindings he makes push him technically and artistically to maintain a balance between reflecting the visual and literary content of each book, while expressing himself as a contemporary artist.