2015-2016 Scholars for Advanced Study in Book Arts
February 3 - April 8
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
February 3 – April 8, 2017
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts
This show presents new works from Elizabeth Sheehan, Shana Agid, and Wayne Kleppe, our 2016 Scholars, who recently completed their year-long project-based residency at the Center. Each artist will present two to three new works produced during their residency.
Elizabeth Sheehan is a printmaker, paper maker, and book artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently the bindery manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn. Sheehan was also a 2015-16 Scholar for Advanced Studies in Book Arts at the Center for Book Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, GA; and the Center for Book Arts, NY, among others. Sheehan has taught workshops at Cooper Union, the Morgan Conservatory, Dieu Donné, and the Center for Book Arts.
Shana Agid is an artist/designer, teacher, and activist whose work focuses on relationships of power and difference in visual, social, and political cultures. She is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication at Parsons School of Design. Shana holds an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts (CCA) and a Ph.D. in Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Agid uses printmaking and letterpress to create books and prints that meld image, text, and form. His work has been shown at The Hamilton Woodtype Museum, The New York Center for Book Arts, the Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Southern Exposure, the Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, and at the Lower East Side Printshop. Her artist books are in collections at the Walker Art Center, The New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and DePaul University, among others. His book It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This was re-published in Booklyn’s 2010 Another Booklyn Chapbook (ABC) series.
Wayne Kleppe is a Philadelphia based artist working primarily with text-as-image, collage, and collaborative drawing. Wayne’s work explores how individuals design coping mechanisms to attempt to assimilate trauma into their lives, and how this transforms the traumatic experience. The redactive processes in the work elude to an enactment of deconstructing moments of rupture; While the ephemeral aspect pay homage to societies longing to collect so to preserve – attempting to fill a void and legitimize our experiences retrospectively.