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Chris Perry: Ripples Current(ly)
January 22, 2016 - April 2, 2016
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts
Chris Perry’s work, which deconstructs specially-made books into three-dimensional sculptures, questions our concepts of the book as receptacle for only one type of knowledge. This exhibition features a large-scale, site-specific installation, 154 Ripples: icicle, along with photographs documenting the creation of this new piece as well as several related, earlier works in the artist’s Ripples series.
Statement from the artist:
“I use hand-made books to impart information without the use of words or images; the books themselves are the idea, the shape of the paper the information. The Ripples series started with a love of the flip-book with the difference that instead of flipping the pages to view the movie, the blank spaces were cut away so the entire ‘movie’ could be seen when the cover of the book was open. They evolved into more sculptural shapes as the volumes increased in number for each piece and opening the books to turn the pages was no longer possible. Taking a cue from the ongoing title, Ripples, the pieces convey water, water structures and movements and water-related containers and means of transport.”
Chris Perry has exhibited widely, including at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Denise Bibro Gallery (New York, NY), The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (Brooklyn, NY), and Minot State University (Minot, ND). His works are in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery, Brown University Library (Providence, RI), and the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), among others. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.