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Beyond the Rules
This exhibition encompasses examples of Mark Cockram's output from the last few years in which he has been exploring the more creative side of bookbinding and the wider field of book arts. Mark has been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with some fantastic text blocks provided by understanding and adventurous collectors. When working on commission, it is a rare privilege to be given a completely free hand. He loves making creative bindings for beautiful books, pushing himself technically and artistically to maintain a balance between reflecting the visual and literary content of each book, and expressing himself as a contemporary artist.
Felicia Rice: Collaboration and Metamorphosis
Featuring DOC/UNDOC an interactive, immersive work of art that combines 19th-century print technology with 21st-century digital typography; performance art and poetry; video and sound art; Old World traditions of the cabinet of curiosities with New World Mexican and Chicano traditions of altar making, this exhibition will also include works from Rice’s Latino and Chicano series.
The Internal Machine
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.
Protest ≠ Profest: Global Burdens
This annual Artist Members Exhibition presents artworks that deal with activism or passionate convictions toward current societal concerns, issues, desires and/or trends with a focus on artists’ books and works that relate to the concept of book arts.
Animation + Printing
This exhibition presents a selection of short animated films from around the US and the world, each created using techniques common in the book arts such as letterpress printing from moveable type, wood type, pressure printing, lino and wood cut, etching, silkscreen as well as animation in watermarked paper.
Five New York-based artists working outside book arts will exhibit new art created at the Center during their year-long residency, during which they received financial and materials support, instruction, space, and equipment.
Brian Taylor creates photographically illustrated books springing from his fascination with the book format and a love of texture in art. His imagery is inspired by the surreal and poetic moments of living in our fast-paced, modern world. Brian is fascinated by how daily life in the 21st Century presents us with incredible experiences in such regularity that we no longer differentiate between what is natural and what is colored with implausibility, humor, and irony.
En Masse: Books Orchestrated
En Masse: Books Orchestrated, organized by Osman Can Yerebakan, contemplates various possibilities on intellectual thinking and collective culture, bringing together various artists that utilize book arrangement in their practice, while suggesting an alternative perspective on analyzing and interpreting materials beyond their physicality and content.
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New artworks will be presented to the public by three young artists who have recently completed a year-long project-based residency at the Center. Finishing their residency in September 2016, and having 3 extra months to finalize artworks, Shana Agid, Wayne Kleppe, and Elizabeth Sheehan, will each present two to three new works produced during their residency.Find out more »
From the divergent personal stories behind the Coalition of the Many in Iraq, to threat of a community in lock-down in a Boston suburb, these books tell the story behind the fights that interweave the personal and political. This featured Artist Project will highlight 5 books with associated installation that investigating political conflicts within community perspectives, including They Came To Baghdad (2013) begins with colonial symbols embedded in Agatha Christie’s book covers, and ends with a breakdown of economic benefactors in the of the reconstruction effort after the Iraq War and Lockdown Archive (2015) is a collection of web images uploaded both by media and local citizens during the search for the Boston Marathon terrorist and in the process describes the overly militarized response and a portrait of a small town living under siege. Zakari with Mandel combine research methods and strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions. Text and language is an inherent part of our work: interviews, personal narrative, found text. The book format allows us to develop and idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside the gallery wall where it can reach a variety of audiences.Find out more »