|The Reanimation Library|
The benefits of working or taking classes at the Center for Book Arts go beyond the merit of the information you receive and value of the equipment you are allowed to use. One of the greatest advantages is that the Center is just that, a center where artists can come to together to learn, discuss, and create. It is in this collaborative spirit that the Center has partnered with the Reanimation Library, one of the artist projects in our upcoming main gallery exhibition, Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?. This March, in conjunction with the exhibition, we’ll be hosting a new, two-day class entitled Collective Bookmaking.
|My favorite image so far from the Library’s digital archive|
The Reanimation Library is a small library, consisting of out of circulation books that have been collected on the merits of their visual components. The library was created by Andrew Beccone, an artist and librarian who first began collecting books for use in his own art projects and has a way with platypus metaphors. He continued culling books from thrift shops, stoop sales, and throw away piles and eventually created the library in order to inspire artists, writers, and others. “Encourage collaboration” is specifically mentioned as a goal in its mission statement, alongside “build a collection of resources that inspire the production of new creative work,” “draw attention to the visual and textual marvels in seemingly ordinary books,” and others.
On the first day of the class, participants will utilize the library’s collection to find images and text for a collaborative book. During the second day of the workshop, the class will assemble the book with the assistance of CBA staff. Each participant will receive their own copy of the finished book, a testament to the corporative nature of the project and a unique work of art.
The class will take place on March 16th and 17thfrom 10am – 4pm. Visit our website to sign up!
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