Chris Perry: Ripples Current(ly)

Perry’s work, which deconstructs specially-made books into 3-dimensional sculptures, questions our concepts of the book as receptacle for only one type of knowledge. This exhibition will feature a large-scale, site-specific installation along with several smaller works.

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. Sometimes the shape of the piece is dictated by a descriptive title that comes first and other times the title suggests itself as the piece is completed and its true shape takes place.”

Related Events

Friday, January 22, 6-8pm – Winter Exhibitions Opening

Friday, February 26, 6:30pm – Artist Talk

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming 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, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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