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Buzz Spector: The Book Under (De-) Construction
October 2, 2015 - December 12, 2015
MASTER FACULTY FELLOW / FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts
Each year the Center invites a notable artist to teach a master class with an exhibition as part of our “Master Faculty Fellow” series. Buzz Spector is an internationally-known artist whose work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. His work with altered found books dates back to 1981, and his collages incorporating dust jacket elements date from 1987. Spector has received much recognition for his art, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1991, and three NEA individual artist fellowships. He received the distinguished teaching of art award from the College Art Association in 2013.
From Buzz Spector’s essay “I Stack Things. I Tear Stuff Up”:
I tear pages. I stack books. On given days these processes, or others that seem similarly inane in summary, occupy me in the studio. I assert that I am an excellent tearer of pages or stacker of books, but what then constitutes my virtuosity? Look at one of my altered books and you can see the torn edges of every sewn or perfect-bound sheet that formerly comprised its text block. My systematic excising of pages leaves a form whose organization in itself challenges the suggestion of random harm within the word, “tear,” commonly used to describe what I’ve done. As for my stacking, it’s the ordinary work of aggregation, whose oddness arises from what it is I’m building up with. Books in a row could be on anybody’s shelf, but books in a stack raise some interesting questions.
Friday, October 2, 6-8pm – Fall Exhibitions Opening
Friday, November 20, 6:30pm – Artist Talk with Master Faculty Fellow Buzz Spector
Saturday & Sunday, November 21-22, 10am-4pm – Master Class with Buzz Spector
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.