A survey of works influenced by Kyle’s work.
Hedi Kyle has had a profound influence on contemporary book artists since the late 70s. Although devoted to her career as a book conservator, she is widely appreciated for her innovative constructions and unconventional methods for designing, fabricating, and transforming the architecture of the book. Her works have also affected the way readers interact with books by loosening the strict linearity of most book formats and by altering expectations about the content that can be found within.
This exhibition is a survey of works created by artists who have benefited from Ms. Kyle’s uncommon ability to adapt and modify book forms to reveal a refreshing integration of art and technique. Yet each artist has articulated his or her own personal sensibility in their work, as we see their own visual or linguistic wondrous world unfold. All the works in this exhibition in some way challenge established notions about this cultural object that has played such a significant role in our intellectual history. Books have been liberated from conventional expectations, yet they still reflect the intrinsic characteristics of books found throughout history. These books are both old and new at once, wise and naive, disciplined and reasoned, yet all the while enticing us with their sensuous pleasures.
This exhibition is a survey of works created by artists who have benefited from Ms. Kyle’s uncommon ability to adapt and modify book forms to reveal a refreshing integration of art and technique.