Mysterious Worlds

The 1996 annual Artist Members Exhibition. Books that examine human efforts to grapple with things wholly unknown or only partially understood. These books recount the unfolding process of scientific discovery and explorations into uncharted territories, as well as confront ideas related to those unseen worlds where rationality and reason suddenly fail to make sense of the Chaos…While some works proclaim a confidence in the logical of positivism when describing the wonders of nature or the design of the cosmos, others express an intuitive and consciously imperfect version of life on earth…To convey these ideas, many of the artists have created unique book structures that unfurl, spiral open, or are contained in an architectural element. As well, unusual materials are often utilized…These are frequently incorporated into surrealistic sculptures or juxtaposed with conventional image-making techniques like photography, painting, printmaking, and collage. All of these artworks in some way break with a traditional function of books: rather than conforming the viewer with an organized view of the world, the books here concede ot the inaccessible, as well as recognize the inevitable limits that personally define each of us.

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.

Exhibition Checklist

Amy  Bay
East Jackson Street

J. Catherine  Bebout

Miriam  Beerman
Hommage to the Walking Dream

Terry  Braunstein
The Book

Ted  Clausen
Untitled (Glass Triangles)

Sas  Colby
Psychic Research

Hilda  Daniel
Cataracht (Witness)

Joan Iversen  Goswell
There’s a Dark Side to You

Gloria  Helfgott
Islanded in the Stream

Mary  Hood

David  Horton
Celestial Wonderings
Doors of the Four Directions

Becky  Hunt
Every Thing Has Its Own Vortex

Ann  Kronenberg

Lois  Morrison
Dark Ahab

David  Moyer
Black Bike and Melancholy

Denise  Mullen

Beverly  Nichols
The Circular Ruin

Claire  Owen
Gabriel’s Family

Sarah  Plimpton

Janet  Pyle

Carolyn  Qualle
Alchemist’s Flight Manual

Gary  Richman
The Ruined Choir of Saint Augustine and the Isomorphs

Claire Jeanine  Satin
Dream Trackings

William Bernard  Schade
Chrysler Building Pelicans

Ken  Schnall
Jacob Book
Orpheo Book

Richard  Smith
Heaven and Earth

Jennifer  Vignone
Keelhaul; Life in the City

Ellen  Wallenstein

Faith Dorian  Wright
Salt Lake City, Utah

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