The Anthropomorphic Book

The 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition

Brian Hannon said of the exhibition: “The Center for Book Arts is proud to present the 1994 exhibition of work by the Center’s artist members. ‘The Anthropomorphic Book’ exhibition contains the art of fifty-six artists whose works explore the relationship between the book and the human body, and so somehow refer to our material existence in the use of image, shape, media, or content.

This exhibition reveals a diversity of new artistic approaches to an age-old subject and includes both traditional and contemporary book formats. Some of the artists take a humorous and whimsical attitude towards our physical existence and have crated sculptural books that fold-out, pop-up, or assume a life-sized anatomical map of the body. Others convey a darker tone in books that express experiences related to physical calamity, including investigations into human disease, handicap, mortality, and AIDS. One such work uses actual x-ray films which have been painted on as the pages of the book. The exhibition also contains many works which explore cultural ideas associated with the human form by examining perceptions of body types, historical notions of beauty, and issues concerned with gender and sexuality. In contrast, some books deal with the simple wonder of a body’s interaction with more ordinary activities, like playing with a hula-hoop, digesting a meal, or simply taking a breath. The works in ‘The Anthropomorphic Book’ exhibition confirm that the book is an especially eloquent format for examining this brief alliance between the corporeal and the immaterial.”

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:

Nicala  Aiello

Text by Gertrude Stein and Nicala Aiello. Relief printing, rubber stamp, serigraphy, silk threads, fingernails, graffito. 10 pages in two parallel accordion bindings.

Sarah  Barnum

Phantom Limb/ The Flying Dream
Watercolor and ink on paper. 8 pages in a buckram binding with leather straps.

Meg  Belichick

Ink on tissue with vellum covers.

Douglas  Brin

Journal Pages from 1987 and 1993 Diaries
Perfect bound blank book

Crystal  Cawley

Untitled Handbook with Prediction
Paper, acrylic, watercolor, and press type. 10 pages in an accordion binding.

Antonella  Celada

Hidden Eye
Wood, paper, collage. One page in a sliding wooden frame.

Precision Parts

Carolyn  Chadwick

Shelter My Soul I and II
Oasis goatskin, Unryu, binder’s board. Full leather box.

Deborah Phillips  Chodoff

(1994) Unique sculptural book
Acrylic mirror tiles, wire, acrylic paint.
This tunnel book has irregular openings that allow the viewer to see his or her reflection framed by the metallic painting on the backs of the tiles. Because the tiles have been heated, the images are distorted and the reflection at the end of the tunnel is tiny.

Ted  Clausen

Breath Box, The
Wood, glass, cloth

Glove Box, The
Plexi-glass, gloves, text

Ed  Colker

Aesthetique du Rale
Text by Michael Anania. Offset lithography, letterpress. 17 pages bound in a portfolio.

Aesthetique du Rale
Text by Michael Anania. Offset lithography, letterpress. 17 pages bound in a portfolio.

Aesthetique du Rale
Text by Michael Anania. Offset lithography, letterpress. 17 pages bound in a portfolio.

Laura  Davidson

Body Temple, The
Wood, board, lantern slide, gear, linoleum prints, laser prints, transfers. 6 pages fold out to become a temple, bound with brass hinges.

Tennessee Rice  Dixon

Photocopy, paint, collage, wax

Melissa  Ehrenreich

Paper, ribbon, blackberry juice, ink, cloth, collage.

Spinning Around My Waist
Monoprints and Xeroxed leaves. 9 pages in an accordion binding.

Laura  Ferguson

My Back�Part of My Body Yet Hidden From Myself
Ink, vellum, mixed media with X-rays and silk. 19 pages plus portfolio.

Susan Kapuscinski  Gaylord

Book of Hair and Lips, Aging and Eternal
Binder’s Board, paper, copier imagery.

Gina  Genis

Map of the Interior/Gold Leaf Fingerprints
Ink, gold leaf on bark paper. 3 individual pages wit their own portfolios housed in a case.

Amy  Goldin

Making Babies
Paper and plastic.

Joan Iversen  Goswell

Xerography, string, leather gloves

William  Harroff

Safe Sex
Snow globe bookwork

Gloria  Helfgott

Never Mind
Mixed media: clay, gesso, photocopies.

Mary  Hood

Can You Feel Me?
Aluminum, wire, dry point. 5 pages sewn with steel wire.

Sandra  Jackman

How Two Multiply
Wood, paper, ink, collage, oil paint, enamel, altered photographs.

Rochelle Rubinstein  Kaplan

My Body Book
Hand-sewn leather cover, heat transfers on leather and paper.

Karen  Kunc

Mexican Gothic
Text by Vinnie-Marie D’Ambrosio. Letterpress, woodcut on paper, paper slipcase.

John  Laudenslager

Pastel, graphite, collage, cloth tape, marbleized paper, wax, mineral pigment.

Birgitta  Lund

Memory of a Reading
Manipulated photographic prints.

Waxed, painted woodblock, black velvet, photocopies

Su  Lund

Star Nebula: (Marilyn)(I)
Wood, metal, brass, photos, pigments, stones, wire, glitter and found objects

Jim  Machacek

Skin Flick
Collage of Japanese paper, magazine clippings, lithograph. 4 pages in fabric checkbook style folds.

Louise  McCagg

Manhattan 05.12.91
Text by Petri Gyorgy and art by Louise McCagg. Cast head cover, letterpress printed text.

Ruth  McGurk

Strip Map
Colored pencil, letterpress.

Emily  McVarish

Matter and Memory
Text by Henri Bergson. Letterpress on board.

David  Moyer

A Phrenologie
Letterpress, wood engravings. 15 pages in a folio.

Denise  Mullen

Manos de Piedra
Goat with calf inlays, kallitype photographs, acrylic and gouache. 32 pages with embossed leather covers.

Susan  Newmark

Inner Eye
Plastic fabric, paper, paint, sequins, ribbon, stone.

Beverly  Nichols

Dancing Serpent, The
Text by Charles Baudelaire. Watercolor, covered with linen.

Sarah  Peter


Jo Anna  Poehlmann

Table of Contents with Appendix
Canon laser color copies, Xerox, wood, acrylic, glue, collage

Lois  Polansky

Anatomical Digressions
Handmade paper, fiber, encaustic. Folding screen book with 10 leaves.

Sonya  Rapoport

Animated Soul, The
Text by artist with poetic excerpts from Normandi Ellis. Canon color copy, laser print, papyrus, Macintosh diskette.

Susan  Rotolo

Watercolor, silverpoint, pen & ink, linen, muslin, gauze, board. Adjustable supported concertina binding.

Mary Ann  Sampson

Prayer Book and Singer
Wood, paper, string, plastic, metal, acrylic paint, pencil

Diane  Samuels

Golems of Moraveny
Printed on Ikonofix (recycled).

Rhea  Sanders

Ear Book, The
Watercolor en grisaille on paper mounted on linen

Claire Jeanine  Satin

Black Screen Flip Book I
Black aluminum screen, steel wire, beads, metallic ink, plastics. 8 pages bound with wire.

Miriam  Schaer

Things We Do For Love, The
Corset, acrylic, blueprint, silk, pins. 80 pages sewn on tapes.

Carol  Schwartzott

Paper, linocut, collage, calligraphy. 5 double pages in an accordion binding.

Joyce Cutler  Shaw

Book of Skulls
Xeroxes from drawings on vellum. 22 fanfold pages.

Robbin Ami  Silverberg

Manhattan 05.12.91
Text by Petri Gyorgy and art by Louise McCagg. Cast head cover, letterpress printed text.

Edyth  Skinner

Vitalogy: A Transparent Book
Text by G. Wood and E.H. Ruddock. Transparent film, screen print, and computer print.

Pamela  Spitzmueller

Homage To Walt Whitman
Text by Walt Whitman. Museum board, various charcoal papers, acrylics, flax hinges.

Skin Samples
Coin folder, photographs, pencil. 3 pages of hinged boards.

Mina  Takahashi

An Index
Van dyke and gum bichromate photos, rubbings. 3-hole Japanese binding.

Larry  Thomas

Partial Recall
Photo copy transfer, collage.

Mary  Ting

Trust Me
Various paper, watercolors, polyvinyl.

Boris  Torres

Watercolor, silverpoint, pen & ink, linen, muslin, gauze, board. Adjustable supported concertina binding.

Karen  Trask

Distance Between Two Halves, The
Lithography on handmade cast paper.

Dana  Velan

Heavenly Body, The
Copper covers, X-ray sheets. 13 pages tied with leather string.

Victoria  Von Koeppen

Breast Book
Satin, xeroxes, and photographs.

Faith Dorian  Wright

Bulls, Peacocks and Men
Paint and collage on 3 wooden panels.

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