The Stevens County History Museum's 7th annual Horizontal Grandeur exhibit opens in Morris, MN on July 10th and runs through October 31, 2014. Each year the Museum invites artists who live in prairie-containing states and provinces across the US and Canada to submit pieces related in some way to the "Horizontal Grandeur" of the prairie. This year, two of my collages have been included (thanks Stevens County!)...
Decatur Arts Alliance (near Atlanta, Georgia) in partnership with the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, is putting on its second juried exhibition of book arts known as "The Book as Art." I'm pleased that one of my recent altered books, Open Water, will be part of that exhibit, which opens on July 18th and runs until September 19, 2014.
Open Water is a one-of-a-kind altered book. The original book is a vintage navigation chart book for the Kanawha River of West Virginia, published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April of 1949. The images in the book are a series of simple, cut & paste collages I did earlier this year, each using one or two images imposed on an open ocean water view. The cover is spray-painted and the text of the book, printed in pale gray on translucent paper, was written by me for this project. Some views of the book and the poem follow:
the beginning was the blue dream of an impossible sea.
of watery light penetrated the dryness of my soul.
sea has no set form; it rushes in to obliterate whatever landscape dares to
cannot be measured. So it is with love.
sea offers pearls and glittering scales and sharp slants of cool light, but
guard her borders.
her depths are dead men tangled in the fibrous bones of shipwrecks and great
it is with love.
I first whispered your name, the waves answered.
was a language I had never learned:
wind, but sighs.
ocean, but waiting.
you, not you.
later, when finally I fell to my knees and surrendered to the waves,
heard a softer whisper.
do not remember who I was before I met you.
I will never know who you were before you met me.
have been washed clean by these relentless waves,
are sailing our own sea, you and me.
lie below, but fathoms of blueness separate us, protect us.
as we sail on, I am certain of nothing except the soft memory of blueness,
Opening this week at the Collins Memorial Library at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, is the annual exhibition of artist's books and book arts created by the members of Puget Sound Book Artists. The exhibit runs from June 5 - July 31, 2014, and there are some wonderful pieces on view, well worth a visit. Here are the two books I have on display:
“Early Lessons” is
a re-imagined child’s early reader which tells the story of
Tom, Sally, their pets and family on a strange trip through Europe. The pictures and story were created using images
and text cut from several early readers, and collaged onto reproductions of
photochrom travel postcards from the late 1900’s. The text uses only words and
phrases from the early readers, so that a first grader could (but probably
shouldn’t!) read the dubious adventures.
“Bright Threads” is a book rescue project -- the original 1897 book of essays for women, had loose, torn covers and disintegrating
pages. Part of the original cover has
been inset into the cover of a repurposed dictionary; title pages and several
text pages have been preserved as an accordion-style, collaged booklet; passages
from pages too fragile to handle have been copied onto fabric and sewn into “text-ribbons”
decorated with lace, beading and charms, nestled into a hand-carved niche,
ready to be handled and read.