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The Book  as  Art:  Expanding  the  Limits  is  the  encore  edition  of  the  artists’  book   exhibition  inaugurated  by  the  Decatur  Arts  Alliance  and  the  Art  Institute  of  Atlanta-­‐ Decatur  in  2013.  The  exhibition  is  juried  from  entries  arriving  from  all  over  the   world,  and  includes  artists  ranging  in  experience  from  students  to  recognized   professionals  in  the  medium.  The  Book  as  Art  is  proud  to  include  examples  of  the   finest  in  the  field,  from  artists  in  twenty  states,  Canada,  Israel,  and  Germany.     The  book  as  a  physical  object  in  an  increasingly  digital  world  remains  stubbornly   analog.  Those  with  narrative  content  offer  the  frustrations  of  sequential  visuals  –   the  viewer  longs  to  see  more  than  one  segment  at  a  time,  but  the  format  allows  only   a  gradual  reveal.  Sculptural  objects  interpreting  the  concept  of  the  book  also  require   more  than  a  glance  to  draw  the  viewer  into  a  deeper  understanding  of  what  books   are  and  can  be.  Both  narrative  and  sculptural  interpretations  are  included  in  this   exhibition  for  your  viewing  and  interpretive  pleasure.           Jurors   Alex  Campos,  New  York,  New  York   Mary  Murphy,  Atlanta,  Georgia   Barbara  Tetenbaum,  Portland,  Oregon     Organizing  Committee   Angie  Macon,  Executive  Director,  Decatur  Arts  Alliance   Angus  Galloway,  Gallery  Director,  The  Art  Institute  of  Atlanta-­‐Decatur   Dot  Moye,  The  Book  as  Art  coordinator   Lockey  McDonald,  Registrar   Charlotte  Pfieffer,  Editor    

Islam Aly,  Iowa  City,  IA    

    Marginalia   Plexiglas  covers,  handmade  flax  paper,  linen  thread,     laser  engraved  covers,  laser  cut  sections   Edition  of  20     The  design  of  Marginalia-­1  is  inspired  from  Arabic  commentaries  that  were  written   in  different  books.  These  commentaries  have  a  unique  shape  and  layout.  It  usually   would  contrast  with  the  geometrical  design  of  the  page.  The  commentaries  played   an  important  role  in  the  transmission  and  transformation  of  knowledge.  I  wanted  to   show  the  beauty  of  their  calligraphy  on  the  handmade  flax  paper.  I  selected  ten   different  pages  for  each  of  the  ten  sections.  I  used  the  laser  cutter  to  cut  each  section   and  engrave  the  front  cover.  The  sections  were  attached  to  the  Plexiglas  covers  and   sewn  together  using  a  two-­‐needle  Coptic  link  stitch.  Finally  I  sewed  the  end  bands.   Photo  credit:  Islam  Aly        

Andi Arnovitz,  Jerusalem,  Israel        

  Paradigm  Shifts  of  the  21st  Century   Offset  printing   Edition  of  500     A  paradigm  shift  is  a  change  from  one  way  of  thinking  to  another—it  is  a     fundamental  alteration  in  an  individual's  way  of  looking  at  or  experiencing  the   world.  Today  there  are  massive  shifts  in  morality,  standards,  values,  behaviors,   concerns  and  technologies.  These  35  postcards  reflect  these  changes.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Andi Arnovitz  and  Yehuda  Miklaf,  Jerusalem,  Israel    

  The  History  of  Sound   Watercolor,  collage,  digital  printing   Edition  of  10     This  collaborative  piece  between  artist  Andi  Arnovitz  and  bookbinder  Yehuda   Miklaf  is  a  rich  visual  journey  of  how  sound  travels  and  what  a  sound  might  look  like   if  we  could  see  it.  The  artwork  is  translucent  and  when  viewed  through  a  light   source  there  is  a  building  and  receding  of  color.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist                                    

Jody Arthur,  Wailuku,  HI      

  Interstellar  Sewing  Cards   Artist's  book   Edition  of  14     It  often  starts  with  something  dry  and  didactic:  a  reference  book,  a  map,  a   dictionary,  or  a  safety  manual.  These  everyday  tools  offer  a  chance  to  create     something  unusual  out  of  something  mundane,  to  use  visual  and  verbal  storytelling   to  take  the  source  in  an  unexpected  direction.  With  the  inspiration  in  hand,  I  then   concern  myself  with  the  concept,  which  always  informs  the  structure  or  technique.   The  structure  may  or  may  not  take  the  form  of  a  traditional  book.  Although  I  have  a   particular  passion  for  letterpress,  sometimes  the  best  way  to  realize  a  piece  is  with   screen  printing,  collage,  or  even  laser  printers.  I  prefer  to  produce  multiples,  rather   than  one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kinds.  The  text  is  often  my  own  writing,  although  I  enjoy  collaborating   with  other  voices.  My  reinterpretations  can  take  the  form  of  maps  made  of  crumpled   paper,  birding  guides  depicting  fantastical  creatures,  or  even  etiquette  manuals  that   dole  out  dating  advice  to  astronauts.     Photo  credit:  Jody  Arthur            

Alicia Bailey,  Aurora,  CO      

  Extinct  Extant   Mixed  media  limited  edition  book  work   Edition  of  18     Extinct  Extant  features  seven  extinct  bird  species:  Bachman’s  Warbler,  Carolina   Parakeet,  Dusky  Seaside  Sparrow,  Eskimo  Curlew,  Heath  Hen,  Ivory  Billed   Woodpecker  and  the  Passenger  Pigeon.  Provided  for  each  species  are  a  photograph   of  skins  held  in  the  collection  of  the  DMNS  Zoology  Department,  a  brief  synopsis  of   their  existence,  attributes  and  habits,  a  map  of  their  geographical  range,  a   reproduction  of  a  painting  of  the  species  by  either  Audubon  or  Cates  by  their   scientific  classification,  binomial  name,  conservation  status,  the  etymology  of  the   bird’s  common  name  and  a  listing  of  the  species’  collective  nouns.  Based  on  an   enhanced  accordion  binding  structure  designed  by  Hedi  Kyle.  Housed  in  a  single   tray  drop-­‐spine  box  with  translucent  covers.   Photo  credit:  Alicia  Bailey    

Karen Carcia,  Iowa  City,  IA    

  52  Hertz   Letterpress  printed  gatefold  artist  book  with  enclosure   Edition  of  15     (Due  to  the  nature  of  the  techniques  used,  this  is  a  variable  edition.)     52  Hertz  explores  ideas  about  silence  via  the  true  story  of  a  whale  traveling  alone.   Calling  out  at  a  frequency  much  higher  than  other  whales',  his  calls  go  unheard,   unanswered.  The  book  makes  use  of  sumi-­‐nagshi;  watercolor;  waxed  paper;   letterpress  printed  woodcuts,  linoleum  cuts,  photopolymer  plates,  and  hand-­‐set   metal  type  to  create  the  vast  space  of  the  ocean  where  a  single  whale’s  call  rolls  out   for  thousands  of  miles,  but  is  returned  only  with  silence.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist                                                    

James Cates,  Atlanta,  GA      

  Everyman's  Journey   Handmade  paper,  bookcloth,  Giclée  prints,  and  thread,     bound  using  the  Japanese  stab  method   Edition  of  3     This  book  contains  a  secular  tale  about  a  young  boy  who  travels  from  his  home   incidentally  in  search  of  something  more.  His  travels  take  him  to  a  place  where  it   becomes  hard  to  distinguish  friend  from  foe,  and  leads  the  boy  on  an  adventure  that   ultimately  makes  him  appreciate  the  place  he  came  from.  The  story  has  a  children’s   book  quality  to  it,  but  the  language  and  overlying  themes  speak  to  every  audience.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Ania Gilmore,  Lexington,  MA      

  Mortal  Hand   Accordion  book:  line  etching,  Chine-­‐colle,  Braille,  ink,  copper  plate,   metal  pen  nibs,  waxed  linen,  Arches  paper   Edition  of  3     Eight-­‐page  accordion  book  inspired  by  Wislawa  Szymborska  poem  “The  Joy  of   Writing.”  Each  page  contains  a  panel  of  etching  and  cut  paper  with  an  original  plate   on  the  last  panel.  Signed  and  numbered  by  the  artist.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist                                              

Mari Eckstein  Gower,  Redmond,  WA      

  Soldier's  Heart   Accordion  fold  book   Edition  of  40     Soldier's  Heart  deals  with  the  ways  our  culture  has  historically  dealt  with  soldiers   suffering  from  PTSD.  The  book  is  a  long  accordion  fold  narrative  inspired  by  the   Bayeux  Tapestry.   Photo  credit:  Mari  Eckstein  Gower                        

Karen Hardy,  San  Antonio,  TX    

  Incubate   Abaca  handmade  paper,  sand,  and  thread  with  letterpress  printing     For  Incubate  I  focused  on  the  expressive  qualities  of  handmade  paper,  using  paper   pulp  not  merely  as  a  substrate,  but  as  a  sculptural  material  with  intriguing  qualities   in  itself.  The  imagery  in  the  book  was  created  with  pulp  or  by  embedding  materials   in  the  pulp  as  the  paper  was  formed.  I  used  the  translucent,  membrane-­‐like  quality   of  the  paper  to  evoke  a  condition  of  containment,  concealment,  or  protection  that  is   hinted  at  and  possibly  breached.     Photo  credit:  Karen  Hardy    

Candace Hicks,  Nacogdoches,  TX      

  String  Theory   Embroidery  on  canvas       I’ve  collected  coincidences  for  ten  years.  It  started  when  I  read  two  books  in  a  row   that  both  included  the  phrase  “antique  dental  instrument.”  While  that  was  not  the   first  coincidence  I  ever  noticed  in  my  reading,  that  singular  instance  convinced  me   to  keep  a  record.  I  began  to  consider  that  the  phrase  might  have  been  the  profound   masquerading  as  the  mundane.  Or  not.  But  I  wanted  to  collect  the  data.  I  cataloged   my  coincidences  in  composition  books  that  filled  rapidly.  As  it  turned  out,  “antique   dental  instrument”  has  not  held  any  special  meaning  in  my  life  or  my  art.  Neither   have  any  of  the  coincidental  phrases  that  followed,  such  as  “stuffed  mountain  lion”   or  “black  currant  lozenge,”  but  the  act  of  noticing  them  became  the  lens  through   which  I  filter  the  world  and  my  experiences.   Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist        

Diane Jacobs,  Portland,  OR  

Nourish,  All  Our  Relations   Letterpress  printed  reduction  linoleum  and  wood  blocks,     pressure  printing,  polymer  plates,  handset  title  page  and  colophon,     bamboo  box,  gampi  paper,  wool  felt,  cast  paper  pulp,  porcelain   Edition  of  21     Nourish  comes  from  gratitude  and  a  desire  to  celebrate  the  wonders  of  our  natural   and  created  world.  It  also  acknowledges  that  beneath  this  beauty  looms   environmental  catastrophe:  dying  bee  colonies,  lack  of  safe  drinking  water,   increasing  oceanic  garbage,  loss  of  habitat  for  species  whose  diversity  is  dwindling,   and  our  changing  climate  to  name  a  few.  Time  is  ticking,  we  must  find  our  way   through  the  labyrinth,  unlock  the  doors  of  perception,  and  embody  the  notion  “to  be   with  higher  self.”  We  can  become  the  spider  that  protects  and  weaves  creative   solutions.     Photo  credit:  Bill  Bachhuber    

Diane Jacobs,  Portland,  OR    

Hair  Talk,  Volume  II     Letterpress  linoleum  color  field  and  handset  question,     pencil  unique  answers,  human  hair  binding,  mulberry  paper,   cave  paper  covers       Sixty-­‐two  unique  answers  to  four  hair  questions  are  individually  sewn  into  the  book.   The  twine  binding  is  made  from  human  hair  and  inspired  by  Roberta  Lavadours'   beautiful  twine  binding  books.     Photo  credit:  Bill  Bachhuber    

Sun Young  Kang,  Bryn  Mawr,  PA    

Memories  Unfolded   Hand  cut  and  transfer  print  on  paper     I  have  created  this  shadow  book  with  paper-­‐cut-­‐out  images  of  Korean  traditional   doors.  The  process  of  cutting  the  pattern  of  the  doors  to  create  shadows  recalls  my   memories  of  my  grandmother  in  her  old  house.  When  I  was  inside,  I  could  see  the   shadow  of  Grandmother  cast  on  the  paper  doors  from  outside.  Grandmother’s   presence  as  a  shadow  on  the  door  has  remained  a  strong  image  in  my  mind.  Unlike   many  other  doors,  the  traditional  rice  paper  door  does  not  totally  block  the  inside   and  out  from  each  other.  It  only  creates  the  concept  of  this  side  and  the  other  while   simultaneously  connecting  them  to  each  other.  When  this  accordion  book  is   unfolded,  the  pages  are  shaped  as  closed,  connecting  the  memories  of  my   grandmother,  who  is  now  in  the  other  side,  with  myself  in  this  world.     Photo  credit:  Sun  Young  Kang    

Ellen Knudson,  Gainesville,  FL                                                              

American  Breeding  Standards   Letterpress  printed  handmade  book   Edition  of  60     American  Breeding  Standards  explores  the  systematized  rules  about  what  comprises   a  good  or  bad  horse,  a  good  or  bad  woman  —  and  the  steps  one  might  take  to   achieve  the  breed  standard.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist    

Lee Krist,  Portland,  OR      

How  to  Transition  on  Sixty-­Three  Cents  a  Day   Letterpress  artist  book   Edition  of  163     How  to  Transition  On  Sixty-­Three  Cents  a  Day  is  a  limited  edition  artist  book  of  163   copies  that  was  printed  using  hand-­‐set  type  and  a  letterpress  platen  press.  This   alternative  format  book  is  made  up  of  thirty-­‐one  unbound  postcards  and  seven   pieces  of  ephemera  housed  in  a  metal  film  can.  It  is  a  memoir  with  a  non-­‐linear   narrative  that  unfolds  through  un-­‐mailed  postcards  from  the  author  to  his  Italian   immigrant  mother.  This  epistolary  is  a  beautifully  concise  narrative  that  is  both   touching  and  humorous.  The  book  tells  the  tale  of  the  author  moving  from  New  York   City  to  Portland,  Oregon,  and  physically  transitioning  from  female  to  male.  Instead   of  hanging  the  work  on  the  wall  or  under  a  glass  box,  the  book  is  displayed  on  a   table  for  the  viewer  to  touch  and  sift  through  the  postcards.  This  manner  of   exhibition  will  allow  the  audience  to  hold  and  read  the  book  in  the  palm  of  their   hands.  Since  the  book  is  unbound,  each  viewer  will  have  a  different  non-­‐linear   reading  experience.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Lucas Kunz,  Kleines  Wiesental,  Germany    

  Rheingold  /  Raubgold  /  Zahngold   Artist's  book:  paper,  gold  leaf   Edition  of  5     During  a  visit  of  an  antiquarian  bookshop  I  blindly  reached  for  any  book  and   grabbed  Richard  Wagner‘s  libretto  of  The  Rheingold.  It  was  a  small  booklet  of  1913,   written  by  the  composer  himself.  Whilst  reading  it,  I  thought  that  one  can  only  gold   plate  such  kitsch,  as  this  was  unsurpassed.  The  Rheingold  is  a  mythological   narrative,  but  which  turned  into  a  sad  (German)  history.  At  the  end  of  the  book  I   restored  its  mythology.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Lucas Kunz,  Kleines  Wiesental  Germany    

Radiograms   Artist's  book:  paper,  wooden  box,  diverse  parts     WikiLeaks  published  2010  “Collateral  Murder.”  The  complete  transliterated   radiogram–dialog  was  printed  on  Japanese  paper.  The  paper  was  then  made  into   “Funkdraht–Doha“  and  “Funkdraht–Syad“  (field–telephone–wire)  respectively,   referring  to  the  two  children  who  survived,  badly  injured,  the  murder.  Additionally,   the  booklet  contains  video–stills  from  the  onboard  camera  of  one  of  the  helicopters   involved.   Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist                      

Jenn Law,  Toronto,  Canada    

  Artifact   3-­‐D  printed  book   Edition  of  2     In  the  face  of  contemporary  debates  surrounding  the  purported  crisis  in  print   culture,  Law  contemplates  the  future  of  the  book,  our  fetishization  and  attachment   to  its  physical  object-­‐form,  and  our  desire  to  collect  and  possess  the  knowledge   contained  therein.  Artifact  is  a  3-­‐D  printed  “replica”  of  a  book  by  Edmund  C.   Berkeley,  an  American  computer  scientist  who  wrote  one  of  the  earliest  popular   volumes  on  computers  in  1949,  Giant  Brains  or  Machines  That  Think.  The  3-­‐D  book   is  open  to  Chapter  11,  in  which  Berkeley  images  the  potential  social  impact  and   benefits  of  computers  (giant  or  mechanical  brains)  on  mankind.  The  book,  though   fabricated  using  the  most  advanced  printing  technology,  is  in  fact  unreadable  –  it   exists  solely  as  an  art  object,  an  artifact  of  sorts.  As  a  book,  it  is  redundant.     Photo  credit:  Thomas  Blanchard      

Cynthia Lollis  and  Daniella  Deeg,  Decatur,  GA    

  Luftperspektive  /  Aerial  View   Double-­‐sided  accordion:  archival  pigment  print  on  Yatsuo  Moriki,     flexible  3D  plastic  covers,  gray  board  box   Edition  of  6     Luftperspektive/Aerial  View  is  a  collaborative  book  made  by  two  women:  a  German   and  an  American.  Photographs  in  this  double-­‐sided  accordion  book  afford  360º   panoramic  views  of  the  two  artists’  cities:  Stuttgart  from  the  Television  Tower   (Fernsehturm  Stuttgart)  on  one  side,  and  Atlanta  from  the  Westin  Peachtree  Plaza   Hotel  on  the  other.  A  poem  by  Rainer  Maria  Rilke  is  handwritten  into  the  silhouettes   of  native  birds  circling  above  the  landscape.  This  artists’  book  about  varying  and   shifting  perspectives  is  as  light  as  air  in  one’s  hands.     Photo  credit:  Cynthia  Lollis  and  Daniella  Deeg    

Cynthia Lollis  and  Daniella  Deeg,  Decatur,  GA      

  Ein  Würfelwurf  kann  den  Zufall  nicht  abschaffen  /     A  Throw  of  the  Dice  Will  Never  Abolish  Chance   Screenprinted  post  and  screw  binding.  Cristalla  transparent  paper     from  Römertum  Feinpapiere,  gray-­‐board  box   Printed  at  the  Frans  Masereel  Centrum,  Belgium   Edition  of  18     Ein  Würfelwurf  kann  den  Zufall  nicht  abschaffen  /  A  Throw  of  the  Dice  Will  Never   Abolish  Chance  is  a  screenprinted  artists’  book  by  Deeg  and  Lollis  that  began  with  a   word  list  they  started  in  2001.  For  this  book  the  list  was  revisited,  and  each  artist   contributed  new  words  to  it  offering  a  new  perspective.  The  photographs  were   taken  by  the  artists  while  working  together  over  ten  years.  The  artists  quote  in  their   book  the  1897  poem  by  Stéphane  Mallarmé,  “Un  Coup  de  Dés  Jamais  N'Abolira  Le   Hasard”  as  reinterpreted  by  the  Belgian  artist  Marcel  Broodthaers  in  1969.     Photo  credit:  Walker  Montgomery    

Susan Lowdermilk,  Eugene,  OR    

  XO  On  What  Might  Have  Been  Our  Anniversary   Accordion  with  separate  covers:  back  layer  of  accordion  woodcut  on  paper.  second   layer  of  accordion  ink  jet  printed  text  on  organdy  fabric   Edition  of  15     I  am  interested  in  posing  open-­‐ended  questions  pertaining  to  life’s  joys  and   challenges  that  happen  by  choice  or  by  chance.  I  depict  familiar  forms  in  my  work  as   a  printmaker  and  book  artist  with  the  aim  to  visually  address  these  themes.  Objects   useful  or  ephemeral,  man-­‐made  or  natural,  personal  or  sentimental,  fragmented  or   whole  serve  as  memory  triggers  and  place  holders,  contextually  infused  with   memory  and  meaning.  The  stuff  that  punctuates  our  lives  reflects  our  individual   stories.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist      

Danielle McCoy,  Atlanta,  GA    

    Distance  From  Home   Serigraphy   Edition  of  3     This  artist  book  conveys  a  small  part  of  my  experience  with  figuring  out  that  I  have   OCD  while  in  university.  Through  letters  and  correspondence  of  various  kinds,  the   book  chronicles  me  trying  to  come  to  terms  with  the  disorder,  while  at  the  same   time  trying  to  communicate  it  to  my  family  members  who  do  not  necessarily  believe   in  the  notion  of  “disorders.”   Photo  credit:  Lamon  Bethel  

Sarah McDermott,  Arlington,  VA    

  Channel  and  Flow   Artist's  book  bound  in  a  modified  long-­‐stitch  format,     letterpress  printed  and  screenprinted  with  hand-­‐made  paper  covers     Edition  of  50     Channel  and  Flow  documents  an  attempt  to  follow  a  stream  on  its  path  through  a   dense  suburban  neighborhood.  It  uses  the  structure  of  the  book's  page  turns  and   foldouts  to  represent  how  the  stream  has  been  contained  and  fragmented  by  the   built  environment.     Photo  credit:  Sarah  McDermott  

Shervone Neckles-­Ortiz,  Rego  Park,  NY    

  Operation  Urgent  Fury   Lithography  on  Giclée  printed  canvas   Edition  of  2     My  work  addresses  issues  of  memory,  loss,  social  class  and  labor-­‐questioning  roles,   identity  and  the  social  positioning  of  black  individuals.  Operation  Urgent  Fury  is  an   ongoing  series  that  investigates  the  1983  American  invasion  on  Grenada.  As  part  of   my  research  I  have  gathered  images  from  the  United  States  Department  of  Defense   and  photographed  sites  in  Grenada  where  the  American  troops  raided  and   established  control.  Operation  Urgent  Fury  Artist  Book  Scroll  is  a  digitally  collaged   panoramic  view  of  the  soccer  field  in  Grenville,  Grenada,  one  of  the  many  drop  zones   for  the  troops.  To  recapture  the  invasion,  I  developed  a  series  of  photolithography   plates  of  the  American  troops  parachuting,  landing,  and  marching  into  the  town.  The   lithography  plates  of  the  soldiers  are  collaged  and  printed  in  black,  over  the  color   panoramic  background  giving  the  sense  that  this  is  a  fading  memory  of  an  event   which  left  a  lasting  impression.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist    

Nicole Pietrantoni,  Walla  Walla,  WA    

  Precipitous   Inkjet  on  Awagami  Inbe  Thick,  handbound  into  5  accordion  books     that  expand  to  create  a  life-­‐sized  installation   Edition  of  3     Employing  both  traditional  and  digital  forms  of  printmaking,  Nicole  Pietrantoni’s   artwork  explores  the  complex  relationship  between  human  beings  and  nature.  With   a  specific  interest  in  printmaking’s  historic  relationship  to  representation,  her   works  draw  attention  to  our  active  role  in  constructing  and  idealizing  landscape.   Referencing  19th-­‐century  panoramas  as  well  as  the  Romantic  painting  tradition,  this   body  of  work  nods  to  a  particularly  fraught  period  in  our  relationship  to  nature.   Similarly,  today’s  rapidly  changing  landscape  demands  an  examination  of  the   tension  between  the  enjoyment  of  beautiful,  idealized  landscapes  and  an  awareness   of  their  ecological  complexity.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Robin Price  and  Daniel  Kelm,  Middletown,  CT    

  Love  in  the  Time  of  War   Letterpress  and  mixed  media  artist's  book   Variable  edition  of  70     Price’s  interpretation  of  a  25-­‐poem  sequence  by  Yusef  Komunyakaa,  which  was   sparked  by  the  U.S.  invasion  of  Iraq.  Vulnerability  enclosed  within  metal  armor.   Thirty-­‐eight  hand-­‐dyed  silk  pages  with  colored  paper  shapes  embedded  within   foredge-­‐folded  sheets;  silver  ink  with  Adobe  Jenson  type;  aluminum  covers   photochemically  etched  with  a  camouflage  fabric  pattern;  modified  paper-­‐case   binding  co-­‐designed  and  produced  by  Daniel  Kelm.     Photo  credit:  Robin  Price  

Meda Rives  and  Veda  Rives,  Virden,  IL    

  BookEnviron  Niche:  Artists'  Books  as  Shelter,  Escape,  Epiphany;     Shaping  Our  Space,  Our  Thoughts,  and  Our  Aspirations   Artists’  book  installation:  handmade  paper,  threads,  branches     A  BookEnviron  is  an  artist’s  book  that  by  concept  and  scale  creates  an  immersion   experience  for  the  viewer  who  enters  and  explores  the  space  shaped  by  the  pages.   This  book  one  of  a  series  of  collaborative  installations  of  viewer  interactive   environments  calling  attention  to  the  need  in  our  daily  lives  for  a  place  of  quiet   reflection,  a  place  that  inspires,  a  space  that  causes  us  to  pause—if  only   momentarily,  for  an  experience  of  uplifting  renewal.  As  though  released  from  their   bindings,  the  pages  shape  the  space  of  the  gallery  enveloping  the  viewer.  Niche  may   be  installed  so  as  to  welcome  the  viewer  into  its  embrace  or  it  may  be  situated  to   provide  an  oasis,  a  space  set  apart  from  the  rest  of  the  gallery.  The  visual  language  is   inspired  by  forms  and  rhythms  of  nature  and  is  free  of  specific  verbal  language,   cultural  and  religious  references.  The  sequence  of  the  imagery  encourages  viewers   along  actual  journeys  and  suggests  mental  and  spiritual  journeys.     Photo  credit:  Meda  and  Veda  Rives  

Leslie Ross-­Robertson,  Janet  Kupchick,  Jennifer  Graves,     and  Jamie  Russom,  Los  Angeles,  CA    

  From  There  to  Here   Letterpress  handmade  flagbook     From  There  to  Here  is  a  collaboration  between  four  artists  whose  talents  and  lives   intersect  at  Otis  College  of  Art  and  Design.  The  flag  book  structure  presented  the   prefect  form  to  incorporate  four  journeys  to  the  college  in  both  a  literal  storytelling   manner  as  well  as  a  larger  historical  perspective  that  brought  the  collaborators   together.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Jaime Shafer,  Arlington,  VA    

  Mix  and  Match  Families   Inkjet  printed  on  Epson  smooth  ultra  fine  art  paper   Edition  of  25     In  the  USA,  family  is  flexible  and  fluid,  constantly  changing  as  our  society  grows  and   develops  an  understanding  for  the  people  who  live  here.  This  fluidity  is  essential   and  what  I  wished  to  explore.  Mix  and  Match  Families  is  an  artist’s  book  that   addresses  these  ideas.  The  imagery  for  the  book  began  while  I  photographed   families  and  individuals  in  Washington,  D.C.  I  removed  the  original  background  from   the  images  and  placed  them  on  solid  colored  backgrounds.  The  solid  colored   backgrounds  indicate  the  original  family  unit  in  the  artists’  book.  The  book  is   designed  so  that  the  viewer  can  flip  through  the  pages  altering  the  family  (much  like   a  children’s  flip  book)  to  include  same  sex  families,  heterosexual  families,  and   interracial  families.     Photo  credit:  Denny  Henry  

Lynn Skordal,  Mercer  Island,  WA      

  Open  Water   Vintage  navigational  chart  book  in  accopress  binder,  Bienfang  translucent  marker   paper,  inkjet  images,  spray  paint     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  1949.  Images  are  cut  and  paste  collage  (inkjet  on  paper).   The  text  of  the  book,  printed  on  translucent  paper,  is  a  poem  written  by  the  artist.   ("In  the  beginning  was  the  blue  dream  of  an  impossible  sea....")   Photo  credit:  Lynn  Skordal    

Sarah Smith,  Lebanon,  NH      

  Minutes:  Dance  Steps  for  the  Beleaguered   Letterpress   Edition  of  36     Minutes:  Dance  Steps  for  the  Beleaguered  depicts  life  in  a  meeting.  Inspiration  for  the   book  came  from  co-­‐workers,  co-­‐commuters,  family  and  other  co-­‐captives.  The  text   was  heavily  influenced  by  How  to  Know  Fresh-­Water  Algae  by  G.W.  Prescott,  The   Biggle  Farm  Library,  The  Shepherd’s  Manual  by  Henry  Stewart,  The  Journal  of   Musculoskeletal  Pain,  the  on-­‐line  journal  Applied  Animal  Behavior  Science  and  many   other  insightful  texts.  This  is  a  letterpress  printed  accordion  book  made  during  a   residency  at  Asheville  Bookworks  in  the  summer  of  2012.     Photo  credit:  Ron  DiRito  

Sue Sommers,  Pinedale,  WY      

  Encyclopedia  Rebound:  A  Post-­Virtual  Mass  of  Random  Information   Cut  up,  shuffled  and  rebound  encyclopedias   20  unique  volumes     Encyclopedia  Rebound  is  a  series  of  altered  books  made  from  volumes  of   Encyclopedia  Americana  (1960),  cut  down,  shuffled  and  re-­‐bound  hardcase.  Ongoing   until  set  is  repurposed.  Analog  version  of  the  web  search  experience.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Darian Stahl  and  Devan  Stahl,  Edmonton,  Canada    

  The  Importance  of  Dualism   Photo  intaglio  and  encaustics   Edition  of  3     This  artwork  involves  a  collaborative  process  with  my  sister,  Devan  Stahl,  who  is  a   bioethicist  and  has  multiple  sclerosis.  Our  work  speaks  to  living  with  chronic  illness   and  focuses  on  merging  the  internal  thoughts  of  a  diagnosis  with  everyday  lived   experiences.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Todd Thyberg,  Minneapolis,  MN    

  American  Manifesto   Letterpress   Open  edition,  unsigned  and  unnumbered,  approx.  600  available     Nearly  250  years  later,  author  and  artist  Todd  Thyberg  offers  his  tribute  to  Thomas   Paine’s  history-­‐altering  pamphlet  Common  Sense  by  publishing  a  new,  original  book   titled  American  Manifesto.  Written,  illustrated  and  published  by  Thyberg  on  a   vintage  Heidelberg  letterpress,  the  book  was  made  possible  through  a  2013  Artist   Initiative  grant  awarded  by  the  Minnesota  State  Arts  Board.  In  this  complex  and   fast-­‐moving  world,  American  Manifesto  offers  readers  a  refreshing  chance  to  unplug   and  contemplate  the  state  of  the  nation  just  as  our  countrymen  did  in  1776.   Honoring  Paine’s  revolutionary  pamphlet,  Thyberg  set  out  to  inspire  informed   dialogue  and  critical  thinking  with  an  approachable,  frank  look  at  broad-­‐ranging   issues  the  United  States  faces  today:  "My  hope  is  for  American  Manifesto  to  spark   conversations  and  common  sense  around  challenges  we  face  as  fellow  Americans.   It’s  a  coffee  table  book  aimed  at  inspiring  change."     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Sally Tosti,  Brooklyn,  NY    

  New  Orleans  Revisited   Double-­‐sided  accordion  artist  book  with  twenty-­‐three  original  photographs   Edition  of  4     Sally  Tosti  is  an  Associate  Professor  at  Keystone  College,  La  Plume,  PA.  Her  books   have  been  shown  at  Codex,  Tell  Me  How  You  REALLY  Feel,  The  [Un]Framed   Photograph,  and  Fun  and  Games…and  Such  at  the  Center  for  Book  Arts  in  New  York   City.  For  ten  years,  Sally  has  been  traveling  throughout  the  United  States  with   assorted  camera  equipment  and  a  laptop.  These  books  and  many  more  are  the  result   of  her  journeys.  Her  travels  continue.   Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Shift-­lab: Katie  Baldwin,  Sarah  Bryant,  Denise  Bookwalter,   Macy  Chadwick,  and  Tricia  Treacy,  Sugar  Mountain,  NC    

  >Shift   Letterpress,  silkscreen,  etching   Edition  of  20     Using  their  own  interpretation  of  shift,  each  artist  of  the  collective  Shift-­‐lab  (Katie   Baldwin,  Sarah  Bryant,  Denise  Bookwalter,  Macy  Chadwick,  and  Tricia  Treacy)   created  a  book  of  identical  dimensions  to  reflect  a  shift  in  perspective  or  point  of   view.  A  limited  edition  of  twenty  books  are  housed  together  in  a  handmade  box.   This  project  was  exhibited  at  the  San  Francisco  Center  for  the  Book  during  spring  of   2014.  Printmaking  processes  used  to  make  the  books  included  etching,  letterpress,   relief,  and  silkscreen.     Photo  credit:  Paola  Hurtado  

Melissa Wagner-­Lawler,  Milwaukee,  WI    

  A  Weak  Sense  of  Direction   Monotype,  relief,  letterpress  on  Mulberry;     bound  using  pamphlet  stitch  to  gray  Rives  BFK  cover   Edition  of  5     A  Weak  Sense  of  Direction  is  an  abstract  exploration  of  the  journey  of  traveling  by   bicycle.  There  exist  several  similarities  in  riding  a  bike  and  experiencing  art  in  a   book  format.  While  both  can  be  experienced  in  a  distinctly  linear  manner,  one  can   also  backtrack,  slow  pace,  skim  (speed  up),  follow  pathways  or  make  their  own.     Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist  

Melissa Wagner-­Lawler,  Milwaukee,  WI    

  Everything  You  Hear   Letterpress  on  Rives  BFK,  drumleaf  binding   Edition  of  25     In  Everything  You  Hear,  each  page  features  a  snippet  of  quick  communication.  Some   of  the  language  is  overly  flowery  and  poetic,  other  bits  are  somewhat  offensive.  The   quick  and  abrupt  change  of  the  text  replicates  how  quickly  we  can  go  from  one   extreme  to  the  next  through  our  reading  consumption  on  the  internet.   Photo  credit:  courtesy  of  the  artist    

Profile for Decatur Arts Alliance

2014 Book As Art: Expanding the Limits  

Artists statements for the 2014 Book As Art exhibit. Decatur, GA

2014 Book As Art: Expanding the Limits  

Artists statements for the 2014 Book As Art exhibit. Decatur, GA