I've curated an exhibit of artist books for Ripple River Gallery. “The Book As Art” will feature the work of 11 book artists, July 18 through August 12. Join us for the Artists' Reception on Saturday, July 21 from 2-4 p.m with a Gallery Talk at 3PM. The artists represented in the exhibit work in several mediums including printmaking, paper making, and photography, but all have chosen the book as the vehicle through which they express themselve.
The exhibit will showcase artists' books and a few select prints and/or broadsides related to the book works. The show will include works representing both traditional letterpress printed works and some not-so-traditional photography-based and sculptural books. Each of the works selected for the show deals with personal narrative and storytelling.
The 11 artists include:
- Karen Hanmer, Chicago, IL, a nationally-renowned book and installation artist and teacher whose work is most often inkjet or off-set Her work is exhibited and collected widely.
- Shana Agid, Brooklyn (Rind Press), NY, a letterpress printer, educator and activist.
- MC Hyland, Minneapolis, a paper maker, letterpress printer and poet. She also runs DoubleCross Press, which publishes chapbooks and broadsides by emerging poets.
- Wendy Fernstrum (Fernwerks), Marine on St. Croix, a painter, printer and book artist.
- Joanne Price, Minneapolis, a print maker focused primarily on wood engraving and winner of the Jerome Book Arts Fellowship. "Stories and mythologies provide catalyst for my work," she says.
- Regula Russelle (Cedar Fence Press), St. Paul, a letterpress printer and fine press book artist. She is the winner of the 2010 MN Book Artist of the year award.
- CB Sherlock (Accordion Press), Minneapolis. Accordion Press, a collaboration between CB Sherlock and Regula Russelle, produces letterpress printed books and broadsides.
- Erin Maurilli, Minneapolis, a master printmaker, lithographer and teacher."The central themes of my work revolve around the hypothesis that the body is the highest form of biotechnology, revealing to me the sublime fear and wonder of the human machine," she says.
- Friedrich Kerksieck (Small Fires Press), Memphis, TN, publishesMatchbook, a literary journal, as well as letterpress printed poetry chapbooks and broadsides.
- Francis van Maele (RedFox Press), Dugort, Achill Island, Ireland, produces mostly laser-printed artists books using alternative photographic processes and collage.
- Sara Langworthy, Iowa City, IA, a letterpress printer and fine binder. Sheteaches printmaking and book binding at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.