Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book,

Maternal Mitochodria is very excited to be included!

Speaking to the Imagination | The Contemporary Artist’s Book
Dates: June 21- October 24, 2019
Gallery Reception: Friday, June 21, 5-7 PM
Location: Gerald Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact: John Macker, bookstore@gpgallery.com, 505-954-5700

Gerald Peters Projects, is pleased to present, Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book, opening on Friday, June 21st, from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition features handmade artist’s books and works on paper from local, national and international artists and writers of note. Each work on display reflects a compelling artistic vision combining words and art, as well as a distinctive take on book artistry as well.

Across the exhibition, traditional ideas, and uses of the “book” and its alternatives are challenged and expressed in revealing new forms, from loose sheets that fit in their own boxes to reconfigured works that exaggerate an accordion-like presence. One or two of the works are reassuring in their grand scale, while others are incisively petite and condensed. The commonality between the works is their lack of similarity, except for the love of words and art they express and the ingenious methods by which the artist’s vision is released into the world.

As Anne Evenhaugen of the Smithsonian Libraries has written, “What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental—artists used the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult or emotional issues, and some used it as a cheap, portable way to make the artwork available to a broader public than the gallery and museum world allowed.”

The exhibition will feature work by writers and artists: Jim Dine, Dale Harris, Helen Hiebert, Carol Mothner, Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan, Kent Rush, Leon Loughridge, Margy O’Brien, Cynthia West, Vicki Bolen, Richard Wolfson, Kate Breakey, James McElhinney, and Susan Linnell.
There will be a reception for the artists and artist’s talk from 2-4 on Saturday, July 20th.

Can’t wait to see this amazing looking piece by Dale Harris

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

3 thoughts on “Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book,

  1. Thanks for mentioning Book of Cranes in your post about Speaking to the Imagination upcoming exhibit at Gerald Peters/Peters Projects Gallery. Am in great company with you and other artists & poets for this amazing show. Here’s more info on Book of Cranes:
    A Book of Cranes is a collaboration between 12 New Mexico artists & poets: Vicki Bolen, Geraldine Brussel, Deborah Cole, Dale Harris, Stephanie Lerma, Lou Liberty, Margy O’Brien, Ginger Rice, Judith Roderick, Mary Sweet, Linney Wix, and Richard Wolfson.
    The project took place in 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico over a year’s time. The poet artists awaited the cranes’ arrival, watched them in the fields and along the Rio Grande, and witnessed their departure. Throughout the year they exchanged poetry in a Japanese form called renga.
    Autumn in New Mexico early snow on the Sandia Mountains morning glories bloom all day – a season for Cranes.
    A Book of Cranes is a large, accordion style folding screen book that measures 24 in. x 32 in. x 5 in. with a 16 ft. open, extended length. 10 pages, including covers, with art on both sides are connected by book-cloth hinges and bamboo posts. A Book of Cranes is displayed in either an open position, standing upright on long tables so that viewers can walk around the book to see the art, or as loose pages housed in a specially made clamshell box.

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