Freed Formats: the book reconsidered
June 15 – July 28, 2019
Curated by Chris Perry & Alice Walsh
Opening reception: Saturday, June 15, 6 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 22, 11 am, featuring Shiela Hale, Miriam Schaer, and Beatrice Coron
What is book art? It can be an existing book that has been altered by the artist; an original hand-made book using unconventional materials; an object that tells a story but does not resemble a conventional book; an object that opens like a book but contains no text inside.
Freed Formats appeals to all ages. Each person has a different feeling about what a book means to them. Book art engages anyone who has ever read, written or, for that matter, held a book in their hands. A book can impart information, entertain, outrage, inspire. With book art, the artist takes this thing we call a book, and turns it on its head, or turns it inside out, or turns it into something that is unrecognizable as ever having been a book.
Freed Formats features 135 works of book art by 53 artists from 17 states and 2 countries. Programming includes book-making workshops for adults and children, artist talks, and a screening of the documentary film Codex.