Creative Arts Workshop features new work by the prizewinners of the 2010 exhibition Inventive Structures: Books Beyond the Codex, juried by Hedi Kyle, internationally recognized book artist and conservator. Recent work by Peggy Johnston (Des Moines, IA) and Erika Mahr (Astoria, NY) will be on view in CAW’s two-story Hilles Gallery from January 21 to February 11, 2011. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 21 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend.
This show further explores the visual objectives of Inventive Structures, which emphasized "creative thinking, imagination and research that propels the book into new realms," according to Ms. Kyle. Ms. Kyle selected Johnston and Mahr from the sixty-five artists who were included in Inventive Structures in 2010. More than one hundred artists from the United States and five other countries submitted nearly two hundred entries for the show.
Peggy Johnston combines a love of paper and fascination with containers in her work – art objects that she calls "containers for thought." For each piece, she seeks out distinctive materials and devises non-traditional structures to create one-of-a-kind books with unusual forms. "The style of binding, the cover material, the pages, the shape, the closure – these are all elements of what I consider a functional piece of sculpture," explains Johnston.
Erika Mahr’s work explores geometry, repetition and time in a book format. For this exhibition, she will present a series of books composed of black, unbound pages with negative spaces cut from each sheet. With each page, the cut-out shifts in placement or scale, creating a sculptural void in the center of the book. "This negative space allows the viewer to experience the entire narrative simultaneously," says Mahr. "The experience challenges the typical format of a book, in which the reader turns pages to experience a narrative sequentially."
The exhibition will also feature work by six Artists of Recognition from Inventive Structures: Merit Recognition winners Julie Chen (Berkeley, CA), Pamela Moore (Brooklyn, NY) and Susan Joy Share (Anchorage, AK) and Honorable Mention winners Kumi Korf (Ithaca, NY), Paulette Rosen (Hamden, CT) and s.c. Thayer (White Rock, NM). Each of the Artists of Recognition will show one piece in the lobby of Creative Arts Workshop.
PAST PRIZEWINNERS SHOWS
2010: Jennifer Kaufman, Prizewinner of the 2009 National Exhibition Sky's the Limit, with juror Janet Echelman
2009: Helen Byler and Carrie Mae Smith, Prizewinners of the 2008 National Exhibition Painting as Presence, with juror William Bailey
Nicholas Kripal, Judit Varga, and Nicholas Wood, Prizewinners
of the 2007 National Exhibition Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration
with juror Paula Winokur