Artist books exhibited at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
See artist books exhibited at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Bonus video from the STORYTELLERS episode.
Here at BIMA, we have an amazing artist book collection. It's international in scope and
continues to grow. An artist's book is something that is only conveyed through time. For example,
if you look at a painting, you have visual access to the entire piece of art all at one time.
That's not true with artist books and some are in more traditional book forms and there
are many different arts medium that are used. The most typical might be different printmaking
processes or letterpress printing but they can become very sculptural. They can be in
more of a box form or a tunnel form. It's as complicated as the artists are themselves. The
viewer is also of course bringing whatever they bring to it. That's part of the exchange there.
The welcoming piece as you come through the doors of the Sherry Grover Gallery
is the SCOTUS Marriage Decision in Haiku. The majority opinion is Love is Love is Love.
With Vanilla, you have to hold it up as if you're eating an ice cream cone and then
you turn it you imagine like the vanilla ice cream is just beginning to melt. That's about
the amount of time it's going to take to read this book. All Sorts is based on the citrus
label collection at the University of Florida. It's a tunnel book format and a tunnel book is a
three-dimensional format that takes your eye into the book. American Totentanz is a contemporary
interpretation of Hans Holbein's Totentanz from 1526. Totentanz translates to dance of death.
It took three years in the making and utilizes 24 individual woodcuts with up to eight colors each.
In Words Every Child Has A Right To Know, Lou Cabeen looked at words that the Oxford Junior
Dictionary deemed no longer relevant to children under 10 years old and were being deleted from
the dictionary so she created this book and it's printed flash cards because of course, what would
be more subversive than teaching children about these words. You Cannot Put A Fire Out, it's based
on the poem by Emily Dickinson. It's a pop-up book. It's focused on a fire and flood and these
are metaphors for various forces, creative sparks, and how you cannot necessarily control them.
Mortal Coil is hand-stitched paper on a paper backing in this large spool-like coil
and it's dealing with stories of loss in life.
Conventional Burdens conveys how women have been viewed and treated. The whole idea of this
crinoline dress form is its own kind of cage and then the corset of course, being another
and then the bird cage. The actual text or what you might read as a book is the very elaborate
fabric piece that rolls up tight enough to fit actually into the corset within the body of
the figure. You can turn the finial on top of the birdcage and it will lower and raise up the dress.
An artist book is an art form that is only revealed through some kind
of activity of manipulating and engaging.
Cynthia Sears has described artist books as the trojan horse of the art world
until something emerges you really don't know what it is.