Once Upon a Time at The Center for Book Arts

Ellen Harvey: Looking Glass Ipad, Kindle and Nook, 2014

Ellen Harvey: Looking Glass Ipad, Kindle and Nook, 2014

On Friday, that’s tomorrow, April 18 from 6 to 8 pm, the incomparable Center for Book Arts, 28 27th St. off of 6th Avenue in Manhattan, has a spring exhibition that is guaranteed to pique the interest for a variety of audiences (when don’t they, you may say). Independent Curator, Rachel Gugelburger organized the main gallery in permutations of book artistry called Once Upon a Time, There Was the End. Two themes are explored by 11 artists. “Stories elicited by modalities of the book in the face of technological transformation, and anxiety about the end of the book as echoed in apocalyptic, dystopian and speculative visions.” Heady stuff but mindbogglingly interesting and thought provoking. One of the best things about being here is seeing exhibitions develop and unfold. It is an intimate but forceful space where the work speaks to the viewer without seeping into one and other. You must come to see for yourself what I am talking about. It is the entrance with the red standpipe. Go to the elevator to the third floor to the sequestered world of the senses and the mind.
Diane Stemper; Sample Close at Hand, 2014

Diane Stemper; Sample Close at Hand, 2014

Also on view in the front foyer is remarkable work of Diane Stemper called Sample Close at Hand. Stemper investigates the “metaphor for the cultural context of science” integrating the relationship of nature and scientific discoveries. Her confident hand at prints, book art and book built into Petri dishes. Other featured artists include 2013 Workspace Artists-in Residence. This is where those new to book arts are encouraged to rework their oeuvre to include another dimension of discourse.
These exhibitions present the viewer with an engaging panoply of bookish stimuli and stretches the boundaries of what generates the possibilities of book making.


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