The latest exhibition at the Yeiser Art Center (YAC) is Beyond a Book: An Exhibition of Book Arts. It runs until April 13. This exhibition features the art of Brien Beidler, Katie Gonzalez, Nicole Hand, Amanda Kaler, Rachel Mauser, Michelle Moode, Justine Riley, Dave Rollins, Wyatt Severs, Terry Joe Sledd, and Mary Sullivan.
There is also a bookmaking workshop on March 16th from 11am-2pm. Drop in anytime. It's free and led by the exhibition's curator, Justine Riley.
Beyond a Book is an exhibition of local and regional book artists who make work using the book as a jumping off point. The show is a spectrum of the emerging field of book arts. Some of the pieces are traditionally crafted books, some pieces are bridges between traditional and reimagined books and some pieces will push the viewers’ paradigm of what a book is. One could think of this show as a “book tasting”.
Riley based this exhibition on the book itself. “We are rapidly entering a digital culture where knowledge, story and the bulk of the human record is no longer dependent on the physical printed book, “ he stated. “It is hard to find someone who doesn’t carry around a small magical screen that answers most questions instantly. It will be interesting to see how the very word book will change”
“Today both the book as a structure and the book as a story are still pretty happily married. However, culture inevitably molds new definitions of words. The word book is bound to change. It is changing now. The book is remarkably fertile ground for amazing new work. With the book comes any idea imaginable.”
“With the book comes a structure that can be crafted from wood, found objects, cloth, ceramic, paper, and leather. Books can be sculpture, pages can be reimagined, old books can be transformed. With the book comes intimacy, secrets, spaces, moments, new worlds, old worlds, even smells. The book is both a piece of art to be viewed, like a painting on the wall, and an object to be held, like a favorite mug.”
“The book as a vessel, as a physical object won’t fall away into history’s grasp, just as paintings didn’t go away after the revolution of the photograph,” Riley added. “Fellow artists, bookworms, librarians, book lovers, writers, and poets have no need to worry or reminisce on better times for the book. The book is vast and the book is changing. What a great time it is to be a book artist!”
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