Guild of Book Workers’ Marking Time
Last November, I visited the Guild of Book Workers’ national exhibition Marking Time. If you happen to be in New Hampshire this week, you’ll be able to catch the show in its last days at the Dartmouth College Library in Hanover.
When I went to the show, it was actually for the opening reception (shows how long it took to write this!). It was fun to mingle with other bookish types outside of Vermont.
The show was wonderful. I loved this piece by Jody Alexander, Date Due: It’s Not A Popularity Contest. As the owner of two library card catalogs, I think it’s obvious why I’m drawn to it. I love the unraveling, fibrous page edges.
Another piece I was drawn to was December 1: The Hunt, by Alicia Bailey. Whenever I see a metronome, I’m reminded of the first time I attended a They Might Be Giants concert back in 1990. At that time they didn’t have a drummer, so they used a metronome to provide the percussion for their song Where Your Eyes Don’t Go. TMBG is my most favoritist band ever.
The text block is made of tinted Tyvek and the color is really luminous.
I loved Claire Jeanine Satin’s use of transparency in Pentimento/Marking Time:
The funniest thing about the exhibition is that I took pictures of books by Susan Collard and Karen Hanmer – it turns out that I’m going to be attending their workshops at the Focus on Book Arts conference in June.
I must have been having a psychic moment.
Susan is teaching Wood Shop Basics for the Book Artist – this is going to be the perfect course for me to build on my Dremel skills. Susan’s interest in alternative materials is reflected in the book she had in the show, A Short Course in Recollection.
Karen = Wonder Woman.
My only complaint was that the books were in locked cases, so you couldn’t touch them or see them from all sides. This seems to be an ongoing struggle for book artists – there’s a need to protect work when on display, yet books are generally meant to be experienced through direct contact.
Have you attended any book arts exhibits recently and if you did, were there limitations on how you could experience the work?