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Ken Leslie’s Gold Dome Cycle

Last week I attended the opening for Ken Leslie‘s Gold Dome Cycle at the Vermont Supreme Court. I was particularly interested in seeing the exhibit because I’m taking a workshop with Ken at the Paper and Book Intensive in May – he’ll be teaching how to make his toroidal (a.k.a. doughnut-shaped) book structures.

For Gold Dome Cycle, Ken painted the view from the top of the Vermont State House every two weeks over the course of one year. One of the cool things about the shape of his books is that it allows him to depict things in a panoramic view. As a resident of Montpelier, I loved seeing his rendering of buildings I pass every day and take for granted (the DMV!).

The piece is really stunning. The person who created the frame is a genius.

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Gold Dome Cycle

Gold Dome Cycle

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Gold Dome Cycle

Gold Dome Cycle – detail

In addition to Gold Dome Cycle, there were more than a dozen pieces on display – all stunning.

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Akureyri Summer Cycle

Akureyri Summer Cycle

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Svalbard Summer Cycle

Svalbard Summer Cycle

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Kotzebue Summer Cycle

Kotzebue Summer Cycle

Handmade book by Ken Leslie - Akureyri Summer Cycle

Akureyri Summer Cycle

The exhibit runs now through March 28th at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont. If you’d like to learn more about Ken’s work, check out the wonderful video below, produced by Stuck in Vermont.

2 Responses to “Ken Leslie’s Gold Dome Cycle

By Laura - 28 February 2014 Reply

Very cool! Love Ken Leslie’s art and the format he’s using. Also was neat to catch a glimpse of Vermont as I’ve never been there. Thanks for sharing this!

By Elissa - 1 March 2014 Reply

Laura –

There’s nothing like seeing Ken’s work in person – his pieces are so big! I can’t wait to take his class at PBI!

Elissa

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