Friday, May 18, 2007

Beyond the Scrapbook

Alison Hahn - Burned (detail) - altered book

Tarrant County College
The Art Corridor II
Southeast Campus, Arlington, Texas

May 7 - June 15, 2007

Monday, June 4, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Artist's books by Joy Christiansen, Brett Dyer, Hannah Frieser, Allison Gillies, Danielle Grove, Alison Hahn, Jana Perez, and Deanna Wood

Curated by Deanna Wood

With the popularity of scrapbooking, it is apparent that people are motivated to present their family memories in an aesthetically pleasing way. Beyond the Scrapbook shows how artists utilize the book form to present their family memories in a way that transcends the traditional forms and materials generally associated with family scrapbooks; essentially creating works of art from painful, joyous, or mundane events and stories remembered from their childhoods.

These artists sometimes use standard, traditional scrapbook materials but also introduce new materials and methods such as photocopies, solvent transfer, photo manipulation, and non-traditional bindings.

In “Soap or Being Raised on Avon,” Hannah Frieser takes a comical look at the hazards of getting caught using bad language. Frieser created a book that tells the story of having her mouth washed out with soap. The book is nestled in a box that contains sweet-smelling handmade soap embossed with the offending words.

In her book titled, “Mom’s Lunches,” Alison Hahn lovingly pays tribute to her mother. The book is “inspired by the memories of the lunches my mother packed for me and my brothers and sisters growing up.”

Clearly coming from a different childhood experience, Jana Perez created “i am not crazy,” an artists book of Xeroxed photography which deals with her mother's battle with depression and the artist’s response to it both as a child and as an adult.

Deanna Wood
celebrates the fun and freedom of childhood with her book titled, “At the Park.” She photographed her son playing and swinging at a park. The artist created an accordion book that hangs from chain on a metal structure that mimics a swing set.

These and the other artists featured in Beyond the Scrapbook have each presented their family histories in very different ways. Some celebrate their past while others delve into the dark side of family memories. But each has used the medium of book arts to preserve the past and create a work of art that transcends the traditional scrapbook.

A viewer can touch and feel these books - the texture of the paper, the weight of the book in his hands, the smell of the contents, and the interactive nature of turning the pages. Artist’s books beckon the observer to become a participant in the art as she immerses herself in the artist’s lives in an intimate way that is unlike any other art viewing experience.

See installation shots here.


Gallery hours:
Mon-Thu 8 am - 9 pm
Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm

For more information, contact Devon Nowlin at 817-515-3406.


I'd like to say a special thanks to Devon for doing such a great job with installation and marketing!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Houston Workshop

Kathy, Lauren, Peggy, Maud, and Karen...

I had a fun time in Houston and met some great artists in my workshop. Lauren organized the whole thing and Maud let us use her studio in a great artist studio/warehouse called The Foundry.

I used to complain about Houston (hot, humid, smelly, did I mention hot?), but changed my mind when I found out what a great art community it has. Great museums. The Rothko Chapel... And it's close to the beach, so I guess it's not all bad.

Peggy, Lauren, Karen, and Maud

No beach for me this time, though. I also used the opportunity to deliver a couple of new paintings to the Koelsch Gallery. They have a beautiful new space in The Heights. Of course I forgot to take pictures there...

So today I'm off to ship some paintings to Ernden Fine Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, have lunch with a long lost friend and then I'm going to take photos of a show that I curated. More on that later...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I'm Off!

Everyday Disasters (detail) - 7 accordion books in a plastic pill case - 1995 Houston to teach an encaustic workshop.

Sorry I've been neglecting the blog recently. I actually did start a post but haven't finished it yet.

I had an open studio, delivered artwork for a book show I curated, packing up artwork for galleries, and I'm working on the bookmaking workshops that I'll be teaching soon.

I'll post an update on what's been going on and report on the workshop when I get back!