February 3 - March 30, 2014
Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA
Guild of Book Workers’ Horizon Book Arts Exhibition Begins Two-Year National Tour
The Guild of Book Workers is pleased to present Horizon, the Guild’s triennial members’ exhibition.
For many, the horizon is a source of contemplation. For some, thinking of the horizon triggers images of the vast open landscape of the desert, the silhouette of a mountain at dawn, a single ship out at sea, or the trajectory of a life. Establishing a relationship between the viewer and that which is beyond, the horizon serves as a threshold, waiting to be crossed. For the astronaut viewing earth from space, amidst the unknown and the undiscovered, the horizon represents home, a place to return. In the journey of the individual, the horizon represents ambitions and perceived limitations. For the hand bookbinder in the 21st century, perhaps the horizon is the drape of a leather bound book. The Guild of Book Workers’ 2012-2014 exhibition prompted entrants to consider the horizon, to interpret the theme, as they were so inspired.
The Horizon Exhibition features 53 works that will travel across the U.S. from May 2012 through March 2014. The show opened at the Margaret I. King Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in May 2012, and then traveled to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts concurrent with the Guild’s annual Standards of Excellence Seminar in the fall of 2012. Horizon will tour the country, stopping at six venues including museums, book arts centers, and public and university libraries. A complete tour schedule is online at guildofbookworkers.org
An accompanying printed exhibition catalog will be available at most venues or online at guildofbookworkers.org. The catalog features full color photographs and complete descriptions of each work; biographies of the artists; remarks from jurors Jana Pullman, Emily Tipps and Rutherford Witthus; and essays by Horizon curator Amy LeePard and former Guild president Andrew Huot.
To provide an interactive experience for visitors and to offer the viewer a glimpse beyond the physical exhibition space, each exhibition label includes a Quick Reference Code. This QR code is printed along with the artist’s name, title, year, and description of the work. Readable by smartphones and other mobile devices, the QR Code links the viewer directly to the artist’s web site. Many first-rate exhibitions and museums use this technology as a tool to further engage viewers, giving them access to more information about the work on display. Visitors to the exhibition can quickly access the artists’ web sites to view their online portfolio or the Guild of Book Workers site to learn more about our organization.
The Horizon Exhibition honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft and celebrates some of the finest examples of book arts today. Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers has over 900 members today and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling, and artists’ books. At a time when the masses are considering the materiality of the book and its presence or absence as a physical object, it is exciting to showcase the many hand crafts of the book form. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons, or the horizon of the book as a physical object, the Horizon exhibitors created works that demonstrate conceptual integrity and the strength of a practice in craftsmanship.