What exactly is a book? Is it simply a container of information? An object with pages and covers, and a narrative of some sort? A collection of pictures and words? A small sculpture? The 8th annual exhibit of the Puget Sound Book Artists explores all of these possible definitions and more. The participating artists play with the form of a book. They use traditional formats and bindings in new ways. They make books using all sorts of media and materials; origami folding, popup pages, drawing, painting, printmaking, knitting, sewing, wood and found objects, to mention a few.
Some artists use the idea of the book to explore philosophical concepts. For example, Debbie Commodore asks questions about the nature of time with her Chronos and Kairos calendar. “What if the chronological year was shaped like a book that had not been written? And what if this book pushed the traditional book form?” She has shaped an interactive book/calendar that includes the possibilities of both Chronos and Kairos.
Other books are visual expressions of complex emotional states. Mary Preston’s piece “A Work In Progress” is a carefully detailed “chronicle of loss” and “homage to a beloved family." It conveys at the same time what is highly personal, yet universal in feeling.
Social commentary is another strand in this show. Lynn Olson has made a 3D visual political analysis and comment entitled “Tax Reform: Feather Your Nest” in one small box.
Some artists celebrate and share observations of the natural world. Jan Ward’s book “Illuminating Taraxacum” shows a closeup of the humble dandelion, actually lit from within, making the plant look like a precious treasure, rather than a lawn pest.
Free and open to the public. Open from Monday, June 4, through Friday, July 27, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursday, June 7: Opening reception and awards presentation, 5–7 p.m.
Thursday, June 21: Artists Conversation, Archives Seminar Room, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 12: Panel Discussion, Archives Seminar Room, 5:30–7:30 p.m.