Thursday, July 9, 2015

vernissages | Center for Book Arts

Two exhibitions at Center for Book Arts draw attention on the book as art form, beyond the analog object we are familiar with. 

The exhibition /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized presents "artists’ books, book-related artworks, and text-based new media that are visual interpretations, extrapolations, and recontextualizations of researched source materials such as data analysis, surveying, mapping, plotting, data mining, statistics, analytics, observations, and schemes." Here books as object include even the embodiment or visualization of digital data, where electronic quantified realities are presented with an aesthetic statement.

The exhibition Embraced: the International Community  is the fourth and final exhibition of the Center’s 40th anniversary year-long celebration; it "examines the influence the Center has had on the international book arts scene as well as the international artists who have come to the Center to study, exhibit, or teach".