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Contemporary Book Art Exhibition Opens in LLC Gallery

February 11, 2016

Laura Lemire
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Contemporary Book Art exhibition open in LLC Gallery at Saint Anselm College

On February 11, the Living Learning Commons (LLC) Gallery hosted the opening reception for the spring exhibition, Contemporary Book Arts, featuring more than 100 artist books including works by artists whose work can be seen in book art collections at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Cali., and the New York City Public Library in New York, N.Y.

The exhibition, open to the college community and general public, is co-curated by fine arts professor Kimberly Kersey-Asbury and Alicia Bailey, Director of the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colo. Bailey's gallery specializes in artist books and loaned 87 pieces of artwork for the show.

Students Thomas Suglia '16, Amanda Borosavage '16, MaryPat Devine, Valerie Nugent '17 and Annie McQuade '18 all have work from Professor Kersey-Asbury's Mixed Media & 3D course on display. In addition, several students helped assemble the exhibition, installing shelves as well as artwork.

"The opportunity to invite so many talented book artists to exhibit with us this year and to work on these exhibitions with Alicia Bailey is quite a thrill," says Kersey-Asbury, a book artist herself.

Book art is the exploration of a book's structure, form, and content using various mediums and aspects of art such as painting, print making, and graphic design. The display in the LLC focuses on artists who created and then assembled their books. At times they made the cardboard, the paper, dye the fabric themselves, using old-fashioned letter presses to apply the type, and using gold foil; often the books were hand-stitched together.

As Kersey-Asbury explains, "An exhibit of this kind puts a whole new spin on the way we look at an everyday books-we're not limited in expression of creativity to just the words we use on the page, the structure that's holding them together can be its own expression."

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Department of Fine Arts, the Office of Residential Life, and the Conversatio Program.

The Contemporary Book Arts exhibition is on view in the LLC Gallery until March 16 and is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Additional programming in conjunction with the exhibition has been planned throughout the spring semester. The college's studio art technician and printmaker, Josh Dannin will give a letterpress demo on Tuesday, Feb. 16. New Hampshire artist Erin Sweeney will offer a bookbinding workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Visit the Fine Arts Department Facebook page for additional events and programs.

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