Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Imprints of Home is a collaborative work of original prints and poems created during 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Esther Feske, Dale Harris, Christine Herman, Frank Melcori, Trish Meyer, Carrol Moxham, Margy O’Brien, Kent Swanson, and Mary Sweet.

Friday, June 21, through Saturday, August 24, 2019

Opening Reception on Friday, June 21, 5 to 7 pm at
Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This is a unique exhibit of handmade artist’s books and works on paper from local, national, and internationally known artists and writers. The exhibit will feature works that not only reflect a compelling artistic vision and style on paper with a unique and symbiotic collaboration with words, but distinctive book artistry as well. The very idea, definition, and usage of the object “book” and its alternatives will be challenged and expressed in revealing new forms. Some are epic and stirring, some freestanding, some folios, some may be reconfigured or exaggerate an accordion-like presence; some will fit like loose paper in their own boxes in limited edition; one or two will be reassuring in their enormity, some incisively petite and condensed. The thing that the books have in common is their lack of similarity, except for the love of words and art and the ingenious methods by which they’re released into the world.

As Anne Evenhaugen of the Smithsonian Libraries has written, “What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental…artists used the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult or emotional issues, and some used it as a cheap, portable way to make the artwork available to a broader public than the gallery and museum world allowed.”

The exhibit will feature work by poets and artists (several are BAG members or Friends of BAG): Jim Dine, Dale Harris, Helen Hiebert, Carol Mothner, Miriam and Isabel Sagan, Kent Rush, Leon Loughridge, Margy O’Brien, Cynthia West, Vicki Bolen, Richard Wolfson, Janet Glovinsky, and others.

For more information, email bookstor@gpgallery.com or call 505-954-5700.