: Friday, January 18, 2013, 6-8pm
: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY
: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St
The opening reception for the winter exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts is Friday, January 18 at 6pm. Admission to the Center's galleries is free and open to the public.
Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?
Organized by Yulia Tikhonova
Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?
presents thirteen important socially engaged and performative art projects that adopt, as a model for their interventions, the symbolic and practical role of the Library and the Librarian. Working outside conventional gallery settings, and deeply committed to serving and inspiring local communities, they pursue a shared vision of the Library as a force for social change.
Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. The artists in this exhibit employ their own hands-on craft skills to respond to the current state of the public library system. They design and build from scratch, using the Library as model, to create an interactive field. In these libraries, there is an exchange that goes beyond the conventional checking-in-and-out of books, one that includes conversation, discussion and group activities. Hence, the artists' libraries have been enthusiastically welcomed by communities that have previously lacked these more personal and generous forms of exchange.
The exhibit borrows its title from one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. These mobile and interactive projects challenge old-fashioned library stereotypes - calling on them to "lend their stacks" to these alternative models. They insert themselves into the most unexpected situations and spaces, in this case libraries, to propose social and cultural improvement.
The exhibition includes: Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton; Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune; Stephen Boyer; BroLab (Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Ryan Roa, and Travis LeRoy Southworth); Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz; Finishing School with Christy Thomas; Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson; Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; The K.I.D.S. with Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners, as well as with Emcee C.M., Master of None; Annabel Other; Reanimation Library; The Sketchbook Project; and Micki Watanabe Spiller.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
Also on view:
Featured Artist Projects:
Tomie Arai: Tales from Home
Tomie Arai is a public artist who designs community-based projects that explore the relationship between art and history. Collaborating with historians, writers, curators, architects, activists and community residents, she creates works of art that present multiple perspectives and points of view. Through the use of family stories, shared memories and archival photographs, Tomie constructs pages of 'living' history that reflect the layered and complex narratives that give meaning to the spaces we live in.
The pieces in this Featured Artists exhibition include large silkscreened monoprints and artist books made of wood and found objects. Through these constructions, Tomie explores the ways the printed image can transform the functionality of the materials we find in our environment.
Candace Hicks: Fabrications
As an ardent reader, Hicks naturally gravitates toward creating books and printing. Most of her projects take the form of books or series of prints as each represents an inquiry or sustained reflection on a given subject. Taking note of coincidences is akin to the kind of observation a landscape or portrait artist practices. Her observations take the form of hand-stitched texts that she calls Common Threads. Sewing every line, letter, and illustration in the books enhances their status as objects. By laboring over a composition book, painstakingly recreating it by hand, Hicks has found a way to express the insignificant as potentially philosophical. Just as a landscape or portrait painter's observations allow them to reproduce a version of reality; her scrutiny of repetition creates a narrative that navigates fictional universes.
Her latest project, String Theory: Understanding Coincidence in the Multiverse undertakes to explain coincidence through science. String Theory is her first attempt to form a hypothesis about the meanings and rules that govern coincidence. Part pseudo-scientific humor, part genuine awe at the complexity of the cosmos, String Theory is an embroidered book in three volumes in which the text and images are entirely rendered in thread. In conjunction with her books is a new series of prints, Compositions. She resolves the abstract patterns on the covers of cheap composition books into representational images. Fabrications connects pattern seeking and coincidence with work that deals with memory and observations from reading.
Permanent Collection Spotlight: An Ode to Libraries
To complement the main gallery exhibition, artworks that repurpose library systems and materials from the Center's Collection will be on display. Featuring artwork by Bureau for Open Culture; Dexter Sinister; Stephen Gan, Cecilia Dean, and James Kaliardos; Bruce McLean, SKART, Tom Trusky, Sam Winston, among others.
All exhibitions are on view through March 30, 2013.
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