Thursday, April 1, 2010

New York State Artist's Series - Fit To Be Bound

Fit to Be Bound - The Edge of Art: New York State Artists Series
April 17 - July 11, 2010

In 2010, the Everson Museum of Art introduced The Edge of Art: New York State Artists Series as an alternative to the traditional Biennial Exhibition. Fit to Be Bound, the second exhibition in a series of four showcases a broad range of artist books created by artists currently living in New York State-the first survey of its kind at the Everson. The exhibition is an exploration of the various means by which contemporary artists have expanded the notion of the book form, from the traditional to the sculptural, from paper to mixed-media, small-scale and oversized. Thirty-four artists from 12 counties are included in the exhibition.

Four artists whose work broadens the definition of artist book were invited to participate in the exhibition. Miriam Schaer is a multimedia book artist. Tatana Kellner is a photographer, printmaker and artists' book maker. Claire Maziarczyk creates decorative papers known as pastepaper patterns. Drew Goerlitz is a sculptor currently teaching at the State University at Plattsburgh.

Thirty additional artists were selected by three jurors: Everson Senior Curator Debora Ryan, Peter Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University Library; Hannah Frieser, director of Light Work at Syracuse University. The books are intelligent, creative, whimsical, and unique. The artists have employed a diverse range of paper and mixed-media to present books of all forms and sizes that pose intriguing questions for viewers to consider, such as, what is a book?

Fit to Be Bound is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Image: Miriam Schaer, Of The Errors of My Heart Too Numerous to Count, 2008, Girdle, silk, acrylic, pins, silk, found objects, 28 x 15 x 10 in. Photo: Miriam Schaer.

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