Geographies: New England Book Work
September 8-December 12, 2014
Bailey/Howe Library Lobby
Geographies: New England Book Work presents new bookbinding and artist books by members of the Guild of Book Workers’ New England chapter. Fine and design bindings in leather, paper and cloth, alternative book structures, calligraphic manuscripts, and other works all connect to the show’s theme of “New England” interpreted by the 26 entrants.
The exhibit includes classical regional texts, such as Elizabeth Curran’s binding of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Gerritt VanDerwerker’s binding of the Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. More personal connections to the region appear in Sunsan Bonthron’s Stones, Anna McLain’s Place, and Laurie Whitehill Chong’s Snow Bound in September: A Re-Imagining.
A number of works deal with New England history from a variety of perspectives, including an 1874 copy of the Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts bound by John Nove, and 28 Fort Square: What Charles Olson wrote on the casings of his apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts, an artist book by Rutherford Witthus. Nancy Leavitt’s Plant Corridors, Penelope Hall’s Wildflowers around Tufts Pond, and Lindsley Rice’s Some Plants Endemic to New England all explore New England’s natural world. While some books are the traditional representation of the codex form, Bexx Caswell’s Mind Map and Graham Patten’s Call Me Trimtab may give viewers new ideas of what a book might look like.
The exhibition displays a wide range of work by New England Chapter members, who come from all the New England states and beyond. Entries from Vermont artists include Sweet New England, Stephanie Wolff’s tribute to New England confections such as Necco wafers, Charleston Chew, and maple sugar candy, and Susan Bonthron’s Stones, a poem about a daily walk accompanied by stones in the half-tumbled walls so common in the Vermont landscape.
The Guild of Book Workers, a national organization founded in 1906, brings together people interested in all the book arts, including bookbinding, book conservation, calligraphy, decorative papers, papermaking, and printing. Membership is open to anyone interested in the book: students, master bookbinders, artist bookmakers, calligraphers, printers, librarians, collectors, hobbyists and professionals. The New England Chapter, one of ten regional chapters with 180 members, organizes programs within the region, such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions.
Free and open to the public. There will be a gallery tour on October 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm. For more information, email email@example.com or call 656-2138.