Yesterday I spent a wonderful afternoon down in Brisbane - a double exhibition. Book Plates Unbound and a marvellous Artist's Book Exhibition. You will see the invitation that was sent out by Wim and Adele at the end of this post and if you have the chance to visit this exhibition in the next week, take it. There is some really amazing work there - very beautiful, very varied, often surprising and definitely worth a visit.
I have the privilege of knowing a number of the artists represented in the exhibition but there were some I did not not know and wow, I will certainly be watching for their work down the track. More of that later.
Firstly, Book Plates Unbound. This was a project conceived by Gael Phillips and Wim de Vos in which 31 Queensland artists took part. We were each asked to produce a book plate, print 40 of them and submit them with an Artist's Statement. These book plates were then tipped on mount paper and boxed with separate statements and translucent paper interleaves. The resulting boxed set is stunning - beautiful to handle and presented very professionally in Solander boxes which have been stamp printed. I will actually post on my copy of this edition during the week.
Below you can see the book plates hanging so we could all have a good look. A lovely variety of images and each image very indicative of the type of work each artist makes. I am honoured to have contributed to the project and will always cherish my edition.
This is a display of the plates which were used to print the book plates and they are very beautiful in their own right.
|The entertainment was marvellous - pity their was no room to dance!|
Here is a glimpse of just some of the work in the exhibition - I didn't photograph many details of pieces because I don't think it is my right to do so, but just to whet your appetite and hopefully send you scurrying along to see the work in detail - here are a few peeks.
|books by Adele Outerridge|
|book by Grahame Bligh|
|tunnel books by Wim de Vos|
|books to be opened and enjoyed|
|Fiona Medhurst - Silhouettes|
|two books by Glenda Orr|
|a couple of my books and others|
|two photos with details of Philomena Drakes' Old Stuff and New Stuff|
|Wim's Chrysler Building book|
|another of Philomena's books|
There were so very many books here that completely captured my imagination. I am only going to mention a few and one of those must be about my absolute favourite book - Silhouettes by Fiona Medhurst. I often talk about keeping it simple - not over working images. Not that I manage this all the time and I am sure some of my work looks quite laboured. This book by Fiona is the very essence of simplicity. Linocut images in black and white printed on a page of semi transparent printing paper, the same forms used again in a different arrangement on the page below and so on. Some of the pages have one form picked out in red and in varying degrees, images from the pages below show through forming a gorgeous poetic dance of fluid form. To me it is the essence of simplicity and beauty combined.
Another work which captured my imagination was Mena's (Philomena Drake) work Old Stuff New Stuff is another such simple book - simple in concept I would say but very intricate in the binding which she said Adele helped her work out - a very old fashioned form of coptic binding which was necessary to get through the pieces of cedar wood. I guess I was drawn to this piece initially because of the rusty bolts and wood, but the more time I spent with it, the more I noticed.
An artist whose work I did not know and now will watch out for is that of Glenda Orr. Initially I was drawn to her folded book Log Forest - a very strong piece folded down from a single print. However, next to that was her boxed, unbound book the title of which I am ashamed to say I don't remember. I remember her prints and embossings within however and these just need to be seen. Exquisite, detailed use of aquatint and such perfect embossing that I am completely envious. I would dearly loved to have photographed some of these to share with you but as I said earlier, I didn't feel I have the right.
Though I have on written about a few, there were many, many wonderful pieces both in the artist's book exhibition and in the Book Plates Unbound.
A few of the books were chosen to be bought for the State Library Collection of Artist's Book by Helen Cole, and I feel honoured that one of my books was amongst those chosen. A good day for me all in all.