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[BKARTS] CSU Chico, Conceptually Bound 3, An Exhibition of Artists' Books

The University Art Gallery at California State University Chico is pleased to present 
Conceptually Bound 3, An Exhibition of Artists' Books 
Curated by Nanette Wylde, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History, CSU Chico 
Exhibition dates: November 13 - December 16, 2007 
Wednesday, November 14 
Curator's Talk, 5:30 PM, in the gallery 
Reception, 6:00 - 7:30 PM 
Conceptually Bound 3 is an exhibition of 52 artists' books by 29 artists. Artists' books are artworks which take book form. The books in this exhibition include a diverse variety of forms including, altered books, sculptural books, fine print books, mixed media book objects, flipbooks, matchbooks, scrolls, journals, graphic novels, and conceptual projects. What the books have in common is a strong relationship of form to content which is often emphasized by materials and processes. 
This is the third in a series of exhibitions of artists' books curated by Wylde. The first was at 1078 Gallery in Chico in April of 2001. The second at Butte College in Oroville in the fall of 2002. Each exhibition has exhibited a distinctive and separate selection of artworks. All three exhibitions combined have exhibited approximately 170 books by 90 artists. The artists have come from across North America, Europe and Asia. 
Describing the exhibition, Wylde states: "Throughout recorded history books have been the containers which document and transmit human culture. It is no wonder that contemporary artists are taking their cultural production into book form, and as is the practice of art makers, pushing the concept of what defines a book beyond conventions and mainstream notions. In a vein similar to literary texts, the contents of these works traverse the personal, the political, the spiritual, the physical, the sublime, the abject, the poetic, the playful, remembrance, and desire. The theme, Conceptually Bound, refers to the idea that the content of the book is in part expressed by the form the book takes. The books in Conceptually Bound reference the individual context of what is meaningful in the artists' lives. Many reflect concerns of the broader culture." 
Participating artists include: Jody Alexander, Nava Atlas, Ellie Brown, Lark Burkhart, Susan Goethel Campbell, Diane Cassidy, Cheryl Coon, Kristy Deetz, Brooke Fairfield, Judith Hoffman, Andrew Johnson, Sun Young Kang, Deborah Kogan, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Karen Kunc, Cindy Lee, Paula Levine, Jason Lujan, Kent Manske, Adrienne O'Hanlon, Susan O'Malley, Florence Ormezzano, Penny Nii, Judith Serebrin, Ellen Sollod & Ginny Hoyle, Rae Trujillo , UPPERCASE collective II directed by Melissa Kaup-Augustine, Peng-Peng Wang, and Beata Wehr. 
Catalogue available. A pdf version of the catalogue may be viewed online at: www.conceptuallybound.org 
The exhibition travels to The Mohr Gallery in Mountain View, California in April 2008. 
Nanette Wylde, guest curator and professor in the CSU Chico Department of Art & Art History, will discuss the exhibition at a gallery talk on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 PM, followed by a reception. 
The exhibition, gallery talk and reception are free and open to the public. 
The gallery is located in Taylor Hall on the California State University Chico campus. 
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM. to 4 PM., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 PM. 
Please note: the gallery will be closed November 19 – 25 for Thanksgiving Vacation. 
Jason Tannen, Curator 
University Art Gallery 
California State University, Chico 
Chico, CA 95929-0820 
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Beata Wehr

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