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[BKARTS] Hanmer exhibits, workshops MN, FL



Chicago book and installation artist Karen Hanmer's solo exhibition Celestial Navigation runs January 19 through February 29 at the Susan Hensel Gallery of Narrative Art in Minneapolis, with an opening reception Friday, January 18 5-9 pm. At once vast and minimal, sparse and rich, the night sky has always been a canvas upon which people project their myths and dreams. The artists' books and installation that comprise Celestial Navigation explore what people are searching for, and what they find, by performing the ancient ritual of looking at the stars.

The walls of the gallery are sheathed in panels of translucent paper printed with an image of the Milky Way, creating a space for viewing two artists' books that take the form of a collection of hinged triangles. The books can be held in the hand and read page by page like a traditional book, can be unfolded flat to reference a historical astronomical chart, or can be folded into an infinite variety of sculptural shapes.

Star Poems presents quotes that document response to the night sky across the ages by philosophers, artists, and poets from Plato and Byron to contemporary writers, scientists and astronauts. This text is paired with 17th century mythological images of constellation forms and images of early star gazers. In Celestial Navigation, a brief poem by the artist gives insight into what someone might be seeking when they look to the stars. This is paired with a listing of ancient and modern instruments used to navigate by the stars, historical images of these instruments, and an 19th century star chart.

A second solo show, Retro Tech at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida February 5-April 28 pairs fine bindings with artists' books sharing themes of history, technology, exploration, cultural memory and the Midwestern landscape. The artist will give a gallery talk 4 pm Friday, February 22.

Hanmer will give workshops concurrent with each exhibition: in Minneapolis January 19-20 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Quick, Expressive Paperback Rebind with Decorated Edges; and at Florida Atlantic University February 23-24, All Shook Up: Flag Books -- Interplay of Image and Text.

Links to details, a complete catalog of Hanmer's work, and a calendar for 2008 and beyond are online at http://www.karenhanmer.com/


-- Karen Hanmer karen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx www.karenhanmer.com

01-20-09

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