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[BKARTS] Retro Tech: Artists' Books & Bindings by Karen Hanmer

at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library

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I thought a good old fashioned jingle was what we really needed to announce our newest book arts exhibition... you know, something you might have heard in a television ad from the 1950s or 1960s. Alas, none of us here at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts is very musical, so I am forced to stick with traditional means of announcing, and so here you have it:

Artists' Books & Bindings by Karen Hanmer
Now through April 28

Chicago book and installation artist Karen Hanmer's intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to mirror the experience of personal and cultural memory. Her themes intertwine memory, history, and the history of science with the archaic act of making a book and the non-archaic act of using the computer as a tool in the process.

The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. Her books, however, often take the forms of games or puzzles, and each book's structure almost always relates directly to its content. There is a great sense of humor at work here, too.

RETRO TECH showcases Hanmer's artists' books and design bindings, as well as an installation featuring oversized computer punch cards. The exhibition runs through Monday, April 28, 2008, here at the galleries of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. The portion of the exhibition in the lobby of the Jaffe Center may be viewed anytime during regular library hours, which may be found at www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/ hours.htm?boca or by calling 561-297-3770. The portion of the exhibition located inside the Jaffe Center may be viewed Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Karen Hanmer exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. She has studied at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and with several notable bookbinders. She serves on the editorial board of "The Bonefolder," a peer-reviewed online book arts journal, and is Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers. A complete catalog of her work is available online at www.karenhanmer.com.

Join us on Friday, February 22 at 4:00 PM for a gallery talk with artist Karen Hanmer. Karen will present "Book Arts Road Trip: A Survey of Contemporary Book Arts," and talk a bit about her own work, too. She is quirky and delightful and who better to take a road trip with? This free event is open to the public and will take place at the gallery inside the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.

John Cutrone Programs Coordinator The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library 777 Glades Road Boca Raton, Florida 33431 http://www.jaffecollection.org

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