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[BKARTS] Book Arts Fellowship recipients exhibit work at MCBA; opening reception October 3



Witness the continuing evolution of contemporary book art in an exhibition
of work by the 2007-2008 Minnesota Center for Book Arts / Jerome Foundation
Book Arts Fellowship recipients. The explorations of these five artists will
be on display at MCBA as part of a culminating exhibition opening Friday,
October 3, 2008.

A Fluxus-inspired installation by Brian Aldrich will include numerous
individual projects, several of which require unique interactions by an
eventual ³owner-user²: a book of random numbers, the text of which is
generated through the use of a bingo game cage; a cipher text to decipher; a
paper charm to be completed through the process of carrying for two months;
and crated fruit-like ³Art Balls² which are made of boiled art and other
ingredients, some of which include fat and spices. While not in traditional
book forms, each work performs the function of a book: it tells the user
what it is and how to use it. A book, a map, a pair of pliers; Aldrich says
that all of these have a certain use. ³I want my objects to have the same
feeling ? that if you lived in their world, you would know how to use them.²

Sarah Peters¹ work explores the Arctic as a space of many mythologies:
political, historical, and cultural. The book reads like a series of
quandaries, a collection of research facts, and a sketchbook. Made primarily
from cast cotton fiber, the book includes letterpress printed text, drawings
and embossed symbols. Individually cast pages are housed in five boxes; when
unpacked, the non-traditional structure of the book creates a viewing
experience that invites the reader to wander through unbound pages of image
and text.

Distance, memory, love and longing are some of the themes explored by Katya
Reka. Her project consists of two books, each containing 12 poems and
linoleum-block print illustrations in handmade cases, as well as a video
that continues the themes of memory, love, distance and time.

To bring poetry and art to new audiences, CB Sherlock and Regula Russelle¹s
"Kinship Circle" project is dispersing 5,000 letterpress-printed keepsakes
in a handful of urban neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Ten different prints
have been  produced; though each of them is able to stand alone, together
they form a "community book" of portraits and poetry addressing the theme of
the kinship circle. A companion installation in the gallery will explore the
same theme.

Please join us for an opening reception at MCBA on Friday, October 3, from
6:00 to 9:00pm. Visit the exhibition, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments
and participate in the dialogue about the future of book arts! Free and open
to the public. The exhibition will be on display through January 10, 2009.

As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation,
Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary
art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking,
letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to experimental artmaking and
self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution
of book arts. For more information, visit http://www.mnbookarts.org.

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