Art outside the (book) box: Puget Sound Book Artists’ annual exhibit at the University of Puget Sound library challenges the whole idea of a book
If you think a book means cardboard covers and paper pages, then you need to head over to the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound and have your horizons broadened. The Collins – which throughout the rest of the year hosts a swathe of visiting and local letterpress and book artists – is currently the venue for this year’s exhibit by 30 members of the Puget Sound Book Artists group, and the show continues to stretch the boundaries of creative materials, construction, binding and content.
A non-profit that links amateurs and professionals from all sections of the book art field, the PSBA offers year-round monthly meet-ups for workshops and or lectures. And it’s notjust for folks who live around Puget Sound: This year’s show features work by new members living in Oregon, New Mexico and Indiana.
As such, the show’s by no means even in quality – there’s stunning artistry by letterpress professionals like Chandler O’Leary (delicately watercolored horse prints in a cute little stitched pouch), by print artists like Dorothy McCuistion, Mark Hoppman (intensely textured pencil sketches in a large folio) and and college instructors like co-curator Kathryn Govan. There’s also less skilled amateur work, which is nevertheless heartfelt and often innovative. Every work is different, and presents the concept of a book in a uniquely thought-out way. Read more »