A Visit from the Booklyn Artists Alliance
Last week, the very humorous Felice Tebbe of Booklyn Artists Alliance came to visit Special Collections and to share some of their amazing books. We wanted to buy lots of them but limited it to just three in the interest of economy.
Booklyn, headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is an artist-run, non-profit made up of artists and book makers. Their stated mission is “to promote artists’ books as art and research material and to assist artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artworks and archives.”
Booklyn helps artists in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artwork to interested institutions. They provide educational programming on contemporary artists’ publications. They also curate exhibitions of the artists’ work in their own gallery and collaborate with museums. It is just a plus to us that they also bring these amazing books to our door for us to see before we buy! Thanks, Felice!
Here is some information on the books we purchased. Come by Special Collections to see them:
Harvest, by Tia Blassingame, was published in 2013 in an edition of 5. It is a large book with a decoratively stitched stab binding, covered in Cave Paper. If you are not familiar with Cave Paper, go here: http://www.cavepaper.com/) It was letterpress printed and illustrated with silkscreened images.
Here is a description from Booklyn:
Harvest looks towards Providence, Rhode Island’s past with African slave trading, utilizing historial documents as well as creating a symbolic narrative with screenprinted leaves. Blassingame’s process began by collecting fallen leaves from historic Benefit Street which were then reproduced in colors evoking the skin tones of African slaves. The work is Tia Blassingame’s attempt to bring awareness to the countless slaves that moved through the area while also creating some hope that they were able to find happiness in the fall colors.
Reset the Clocks, by Kelie Bowman, was published in 2014. It is a unique book utilizing an accordion fold format, made of triangles of silkscreened paper stitched together. Our vendor Felice mentioned that the paper used to create this book was originally part of an installed mural that explored the interaction of water and light.
Here is a description from Booklyn:
Kelie Bowman continues her play with structure in Reset the Clocks, a pseudo-accordian fold book with sewn pieces of silkscreened prints which can be folded and warped in endless combinations, making each reading experience unique.
This book titled The Y Book was created by Christopher K Wilde and a host of other artists. Work began on the concept in 1994, and the final book was completed in 2008. It incorporates almost every printing technique and several forms of binding. It consists of 3 interlocking book shapes created when the book was cut to open to the letter Y, each with a different binding style. It was done in an edition of 50. Jen Library’s copy is not numbered
Here is a partial description of the book from Booklyn:
A question, the sex determining chromosome, a point of confluence or separation depicted, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y. Started as a collection of examples of the letterform Y; the publisher made a dos-a-dos book and asked anyone to make a letter Y inside the book. When that book was filled with Ys, a second book began. When both books were filled, an editioned version began. The editioned book reprinted some choice selections from the original two books, plus included new “Y” material.
Merriam-Webster Unabridged arrives at SCAD Libraries
Whether you want to check out the word of the day, or simply check your spelling, Brittanica’s Merriam-Webster Unabridged online dictionary has the tool you need. Full of entertaining word games, mind-bending trivia, and of course, definitions, this electronic resource is packed with numerous benefits. Visit the SCAD Library website today to brush up on your vocabulary skills!
Library Closed July 4th—Independence Day
The ACA Library of SCAD-Atlanta is closed Friday, July 4th.
We are open on the weekend Saturday & Sunday Noon-5:30 pm.
Resources available 24/7 at library.scad.edu.
Staff Picks - Music & Sound
This quarter’s Staff Picks shelf is all about the joy of music and the exploration of sound in art practice. We have a wide selection of aural-related reading material, from the bright eye-candy of photography collections Atlanta: Hip Hop and the South and Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture to more serious, theory-oriented reads like Jacques Attali’s Noise: The Political Economy of Music.
We also have books exploring artists working at the intersection of music, sound, and contemporary art, such as Gordon Monahan’s Seeing Sound and Nicolas Collins’ DIY cookbook for aspiring electronic musicians (ever wanted to make your own synthesizers?), Handmade Electronic Music.
And what would a music-oriented display be without any actual music? Don’t worry—we’ve got plenty of music hiding behind the Circulation Desk and have put a few choice selections from the CD collection up on display, including Ma Rainey’s Mother of the Blues; Conlon Nancarrow’s experiments with multiple re-programmed player pianos (must be heard to be believed); Morton Feldman’s ode to his painter colleague For Philip Guston; and more, all to whet your appetite for music.
Click on the cover images below for more information.
The Altered Book
The Jen Library has a growing collection of artists’ books located in the Special Collections department. Artists’ books describe a broad category of book forms, with the commonality being that they were conceived of and fabricated by an artist, not a publisher or other entity. Artists’ books can be created in a finite or open ended edition or can be created as a unique object. They may be completely handmade, machine generated, or they can be in some in-between overlapping subset.
Falling into the unique subset is the altered book. An altered book has one criterion: it must start with an existing book. The artist then alters that book to create another object. While it is possible for an artist to alter a number of the same books in very similar ways, usually that is not the case. The artist can alter the book in any number of ways by folding, cutting, pasting, painting, stamping, sewing, carving or other methods of transforming the pages and / or the covers of an existing book. The new book may incorporate quite a lot of the original, or the original may be completely unrecognizable.
The Jen Library’s altered book collection is small, but has some very interesting members. The foremost of which is titled Geomorphology by Brian Dettmer, an Atlanta based artist who is well known for his unique book sculptures. Dettmer clamps his books, sculpts them, and uses glue to secure the many intricate layers.
Geomorphology by Brian Dettmer, 2012
Dark Heart is a small altered book by Mar Gorman. She describes her inspiration on a vendor’s website: “This book was made during a period when I was listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen and some of the words are excerpted from his songs. Many of the images were also inspired by his words.” Gorman has printed, stitched, and pasted images onto various inserted pages. It is difficult to tell whether there is any part of the original text left.
Dark Heart by Mar Gorman 2011
Poppy Dully used an Applied Psychology textbook to create her Noir influenced story, The Trained memory and pickpocket. She printed eleven monotypes of film images from the 1959 film Pickpocket in a dark sepia ink across the text. The text provides practical instructions on training memory for personal and business uses and the red letterpress headings on each page tie the imagery together.
The Trained memory and pickpocket by Poppy Dully, 2009