Look! Book Arts

Healdsburg Center for the Arts occupies a sweet space just off the main plaza square on Plaza St. In addition to the ongoing display of member artists’ works, displayed around the periphery of the gallery, the Center, in cooperation with San Francisco Center for the Book, is currently hosting the curated exhibit, Look! Book Arts.

The show includes work by more than 75 artists. As might be expected from that number of creators, the subject material, techniques and materials are wide-ranging and diverse, but all, in some way, connect with the theme of book art.

Sculptural pieces by Elizabeth Ashcroft were the first thing I saw, at the front of the exhibit, with one also featured on the promotional postcard. I can see why, as they was quite striking, and I found myself circling back to view them again and enjoy from different angles.

SFCB was represented by works from their Small Plates series, from Artists in Residence, and by the Poets Pulling Prints Project. I particularly enjoyed browsing through the poetry broadsides.

WHICH! The works were not behind glass, and, if you cleaned your hands with a gallery provided wipe, you were allowed to touch and pick up the pieces! Somehow nothing quite called me as strongly as things seem to when they are behind glass, but it was really great to have the option, and I did end up leafing through a number of things.

From a visual perspective I enjoyed Jamila Rufaro’s works featuring leaves. She used the term eco-print – I’m not sure exactly what that means, but am curious, as they are beautiful.

On the thinky side, I was intrigued by Brian Singer AKA someguy (or maybe it’s the other way around) with books where everything but instances of certain words had been crossed out. From his statement: “In my works on paper, I’m exploring the printed word as a visual representation of information, attempting to uncover new meaning in what is slowly becoming an outdated form. Crossing out the entirety of a written text while exposing only selected words changes the perception of the original message. Revealing word frequency adds another layer and opens new paths to understanding.”

There was also a selection of Michael Meyers’ prints and blocks, so if you didn’t get a chance to see the exhibit at Iota/NBLA – or did and would like to see them again – here’s another chance.

through May 22, 2016
with a Closing Tea on that date, from 2 to 4 PM
where many of the artists will be present

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