August 11, 2010

Fall Book Arts Shows at 23 Sandy Gallery

Laura Russell
Portland, Oregon

Pop-Up Now! A Juried Exhibition of Movable Books
September 22 – October 30, 2010

Pop-up books captivate and excite the child in all of us. They come to life as three-dimensional works of art hidden inside the pages of a book. Pop-Up Now! features handmade artist books that pop-up, move, slide, twirl, whirl, light up, or even sound off. According to Wikipedia, “The term pop-up book is often applied to any three-dimensional or movable book, although properly the umbrella term movable book covers pop-ups, transformations, tunnel books, volvelles, flaps, pull-tabs, pop-outs, pull-downs, and more, each of which performs in a different manner.”

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the biennial conference of the Movable Book Society to be held in Portland, September 23 – 25, 2010. (Photo below: The Silent Spring by Two Fine Chaps.)

Handmade Paper in Motion
September 22 - October 30, 2010

Number nine in Hand Papermaking's series of distinctive portfolios of handmade papers, Handmade Paper in Motion is an extraordinary collection of collaborative artwork—14 pieces by 28 artists working in teams—features pop-ups, movable devices, and other forms of dynamic paper engineering, all using handmade paper designed and made specifically for each edition. 23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present the debut exhibition of this remarkable portfolio in conjunction with Pop-Up Now! Proceeds from the sale of Handmade Paper in Motion benefit Hand Papermaking, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of hand papermaking.

(Photo below: work by Bridget O'Malley and Emily Martin.)

Helen Hiebert
November 4 - December 18, 2010

Helen Hiebert is interested in the threads that bind us all. In particular: knots. Inspired by historical images, her own contemporary interpretations of knots will be featured in her November/December exhibit when she unveils her new suite of handmade paper which incorporates her unique knotted “string drawings.” Helen will also be presenting several of her limited edition artist books and handmade paper objects in this show.

(Photo below: Double Knot by Helen Hiebert.)

Sue Leopard
November 4 - December 18, 2010

Sue Leopard makes artist book works that celebrate the special joys of 19th century poetry, hummingbirds and ghosts—though not necessarily in that order. The great sprawl of the unconscious is evident in her studio, as tall stacks of collected material, waiting to be given coherent form. Sue won the Best of Show award in Broadsided, a national juried exhibition of letterpress broadsides here at 23 Sandy Gallery in October of 2009, the prize for which is this solo show of her work. Sue Leopard works from her studio in Rochester, New York. Recent work includes, Past Surmise, a portfolio of broadsides featuring 12 poems by Emily Dickinson, one of which was her Broadsided entry. (Photo below: Blush by Sue Leopard.)

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