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Artist books take many forms – from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. The Book As Art, a juried annual exhibition, celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and spectacular work that challenges expectations.

The Book As Art, Volume 10

Transformation

September 8 to October 31

Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA
Inside the Fourth Floor Gallery

How is the world, society, nature, and even humanity transformed by reading, literature, and art? What is the driving force that causes the transformation, and what emerges on the other side? This year’s annual The Book As Art exhibition explores these questions visually through beautifully made volumes, sculptural and conceptual interpretations, and one-of-a-kind approaches to the book format.

A book can be a source of stability in unsettled times. Tactile and olfactory, the black and white pages conjure emotions and images that endure longer than flickering light on small screens. From tablet to folio, papyrus to scroll, song to psalm—all are created as a concept that becomes thought, becomes word, becomes book, becomes sculpture.

A book, like a butterfly, waits and gestates to emerge and show its beauty to the world. Simple squares of paper carefully folded by an artist’s agile hands become a crane, a butterfly, an insect. The paper, once part of the natural world itself, becomes, through the artist’s hands, a representation of nature for the viewer to interpret. Through art, the simplest object can be transformed from something reviled to something revered. Something that provides inspiration becomes inspirational. 

The objects in this exhibition will interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigured. It is in the hands of these artists, these wordsmiths, that the simple becomes the sublime.

Artists are challenged to look inward and outward. To see growth and loss, and to walk the line between comfort and confrontation. How is the world, society, nature, and even humanity transformed by reading, literature, and art? What is the impetus that causes the transformation, and what emerges on the other side?

Gallery Hours:

Tuesdays, Noon-7 pm
Thursday-Saturday, Noon-5 pm
And by appointment

The gallery will be open weekly for limited, socially-distanced, in-person viewing. Walk-ins welcome during gallery hours as space permits, reserve your date and time online by registering for a free ticket that will guarantee your spot.

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The 2022 Exhibition

Explore the artist books that are a part of this year’s exhibition: The Book As Art, v.10: Transformation.
Click on the images for more details of each artwork or download the pdf here.
Interested in purchasing a piece? Download the price list here

*Unless otherwise noted, photography credit for each exhibited work belongs to the artist.

Spoke ‘n’ Words by Brian Adams

Spoke ‘n’ Words by Brian Adams

Bicycle wheel, paper, laminate, wood
28″ x 28″ x 12″
1994

In this multimedia piece, Spoke ‘n’ Words, the artist fuses the fond childhood memory of exploring his hometown on a bicycle with the adult experience of a cross-country bicycle trip. As a boy, the artist and his friends would use a clothespin to affix a baseball card to the bicycle frame such that a slap-slap-slap would be created with each momentary contact of the passing spokes in the spinning wheel — one of the signature sounds of summer. As an adult, the artist kept a journal of a two-wheeled trip from Utah to New Jersey that spanned five weeks and more than 2,000 miles. The handwritten text from that journal is now superimposed on the cards, which contain maps of the very cities and geography he passed through, and the cards are attached to an old bicycle wheel. Boy to man, neighborhood to the world. Spoke ‘n’ Words reminds us that the travels of life can take many forms as well as many directions.

– Brian Adams, Redwood City, California

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Spoke ‘n’ Words by Brian Adams

Bicycle wheel, paper, laminate, wood
28″ x 28″ x 12″
1994

In this multimedia piece, Spoke ‘n’ Words, the artist fuses the fond childhood memory of exploring his hometown on a bicycle with the adult experience of a cross-country bicycle trip. As a boy, the artist and his friends would use a clothespin to affix a baseball card to the bicycle frame such that a slap-slap-slap would be created with each momentary contact of the passing spokes in the spinning wheel — one of the signature sounds of summer. As an adult, the artist kept a journal of a two-wheeled trip from Utah to New Jersey that spanned five weeks and more than 2,000 miles. The handwritten text from that journal is now superimposed on the cards, which contain maps of the very cities and geography he passed through, and the cards are attached to an old bicycle wheel. Boy to man, neighborhood to the world. Spoke ‘n’ Words reminds us that the travels of life can take many forms as well as many directions.

– Brian Adams, Redwood City, California

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Tracing Outlines by Rhiannon Alpers

Tracing Outlines by Rhiannon Alpers

Artist’s book
5.5″ x 3.75″ x 1.5″
2022

Tracing Outlines compiles a multitude of layered shapes to reconstruct landscapes, stemming from aerial views of the places I have lived over the years as an adult. Created using cut sheet magnets and mono-printing techniques to print, the shapes themselves intertwine and overlay throughout the book, to become landscapes in their own right. The layered shapes illustrate the melding of the concept of place over ones’ lifespan, through many homes, cities, travels, and countries. Water is a touchstone for me and a place for reflection. To create the piece I’ve used aerial maps of water-edged cities I’ve called home to create the physical magnet forms/shapes which are the mountain edges in the book. The cities included are Encinitas, Santa Barbara, Mission Bay (San Diego), London, Chicago (North & South sides), San Francisco, Oakland, and Denver

– Rhiannon Alpers, Denver, CO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Tracing Outlines by Rhiannon Alpers

Artist’s book
5.5″ x 3.75″ x 1.5″
2022

Tracing Outlines compiles a multitude of layered shapes to reconstruct landscapes, stemming from aerial views of the places I have lived over the years as an adult. Created using cut sheet magnets and mono-printing techniques to print, the shapes themselves intertwine and overlay throughout the book, to become landscapes in their own right. The layered shapes illustrate the melding of the concept of place over ones’ lifespan, through many homes, cities, travels, and countries. Water is a touchstone for me and a place for reflection. To create the piece I’ve used aerial maps of water-edged cities I’ve called home to create the physical magnet forms/shapes which are the mountain edges in the book. The cities included are Encinitas, Santa Barbara, Mission Bay (San Diego), London, Chicago (North & South sides), San Francisco, Oakland, and Denver

– Rhiannon Alpers, Denver, CO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Greed by Judy Anderson

Greed by Judy Anderson

Rice paper, ink, polyester rug hooking mesh, thread
28″ x 34″ x 10″
2019

My work responds to social, political, and cultural issues as viewed through my personal lens. Treating books as a creative form is a natural expression for me because of my love of paper, words, ink, images and narrative.

The first book I made was in the mid-70s and it opened a world of possibilities, leading to a lifelong exploration of layered storytelling. The books can be traditional or experimental, from handheld bound books to large sculptural works. They juxtapose words, images, and form.

This sculptural book Greed is a response to Paul Manafort’s ostrich skin jacket as a reflection and expression of greed and outlandish consumption and the selfish attitude of not-in-my-back-yard. Poetry by Ginny Hoyle. The book is a part of the exhibition “Worn World.”

– Judy Anderson, Denver, CO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Greed by Judy Anderson

Rice paper, ink, polyester rug hooking mesh, thread
28″ x 34″ x 10″
2019

My work responds to social, political, and cultural issues as viewed through my personal lens. Treating books as a creative form is a natural expression for me because of my love of paper, words, ink, images and narrative.

The first book I made was in the mid-70s and it opened a world of possibilities, leading to a lifelong exploration of layered storytelling. The books can be traditional or experimental, from handheld bound books to large sculptural works. They juxtapose words, images, and form.

This sculptural book Greed is a response to Paul Manafort’s ostrich skin jacket as a reflection and expression of greed and outlandish consumption and the selfish attitude of not-in-my-back-yard. Poetry by Ginny Hoyle. The book is a part of the exhibition “Worn World.”

– Judy Anderson, Denver, CO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Fire Storms by Charlene Asato

Fire Storms by Charlene Asato

Artist’s book, double flag book
10″ x 5.25″ x 5″
2020

I find it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form. Artist’s books give me a wonderful avenue to convey this energy. Fire Storms was created after the devastating fires in California in 2020. This book opens up to portray the chaos and turmoil on all sides. The paste paper design conveys this inferno.

– Charlene Asato, Mountain View, HI

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Fire Storms by Charlene Asato

Artist’s book, double flag book
10″ x 5.25″ x 5″
2020

I find it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form. Artist’s books give me a wonderful avenue to convey this energy. Fire Storms was created after the devastating fires in California in 2020. This book opens up to portray the chaos and turmoil on all sides. The paste paper design conveys this inferno.

– Charlene Asato, Mountain View, HI

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

My Pricklies by Andre Bassuet

My Pricklies by Andre Bassuet

Book art
12″ x 9″ x .75″
2022

As a Korean-American born in Brooklyn but raised in South Korea and both west and east coasts of America, I live between two cultures, feeling forever outsider in either place. Feeling displaced and never feeling grounded anywhere, I seek to find my own roots. I look for unity between the human body and nature, merging qualities of both plants and humans. The body becomes an extension of nature and nature becomes an extension of the body. Lately I’ve been drawn to the cactus, admiring its ability to thrive in intense conditions, as I have survived the pandemic as a single mother. It has a hard protective exterior but inside, it has a unique ability to store water. Native American cultures believe that the cactus represents warmth, protection, and motherly love. This accordion flag book transforms the cacti into marching feet. They remind me to stay strong, endure and remember that the essence of my strength and beauty is within.

– Andre Bassuet, North Kingstown, RI

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

My Pricklies by Andre Bassuet

Book art
12″ x 9″ x .75″
2022

As a Korean-American born in Brooklyn but raised in South Korea and both west and east coasts of America, I live between two cultures, feeling forever outsider in either place. Feeling displaced and never feeling grounded anywhere, I seek to find my own roots. I look for unity between the human body and nature, merging qualities of both plants and humans. The body becomes an extension of nature and nature becomes an extension of the body. Lately I’ve been drawn to the cactus, admiring its ability to thrive in intense conditions, as I have survived the pandemic as a single mother. It has a hard protective exterior but inside, it has a unique ability to store water. Native American cultures believe that the cactus represents warmth, protection, and motherly love. This accordion flag book transforms the cacti into marching feet. They remind me to stay strong, endure and remember that the essence of my strength and beauty is within.

– Andre Bassuet, North Kingstown, RI

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

work in progress by Servane Briand

work in progress by Servane Briand

One of a kind artist’s book
17.75″ x 15″ x 1″
2019

Inspired by famous paintings and etchings, work in progress is a series of monotypes collected in an artist’s book, an introspective pursuit of what shapes a person and makes a life meaningful. It is a very personal work and an invitation to conversation for the many people and works it references.

– Servane Briand, palo alto, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

work in progress by Servane Briand

One of a kind artist’s book
17.75″ x 15″ x 1″
2019

Inspired by famous paintings and etchings, work in progress is a series of monotypes collected in an artist’s book, an introspective pursuit of what shapes a person and makes a life meaningful. It is a very personal work and an invitation to conversation for the many people and works it references.

– Servane Briand, palo alto, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Fairmont Color Card by Sarah Bryant

Fairmont Color Card by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress, textile collage, foil stamping
9.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.75″
2021

Fairmont Color Card is an exploration of the roles that textile, color, and fashion have played in the origin story of landfill culture. Fairmont Color Card employs brochure structures and production techniques historically used for color cards and sample books, including thread winding, foil blocking, and die cutting. Text for the project was culled from 20th century color cards and combined with excerpts from The Waste Makers, written by Vance Packard in 1960. Research was conducted at Yale University Birren Collection of Books on Color in 2019. Materials, including clothing, bedding, and paper offcuts, were sourced from my domestic space. Fairmont Color Card seeks to challenge the meaning of sample books and place them in a context of planned obsolescence. Produced in an edition of twenty copies, the fabric collages included in this project are all identical save for one, the card titled “the significance of these private worlds,” which is unique to each copy.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Fairmont Color Card by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress, textile collage, foil stamping
9.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.75″
2021

Fairmont Color Card is an exploration of the roles that textile, color, and fashion have played in the origin story of landfill culture. Fairmont Color Card employs brochure structures and production techniques historically used for color cards and sample books, including thread winding, foil blocking, and die cutting. Text for the project was culled from 20th century color cards and combined with excerpts from The Waste Makers, written by Vance Packard in 1960. Research was conducted at Yale University Birren Collection of Books on Color in 2019. Materials, including clothing, bedding, and paper offcuts, were sourced from my domestic space. Fairmont Color Card seeks to challenge the meaning of sample books and place them in a context of planned obsolescence. Produced in an edition of twenty copies, the fabric collages included in this project are all identical save for one, the card titled “the significance of these private worlds,” which is unique to each copy.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Half Premonitions of the Moon by Sarah Bryant

Half Premonitions of the Moon by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress printed from oak and polymer
11″ x 3.25″ x 1″
2022

Half Premonitions of the Moon is an instrument, modular score, and set of performance instructions housed in a custom-built enclosure. This project was a collaboration with Holland Hopson, a sound and media artist, composer, and improviser. The customizable score is assembled from a set of 36 cards. This allows individuals or groups to use chance operations to create a unique version of the piece for each performance. The instrument itself is a custom-designed, laser cut bullroarer played by swinging it in circles on the end of a string. Bullroarers are some of the oldest and most widespread instruments in human cultures. They can be found across the globe from Australasia to Africa and the Americas. They are often used to evoke natural phenomena, such as wind and rain during ritual events. This musical work favors patience, stasis, and quiet focus over drama, development, and sudden contrasts.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Half Premonitions of the Moon by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress printed from oak and polymer
11″ x 3.25″ x 1″
2022

Half Premonitions of the Moon is an instrument, modular score, and set of performance instructions housed in a custom-built enclosure. This project was a collaboration with Holland Hopson, a sound and media artist, composer, and improviser. The customizable score is assembled from a set of 36 cards. This allows individuals or groups to use chance operations to create a unique version of the piece for each performance. The instrument itself is a custom-designed, laser cut bullroarer played by swinging it in circles on the end of a string. Bullroarers are some of the oldest and most widespread instruments in human cultures. They can be found across the globe from Australasia to Africa and the Americas. They are often used to evoke natural phenomena, such as wind and rain during ritual events. This musical work favors patience, stasis, and quiet focus over drama, development, and sudden contrasts.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Multiple Discovery by Sarah Bryant

Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition
Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition
Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick
Shiftedition by Tricia Treacy, Sarah Bryant, Katie Baldwin, Macy Chadwick

Multiple Discovery by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress and Riso printed on Zerkall Book and IBO
11.5″ x 10″ x .3″
2022

Multiple Discovery occurs when innovations are made independently and simultaneously in different locations. In this project, a collective of five artists uses Multiple Discovery as a metaphor for our own remote, collaborative practice. Working with a common horizon line and color palette, we each developed imagery for this artist’s book in separate studios. Printed sheets were then exchanged in batches of ten. Individually, we wrote and printed text gathered from a shared collection of source material, then collated and folded our sheets into a unique set of ten copies. The resulting edition of fifty is made up of five variations. contrasts.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Multiple Discovery by Sarah Bryant

Letterpress and Riso printed on Zerkall Book and IBO
11.5″ x 10″ x .3″
2022

Multiple Discovery occurs when innovations are made independently and simultaneously in different locations. In this project, a collective of five artists uses Multiple Discovery as a metaphor for our own remote, collaborative practice. Working with a common horizon line and color palette, we each developed imagery for this artist’s book in separate studios. Printed sheets were then exchanged in batches of ten. Individually, we wrote and printed text gathered from a shared collection of source material, then collated and folded our sheets into a unique set of ten copies. The resulting edition of fifty is made up of five variations. contrasts.

– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

The Book of Eternal Returns by Lisa Bulawsky

The Book of Eternal Returns by Lisa Bulawsky

Print media and collage on paper on wood shelving
58 Inches x 75 Inches x 4 Inches
2022

The Book of Eternal Returns is an unbound, ongoing collection of handprinted images that arise from a set of questions that have preoccupied me for as long as I can remember. Among them: What is the relationship between the marks we leave on the world and the marks the world leaves on us? How do we acknowledge and honor those marks as atomistic images that float and reverberate through time and being?

Importantly (in terms of these marks), the book includes a number of visual and textual attributions: On Kawara, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Cy Twombly, Jack Whitten, Nick Ut, Marie Howe, Han Jost Frey, William Kentridge, Annie Dillard, and Wallace Stegner (so far). The images range from hand drawn to photographic, diagrammatic to poetic. I suspect The Book will always remain incomplete, fragmentary — a rolling record of ruminations. Currently, there are over 60 individual pages typically conceived and displayed as spreads, mounted to bookboard.

– Lisa Bulawsky, St. Louis, MO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

The Book of Eternal Returns by Lisa Bulawsky

Print media and collage on paper on wood shelving
58 Inches x 75 Inches x 4 Inches
2022

The Book of Eternal Returns is an unbound, ongoing collection of handprinted images that arise from a set of questions that have preoccupied me for as long as I can remember. Among them: What is the relationship between the marks we leave on the world and the marks the world leaves on us? How do we acknowledge and honor those marks as atomistic images that float and reverberate through time and being?

Importantly (in terms of these marks), the book includes a number of visual and textual attributions: On Kawara, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Cy Twombly, Jack Whitten, Nick Ut, Marie Howe, Han Jost Frey, William Kentridge, Annie Dillard, and Wallace Stegner (so far). The images range from hand drawn to photographic, diagrammatic to poetic. I suspect The Book will always remain incomplete, fragmentary — a rolling record of ruminations. Currently, there are over 60 individual pages typically conceived and displayed as spreads, mounted to bookboard.

– Lisa Bulawsky, St. Louis, MO

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

100 Best Books, Abridged by Caryl Burtner

100 Best Books, Abridged by Caryl Burtner

Spiral-bound book, acetate cover
8″ x 4″ x 1″
2022

In 1998, a division of Random House Publishing selected the 100 best books of the 20th century. For those who don’t have time to read every word of every book, I offer an abridged version of each one. First and last sentences only… This piece, printed in 2022, is the fifth copy of my 1998 100 Best Books, Abridged.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

100 Best Books, Abridged by Caryl Burtner

Spiral-bound book, acetate cover
8″ x 4″ x 1″
2022

In 1998, a division of Random House Publishing selected the 100 best books of the 20th century. For those who don’t have time to read every word of every book, I offer an abridged version of each one. First and last sentences only… This piece, printed in 2022, is the fifth copy of my 1998 100 Best Books, Abridged.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

True Colors by Caryl Burtner

True Colors by Caryl Burtner

Book
5″ x 7″ x 1″
2011

Much of my work addresses personal and collective memory, and nothing is more nostalgic to me than Crayola crayons. This book examines how far generic crayons stray from the gold standard of Crayola.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

True Colors by Caryl Burtner

Book
5″ x 7″ x 1″
2011

Much of my work addresses personal and collective memory, and nothing is more nostalgic to me than Crayola crayons. This book examines how far generic crayons stray from the gold standard of Crayola.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Dreams of Flight, the nesting season by Rebecca Chamlee

Rebecca Chamlee
At Low Water
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee by Rebecca Chamlee
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee
Rebecca Chamlee
Simi Valey, CA
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee by Rebecca Chamlee
Rebecca Chamlee
At Low Water
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee by Rebecca Chamlee
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee
Rebecca Chamlee
Simi Valey, CA
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee by Rebecca Chamlee

Dreams of Flight, the nesting season by Rebecca Chamlee

Artist’s book
10.75″ x 8.75″ x 1.5″
2022

During the long months of pandemic isolation, I began documenting the many birds that came to my backyard feeders and noted their unique behaviors. With a telephoto lens, I was able to record detailed and intimate images of my avian visitors. As often happens, the passion I felt for the birds grew into the idea for an artist’s book. Dreams of Flight, the nesting season is an interconnected story of three different species of birds that nested in my suburban yard during the spring nesting seasons of 2020–21. The book was created entirely at home. Printed in the colors of the birds on the Vandercook Universal III power press in the living room studio using Deepdene and 20th Century type with assorted wood type from the Pie in the Sky Press collection. The original images were captured through the window over the press with a Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6 lens mounted on a Nikon D850 camera and printed with photo polymer plates made by Boxcar Press.

– Rebecca Chamlee, Simi Valley, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Dreams of Flight, the nesting season by Rebecca Chamlee

Artist’s book
10.75″ x 8.75″ x 1.5″
2022

During the long months of pandemic isolation, I began documenting the many birds that came to my backyard feeders and noted their unique behaviors. With a telephoto lens, I was able to record detailed and intimate images of my avian visitors. As often happens, the passion I felt for the birds grew into the idea for an artist’s book. Dreams of Flight, the nesting season is an interconnected story of three different species of birds that nested in my suburban yard during the spring nesting seasons of 2020–21. The book was created entirely at home. Printed in the colors of the birds on the Vandercook Universal III power press in the living room studio using Deepdene and 20th Century type with assorted wood type from the Pie in the Sky Press collection. The original images were captured through the window over the press with a Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6 lens mounted on a Nikon D850 camera and printed with photo polymer plates made by Boxcar Press.

– Rebecca Chamlee, Simi Valley, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

The Exorcism of Page 13: An Aide by Caryl Burtner

The Exorcism of Page 13: An Aide by Caryl Burtner

Collage
10″ x 8″ x 0″
2016

A fanciful tribute to superstition, The Exorcism of Page Thirteen series documents my ongoing fascination with the number 13. To ensure good luck and prevent uninvited circumstances, I cut the page number + surrounding text from every book in my library, cutting away its small dark presence at the page’s bottom. When the squares are collaged into grids, poetry emerges. Currently there are 50+ works in the series.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

The Exorcism of Page 13: An Aide by Caryl Burtner

Collage
10″ x 8″ x 0″
2016

A fanciful tribute to superstition, The Exorcism of Page Thirteen series documents my ongoing fascination with the number 13. To ensure good luck and prevent uninvited circumstances, I cut the page number + surrounding text from every book in my library, cutting away its small dark presence at the page’s bottom. When the squares are collaged into grids, poetry emerges. Currently there are 50+ works in the series.

– Caryl Burtner, Richmond, VA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Her Home, Your House by Ashley DeVan

Her Home, Your House by Ashley DeVan

Book arts, screen print, cut paper
4.25″ x 3″ x 0.25″
2021

Her Home, Your House is a single sheet folded book with cut paper inserts and screen printed images. Her Home, Your House is inspired by the idea of the planet as the earth goddesses’ home. The book looks at the goddesses’ interactions with the earth, nature, as a caretaker, and the human race’s comparative relationship to that planet.

– Ashley DeVan, Powder Springs, GA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Her Home, Your House by Ashley DeVan

Book arts, screen print, cut paper
4.25″ x 3″ x 0.25″
2021

Her Home, Your House is a single sheet folded book with cut paper inserts and screen printed images. Her Home, Your House is inspired by the idea of the planet as the earth goddesses’ home. The book looks at the goddesses’ interactions with the earth, nature, as a caretaker, and the human race’s comparative relationship to that planet.

– Ashley DeVan, Powder Springs, GA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

To Grow by Ashley DeVan

To Grow by Ashley DeVan

Book arts, screen print
9″ x 6″ x 0.25″
2021

To Grow is a pamphlet stitch bound book with screen printed images. To Grow is inspired by creation stories, drawing on themes of eternal, self-feeding cycles. Here I chose to center women as the main characters of our story, in which they practice communal activities to forward the cycle of growth. This book is an exploration of women building, growing, and nurturing one another to further themselves and their community. The imagery in my artwork is largely inspired by mythology, folklore, traditional stories, and the female role within them. My artwork draws on the atmosphere created when women come together as a community, be it physically or metaphorically. I seek to explore the unspoken feeling, like an elemental force of nature, that connects women to one another. Myth and story are the vessel through which I communicate these ideas.

– Ashley DeVan, Powder Springs, GA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

To Grow by Ashley DeVan

Book arts, screen print
9″ x 6″ x 0.25″
2021

To Grow is a pamphlet stitch bound book with screen printed images. To Grow is inspired by creation stories, drawing on themes of eternal, self-feeding cycles. Here I chose to center women as the main characters of our story, in which they practice communal activities to forward the cycle of growth. This book is an exploration of women building, growing, and nurturing one another to further themselves and their community. The imagery in my artwork is largely inspired by mythology, folklore, traditional stories, and the female role within them. My artwork draws on the atmosphere created when women come together as a community, be it physically or metaphorically. I seek to explore the unspoken feeling, like an elemental force of nature, that connects women to one another. Myth and story are the vessel through which I communicate these ideas.

– Ashley DeVan, Powder Springs, GA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Electricity & Electronics by Ben DiNino

Electricity & Electronics by Ben DiNino

Altered book sculpture
10″ x 7″ x 1.25″
2020

My piece, Electricity & Electronics, is one of my “biblio excavations.” In these works I start with a vintage book, usually an outdated reference or textbook. I work page by page from the back of the book, backing specifically chosen illustrations with cardstock, then remove the excess text and imagery. The end result is a collage of imagery which was ever present in the book and I assist in revealing. Once I’m finished I seal the textblock shut so that only the cover opens. This allows for easy display as well as the added convenience of shelving the book with the rest of a readable library for storage. I enjoy retaining the utilitarian nature of the book, highlighting its continued physical existence as a book and not just a visual work on a wall.

– Ben DiNino, Minneapolis, MN

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Electricity & Electronics by Ben DiNino

Altered book sculpture
10″ x 7″ x 1.25″
2020

My piece, Electricity & Electronics, is one of my “biblio excavations.” In these works I start with a vintage book, usually an outdated reference or textbook. I work page by page from the back of the book, backing specifically chosen illustrations with cardstock, then remove the excess text and imagery. The end result is a collage of imagery which was ever present in the book and I assist in revealing. Once I’m finished I seal the textblock shut so that only the cover opens. This allows for easy display as well as the added convenience of shelving the book with the rest of a readable library for storage. I enjoy retaining the utilitarian nature of the book, highlighting its continued physical existence as a book and not just a visual work on a wall.

– Ben DiNino, Minneapolis, MN

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Flight Data by Jan Dove

Flight Data by Jan Dove

Artist’s book, pigment print on paper
4″ x 7.5″ x 9.5″
2020

An artist’s book in a black box, Flight Data consists of one accordion fold book with original text by the artist and four Jacob’s Ladders. Each Jacob’s Ladder visually comments on the content of the accordion fold book. Each is a little book with the first and last pages written. They invite the viewer to fill in the middle part, responding to the central theme or to the images if desired. The important thing about the Jacob’s Ladders is that they are toys reminding us adults not to take ourselves too seriously

– Jan Dove, Port Angeles, WA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Flight Data by Jan Dove

Artist’s book, pigment print on paper
4″ x 7.5″ x 9.5″
2020

An artist’s book in a black box, Flight Data consists of one accordion fold book with original text by the artist and four Jacob’s Ladders. Each Jacob’s Ladder visually comments on the content of the accordion fold book. Each is a little book with the first and last pages written. They invite the viewer to fill in the middle part, responding to the central theme or to the images if desired. The important thing about the Jacob’s Ladders is that they are toys reminding us adults not to take ourselves too seriously

– Jan Dove, Port Angeles, WA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Craft: Shaping a Surfboard by Jessica Dunne

Craft: Shaping a Surfboard by Jessica Dunne

Artist’s Book with aquatint images by jessica Dunne
12.5″ x 12″ x 2″
2009

CRAFT: Shaping a Surfboard is an exploration of what it means to spend days working with your hands. The handwork required to make a surfboard, an etching, or an artist book is the inspiration that enabled me to fuse my love of the craft of making prints with a lifetime spent in the world of surfers. Dave Parmenter is a renowned surfboard shaper, writer, and former professional surfer. He writes personally—and often furiously—about shaping boards, surfing, and contemporary surf culture. In his dedication to his craft, I found something akin to my feelings about my own work. His article in The Surfer’s Journal about shaping a surfboard, with all the considerations that make it function in dangerous situations, is excerpted in this book.

My partner, Mark Renneker, is a devoted big-wave surfer. I have lived for years with as many as forty-five surfboards of varying lengths and silhouettes. I am no surfer but it wasn’t the sport of surfing that caught my attention as much as the craft of shaping a surfboard.

The craftsmen involved in the task, their tools, and the terminology all fascinated me: the shaper, the glasser, a downrail. The craftsman holding out against technology and mechanized efficiency is a driving force in the author’s monologue. And the prints evoke the working environment of the surfboard shaper. People involved in fine crafts have more in common than not. Since the industrial revolution began, craftsmen have been skulking around, sensing, and maybe enjoying, impending obsolescence.

– Jessica Dunne, San Francisco, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Craft: Shaping a Surfboard by Jessica Dunne

Artist’s Book with aquatint images by jessica Dunne
12.5″ x 12″ x 2″
2009

CRAFT: Shaping a Surfboard is an exploration of what it means to spend days working with your hands. The handwork required to make a surfboard, an etching, or an artist book is the inspiration that enabled me to fuse my love of the craft of making prints with a lifetime spent in the world of surfers. Dave Parmenter is a renowned surfboard shaper, writer, and former professional surfer. He writes personally—and often furiously—about shaping boards, surfing, and contemporary surf culture. In his dedication to his craft, I found something akin to my feelings about my own work. His article in The Surfer’s Journal about shaping a surfboard, with all the considerations that make it function in dangerous situations, is excerpted in this book.

My partner, Mark Renneker, is a devoted big-wave surfer. I have lived for years with as many as forty-five surfboards of varying lengths and silhouettes. I am no surfer but it wasn’t the sport of surfing that caught my attention as much as the craft of shaping a surfboard.

The craftsmen involved in the task, their tools, and the terminology all fascinated me: the shaper, the glasser, a downrail. The craftsman holding out against technology and mechanized efficiency is a driving force in the author’s monologue. And the prints evoke the working environment of the surfboard shaper. People involved in fine crafts have more in common than not. Since the industrial revolution began, craftsmen have been skulking around, sensing, and maybe enjoying, impending obsolescence.

– Jessica Dunne, San Francisco, CA

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Book Brain by Lauren Dykes with Chaz Dykes

Book Brain by Lauren Dykes with Chaz Dykes

Book
23.5 centimeter x 11.0 centimeter x 15.5 centimeter
2022

As a daughter of an author, I grew up with an appreciation for books. In an age of tablets and smartphones, more and more books are taken to landfills. I wanted to find a way to give these discarded books a longer shelf life. That is when I discovered the art of book folding. By using different techniques, I transform the book pages, creating images, words, and logos into hand-crafted custom art, all the while, telling a story. The tools needed are a ruler, pencil, and a small pair of scissors. It also takes patience, accuracy, precision, and time to execute the intricacy of this art form. It is a great way to upcycle and give new life to used books

– Lauren Dykes, Tampa, FL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

Book Brain by Lauren Dykes with Chaz Dykes

Book
23.5 centimeter x 11.0 centimeter x 15.5 centimeter
2022

As a daughter of an author, I grew up with an appreciation for books. In an age of tablets and smartphones, more and more books are taken to landfills. I wanted to find a way to give these discarded books a longer shelf life. That is when I discovered the art of book folding. By using different techniques, I transform the book pages, creating images, words, and logos into hand-crafted custom art, all the while, telling a story. The tools needed are a ruler, pencil, and a small pair of scissors. It also takes patience, accuracy, precision, and time to execute the intricacy of this art form. It is a great way to upcycle and give new life to used books

– Lauren Dykes, Tampa, FL

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or admin@decaturartsalliance.org. Download the price list here.

In-person Events

September 9
Opening Reception

Join us in-person to celebrate the opening of the TENTH annual The Book As Art exhibition. With over sixty pieces, this year’s exhibition is going to be one of the best yet. Tour the art, enjoy refreshments, and prepare to be transformed.

October 22
Artist Talk and Workshop with Melanie Mowinski

Artist Talk, 1-2 pm
Join Melanie Mowinski, artist and author of Collage Your Life: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Creative Self-Expression and Visual Storytelling and one of the artists featured in this year’s Book As Art exhibition, for an in-person artist talk. Melanie will discuss her new book, as well as her artistic practice.

The talk will take place in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Decatur Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. We respectfully ask that masks be worn in the gallery at all times.

Workshop, 11 am-12:30 pm
Before the artist talk Mowinski will lead a 90-minute workshop exploring creative practice, the intuitive nature of collage making, and the power of collage to heal. Expect a guided art making process designed to look into your self and out to your world. Plan to leave with ideas and images to accompany you on your own creative path.All supplies provided for this workshop complements of the DeKalb Library Foundation. The workshop is free but tickets are limited. 

Virtual Tour

Unable to view the art in person? Take a virtual gallery tour of the 2022 exhibition with narration about each of the 60 pieces. The tour is divided into three parts on YouTube:

Virtual Artist Talks

Join us for a series of Zoom artist talks as part of the the 2022 exhibit. Book As Art artists will discuss their work and participate in a Q & A. These events are free and open to the public, but you must register for each to receive the links to the Zoom webinars.

October 5
Register Here
October 12
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October 19
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Organizing Committee

Angie Macon, Director, Decatur Arts Alliance
Joe Davich, Director, Georgia Center for the Book
Lockey McDonald, Registrar
Andrew Huot, Cynthia Lollis, Gina Reynoso, Ally StoneWright

Jurors

Georgia Deal

ABOUT
Georgia Deal is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Printmaking and Papermaking Program at the Corcoran School of Art & Design of GeorgeWashington University in Washington DC. Former teaching experience is at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY, and as Resident Printmaker at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (then, the NCFA). Grants include Maryland Individual Artist Grants, the Washington Project for the Arts, and NY State Council of the Arts. Workshops abroad include the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece, the Santa Reparata School, Florence, Italy, and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. U.S. workshops include the Penland School of Crafts, NC, the Paper & Book Intensive, MI, Arrowmont School,TN and the Haystack School in Maine. Her work is in collections including the Philadelphia Museum, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Yale University Library amongst others. She currently lives in Asheville, NC and is proprietor of the papermaking studio, Swannanoa Paper. This past year, she was invited as Guest Editor of Handpapermaking Magazine, featuring prints and handmade paper.

 

INVITATIONAL ARTWORK

HUSH, 2012 Reduction monotype, 7.5” x 11.5”

This print, HUSH, is from a series of small works, created as diptychs or the spreads of a book. For many years, I have made narrative imagery, but these function more as junctures in a story where I have let go of the narrative controls. I have indulged in making monotypes and mono prints, as I love the rich overlays and transparencies the inks allow for, and the surprises that unfold in the printing process.

Jerushia Graham

ABOUT
Jerushia Graham is the Museum Coordinator for the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and a working artist. The Atlanta-based artist exhibits both nationally and internationally. In 2019, she was nominated in the category of Artistic Excellence for the inaugural Hammonds House Honors. She was one of five artists selected by the Georgia Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts to be included in Paper Routes: Women To Watch 2020 exhibited at MOCA GA. Several of her papercuts traveled the state of Georgia in an exhibition sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and Lyndon House Museum, Highlighting Contemporary Art in Georgia: Cut and Paste. Graham served as the first VP of Exhibitions/Curatorial for the North American Hand Papermakers 2019-2021 and has been a guest curator for the Zora Neale Hurston Museum in Eatonville, FL and The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth, GA. She has juried the South Arts Southern Prize, the All-State Art Symposium, the Georgia Artists with Disabilities Exhibition, and a number of other juried arts awards. Jerushia earned her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and BFA degrees in Fabric Design and Printmaking from the University of Georgia in Athens. Graham is interested in creating spaces for socially minded introspection and empathy through her artwork, workshops, and curatorial projects.

INVITATIONAL ARTWORK

Revery, 2022 Pop-up book, cut paper, 7” x 14” x 0.25”

Joseph Lappie

ABOUT
Joseph Lappie is the chair and a full professor of the Art + Design department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and teaches bookbinding, papermaking, printmaking, & drawing. He developed and continues to grow a print & book concentration there. Joseph works heavily in the Quad Cities to provide free or near-free book, paper, and print demonstrations for area k-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and on the sidewalks of the community. Receiving his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, Joseph shows his installation print work and artist’s books throughout the country. Recently exhibiting a solo show at the Figge Art Museum, he has also shown in Atlanta, Chicago, Iowa City, London, New York, Portland, and Seoul. His work is collected in multiple collections including Yale Arts Library, SAIC, Ringling College of Art & Design, and the Jaffe Book Arts Collection.

 

INVITATIONAL ARTWORK

Singing Poorly, 2021-2022 Relief print & letterpress, concertina bind, 6” x 3” (closed), 6” x 48” (open)

Singing poorly about things that matters… that’s still singing.

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