Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Come Into The Library


12th Annual Juried International Exhibit

Once the weather gets cold, it is time to come into the Library to see this very creative show which features many hand-made artist's books and interesting kinds of paper sculptures from  around the country and abroad.  These books tell a different kind of story, many of them are not dependent on an engaging text, but more often they use the nature of the book to expand upon.  

Elaine Downing: 2022: A Diary of Temperatures

The creative impulse could take the notion of folded paper and make it sing a new song. Here is a grouping of  colorful fan like sculpted paper pieces that  cross over to another land -maybe of palm trees in a breeze.

Rosemary Rae

Rosemary Rae from El Cajon, California creates a fantasy with sculpted pieces of Medieval Art that spring out towards you in a wild grouping.  Color is not an issue here, but rather shape and form - taking a two dimensional flat surface and populating it with ancient art.  This has an historical  look backwards and forwards.

Percy So from Hong Kong gets into classical geometry in "Conversations with a Stone.   I am  wondering whether these are models for something much larger.  Scale does matter here, and most of the works by these artists could be held in the palm of your hand.  

"Unsweetened Flaxmilk" by Ben Rubin

It is rewarding to see one of our graduates from R.I.T. up on these walls, and I enjoy the look of this sprawling paper craft and the stories that unfold.  This work is like a layout for a multipage journal with a sense of humor.

"Garden Herbs" by Laurel Rogers  & Jennifer Scheuer's "Silent Conversations

These artist books remind me that years ago I worked with cyanotypes to make my own books but I did not get into the fancy cutting that Jennifer establishes here in this "Silent Conversations".  I like the depth that references the space of a room, and in fact it turns a book into a room!

There is so much to see in this show that I hope you take the time to go over to the library to see this show which runs to January 6th, 2024.

And I want to say that I am very pleased to write that we have the show that follows on the heels of Art of the Book.  

"Our Nature" is a  exhibition with a wide ranging number of pieces of art - some are illustrations from more than fifty different titles that the Singer family has produced, and we are still at it!

We will also be having a guest speaker coming to The Rundel Library in downtown Rochester,NY.
Come on over January 16th, 2024 to hear Rick Beyer talk about "The Ghost Army" of WWll
Rick is a documentary film-maker who did the PBS video on the "Artists of Illusion"
The Ghost Army of WWll
Rick Beyer will speak at 4:30 pm