Now through January, visitors to USD’s Libraries can view artistic creations from around the world that honor and explore the idea of the book. The exhibition, entitled “Bound and Unbound V,” is currently on display on the second floor of the I.D. Weeks Library and is available for viewing during regular library hours or online.
The exhibit is a must-see for those interested in art, literature, and concepts surrounding the book, said Sarah Hanson-Pareek, curator of digital projects and photographs at the University Libraries.
“It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to see the work of contemporary artists from around the world exhibited within our own community,” said Hanson-Pareek. “Gathered within the University Libraries is an exhibition which not only explores the concept and object of the “book,” but also explores how books are utilized to share meaning and thoughts, and how they can be used as a medium of visual expression.”
“Bound and Unbound V” includes sculptural works, works that are in the form of traditional books, handmade artists books which utilize components from other books, a video installation, conceptual pieces, and collage. The 41 works in the show explore themes such as fear, power, technology, knowledge, introversion, entropy, nature, immigration, re-imaging, re-contextualizing, recycling, public memory, religion, morality, and, of course, the artistic process, as well as many others. The works were created by 29 different artists living in four countries and 17 states.
“Since 2009, when ‘Bound and Unbound’ began, we have seen a steady and robust representation of the thoughts, ideas and processes which inspire altered book artists to work,” Hanson-Pareek said. “The “Bound and Unbound” exhibition series provides a venue for international altered book artists, as well as helps the University Libraries to build an online collection of altered book artwork for scholarly study. Started in 2009, “Bound and Unbound” is now a biennial exhibition with past exhibitions in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
“All works in this year’s exhibition were created within the last three years and are original to each artist. The artists were limited by size (what would fit into exhibition space as outlined in the prospectus), and their work had to utilize the altered book medium,” she said.
This year’s exhibition was juried by studio artist Jessica Drenk.
Drenk said of the exhibition: “Some artists are engaging with the specific content of a particular book or author, while others are working with the general notion of books as repositories of knowledge, narrative or institutional bias. Each piece asks you to engage with books in new ways: to read the book visually and to apply new layers of content to original text.”
Artists included in the exhibition include: Elizabeth Ashcroft (California), Patty Bruce (Texas), Guylaine Couture (Canada), Adele Crawford (California), Yael David-Cohen (United Kingdom), Carol Freid (Kentucky), James Halvorson (Oregon), Jennifer Maria Harris (California), Peggy Johnston (Iowa), Ryan Lewis (Michigan), Adriane Little (Michigan), John Magnan (Massachusetts), Vicki Milewski (Wisconsin), Irmari Nacht (New Jersey), Dawn Peterson (Georgia), Gina Pisello (California), Chris Revelle (Georgia), Dave Rollins (Tennessee), Liliana Rothschild (Argentina), Lynn Skordal (Washington), Sue Sommers (Wyoming), Nancy Steele-Makasci (Utah), Margaret Suchland (Arizona), Laura Tabbut (Ohio), Carmen Tostado (California), Rhonda Urdang (Arizona), Susana Vizcarra (Alabama), Aaron Wilder (California) and Nanette Wylde (California).
One artist, James Halvorson, has a Vermillion connection.
“James Halvorson, who submitted “Remember the Last Time,” is a graduate of Vermillion High School and USD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts painting program (1998) and a former resident of Vermillion,” said Hanson-Pareek. “He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. This is his third “Bound and Unbound” exhibition.”
To read more about each artist and their work, please see the “Bound and Unbound V” LibGuide.
“Bound and Unbound V” can be viewed in person at the library or online through the Digital Library of South Dakota. The exhibition is physically on display at the library through January 3, 2020.