Current Exhibits on display throughout Open Book:
In the Open Book Lobby Gallery:
The Art of Saul Bass
May 17 - August 4, 2013
American graphic designer Saul Bass (1920–1996) was renowned for his film posters and motion picture title sequences. His work transformed the look of film promotions through the incorporation of distinctive typography and minimalist designs. Key scenes and characters were depicted to create a symbolic system that efficiently and effectively communicated a movie's essence. His work spanned five decades and included collaborations with such noted directors as Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Stanley Kubrick.
Book/Film/Metaphor: Fahrenheit 451
May 17 - July 14, 2013
The MCBA Prize 2013 Finalists
July 19 - August 4, 2013
Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative
May 17 - August 4, 2013 in the MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
May 17 - July 28, 2013 in the Open Book Cowles Literary Commons
As sequential narratives, artists' books share much in common with film. Both are time-based and grounded in sequential visual communication. Historically, as well as in contemporary practice, artists blur and perforate the boundaries between these two disciplines to create innovative, engaging, and interactive works. Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative explores this juncture by presenting film/video artists that create narratives in a book-like fashion; artists that create works comprised of both physical objects and film/video productions; artists who in their creative oeuvre use both the book format as well as video/film to communicate signature themes; contemporary and historical graphic novelists who bridge the gap between utilitarian story boards and best-selling publications; and book artists who express content using traditional cinematic conventions such as montage, close-ups, fades, pans, slow motion, flashbacks, foreshadowing, props, split screens and other film-like methods for maintaining engagement and directing the eyes of viewers/readers.
Book Art Biennial and The MCBA Prize Gala
Saturday, July 27
Through workshops, lectures, conversations and exhibitions, MCBA's Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current issues in contemporary artists' books. For more information, visit BookArtBiennial.org.
The centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of The MCBA Prize. This award is the first to recognize book art from across the field and around the world, celebrating the incredible diversity of this vital artform. For more information, visit MCBAPrize.org.
In the Lerner Bindery Gallery:
Jes Lee Shimek: digital dreams of where you are
June 14 - August 4, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday, June 25; 5-8pm
Digital dreams of where you are is about location. Through digital means we are now constantly able to find ourselves, pin point our geo location, and keep that data to later find where we were. A ‘friend’ in the digital world would always be able to see where we were, and where we have been in the real world.
Digital is a persona I created to be that digital friend. More coded than human, but often only describable as something in-between. She is a being that lives completely in the digital world, but wants parts of the analog world as well. This is impossible considering she does not have a physical form, so she resorts to digitally following us, trying to bridge the gap any way she can.
I show this story through layered imagery, dialogue, prose, and geolocation data layered with photo images using letterpress mediums. These images will be displayed in a series of books as well as prints and box structures.
In the Open Book 3rd Floor Gallery:
There's a Fish in the Percolator: A Twin Peaks-Inspired Print Portfolio
June 14 - August 18, 2013
There’s a Fish in the Percolator! features traditional and digital printmaking inspired by the highly influential television show Twin Peaks. The work presented here incorporates iconic imagery and dialogue from the show as well as more interpretive pieces. Familiar faces, symbols, objects and maps are utilized to replicate the humorous and emotive nature of the series. Participating artists were encouraged to engage the rich potential for imagery however they saw fit. All prints in the portfolio are housed in a series-appropriate container -- they are wrapped in plastic.
Featured artists: Tim Abel, Sarah Caffrey, Genie Castro, Rebecca Kahlil-Gruntzel, Amanda Kalinoski-Post, Sara R. Parr, Natasha Pestich, Erika Ritzel, Amanda Thatch, Melissa Wagner-Lawler, Kim Weiss, John Kowalczyk, Nathan Lewis, Toby Millman
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