Metamorphosis: The Art of Altered Books at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts (www.fullercraft.org), will feature mixed media artists who carve, gouge, fold, collage, and manipulate books to transform the printed pages into a sculptural object. Exhibited works will explore the materiality of the object, layers of meaning within, communication and cultural connections, design potential, and possible extinction of books in today’s tech-driven world. A partial list of exhibiting artists includes Long-Bin Chen, Andy Hayes, Wendy Wahl, and Jacqueline Rush Lee.
The Fuller Craft Museum is honored to present the works of these talented artists. We are fortunate to bring them together at exciting junctures in their careers and during this critical point in altered books evolution. As our ingestion of the printed word continues to shift, the future of the genre will remain firmly on our radar. ~Beth McLaughlin, Head Curator
The five individuals featured in Metamorphosis: The Art of Altered Books raise questions about this cultural evolution and the shifting ways in which we choose to receive information.
Calling upon a range of techniques and inspirations, they defy our expectations with remarkable diversity in scale, color, subject matter, and media treatment. For some, the work is closely tied to the content of the source publications. For others, the book is simply raw material used to investigate formal concerns or to develop new narratives with no correlation between the author’s subject matter and the final creative output. Some sculptures visibly display the original text and images, while others obscure the text to the point of illegibility. In all cases, the creations stand as pathways to discover the expressive potential of these commonplace objects.
Metamorphosis: The Art of Altered Books will be on display July 30 – November 6, 2016, with an opening reception September 11, 2:00-5:00. Learn more at www.fullercraft.org