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Quiet Room, Bower Ashton library
Book Art Object : Edition 4 Part II
3rd June – 30th June 2013

Like a good story, our earlier exhibition BookArtObject Edition 4 Part I is now followed by Part II, another selection of books from artists of the BookArtObject collective, responding to titles from Sarah Bodman‘s artists’ book An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen. 84 artists in 16 countries have been working on limited editions of artists’ books, each taking a title or two from the 100 titles in Sarah’s book.

Members of the collective are a creative and fluid lot, forming and re-forming to make limited editions of artists’ books in response to a central text. Over the last few years the collective’s work has taken both poetry and the novel as a source, producing small editions of artists’ books in response to the poetry of Australian and New Zealand writers as well as British novelist Jeanette Winterton. In Edition Four the inspiration for the artists’ books has been Sarah’s story titles, minus the content of the stories themselves, leaving interpretation to the artist.

The result is a smorgasbord of differing approaches, some literal, some lateral, bringing together many strands within the genre of artists’ books from altered texts to picture books, from sculptural pieces to traditional binding techniques, with many innovative stops in between.

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Central to the collective’s approach has been the use of social media, and in particular a collective blog, as a central resource and repository, facilitating decision-making and discussion, disagreement and exchange. All are part of the sense of artistic community and collaboration that nurtures the individual artists in the group.

Members are encouraged to be authors on the blog, posting about their successes and frustrations, sharing knowledge and posting images of works in progress. The blog expands and contracts in response to the size of each edition. An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen attracted over 80 artists in 16 countries to take part.

And we have not yet reached the end of the story. Some of the 100 titles in Sarah’s original book are still to be made, so further instalments will arrive in the post later this year.

Sara Bowen, May 2013

Book Art Object Edition 4 Part I
View the books on Flickr
Book Art Object blog