The Opening

My exhibition opening at Eureka Books┬áturned out to be quite enjoyable. I reconnected with friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in quite a few years, and was genuinely touched by the enthusiasm of many others. I hadn’t been sure what it would feel like to spend an evening seeing, and talking about, my paper mosaic collages from years ago along with the books I’m doing now. But it turned out I was glad to have the opportunity.

The photos above the railing are revived from a display in my last solo show of paper mosaic collages 9 years ago. They show the process in the studio.

It’s been so long since I’ve shown them here at home that many people hadn’t ever seen them. I’d been a little afraid it was all going to be eclectic to the point of bizarre, but in the end I thought it all went together well.

But I shouldn’t speak entirely in the past tense. The show continues for the rest of the month. But it’s shrinking a bit–most notably, there is now only one bottle of Codex capsules left out of what began as an edition of five. I do so love people who buy artists’ books! See ’em while you can.


What kind of picture book is this?

9 thoughts on “The Opening”

  1. Love it. So glad that you reconnected with good people from your past.

    Playing around on the page, clicking to enlarge and following your link, all I can say is WOW!!

    Rest time now. More than deserved.

    And I do want to buy The Board Book for Bored Children.

  2. I am glad to read that your show went/goes well. I really wish it was a little closer to where I live!
    From what I can see here the Radiowaves and Bird Song is still my favorite. I like that… – Now I have been staring at my keyboard for a while to find words to describe what it is that I like so much about it. – I cannot clearly say and cannot explain what it is but it touches and stirs something in me.
    I said it is my favorite from what I can see, and I must say I am a little disappointed ;-) I had been waiting and hoping for more images of the book capsules and the vending machine once they are put into display. I know you already said that not much was left of the machine, but still…

    • Thanks Buechertiger. I just took down the show and brought home everything last night, and, of all things, noticed a bit of a flaw in the Birdsong book I hadn’t noticed before, much to my horror. I don’t think most would’ve noticed–but I know what I did (or rather, didn’t, do). Alas. I have to admit that, still, it’s one of my favorites too. The highest praise, I think, that any artist can have is to know that their work “touches and stirs something” in someone else. I appreciate it.

      You don’t see the vending capsules because, alas, they weren’t in the show. I just couldn’t pull it together in time. The dispenser itself was requiring much more analytical thought than I could cope with at the moment, not to mention assembly time for that and everything else. But I still like the idea, and have quite a few of the capsules done and the framework for the dispenser. I’d thought of putting in the capsules in something other than the “machine,” but they looked too odd, at least in the amount I had. So they will have to be a project for another occasion. Thanks for the encouragement!

      • ah, I see. I still so much like the idea. Well, I like the idea of small pieces of art in a vending machine. – But I believe we talked about that already.
        Would it be important for you to craft the machine yourself? Otherwise you couldn’t you just buy one that it fitting. At least here they are readily available and not too expensive.

        • I’m so glad you like the idea. I have thought of buying one. Part of my problem is practical–they are quite heavy, and I’d have to store it when it wasn’t on display somewhere. But it’s definitely a thought. I like the idea of the constructed one just as an all-around art concept (not to mention it’s very light and portable!), but it might indeed be too ambitious.


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