Current Exhibit in the Cowles Literary Commons
May 17 - July 28, 2013
Friday, May 17; 6-9pm
Free and open to the public
At the end of the 19th century, flip books -- small printed editions that produce the illusion of continuous movement when their pages are quickly turned -- became hugely popular. Such works provided the foundation for modern film animation, and many contemporary book artists continue to create "thumb cinema." Flip Off, an open-call, hands-on exhibition of flip books, is presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts in conjunction with Book Art Biennial 2013 and Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative.
A complete list of participating artists will be released on May 17.
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.
Other coordinated exhibitions:
The Art of Saul Bass
May 17 - August 4, 2013 in the Open Book Lobby Gallery (walls)
Book/Film/Metaphor: Fahrenheit 451
May 17 - July 14, 2013 in the Open Book Lobby Gallery (cases)
The MCBA Prize 2013 Finalists
July 19 - August 4, 2013 in the Open Book Lobby Gallery (cases)
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.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
is open to the public seven days a week:
Mon, Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is located in
the Open Book Building in downtown Minneapolis
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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