|Toys and Games Exhibit
On Exhibit in the Star Tribune Foundation Gallery: January 18 through March 24, 2003
Opening Day Shenanigans: FREE (ages 6 and up)
Come see the Toys and Games exhibit and stay for the fun of creating your very own ELECTRIC BOOK! MCBA instructors will help you create a book and staff from the Bakken Museum will demonstrate how to "light-up" your book with a little electricity!
In the Star Tribune Foundation Gallery, juror/artist Dean Lucker will offer a special display of collaborative handmade works created with Ann Wood. These works include; dexterity games, mechanical pictures, mechanical sculptures, and pinball games. To view examples of their work, visit www.woodlucker.com.
About the Exhibit...
Toys and Games is the second juried members exhibition organized by Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). We invited artists working in all media and book forms (traditional and not-so-traditional) to explore "playthings" of all sorts from Chutes n Ladders board games, baseball and bingo to emotional scheming and grown-up fun.
|Karen Hanmers Deal Me In, Mona is an exquisitely constructed, mischievously delightful example of the fun and games awaiting viewers. A hard-bound "flag book" (that ubiquitous and ever-fascinating exemplar of structural hi-jinx) proves a conceptual tour de force as well, with Leonardos famous painting reproduced on one side of the split accordion pages and yet another staple of popular art, A Friend in Need (perhaps more popularly known as part of the "Dogs Playing Cards" series), on the other. When the book is fully opened, the pages flip and shuffle into an array juxtaposing these iconic images. A subtle cultural jibe reinforced by format, the piece immediately elicited giggles and guffaws from the jurors during the selection process.|