|I Ching #3: 'Difficulty', showing now in the Sacred | Profane exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery|
The Sacred | Profane exhibition officially opens at 23 Sandy Gallery on Friday evening. I Ching #3: 'Difficulty' is in the show, from my ongoing series of books inspired by the I Ching, as well as Ippy Patterson's Escape from Eden, for which I did the binding. I'm so pleased to be involved with the gallery for the first time, and especially proud after seeing the catalog of other work in the show.
Press release details are below, including a link to the full catalog of the show available for browsing and/or purchase.
23 SANDY GALLERY PRESENTS SACRED | PROFANE: BOOK ART FOCUSING ON RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
SACRED | PROFANE is a juried exhibition of book art focusing on religion and spirituality. For this show we sought out works that take a stand or cross the line between the sacred and the profane, the dichotomy of often-polarizing points of view.
This exhibition features 57 books by 52 artists on topics such as: ritual and ceremony, creation and evolution, myth and memory, heaven and earth, superstition and scholarship, sacred and secular, rites and symbols, traditional and modern, occult and omnipresence, agnostic and atheistic, west and east.
As we all know, religion has a close relationship to books and texts. The Bible, the Quran, the Torah, Buddhist sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dao Dejing, along with many others, are all books deeply religious. With this exhibition, book artists had a chance to explore their own relationships to and rejections of religion and spirituality through the creation of their own sacred and profane artist books.
This exhibit features book and paper arts related works including limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist books, sculptural books, altered books and broadsides by the following artists: Islam Aly, Tania Baban, Alicia Bailey, Kate Barber, Anita Bigelow, Louise Cabeen, Clare Carpenter (with Ingrid Kincaid), M. Bernadette Castor, Gatis Cirulis, Robin Cushman, Carol DuBosch, Emily Dyer, Mari Eckstein Gower, Arini Esarey, Jerrol Eshleman, Walter Feldman, Cari Ferraro, Diane Fine (with Mario Laplante), Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Vicki Gerton, J. Mar Goman, Francine Goodfriend, Patricia Grass, Stewart Harvey, Josh Hockensmith, Shireen Holman, Arlyn Johnson, Jared Joseph, Paula Jull, Naomi Kasumi, Dorothy Krause, Carrie Larson, Julie Leonard, Mary Jeanne Linford, Rachel Livedalen, Susan Lowdermilk (with Denis Keough), Marvel Maring, Sarah McCoy, Erin Mickelson, Chandler O’Leary (with Jessica Spring), Ippy Patterson, Meryl Perloff, Francesca Phillips, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Katya Reka, J. Anna Rich, Lynn Skordal, Bessie Smith Moulton, M. L. Van Nice, Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Candy Wooding, Philip Zimmermann.
SACRED | PROFANE was juried by Jim Carmin, who has directed the operations of the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library since 1998. Prior to that he was an art librarian at the University of Oregon and sold books, rare and otherwise, at Powell's City of Books in Portland. He has a Bachelor's in studio art and Masters in Library Science from Ball State University, a Masters in Art History from the University of Oregon, and has attended Rare Books School at the University of Virginia with classes in bindings and typography. Related interests include reviewing contemporary fiction for The Oregonian and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune; letterpress printing and bookbinding; and curating exhibitions in literary and book arts. This summer he'll be teaching a course on Medieval manuscripts and early printed books at Portland State University.
A full online catalog for SACRED | PROFANE can be found at: www.23sandy.com/works/
Exhibition Title: SACRED | PROFANE
Location: 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232