A set of books, all copies of The Secret Garden, bound in different colors, are opened to an oval cutout, inside of which are layered, detailed, exquisite gardens in different palettes (Susan Sironi).
A sea of paper is somehow attached to the wall, pages upon pages upon pages, voluminous, overflowing, massive, moving though not moving (Echiko Ohira).
A book spine is bent backward so far that the pages feather out, and are captured by the lens, and enlarged to impress, printed to impact (Cara Barer).
“Loose Ends” by Suvan Geer has hair dripping from a book’s open pages. “No Entry” is a book that hangs from a wire and when one goes to open it, one finds it is bound on both sides—two spines, with no entry.
All these installations can be seen and experienced at Art Center College of Design‘s PAGES exhibit.
There are also wonderful and spectacular historical pages, from Albert Einstein’s high school certificate (1896) and Mark Twain’s revisions to the first edition of his book The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1869) to La Nouvelle Natura by Anthony Fitzherbert (553).
Throughout history, the human ethos has been revealed and preserved, protected and revered on pages. Pages, whether untethered, rolled, or bound into a book, are a form of collective human memory—the sum of thoughtful endeavor over time. PAGES co-curators, artist and writer John David O’Brien and Williamson Gallery director Stephen Nowlin, spent the last eighteen months excavating for artifacts in the diverse and often segregated domains of artists studios, scholarly libraries, contemporary galleries, and science archives, assembling a heterogeneous array of objects, books, and papaers that luxuriate in the page and honor its seminal role in the progression of culture and knowledge over time.
This is a fascinating show, artistically and historically. Because books are so personally revered, it was necessary for us to distance ourselves from our gut reactions at seeing books cut, the pages woven, books hollowed out, pages painted upon, etc., so that we could see the art that has been created, which is distinctive, alluring, intriguing, fun, whimsical, and beautiful.
Art Center College of Design: Pages
Now through Sunday, Jan. 27th
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena 91103
Admission is free
For complete info, call 626.396.2446 or visit WilliamsGallery.net/pages