Art of the Book

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Art of the Book

108 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
April 17th, 2012 - May 31st, 2012
Opening: April 17th, 2012 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

North Bay/Napa
11 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 on Sunday
letterpress mixed-media, Book Arts, altered books, artists books, conceptual, sculpture


The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery

Reception for the Artists: Saturday, April 28, 6 until 8pm

The Art of the Book
represents the seventh in a series of yearly shows, first at Donna Seager Gallery and now at Seager Gray Gallery at their new location in Mill Valley, California.  The exhibition runs from April 17 to May 30, 2012 and features 35 artists from various disciplines including fine presses, mixed-media artists, ceramic artists, writers and poets. A catalog of the exhibition is available for purchase through the gallery. There is a reception for the artists from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28.
The exhibition includes everything from the sublime treatment of poetry by Charles Hobson and Carolee Campbell to the conceptual appropriation of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson in the exquisite thread piece by Lisa Kokin.  Carved books by Samantha Y. Huang and Ingrid Siliakus accentuate the beauty of paper itself without concern for text while Brian Dettmer exposes layers of meaning, reinterpreting text and image with his exacto knife. Books and newspapers are replicated in clay by Richard Shaw, Stephen Paul Day and Michael O’Shea.  Merging tradition with high tech, Penny Nii and  Mohammed Allababidi  collaborated on a handmade letterpress book that comes with a downloadable app and interacts with your iPad, using new Digital over Analog technology.  The Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York with the permission of May Castleberry contributed The Island of Rota, an ingenious collaboration between writer Oliver Sacks, artist Abelardo Morell and designer Ted Muehling.  This work epitomizes our belief that when form and content are in perfect agreement, there is a kind of harmonic chord that is struck, deepening the experience and transforming book into art.

Catalog available through the gallery