International Miniature Book Exhibit on Display

October 30, 2011

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II, an international traveling exhibition of object books, will be on display in the Crandall Art Gallery on the University of Mount Union’s campus from Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, December 9. The curator of the exhibit is Hui-Chu Ying, professor of art at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art.
 
The exhibit is a collaborative and educational project comprised of the work of 106 visual artists. The artists have taken on the challenge of scaling down thoughts, text, images and materials and transformed them into readable, workable small-scale artist books that are a pleasure to handle, read and exhibit.
 
According to Ying, diversity is what this exhibition is all about. The artists who have created the miniature books represent seven different countries and cultures – United States, Canada, China, Indi, Japan, Pakistan and Spain. Various materials were used such as handmade and rice paper, plastic, tea bags, wood blocks and mailing envelopes. A wide variety of techniques also are represented in the exhibit including letterpress, silkscreen, digital prints, collage, die-cut and painting.
 
“The main mission of exhibit is to encourage artists to create their own books to share with the world. Many books have surprising and interesting content confirming the old adage that one should ‘not judge a book by its cover,’” said Ying. “A few books exude a beautiful sensibility throughout their pages where as others carry a strong messages conveying issues dear to the artists. There are so many extraordinary ideas to be found in this collection. The varieties of materials the artists used are incredible. Few books are made from recycled materials and some in which the artists have reinvented their old works. What a perfect time to create artwork that is eco-friendly.”
 
A reception and gallery talk with curator Ying will be held Wednesday, November 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Crandall Art Gallery.
 
Beginning in the summer of 2011 through December of 2013, the exhibit will be displayed in 42 venues in 15 U.S. states and eight countries.
 
The gallery is free and open to the public. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
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