Ever contemplate a future where domestic bookcases, communal libraries, commercial bookstores, and hand-me-down schoolbooks will be things of the past and reading for most will become a digital experience? What will happen to all of the obsolete publications in print? For the artists in Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, found and mass-produced books are their expressive medium of choice. Viewing themselves as collaborators with their source material, they transform them into sculptures and installations of all sizes and shapes. Beyond exploiting physical and sensorial properties, the artists improvise with content, both text and image. In answer to the looming demise of the printed publication, the exhibition argues that in giving books new life as unique works of art, the artists are opening up fresh possibilities of meaning and relevance. Approaches range from folding, drilling, shredding, carving, stacking, ripping, sewing, pasting, burning, and sanding to collage and assemblage. In reshaping both subject and material, the artists repackage our personal attachment to the written text as a catalyst for memory and the imagination while rekindling our sensorial response to the book’s physicality. And as they draw attention to communal and personal associations of books and reading, they explore alternate ways to knowledge and history, the cycle of creation and decay, and the passage and compression of time. Between the Covers is exclusive to the Everhart Museum and is guest curated by Sarah Tanguy.
Artists: Noriko Ambe, Maria Anasazi, Doug Beube, Caryl Burtner, Long-Bin Chen, Byron Clercx, Brent Crothers, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Shiela Hale, Lisa Hill, Jeffrey Kent, John Kirchner, Lisa Kokin, Carole P. Kunstadt, Guy Laramée, Susan Lenz, Corwin Levi, So Yoon Lym, Scott McCarney, Pamela Paulsrud, Buzz Spector, Robert The, Maika’i Tubbs
Lenders: Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas; JHB Gallery, NY; Frederieke Taylor Gallery; International Arts & Artists’ Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, Gift of John and June Hechinger; Scranton Public Library; P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York; Galerie Myrtis; Seager Gray Gallery, Mills Valley, California.
Exhibition support is provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group, with additional assistance from Joseph & Lisa Curtin, Scranton Area Foundation & Stifel Nicolaus.
A presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over a century, the Everhart Museum has featured in many photos and snapshots by community members throughout the years. For the Everhart Museum’s Winter/Spring 2016 exhibit in Gallery ONE, #EverhartSnaps: Community Art at the Everhart, area residents are invited to share their current and past photo snapshots of family and friends featuring the Everhart Museum building. With this type of project, the Everhart nurtures creativity and showcases artistic excellence in the community.
Dinovember 2015 returns to the Everhart on November 7th! This family-oriented exhibit features the creative photography of Refe and Susan Tuma, along with images of the Everhart Dinosaurs during last year’s Dinovember romp through Northeastern Pennsylvania. The project began in 2012 when the two of them devoted the month of November to convincing their children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life. Each morning their children woke to the overnight antics of the toy dinosaurs as they created mischief, mayhem, and magic in the Tuma household.
The concept exploded on the internet in 2013 and in late October 2014 their first book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night was released by Little & Brown. “Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.” Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.
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Exhibition support is provided in part by Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company.
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