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Ten Years of Artist Books at the Brooklyn Public Library
Curated by Donna Seager, an exhibition celebrating ten years of "The Art of the Book".
October 1, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Arian Dylan Order and Chaos at Seager Gray Gallery

Ten Years of Artists Books

Seager Gray Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in the town of Mill Valley, nestled in the redwoods just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For ten years we have taken the lead in presenting art related to books and recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of our now widely acclaimed “Art of the Book” exhibition which takes place every year in May.

The journey has been a rich one, connecting us to fine presses, book artists, binders, printmakers, sculptors and special collections libraries throughout the world.  It began with a visit to collector and book artist, Charles Hobson at his home in San Francisco in 2004.  When he showed me his collection of book-related arts, I was struck by what I call a “museum” feeling – that wonderful sense of having seen something rich and gratifying and most definitely classifiable as “Fine Art.” I was determined to create an exhibition completely dedicated to the book as its focus. 

Ten years later, I have come to believe that the form of the book is difficult to surpass as the most relevant symbol and richest material available to artists everywhere. Books inspire multiple associations -  - to meaning, shape and memory. In no other medium is content so inextricably bound to form and the 2-dimensional world finds itself contained in a 3-dimensional object. When form and content are in perfect agreement, I have found that a harmonic chord is struck, deepening the experience and finding the place where visual enrichment and meaning converge. Each exhibition explores as many approaches as possible, from unique artists’ books and altered books to even broader conceptual uses of books that explore our relationship to their form, content and physical presence.

The works selected in this Brooklyn Public Library exhibition bring back some of the highlights from the last ten years and some new works as well, hopefully expanding ideas of what a book can be and its rich potential both as content and material for amazing works of fine art.

Donna Seager, 2015

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Guston Abright
Framing the Debate
 
formatting Jody Alexander at Seager Gray Gallery showing Exposed Spines a  mixed media altered book art object.
Jody Alexander
Exposed Spines #24
 
formatting James Allen Onomatopoeia an excavated book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area.
James Allen
Onomatopoeia
 
formatting The Square_ Al Midan by Islam Aly is book about the protests in Cairo in 2011 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area
Islam Aly
The Square, Al Midan
 
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Doug Beube
Shifting Borders
 
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Macy Chadwick
Locus
 
formatting Julie Chen Chrysalis a handmade artist book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Julie Chen
Chrysalis
 
formatting Julie Chen at Seager Gray Gallery showing Cat_s Cradle a handmade artist book.
Julie Chen
Cat's Cradle
 
formatting Cathy DeForest Ink and Blood at Seager Gray Gallery is an artist book in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area part of the Al Mutanabi project.
Cathy DeForest
Ink and Blood
 
formatting Poems by Hand
Marie Dern
Poems by Hand
 
formatting Marie Dern Crow is an artist book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Marie Dern and Danielle Giudici Wallis
Crow
 
formatting Jessica Drenk at Seager Gray Gallery showing Cirrosa 2 an altered book work.
Jessica Drenk
Cirrosa 2
 
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Arian Dylan
Order and Chaos
 
formatting Casey Gardner Body of Inquiry is an artist book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Casey Gardner
Body of Inquiry
 
formatting Alisa Golden Days Made Strange a handmade artist book at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Alisa Golden
Days Made Strange
 
formatting Ranger
Andrew Hayes
Ranger
 
formatting Meg Hitchcock How Great Thou Art cut letters altered book work at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Meg Hitchcock
How Great Thou Art
 
formatting Quarantine a handmade artist book by Charles Hobson at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Charles Hobson
Quarantine
 
formatting The Lost Journals of Sacajewea
Peter Rutledge Koch
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea
 
formatting Page 98 (Das Kapital) an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Lisa Kokin
Page 98 (Das Kapital)
 
formatting Page 226 (Das Kapital) an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Lisa Kokin
Page 226 (Das Kapital)
 
formatting Jacqueline Rush Lee at Seager Gray Gallery showing Anthologia an altered book in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Jacqueline Rush Lee
Anthologia (Devotion Series)
 
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Sandi Miot
It's Coming Undone
 
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Elizabeth Sher
Blog
 
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Seiko Tachibana
Fern
 
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Kazuko Watanabe
The Diary of a Sparrow
 


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