Bay Area artist Barbara Mortkowitz is currently in 2 book art shows, with one of her art books in each show.
The first is BookWorks 2008 which runs until September 26 at the Downtown San Francisco Library. This is the 14th in a series of exhibitions with works by members of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts.
Ordinarily, one thinks of a book as a gathering of pages bound between two covers. But to others, a book can take many forms and become a work of art, and the pieces in this show represent a wide range of responses to this question. What you see here may surprise you and even challenge your definition of what constitutes a book. Traditional books, such as finely-printed books of poetry and other literature and books beautifully hand-bound in various materials, will of course be offered, and along with these will be innovative, and often whimsical, avant-garde artists’ books.
The second show is Sewn Pages - Woven Thoughts, which runs until September 26 at Commuknity in San Jose. For directions, please click here.
This exhibit features the fiber art books by members of the Bay Area Book Artists (BABA). BABA is a group of independent artists bound together by a passion for the book arts.