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SU Book Art:
An Exhibition of Student Work
The Syracuse University Library's Department of Special Collections is
pleased to announce its third biennial book arts exhibit.
This exhibition features work by students in three different Syracuse
University classes: First year foundation students and advanced printmaking
/ book arts students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and
students in the Humanistic Studies Program's "basic bookbinding" class.
Also featured are the works of several graduates, often in collaborative
Works on exhibit range from the traditional fine press book and binding,
to innovative, non-traditional, structures, which play an integral role
in the storytelling process
Two-Dimensional Problem Solving I and II (VPA-FND 15,116)
This freshman foundation course teaches basic two-dimensional skills,
knowledge of visual language, and systems of organization, in addition
to conceptual skills, experimentation, discovery, and idea generation.
In the assignment shown, students were asked depict the world around
them, or an issue of interest cartographically. All projects completed
Fall, 1999. Instructor, Gail Hoffman.
Untitled: This "book" is a collection of maps, each of which
describe a place that I have an emotional attachment to. While I have
only lived in one of these places, Westford, MA, the others I have
either visited once or many times. Each map is backed with same paper,
but each is printed on a paper of different texture and color, and
is folded in a different manner. Each folded map contains two items
from the town, or region, that represent my experiences in that place.
The collection is housed in a hand-stitched miniature backpack in
keeping with the theme of my journeys, both physical and of self.
Other items included include a shell, and a boarding pass.
Who am I: One man's journey through his life. The journey
takes place over a period of seven days. Each day's experiences affect
the man's personality. In the end we come to find that each place
he visits makes up points on a map. The map also acts as a self-portrait.
Untitled: For this book project we were asked to make a
book containing a map. I did a lot of brainstorming and came up with
a "lost and found" theme which I applied to this milk carton. With
help from Peter Verheyen I learned how to construct a book like this.
When the outer layer is removed, an accordion book can be removed.
If read one way, it talks from the parents point-of-view on having
a missing child. Read the other way, we see the child isn't lost,
but has run away to get freedom. I really enjoyed working on this
project and feel I learned many new technical and conceptual skills.
Remembrance For A New Millennium: This is a visual summary
of the history of our world and a message for the future. The roll-up
map reinforces the themes that people have created problems, and that
the consequences are somber. Birds are used as a metaphor to illustrate
this having been used to help us understand important concepts throughout
Just Because It's a Cliche Doesn't Mean It's Not True:
One man's soul-searching journey maps an experience through the use
of word and images. In one night he considers the meaning of life,
the cliche in truth, and the power of death. Using collage, I translate
his words into visual metaphors.
Untitled: Where maps can be helpful, they are also a source
of frustration. Trying to follow the complicated arrangement of lines
and forms that create a map can drive a person mad. The construction
of this book imitates this aggravating confusion. Unfolding each page,
one will quickly learn that there is no order or reason to opening
the book. When all the pages finally lay flat, the second concept
can be read, this being that we map everything. From the aerial view
of a graveyard, to the blueprint for a room, to life's journeys, we
map out our lives in many ways. here, various images exemplify some
aspects of life that we map.
Hand Paper Print/Book Workshop: VPA-PRT 552
Continued investigation in hand paper-making, simple bookbinding, and
Instructor: Professor Don Cortese
Tea Menu From An Eroding Village: Poem mounted on origami
"maze" folded book allowing it to be read in different ways.
Jonah And The Whale: I chose to tell the story of Jonah
and the Whale because I was interested in telling a story purely with
images. I felt that this story is familiar to enough people that it
would allow me to do this. I have always felt that, due to their dimensions,
standard book formats limit the illustrations ability to capture the
extreme expansiveness of the ocean. Using the accordion book format
and a single image has allowed me create an unusually long book that
hopefully conveys better the size of the sea. The book is designed
to be viewed either page by page, or as a single image.
Kerry E. Corrigan
Artist's Book Jacob's Ladder. Silkscreen on wood.
The Bathes Mythologies Tarot: "The book project takes
the 'religion' of literary theory one step further, using Roland Barthes'
renowned collection of semiotic essays, Mythologies, as the
source for a method of supernatural divination. I created the deck
of tarot cards from Barthes' essays, embellishing the card faces with
a postmodern mixture of illustrations based on clip art, passags from
Barthes' writing, and occult symbols. The cards are backed in hand-marbled
paper, and box hand-embroidered. The accompanying "instruction manual"
indicates various "methodologies" for fortune-telling using the deck
based on actual occult ritual, but with imaginary directives and charts
I wrote informed by the fervor that both semiotics and New Age religions
Cartography: "I made this book from a prose poem I wrote
last year. The content of the poem, which centers around a pair of
lovers on an eternal road trip in New England, is reflected in the
look of the book: the highway motif on the cover and centerfold, the
black and yellow of asphalt, the blue of road maps. I illustrated
the book with antique postcards and actual road maps from New England.
The book is dedicated to my boyfriend, and this is indicated visually
by the map of the border between New York (my home state) and Massachusetts
(his home state), and the map of Cape Cod (his hometown) on the last
Faggots Make History Too: "I was thinking about how the
sexuality of historical figures is not often dealt with in school
if they are not heterosexual and how this affects queer individuals
growing up. I did a lot of research and came up with a group of gay
and bisexual men (and Teletubbies) who I admired and made this as
a history book for myself of queer "heros." The cover is an image
of the popular kimono style during the Han dynasty in China and relates
to the story on the reverse side of the images, perhaps my favorite
queer love story from history. It was constructed in the traditional
accordion format and silkscreened in an edition of three." 1999.
Where Are All The Robots?: "This past semester, I became
very interested in Monoprint and I wanted to do a one-of-a-kind book.
Much of my work lately deals with themes of how my Childhood interest
in science fiction has affected me now, and I also just like drawing
robots. The paper is handmade paper made from old books about robots
which I pulped and fused to Reeves BFK, and has pieces of the comics
embedded in it. It was constructed in the traditional accordion format
and silkscreened." 1999.
Superheroes: This book deals with how the heroes in my
life have changed over time, as had my concept of who and what a hero
is. I chose the format of the comic book because so many of my heros
of the past came from comics. The book was silkscreened with drawing
on top and sewn pamphlet style. 2000.
The Myth of Justice: "Accordion book made in reaction
to the shooting of Amadou Diallo. The absurd amount of times Diallo
was shot at (41), and the number of times he was hit (19), was the
model for the form of the book. The nineteen bullets that struck Diallo
are indicated by red bullet holes, and the remaining 22 are black.
Under each red bullet is the name of another minority whose life was
taken away by police brutality."
Routine Habit & Addiction: "Tryptic accordion book
that calls into question the lines and boundaries but between what
many call seperate behaviors. I claim that aside from chemical addictions,
routines, habits, and addictions are all the same, or can be. A behavior
started as daily routine may easily become habit, and at what point
and how easily can that habit become an addiction?"
Book Works by Graduates of the School of Visual and Performing Arts
These works represent the creative output of SU Alums both during
their part in either the BFA or MFA program, and afterwards as artists
working to establish their own presses.
Bird Press, Thorsten Dennerline (MFA, '97)
Feeding Pigeons: This book is a collaborative project which
is intended to experiment with the relationship between text and image.
The artist and writer worked simultaneously at different locations
within an agreed upon format, allowing for a spontaneous approach
to the creation of the work as neither was aware of what the other
Book of lithographs with a poem by Egil Dennerline. Printed on handmade
paper by Kat Ran Press. Bound by the artist.. Limited edition of 11
copies. Published by Bird Press, 1996. Collection of Professor Don
Cortese. More images of the text can be seen at the Bird
Press Website and on the Book
Real Things People Said and I Didn't Know What to Say. The
book is a selection of quotes which people really said and I just
didn't know what to say. The book is a look into how I view people
and is meant to be critical and homorous at the same time.
Accordion book of nine copper plate etchings printed on Richard
Da Bas handmade paper. copies. Each book has one of the copper plates
inlaid into the cover. The text is printed using a type writer. Bound
by Peter Verheyen.. Limited edition of 9. Published by Bird Press,
1997. Collection of Peter Verheyen. More images of the text can be
seen at the Bird Press Website
and on the Book
Twenty-six Words: An alphabet book with 26 lithographs.
Bound by Peter Verheyen. Limited edition of 10 copies. Published by
Bird Press, 1998. Collection of the Syracuse University Library. More
images of the text can be seen at the Bird
Press Website and on the Book
Kat Ran Press, Michael Russem (BFA, '97)
Match In A Bottle. Poems by Tracey Knapp (BFA,'98), "smoke
drawings" by Kurt Gohde (MFA, '98). Bound by Winifred Bixler. Limited
edition of 50 copies. Published by Kat Ran Press , North Andover,
Mass. 1997. Collection of the Syracuse University Library.
Skinny This. Poem by Jocelyn Webb with drawings by Michael
Russem (BFA, '97). Printed on Japanese paper and bound in bee's-waxed
and walnut-dyed paper over boards by Jocelyn Webb. Limited edition
of 50 copies. Published by the Sierras Press, 1999. Collection of
the Syracuse University Library.
A Year of Smoke. Poem by Robin Barber, "smoke drawing"
by Kurt Gohde. Bound by David Bourbeau. Limited edition of 10 copies.
Limited edition of 35 copies in this binding. Published by Kat Ran
Press , North Andover, Mass. 1999. Collection of the Syracuse University
Akiyo Ogura (BFA, '97)
How To Wear A Rainbow: Silkscreen and pop-up constructions
with boards covered in old denim jeans. Collection of Peter Verheyen.
Basic Bookbinding: HSC 050 (Humanistic Studies Center)
Students in this ongoing 7 week course bound two "fine binding" exhibition
catalogs in the traditional German case-binding technique. Books were
covered in "pastepapers" made by the students. For the remainder of
the class students will work on their own projects Instructor:
Peter D. Verheyen, Conservator, Syracuse University Library.