Two celebrated artists who use books as their inspiration will exhibit their work in “Volume: two,” a summer art display that will also feature programs designed for children and adults.
The exhibit will begin on Monday, July 10 and will be on display through September. A special children’s program, “Let’s Make a Book!” will be held on Monday, July 24 at 4 p.m., and a Gallery Talk for adults “Books Gone Rogue” will be held on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.
Using found books, the artists, Alice Walsh of New York and Chris Perry of Ridgefield, explore the malleability of the form, and through a process of deconstruction, give new meaning to these ubiquitous and everyday objects.
“We want to challenge the viewer into a new and unimagined relationship with books,” said Perry, whose work has appeared in venues throughout the United States and in several University collections. Cascading paper, layered or spouting from a stack of volumes, mimics and implies water in Perry’s work. Reductive and additive elements find a balance in the works and suggest the need for balance on planet Earth, he said.
Walsh, a mixed-media artist whose work has been exhibited in museums, libraries and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, said she expresses her passion for libraries through her art.
“My earliest and fondest memories involve libraries,” Walsh said. “As an artist, I’m drawn to working with collage, handmade paper and artist books.”
Through the artists’ process, pages and spines are layered, cut, stitched, molded, woven and gilded.
“They entice us into a new world of associations,” said June Myles, former president of the Library board of trustees who oversees and coordinates the Library’s art displays.
Chris Perry moved to Ridgefield following many years in Lower Manhattan where he pursued a career in woodworking. He returned to making art full-time in 2007 and taught himself bookbinding. He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is now serving on the Board of Directors of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
As an educational and arts administrator, Walsh has worked for non-profit theater companies, dance companies, and performing arts centers, as well as colleges and in public broadcasting. Walsh has been Associate Producer of many Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Public Administration Degree from New York University.
Register for the Gallery Talk or Children’s craft program at www.marktwainlibrary.org, at the Library or call 203-938-2545 for information.
The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association. It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents.