Sponsored by Puget Sound Book Artists
Collins Memorial Library, Room 020
University of Puget Sound
Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to host an evening with Laura Russell, of 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine art gallery in Portland, Oregon that presents local and national artists working in the fields of book and paper arts, photography and mixed media. Laura is an accomplished photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound limited edition artist books and exhibits widely. Laura holds a BBA from Northwood University and had a 15-year career in graphic design and marketing before becoming a full time working artist in 2002 and then opening the gallery in 2007. She is a past board member of the non-profit Photolucida and past co-president of the Colorado Women’s Caucus for Art. She is a current board member of both the Portland Art Museum’s Photo Council and the Portland Art Dealers Association. Her books are collected by many museums and libraries; including the University of California, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Tate Collection (London) as well as Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.
Her illustrated presentation will feature the work of photographers and book artists from around the world who are creating artists books to showcase their photographs. View purely visual books that allow the images to tell their own story, and books that marry image with text to form a compelling narrative. The artist books presented use everything from paladium prints to ink jet prints to cyanoprints. Explore structures from the simple stapled pamphlet to the traditional codex to sculptural books that challenge the viewer’s definition of a book.
The presentation is about 40 minutes, followed by a show and tell of books from gallery inventory plus Laura’s own photographic artist books. You are encouraged to bring your own photographically illustrated books as well!