Now Showing at 23 Sandy: Book Power Redux
Artist Books Addressing Our Social and Political World
May 30 - July 26, 2014 23 Sandy Gallery Portland, Oregon
August 5 - October 15, 2014 University of Puget Sound Collins Library Tacoma, Washington
Book Power Redux is an international juried exhibition of book art addressing social and political issues. Artist books can be a powerful vehicle for social change and activism. For this show we sought out works that shine a light on some of the most vital issues of our day: race, diversity, equality, justice, bullying, poverty, civil rights, war and more.
You may remember a show with a similar title way back in 2009. Since that show was so well received we decided to update it to explore current concerns. It is very interesting to see how things have changed since then. War was a hot topic for that show. This time we found a keen interest in topics like race, equality and other important social issues.
Book artists have a unique opportunity given an accessible, multi-dimensional, multi-media format that can go beyond just making things to making things happen. The current social and political issues listed above are but a few topics concerned artists can use to raise consciousness, call for justice or provoke action. We challenged artists to use their creative powers to solve the problems of the world.
Book Power Redux was juried by Jane Carlin and MalPina Chan and will travel to Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound from August 5 through October 15, 2014. It will be a featured event during a national conference focused on Race and Pedagogy taking place at the university in September.
Come see this very powerful show soon!