Exhibit | January 21, 2016

The Center for Book Arts Presents "Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape"

When: January 22 -April 2, 2016

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St 

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm 

Admission: Free 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 6-8pm 

Artist Roundtable Discussion: Friday, March 4, 6:30pm  

The Center for Book Arts presents Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, on view January 22 through April 2, organized by Cynthia Nourse Thompson and David Charles Chioffi, Guest Curators. An opening reception will take place January 22, 6-8pm, and an artist roundtable will be held at the Center on March 4 at 6:30pm. Gallery admission is free. 

A landscape's formation within the disciplines of the fine and applied arts is laden with both discernable and veiled artifacts to be unearthed. These foundations are interwoven as interpretative symbols, phonetics, or armatures to synthesize a visual voice and an independent sense of place. In Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, a visual etymology of environments amid diverse works on paper is constructed. Through acknowledged and unaccustomed definitions within multiple layers and mediums, these formats reassert that the semantics of artistic landscapes are neither concrete nor static.

Artists include: Macy Chadwick, Gail Deery, Lesley Dill, Henrik Drescher, Carson Fox, Mark Fox, Jane Hammond, William Kentridge, Abby Leigh, Suzanne McClelland, Sarah McDermott, Bill McDowell, Julie Mehretu, Robin Price, Justin James Reed, Elizabeth Sheehan, Kiki Smith, Ann Tyler, Kara Walker, Darren Waterston, and Christopher Wool.

Co-curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson is Director of the MFA programs in Studio Art and Book Arts/ Printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she is also an Associate Professor. She was recently Curator and Director of exhibitions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; previously, she was a professor at Memphis College of Art (MCA) and served as chair of the Division of Fine Arts during her final year. For more than 12 years, she ran the book arts, letterpress and papermaking areas at MCA, and for seven of those years, she served as curator and director of visiting artist lectures. 

Co-curator David Charles Chioffi is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, The J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Design, and Chair of the Division of Design Arts at Memphis College (MCA). His traditional and experimental work emphasizes the sensory triality of alphabetic matrices and forms, as well as how phonetic structures and visual architecture formulate and synthesize content. In addition to his private design practice, prior posts have included Executive Vice-President of Design and Communications at The Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc.; and Associate Director of Packing Design and Visual Identities, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation in New York City. 

A Curator Moderated Roundtable Discussion will take place Friday, March 4, 6:30pm, with Macy Chadwick, Artist; Lesley Dill, Artist; and Sue Gosin, Co-Founder, Dieu Donné. Suggested donation for the general public is $10 non-members/$5 members. 

The Center is grateful to the following galleries and organizations for lending works for this exhibition: The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Booklyn Inc., Dieu Donné Press, Dolphin Press, Granary Books, Peter Kruty Editions, The Museum of Modern Art Library, Pace Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Universal Limited Art Editions, Wellesley College Library Special Collections, and private collectors.


In addition to Revealed Terrain, The Center will host two Featured Artist Projects on view January 22-April 2, 2016, organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts. 

SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration is an ongoing process of collaboration by South Florida artists and writers that stimulates new concepts and methodology. This exhibition features over 100 broadsheets in a variety of media including letterpress, silkscreen, etching, digital prints, relief prints, monoprints, and many forms of hand work. An artist roundtable discussion with Lea Nickless, Carol Todaro, and Michelle Weinberg is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 6:30pm, at the Center. 

Chris Perry: Ripples Current(ly) features the work of Chris Perry, which deconstructs specially-made books into three-dimensional sculptures and questions our concepts of the book as receptacle for only one type of knowledge. This exhibition features a large-scale, site-specific installation along with several smaller, related works. An artist talk is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 6:30pm, at the Center.

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