Book Talk with Julie Park
Where: The Center For Book Arts
28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor
212-481-0295 Price: $10 suggested donation
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Altering books by placing images selected from one’s private collection alongside words written by someone else was a popular pastime in eighteenth-century England. Referred to as “extra-illustration” or “grangerization,” this activity allowed readers and book owners not only to insert new visual dimensions into their reading experience, but also to participate in the project of meaning making undertaken by published authors.
By using scissors, paste, paper and engraved or etched prints, book owners transformed reading into an interpretive process of rewriting text with images. In doing so, extra-illustration anticipates the work of contemporary book artists who base their technique on physically transforming books, whether by imposing new images onto their pages or cutting out words to create different sentences and story lines.
Presenting an overview of eighteenth-century extra-illustration, this Book Talk with Julie Park will open the historical background of contemporary artist’s books and some of its key procedures: finding a medium for self expression in altering the material dimensions of books, and using images and graphic elements as alternative media for writing.Buy tickets/get more info now