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MORE FROM THE LIBRIS AWARDS

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I suppose, since they are on public display, I can show photos of any of the work. But it feels a little rude without telling authors what I want to do.

So, with kind permission of several friends and colleagues, and links to their sites …here are more books. Clicking should give you a larger view. I’ve also given my “guesstimates” on size as it’s not always easy to tell from a photo, a fact noted by the judge, Helen Cole.*

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“Shyness” by Elizabeth Banfield. I’ve been almost mesmerised by Elizabeth’s delicately cut lino for  quite a while now. This book is approximately A6 (maybe a little bigger) in size.   http://elizabethbanfield.blogspot.com.au/

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A beautiful book, if a sad subject. Helen Malone has produced this  as her depiction of the devastating Brisbane flood in 2011.Her own photographs, in sepia tones, echo the mud that covered acres and acres of land and the book, displayed as intended, swirls like the river it records.  http://biblio-tout.blogspot.com.au/

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“Peace Mends the World” by Fiona Dempster. A “patchwork” of metal and Perspex. These are pieces of  reclaimed copper sheeting, stitched (!) together with copper wire;the “pages” are fastened with copper rivets.  A little bigger than A5. http://paperponderings.blogspot.com.au/

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“Carpe Diem” by Rhonda  Ayliffe. A clever look at today’s hi-tech world. This book requires an app to read (I don’t have such a device). I believe Ronnie explains a little of the construction on her blog. http://www.rhondaayliffe.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/some-bookiness.html. And you can see a related piece by Ronnie as part of the current round of BookArtObject exchange here http://bookartobject.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/carpe-diem-is-not-tale-about-fish-of-day.html

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“A Burning Question” by  Sara Bowen. Sara is the artist who initiated the BookArtObject exchange group and this is one of her titles  in the current round. Intricate paper cutting and pop-ups, this is presented in a “match box”, with a spent match attached.Quite scary, especially after such a summer of fires! Another small book, approximately A6 or slightly bigger. As the match box is not displayed, here is a link to Sara’s own picture http://bookartobject.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/a-burning-question-45-group-12.html and her  blog http://doubleelephant.wordpress.com/

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Speaks for itself, really! Well, anyone who used an earlier  pc will know. As I wander around the web looking at artists’ books, I am struck by the great humour shown by so many. In this presentation Caren Florance addresses the thorny issue of display,something that drives gallerists and curators bonkers – how should we place this !**$# item so that everyone can see/read it?Just click the image and all is explained, right down to the type setting. http://ampersandduck.blogspot.com.au/

This has been quite a long post! I might show you some more books next week. I am lucky to be living  in the same town as I can take my time, absorb more, exchange views with other visitors. And share it  here. 🙂

Oh! yes…the horse and jockey things. Hmm…perhaps I’ll tease you  give you another day to work it out.

* Thanks to Helen Malone for these links, giving a judge’s perspective. http://bookartobject.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/helen-cole-talks-about-libris-awards.html

updated to add Artspace ‘s photos link http://www.artspacemackay.com.au/whats_on/photo_gallery/photo_galleries/exhibition_works

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Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

20 thoughts on “MORE FROM THE LIBRIS AWARDS

  1. Great to see the additional images of Libris entries, your commentary and the links – Would you mind if I linked your blog to my post about Helen’s view?

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  2. Great photos Di, wonderful to get a look at some of the books with your notes. Shame about lack of catalogue, I’m sure it would be expensive to print but they could charge for it.

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    • A lot of people feel the same. Most catalogue now come with a price tag, which stops the magpies who just grab handfuls and it generates a little for the gallery coffers.so I’m surprised and disappointed in this oversight, if that’s what it is.

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  3. Wonderful post Di! Thanks so much for showing these so we can have a good look. Much appreciated.

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    • Thanks, Amanda. There will be more! One of the perks of being a local is that I get several opportunities to look at things!

      On 17 May 2013 12:03, Moreidlethoughts Weblog

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  4. Great post Di. I look forward to seeing more of the books. How lucky we are to have you up there at Mackay. Elizabeth Banfield’s delicate linocuts really are delightful. I bought one recently and enjoy it so much on my wall.

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  5. All so very different – and all a delight. I do envy you being able to be there, but thank you for bringing them to us.

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  6. Ooooh. I envy you this delight so close at hand. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. oh this is great to see, thanks for sharing!

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  8. these are STUNNING! thank you for sharing them!

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  9. ahhh its so good to have friendly folk on the ground to share all the news (and views) of BAO doings at the Libris… thanks Di….. you’re a star

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    • Well, I think stellar status is more than I deserve, but I do like going back for closer looks. Seems to make the work “sink in” more, which is something often missed on quick visits.

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