On my day off I stopped by The Book as Art: No Jacket Required exhibit at the Art Institute of Atlanta/Decatur in downtown Decatur. The exhibit is being held through September 18th in conjunction with the Decatur Arts Alliance and is part of the AJC Decatur Book Festival.
It's been a tradition of mine to always check out book art exhibits whenever I stumble across them. (See related posts.) Like these artists, I prefer the tactile qualities of the book over the convenience of audio and digital books. However even a funky book of "mixed fibers and found objects" when nailed to a wall like Susan Lenz's Book I, Book V, and Book VII, (shown above) does limit one of the best product features of the traditional book --- portability.
Another favorite of mine among the 33 artists and approximately 40 installations, is Ania Gilmore's Library of Alexandria, (shown left), which is described in the exhibit notes as: an "altered book, (with) rolled and burned pages, wax, shellac ink." From now on, I will think twice before loaning a book to somebody, especially an artist.
If you're going to the upcoming Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend, be sure and check out the Art Alliance gallery on Ponce de Leon. At the DBF, you will need a break from the elements (heat, rain, humidity, maddening crowds of children with sticky faces) and No Jacket Required provides an excellent refuge.