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Drawing on examples from the Artists’ Book Collection, this exhibit explores the theme of the body and its multiple component parts. It was curated by graduate students enrolled in LIS: 855 (Art Librarianship) during spring 2016. Representations of the body in visual culture are myriad and no less so in book arts. A subject of artistic investigation throughout history, the body has played a prominent role in social, cultural, economic, and political events, discourse and action.
Gaylord Schanilec is a master fine printer and wood engraver. Under his imprint, Midnight Paper Sales, he has produced over forty limited edition books that are often inspired by historical texts, his rural Wisconsin surroundings, and poetry. The Special Collections Department and the Kohler Art Library hold a number of these works in their collections. This exhibit features his most recent work and a representative sampling of his earlier books.
Water is elemental to every form of life on our planet. It also serves as a crucial and enduring motif for artistic production. The Kohler Art Library and Wisconsin Water Library have teamed up to present this inspiring exhibit of artists’ books that spotlights a number of important and complex issues surrounding the topic of water. The multi-faceted works convey the wide range of ways that book artists, at times collaborating with writers, have interpreted water, rendering it elemental to creative life.