Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) has a small but growing Permanent Art Collection. While their main focus is on contemporary works from the Puget Sound Region and includes various media such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, and jewelry art, one upstairs room is dedicated to book art that is curated by and from the collection of BIMA Founder Cynthia Sears. The current exhibit began in February and closes June 5. It is titled: Artists Books: Chapter 7 - Form and Content. As reported on the website, "In Artist's Books, form and content are closely--often inextricably--bound.  It is not just the content that provides the meaning of the piece, it is everything else as well!  The structure may be as much a part of the story as whatever text or image is used. Another way of thinking about this is: what you say and how you say it are the same thing.
Cases are often an integral part of the book, the first step in the viewing process.  The books are frequently mixed-media, composed of many steps and processes.  They are meant to be experienced--touched and interacted with--to get the entire "story".
More than any other form of contemporary art, artist's books are valued purely on the strength of the content, structure and message--not on the name or fame of an artist.  They are therefore considered by many to be the friendliest and most democratic subset of contemporary art."
If you are ever in the Seattle area I recommend a visit to this wonderful museum. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and general admission is free. The museum is located at 550 Winslow Way E. just across from the ferry terminal so it is very convenient for walk-on passengers who take the 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle. For more information about the museum and exhibits go to: Here are some photos from the current exhibit.

Summer Hat with Flower by Diane Jacobs

Kiwi, A Goose's Tale by Diane Walker

The Veil by Julie Chen

Evidence of Compression by Julie Chen

The Fortune Teller by Malini Gupta

Fresnel's Tower by Charles Hobson

Like Small Birds Singing: Book of Haiku by Shane Miller

Beauty in Use by Claire Van Vliet, poetry by Sandra McPherson

Panorama by Julie Chen

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