Student Books on Display at Fine Arts Gallery

Posted: November 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Brought To Book, an exhibition of student books and text works from Mason Art and Visual Technology (AVT) students, is currently on display at the Fine Arts Gallery. The student books expand the medium of the printed word using formats ranging from handmade books and scrolls to the creative alteration of previously published novels. The books were created over the past year in classes run by Mason Professors Helen Frederick and Susan Goldman.

The exhibition also includes visual text pages, which explore the possibilities of texture, spatiality, and the page itself as a field or frame. Double-page spreads from the Senior Book Publication offer a glimpse into books that students are currently in the process of writing, designing, illustrating, printing, and binding. The projects take to heart Johanna Drucker’s quote that appears at the gallery entrance, “Writing is not just an instance of language, it is also an image.”

Drucker will bring the exhibition to a close with an artist’s talk at the gallery today at 4:30 p.m. Drucker is internationally known both for her scholarly work and as a book artist and experimental, visual poet. She is Robertson Chair in Media Studies, and director of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

The show is organized by AVT professor Claire McDonald and cosponsored by New Century College and the Department of Art and Visual Technology.

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