KIA to open Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art

Posted: June 1, 2015

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art on June 6, 2015.

The exhibition features works by 15 contemporary artists, leaders in the altered book genre who have used hardcover and paperback books to explore the interplay between function, structure, and format. They have cut, folded, carved, drilled, and glued to create sculptures that honor and transcend the meaning held within the original pages.

The exhibition is curated by Linda Ross and organized by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

"The work is designed to be seen through different lenses," says Ross. "Some will see the books strictly as striking objects of dramatic design. Others may see commentaries on human consumption and waste, or maybe ponder whether the rise of screen-delivered literature will render libraries and bookstores obsolete. One question is whether books and technology can exist in harmony?"

The artists represented are Lynne Avadenka, Carer Barer, Doug Beube, Casey Curran, Susan Goethel Campbell, Long-Bin Chen, Ann Hamilton, Meg Hitchcock, Lisa Kokin, Jane Lackey, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Susan Porteous, Susan Sironi, Buzz Spector, and Mike Stilkey.

"The variety of ways these artists are inspired by the content, form and function of books is marvelous," says Karla Niehus, KIA Associate Curator of Exhibitions. "They have provided works that are witty, literary, elegant, and imaginative."

Related programming for the exhibition:

Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm: Curator talk with Linda Ross. Included in admission.
Saturday, June 13, 10 am - 3 pm: Altered Book Workshop, with Vicki VanAmeyden, $70, KIA members $50
Friday, June 26, 6:30-9:30: Creating Art From Books, with Vicki VanAmeyden, $70 per couple, KIA members $50
Tuesday, July 21, noon: ARTbreak, with book designer Jeff Abshear, free.

Adaptation curator Linda Ross began her art career in 1986 when she established The Sybaris Gallery in Royal Oak. In 2004, she established Linda Ross Contemporary/Art + Projects, a private art dealership and consulting firm providing curatorial services, exhibition development, and art management services for collectors, museums and not-for-profit art spaces.

The show will run through September 6, and is sponsored by Cross, Wietfeldt & Splendorio Financial Advisors.