Every Trick in the Book

Since 2008, the Harrison Center has partnered with the IUPUI University Library and Herron Art Library to host an annual book arts exhibit. Book arts are loosely defined as works of art that utilize the form of the book. While artists have been making books for centuries, book arts are mainly a late 20th century art form.


Opression Lite, Barbara Hosein

On August 5th from 6 to 9pm, the Harrison Center is proud to present Every Trick in the Book, opening in the Speck Gallery (formerly Gallery No. 2). The show will feature work by more than a dozen artists.

Bennett 2, Diary Evidence Stack, smaller   Diary Evidence Stack, Emily Bennett

As is the case each time we solicit work for this show, we are reminded what a fascinating and diverse genre this is. This year, entries run the gamut from altered books to accordian-fold pieces ranging from a few inches to 10 feet in length. Artists have incorporated hand-dyed fabrics, photography, collections of letters and pine cones. Many, but not all, include text. Handwriting, words cut from existing text and original poems created on typewriters are woven into the books in more ways than you can imagine. There is something about the joining of art with the book form that enables the maker to communicate with the viewer in an extraordinary and often very personal way.

JWebb clrs of clssc rck smaller   Colors of Classic Rock, Joan Webb

Don't miss the work from the Herron Art Library's permanent collection. The show hangs through August 26, but these pieces will be on view opening night only.