Last week I made a long overdue trip to the local university art museum to see an exhibition before it closed. Happy for me, the timing of my visit happened to coincide with the opening of another exhibition called The Matter of Words: Adam Bateman, Harrell Fletcher, and John Fraser, which features artwork referencing the medium of the written word. In other words, many of the sculptures were created using books. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be able to see book art in person for the first time since I started featuring it on my blog.
The focus of the exhibition – and my favorite piece – was the giant book sculpture in the center of the gallery. Giant being key. 14 feet tall and 83,000 pounds, “The Fourth Thousand Words” by Adam Bateman consists of hundreds of thousands of books stacked on each other, held only by gravity. It took the artist and several museum assistants 600 hours to build and required that the gallery floor be reinforced to support its weight. A few photos I and my MIL Aiti happened to take:
Who could not beam at your first glance of that towering pillar of books? I sure did. While “The Fourth Thousand Words” was by far the most impressive work of the exhibition, there were a few others that stood out to me. The rubbing of a portion of the stack:
(*grin* I want to make a rubbing of my bookshelf.) And the collages created by the end pages and detached spines of books by John Fraser:
This would look lovely hanging in my house. Overall, the exhibition was an amazing experience. Hopefully it won’t be my last.