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BASIS Book Arts Show at North Main Gallery, Post #2

Swiss Army Knife Pop-up by Shawn Sheehy
Swiss Army Knife Pop-up by Shawn Sheehy

My plan was to go back to North Main Gallery in Salem< New York and take a photo of this exquisite pop-up Swiss Army Knife created by Shawn Sheehy.

Back-lit pop-up by Shawn Sheehy
Back-lit pop-up by Shawn Sheehy

Mission Accomplished. But there was a rub. When I started looking at the show again it was as if I hadn’t seen it at all the first time. A few pieces had caught my attention, and feeling quite satisfied with the work I had examined, somehow the rest faded away.

The fact is, this show is one of richest book arts exhibitions that I’ve seen. Consistent with the nature of books, the layers of the show keep revealing itself.

Display of the pages of Hen and Duck Books by Susan Bonthron
Display of the pages of Hen and Duck Books by Susan Bonthron

The artists were generous with what they brought to the show….like this display of pages Susan Bonthron mounted, which delightfully showed, all at once,  the pages of the exquisite little books…

Hen and Duck books by Susan Bonthron
Hen and Duck books by Susan Bonthron

…that were displayed (and which were sold out!) on the shelf below.

 

Models by Sheehy

These rather humble cardboard and tape books hid great surprises, as well as a peek into processes that I don’t usually see. Inside these books hid some fascinating creatures.

A maquette for Beyond the 6th Extinction: A Fifth Millennium Bestiary, Shawn Sheehy
Maquette for Beyond the 6th Extinction: A Fifth Millennium Bestiary, Shawn Sheehy

Each one of those pieces of folded cardboard contained the models of intricate pop-ups for Sheehy’s book Beyond the 6th Extinction: A Fifth Millennium Bestiary….

Details of page designed by Shawn Sheehy
Details of page designed by Shawn Sheehy

…and if the main star of the pop-up page isn’t enough all sorts of details are scattered about.  But this time, dear reader, you must know that I am completely smitten with this show. There’s more, but at this very moment I need to sign off this blog for tonight…you can look for yet another post on this show because I haven’t even mentioned the broadsides, the carrot/tree book , Susan’s Pesky Bug workshop and more.

However if you want to keep reading at this very moment…

http://poststar.com/news/local/handcrafted-art-books-pop-off-the-page-take-over-salem/article_ffb47722-ff19-11e2-a224-001a4bcf887a.html
http://poststar.com/news/local/handcrafted-art-books-pop-off-the-page-take-over-salem/article_ffb47722-ff19-11e2-a224-001a4bcf887a.html

…take a look at the write-up on the show in the local paper. Anon.

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