BookWorks is excited to announce the 2014 BookOpolis with special book artist and guest speaker, Elisa Pellicani, from Barcelona, Spain. It is the second segment of a wonderful and on-going exchange between WNC and Barcelona, Spain.
Pellicani is bringing a selection of artists’ books from Barcelona. Elisa’s visit to Asheville reciprocates a visit by Laurie Corral and Gwen Diehn earlier this year. Laurie and Gwen attended the Barcelona Festival of Book Arts in April. Laurie and Gwen brought books from WNC book artists associated with BookWorks. Both Laurie and Gwen also participated on panel discussions and taught workshops while in Barcelona. While Elisa is here, she will give a talk about her work and the book arts festival she organizes in Barcelona. Folks are invited to register for Elisa’s workshop entitled Book Seeds, small but powerful. Find more information about these events below.
BookOpolis opening reception begins Friday, September 19th at 6 PM. Books by artists, both local and international, will be on display from 6 – 9 PM. The BookWorks gallery space and all available table surfaces will be cleared to make way for the exhibition. Music will be performed by William Oldfather. Public is invited to attend.
On Saturday afternoon 1 – 5 PM, September 20th, BookOpolis festivities continue with the exhibit and a printed ‘paper toy souvenir’ table will be set-up for visitors to fold and play, free and fun. At 2 PM, Elisa Pellicani will give a talk, illustrated with photographs of her work and the Barcelona book arts event. Open to the public.
The grand unveiling of an exterior wall with screen prints by Molly Must, beloved area muralist and screenprinter, will be on view accompanied by documentation of the project in progress.
On Sunday, a workshop with Elisa Pellicani, entitled, Book Seeds, small but powerful, will run from 1 – 5 PM at BookWorks. Interested persons can register on the BookWorks website, http://ashevillebookworks.com/ai1ec_event/book-seeds-small-but-powerful/?instance_id=342.
Book Seeds: small but powerful
This class will explore the small format as a process of research and building artists’ books, book objects and visual poetry. Like a seed changes into another thing, the artists’ book can be a transformer-object, which once opened, shows different possibilities of reading. Practicing with solid and flexible materials we will move from an idea to its representation to the creation of a new book form. Further we will discuss how to reproduce it in a small edition. Like a seed, a unique idea can grow into a series or an edition of small books.
Sunday, September 21, 1 – 5 PM
Elisa Pelicani, BookOpolis Featured Guest and Speaker, Book Artist, Barcelona, Spain
Elisa Pellacani (Reggio Emilia, Italia) studied at the University of Parma (Italia) History of Contemporary Art and at the University of Barcelona (Spain) Anthropology and Ethnography, and at the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche of Urbino (Italy) took courses in book design. While graphic design and illustration is her profession, drawing and photography continue to be central to her publishing plans. The realization of books in a craftsman-like form has brought her closer to other techniques, with which she realizes limited print runs and book-objects. Some of these, mixing bindings and jewelry processes in handmade form, she calls “Jewel-Books” and are useful as wearable accessorizes. Her graphic projects for books start with combining hand-drawn imagery, words and typography on paper. With the “Book’s Itinerant School” that she founded, she makes proposals in different cities and in different venues an artistic publishing workshop aimed at encouraging the knowledge and the practice of making books. In 2008 she created the first Barcelona “Artist’s Book Festival” and has been coordinating it since then, with it celebrating its 8th edition in 2015. Elisa works between Barcelona (Spain) and Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Born and raised in a remote Appalachian community pre-internet and without TV, I learned to entertain myself at an early age. Drawing pictures and making up stories was how I spent much of my childhood. Art was always a big part of my life. I became particularly drawn to street art as a teenager, when visiting big cities. As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate the ways that public art can be accessed by all people beyond confines of the commercial realm. Seeing art outdoors can be surprising & inspiring, breaking the monotony of the built environment we’re obliged to inherit. For many years I found myself combining my love of street-art and storytelling, by way of a “historical fiction” kind-of perspective. Akin to the work of writers who weave evocative tales in between dry bits of history, I’ve long been fixated on illustrating unseen and under-acknowledged happenings of the past in order to find context, meaning, direction & hope in the present. However, in facing a few life transitions I’ve begun to find such an agenda exhausting. I now find myself seeking a more relaxed and exploratory approach to making art that might reflect my own experiences & story. As such, my current work inaugurates some kind of much-needed new chapter. My ambitions of scale are diminishing, though I do still love to work big.