BookOpolis 2011

purchase-award1And yet again, BookOpolis was an awe-inspiring event of art and people! Over 200 visitors enjoyed this fabulous 2-day event showcasing book arts, posters and prints. A video of this year’s festivities, a mini-doc, will be available for viewing soon.

The Annual Purchase Award was presented to Elsi Vssdal-Ellis of EVE Press, Bellingham, WA, for her book entitled, Fever of Matter [2]: Do Not Blame Pandora. In her words,This book is a reaction to VanDeMark’s Pandora’s Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb. His transformation of Pandora into the atomic bomb really irked me. Rather than focus upon the “nine brilliant men” who were responsible for the creation of the first two atomic bombs it [my book] focuses upon defending Pandora. Between the frames of the exploding atom bomb it simply assigns the true responsibility for the bomb to them.”

If you’d like to see the rest of the Curator’s Selection, a collection of 36 pieces from the entire group of 101 entries, you can view it on-line at Picasa Web, or view it up-close, in-person, at BookWorks Gallery through November 27th, 2011.

In addition, a full-color catalog of BookOpolis 2011 featuring artist statements and nine extra images of books from the Small Book Edition, entitled, Parallax, is available for sale.