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Marking Time with Karen Hanmer

Marking Time with Karen Hanmer

BAG Lecture

February 11, 2010 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Creating / Preserving: Marking Time with the Guild of Book Workers, A lecture by Karen Hanmer,Curator of the Marking Time exhibition.

The lecture will focus on the history & development of the Guild of Book Workers through the work of Guild members, who represent the broad spectrum of the book arts. Although the Guild’s major focus has been on bookbinding, it appreciates & promotes all of the related book arts as well: hand papermaking & decorating, printing, calligraphy & illumination, & the conservation, preservation, & restoration of older book materials. Initially, the emphasis was on the traditional techniques & skills associated with fine binding. Design binding remains a strong interest in the membership & excellent examples appear in this current exhibition. More recently a strong interest has developed in artist’s books. This broader interpretation & definition of the book has attracted a new group of devotees.

Chicago binder, book & installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment & layer text & image to intertwine memory, cultural history, & the history of science. Her work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale & the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, & many include witty text.

Hanmer exhibits widely, & her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain & the Library of Congress to UCLA & Graceland. Recent solo exhibition venues include Florida Atlantic University, University of the West of England Bristol, & the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (OH). Recent curated exhibition venues include the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum of Art, the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft & The Center for Book Arts (NYC); & traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers, the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists' Guild, & Les Amis de la Reliure d'Art du Canada.

Hanmer holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University, & has studied with many notable book artists & fine binders. She is Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, & serves on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, a peer-reviewed online book arts journal. A complete catalog of her work is available online at www.karenhanmer.com.

Presented by The Book Arts Guild & The University of Washington Libraries.

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