By: EMILY CHAPMAN
When we think of books, our minds generally jump to the books found in a library. Books are more than a front and back cover with pages of text in between. “Books Unbound II” is an art exhibit that redefines the conventional idea of books that is taking place in Mount Mary University’s Marian Gallery from Nov. 9th through the 30th.
The exhibit showcases artists who redefine the general definition of books by using them as a medium. These unconventional books are anything from journals of all sizes made from recycled food packaging. There are intricately folded origami books. There are even pieces that focus on social justice issues. The possibilities are limitless.
The artists of “Books Unbound II” are people from the Milwaukee area that are part of a group called The Binders Guild. The group meets on the second Saturday of every month at Artist and Display for collaboration and a creativity boost. Their inspiration comes from activities such as reading, travel, thinking critically, looking at other works, and talking with others in the group.
An artist may start out with a clear idea and theme for the book or may develop the concept and theme through experimentation. Sometimes they work on projects that each have a different theme. Other times, the group works off of a common theme such as storytelling. There is no average length of time that each book takes because each has its own level of difficulty.
Visit the display yourself!
What: “Books Unbound II”
Where: Mount Mary’s Marian Gallery
When: Now – Nov. 30th
Why: It’s free inspiration!