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One of the difficulties in getting ready for this retrospect exhibition is what to put in and what to leave out . The exhibition must also work as a whole. My original idea was to exhibit a range of artist books produced over the last 30 years, however this has not been easy, as a lot of the books are in need of repair work and some need recovered, As an artist who likes to compact my images into a vessel that is easy to view and handle, book form was a great option. I am not a book binder, nor do I have the skills and tools to support such a practice, I am an artist who loves the fact that in book form my images may be viewed up close and personal, closed and opened, moved and handled.
My current task is to exhibit a range of artist books, each one representing a theme relating to my past and current work. These books are hand bound and are produced using printmaking /photographic and computer generated techniques and are usually accompanied by selected pages from the books that cant be viewed all at once.
I also intend to exhibit a selection of artist books form my collection, these include a large folio of original etchings and engravings of rococo designs dated around 1800s. Other artist books to be exhibited are the those from the Artist books 3.0 exchange as well as a few others.
To achieve all this I needed to document all of my own books as well as these in the collection, as the overall look of the exhibition is very important I needed to visualise how all these artist books would work as a whole. My next problem is exhibition display, the best way to present these artist books so they don't look like a book fair.
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