The Whitworth University Art Department and the university’s Bryan Oliver Gallery invite you to an opening reception and lecture for “Excavating Books” with recent work from James Allen. The reception will be from 5-6pm in the Bryan Oliver Gallery, followed by a lecture by the artist at 6pm in Lied 102.
“I make book excavations by carving into old books to reveal their content in a new way. The possibilities for these altered books are as endless as the various books out there. The first and most important step is finding the right book. I prefer using books that have beautiful graphic imagery but I often incorporate bits of text as well. Once a book is chosen and I begin carving into it the process dictates itself. The books tell me what to reveal and cut away as I work. There’s already a sculpture inside the book that is revealed one page at a time.”