This exhibition consists of artists’ books created by students of “Topics in Drawing: Do it Again!” taught this spring by Dianna Frid, Associate Professor in the Art Department at UIC’s School of Art and Art History.
Each participant in the exhibition found a second-hand book to explore as a metaphoric field in which to make drawings, collages and textual interventions. The students also conducted research on their chosen book to generate content based on topics of interest. The prompt was to incorporate processes of exploration, analysis, and production.
The exhibition presents these artist’s books in the library context, a social and cultural space for research, thought, dialogue and bibliophilia. It features a variety of drawn, painted, cut and collaged interventions, highlighting the concepts and themes particular to each student’s areas of interest. The works presented include personal narratives, longstanding obsessions, attention to sequence and process, and responses to current societal concerns. Each artist’s book will be accompanied by a statement describing the reasons behind the particular book choice, discussing the artistic interventions created, along with commentary about the concept or situations brought to the fore in each case.
Students will speak about their work in the exhibition area on the second floor of the Daley Library on March 2 at 10 a.m. This will be followed by an opening reception at noon on March 2, also at the exhibition area. The exhibition continues until April 25.