Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Book Arts Tuesday-Spirit Books Update
When I say I don't really sell the Spirit Books, people say, I understand. It must be so hard to part with them. That is not it at all. I keep one on display so that people who visit have something to see but the rest are on boxes in the attic. I rarely think about them but when I do I find them as much a burden as a joy. I have created these objects which many find beautiful and I feel a responsibility to them. And that responsibility is that they should be seen and experienced.
Here is what I am doing to honor that responsibility:
Traveling Exhibition of 18 Spirit Books
These books will stay together as a set and not be for sale. The packing has been created and tested (Howson Gallery in Cleveland last fall). An accompanying book (of all the Spirit Books which will also be sold online) and other promotional materials are in the works. It is my intention that the books come back to me after each showing rather than travel continuously. There will be a budget for the exhibition which will include shipping costs. I expect it to be all together sometime in the fall at which point I will begin looking for venues.
Spirit Books Solo Exhibitions within Driving Distance of Newburyport, MA
Some of the Spirit Books are too difficult to ship. These are available for exhibitions in places I can drive the work to. There are 15-20 books in this category and all are for sale. I will put more energy into looking for places. Suggestions are most welcome.
Spirit Books at Narrative Threads at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, CO
My two most recent Spirit Books are on exhibition at the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The are both priced as absolutely reasonably as they can be—$550. each. Alicia is happy to ship work from her gallery so please take a look even if you are not from the Denver area.
The Spirit Books Catalog
I am at work on a catalog of all the Spirit Books to date. It will printed and sold online through MagCloud. Cynthia Imperatore is writing the introduction. I hope to have it available in the fall.
The trick for me is always to sustain the more practical efforts on behalf of my work when there are so many new ideas and projects calling. Your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.