FFRPL has supported Central Library’s Art of the Book exhibit since the first show in 2011, which was held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rochester Public Library. The exhibit has grown to include work from all over the world. There was no exhibit in 2020/COVID.
Artist Books are works of art realized in the form of a book. They are often published in small editions, though sometimes they are produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as ‘unique.’ Artist Books have employed a wide range of forms including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas, or loose items contained in a box, as well as bound printed sheets. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist book is primarily a late 20th century art form.
First Place, Artist Books, 2021 – Great People are the Main Chapter of the Book of Humanity (above), by Leonora Kuisiene, Kaunas, Lithuania
Second Place, Artist Books, 2021 – Memento Mori (below), by Magdalena Cordero, Santiago, RM Chile
Honorable Mentions, Artist Books, 2021:
Behind Closed Doors, by Tennille Shuster, Macon, GA
Press/Crush, by Deborah Phillips Chodoff, Katonah, NY
How Lucky Am I: White Privilege, by Susan Lenz, Columbia, SC
Twisted: How to Heal Complicated Relationships, by Melanie Mowinski, Williamstown, MA
Southland Odyssey, by Charlotte Bird, San Diego, CA
Altered Books are books, old or new, that have been recycled by creative means into a work of art. They can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned…and yes, it is legal. They can also be composed entirely of unique materials.
First Place, Altered Books, 2021 – One Thousand Origami Cranes (above), by Beverly Hettig, Penfield, NY
Second Place, Altered Books, 2021 – Bound to History (below), by Dorsey Hogg, Burlington, VT
Honorable Mentions, Altered Books, 2021:
Kinotaphio, by Ioannis Anastasiou, Athens, Greece
Conversation Tropicale, by Pamela Spiteri, Penfield, NY
Delicious, by Dorsey Hogg, Burlington, VT
Paper Sculptures are artworks created as sculptures using paper in some form as the predominant medium. These sculptures are three-dimensional and can be either free-standing or bas relief and would be considered art forms in themselves. Paper sculpture can be functional or non-functional with attention to pushing the limits of how paper can be used and explores paper in inventive and unique ways.
First Place, Paper Sculpture, 2021 – Proof of Absence (above), by Maja Dokudowicz, Warszawa, Poland
Second Place, Paper Sculpture, 2021 – Secrettes (below), by Jacob Wan, Orlando, FL
Honorable Mentions, Paper Sculpture, 2021:
Sacred Poem LXXXIX, by Carole Kunstadt, West Hurley, NY
The Parallel of You, by Gina Pisello, Carlsbad, CA
Shelter, by Sarah Grace Dye, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Great Britain
For six consecutive years — from 2010 through 2015 — the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library sponsored the Edible Books Festival and Competition, a unique event to celebrate the joy of reading. It was an opportunity for readers to share their favorite books in their own creative and artistic ways. Contestants were asked to create an edible 3-D sculpture based on the title or theme of a book. Submissions were made from cakes, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, and any other edible items.
The Festival was part of the International Edible Book Festival. It is an annual event held on or around April 1 in honor of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) who was famous for his book Physiologie du Gout (Physiology of Taste). He is quoted as saying, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”