Thursday, October 4, 2007

Altered States, Judges Pick Rawson Monroe

Thanks to all who entered Miss Prothero's 1st Altered Book Exhibition. This year's judges were Book Artist Alicia Bailey and Installation Artist Heather Doyle-Maier. The two met on Monday to take a look at the entries and to discuss each entry's merit. Because this was the store's first exhibition and because I had not been clear on parameters, I asked that the judges not eliminate anyone from the show. Instead, I asked Alicia and Heather to pick a Best of Show. We all agreed that "altered book" was an unwieldy art form and difficult to define. However, the judges used the following criteria to pick their Best of Show --

*The book, the original text, and the alteration had to have nearly equal emphasis.
*The piece should be a book derived object and not a completely new object.
*It should be sequential, contained, and have a sense of boundness.

With that in mind, our two judges picked Rawson Monroe's Dr. Seuss alteration as Best of Show. Monroe's work is simple, direct and primary. He's taken a childhood book about language and created a subtext by overlaying images from another language onto the pages. I am indebted to Mr. Monroe for his thoughtfulness and am happy to award him a $15 gift certificate from Miss Prothero's Books.

I've also decided to throw the door open to a People's Choice award. Votes will be taken through the month of October, and the winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition. If you come to the store to vote, look for the altered oatmeal box at the front desk.

Please remember that this show has an opening and a closing. The opening is this Friday evening (10/5) from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The closing is November 2 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

As part of the closing, the bookstore will be building a Dia de los Muertos altar out of mass market paperbacks. If you have mass market paperbacks you'd like to contribute to the altar, please bring them in during the month of October. You are welcome to add something to the altar on the night of the closing. These additions could include pictures of a dead printer, publisher, author, binder or book artist. They might also include items a dead author, printer, publisher, author, binder or book artist might use should they decide to come back and pay us a visit.

Thanks again. I appreciate the support you've shown the bookstore.

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