Friday, January 28, 12-5pm. ‘Instant Book’ zine workshop from 1:30-2:30pm.
The Bookforms Library is located in room 7061 of the Fine Arts Center, and will hold an inaugural opening on Friday, January 28th 12-5pm with an ‘instant book’ zine workshop from 1:30-2:30. To register for the workshop, which is limited to 12 participants, please contact Kevin Haas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bookforms Library is a non-circulating library that is open to all on the last Friday of each month from 12-2:30pm during the semester, or by appointment (email@example.com).
January's Featured Books
This month’s featured books are COVID-19: Labor Camp Report by Piotr Szyhalski/Labor Camp, Fences by Yuriko Katori, and Collegiate Minds by Dustin Hall. Szyhalski’s book documents a daily drawing practice that began with the March 2020 lockdown until the 2020 US Presidential Election. His designs viscerally capture the political, cultural, and existential crises witnessed throughout the year. Katori’s elegant accordion fold book explores our tenuous relationship to nature through fragmented bodies. Lastly, Hall’s book, produced while a student at WSU, contrasts vintage photographs of idyllic and nostalgic scenes of college life with the text found carved into the desks of the Holland and Terrell Library on the WSU campus.
What is an Artist's Book?
The Bookforms Library is a collection of artist’s books, zines, comics and other printed objects and ephemera. Artist’s books are simply works of art in book form and provide unique opportunities for artist’s to explore text, images, sequence, time and interaction. This expansive field of artistic production encompasses handmade and unique books, books that are hand printed in small editions, or books produced by more conventional commercial printing methods. The collection contains a wide range of formats; from zines produced on single photocopied sheets, to handmade collaged books, to elaborately produced books with unique formats, to decks of cards and other objects.
For approximately 25 years I have been collecting artist’s books, and I am still thrilled when I discover these surprising, interactive and affordable works of art. As my collection grew into something more substantial, I realized it needed to be a resource for students and other artists, or those simply curious about this under-recognized but endlessly interesting art form. The Bookforms Library follows in the spirit of artist's books themselves which are meant to be shared and experienced first-hand. The collection currently contains approximately 225 items that date from the 1980's to the present.