Artists Access Gallery
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-448-2500, ext 260
Press Release Contact: Helen Levin
718 - 356-5314

The Artists Access Gallery of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center presents:

Curated by Helen Levin
August 25 - October 6, 2002
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8 from 2 -5 p.m.
Artists' Talk: Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

  Since the proliferation of the artists book in the contemporary art scene began some twenty five years ago, the concept of "book" as art object has been an ever expanding one. The exhibition "Orihon and More: Books by Artists" presents an overview of some of the most inventive works being created by artists committed to the book in the continental U.S.

Among the thirty eight artists in the exhibition are performance - book artist, Susan J. Share, renowned book "inventor" and conservator Hedi Kyle, and nationally known curator and book artist Carol Barton. Some of the artists have works collected by such prestigious institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum(U.K.) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Books range from sculptural; text free; one of a kind and multiple; hand painted and digitally printed; altered books, books made from found objects; wallbooks; expanding books that conform to the concept of "orihon" (folded page in Japanese, a book form that preceded our ubiquitous codex format associated with the word " book").

As presenters of the first major book show on Staten Island, we warmly welcome audiences to come and be inspired by the magic, metaphors, and messages of the book. The following artists are in the exhibition; asterisks indicate Staten Island residents:

Shelly Wynecoop, AnjaTchepets, Susan J. Share, Miriam Schaer, Rhea Sanders, Susan Rotolo, Maddy Rosenberg, Purgatory Pie Press (Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust), Sara Parkel, Richard Olson, Leab Oates, Nelleke Nix, Vernita Nemec, Donald Myhre, Tadashi Mitsui, Malachi McCormick,* Barbara Mauriello, Cynthia Mailman,* Helen Levin,* Andre Lee, Emily Larned, Hedi Kyle, Kumi Korf, Roni Gross, Robert Grant, Rory Golden, Susan Gold, Ed Davin,* Laurie Coughlin, Esteban Chavez,* Erin Butler, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Betty Bressi,* Sheila Benedis, Carol Barton, LaThoriel Badenhausen, Lynne Avadenka.