This year Evanston Made, a month-long celebration in June of locally sourced art, is including the artist’s book, a hybrid of visual journaling and mixed media mash up that is a unique form of artistic expression.
Artist’s books often seek to playfully question and deconstruct the concept of ‘book’ by exploring alternative vocabularies, non-linear constructs, and artistic anarachy yielding one-of-a kind works.
This month Bookends & Beginnings is featuring the work of longtime Evanston resident Stephen Murphy, a, photographer for as far back as he can remember, and a former high school teacher. Murphy’s book, A Book of Hours & Hours & Days & Daze is currently touring the globe as part of the American Team in the Artist’s Book Olympics—the 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial curated by the indefatigable Kestutis Vasiliunas of Lithuania.
Coming soon to The Cole Art Center in Nocagdoches, Texas--its only stop in the USA this August—the Triennial will then move on to an unanticipated venue in China this autumn, making the books far better travelled than most if not all of the artists (7 countries on 3 continents in 3 years).
On display will be an apple-book version of the original touring book along with VOL II: next and VOL III: flight . Several encaustic studies for VOL IV on the theme of momento mori will also be on view. Murphy will be on hand at Bookends and Beginnings to chat and discuss his work during Evanston Made Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 p.m.