'Book Art' Exhibitions Full of Substance

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ALTHOUGH book art has been around almost as long as art itself, it is a genre that continues to engross the artist and fascinate the viewer.

Two current exhibitions offer different, yet surprisingly complementary interpretations of this mode of expression.

Brush and Quill Gallery, 9 Ramsay Street (open Thursdays to Sunday from 10am-4pm) is presenting Size Matters, a selection of miniature artworks by Papermakers of Queensland.

This group of more than 20 artists uses hand-made paper as both an art form and medium.

While the exhibition includes small sculptural works by Joanne Taylor, Judy Barrass, Glenda Henning, and Jill Brose, as well as exquisite cast paper vessels by Mary Barrow, and cameos by Desley Wain, it is the artist book that dominates.

Some have text, small drawings, collaged stories, and others consist of leaves of textured papers.

The elegantly presented exhibition emphasises attention to detail and finish with each work demonstrating a seamless blending of art and craft.

Crow's Nest

THE Crow's Nest Regional Art Gallery is showing First Edition: Art in Book Form, an exhibition curated by Alex Isaacson.

While attention to detail and finish are not obvious concerns for some of the artists, the sense of unrestrained enthusiasm is tangible.

Works such as Heather Janke's pole-dancing flip books, and the delicate drawings by Indonesian artists Juma Adi and Mawarini, however, show refreshing finesse. …