EX LIBRIS: 100 Artists, 100 Books

AXIS Pioneer Square: 308 1st Avenue S | Seattle, WA 98104

Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books

March 6, 2014 – April 1, 2014. Opening reception March 6.

The AXIS gallery and event venue in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, will be hosting an exhibition of literature themed artwork from 100 distinct, contemporary artists.  Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, presents a collection of newly realized works that are drawn from the pages of favorite books individually selected by the participating artists.

This collection of artwork was created to celebrate the presence of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle, February 2014. Each year AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers of that region. AWP is the largest literary conference in North America. The presence of AWP in Seattle gave rise to the idea of Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, an opportunity for the visual arts community to participate in this literary tradition and to celebrate the many ways in which literature has enriched our lives and informed our practice as art makers. A selection of works from the Ex Libris collection will be on display at the convention center during the conference. All 100 works of art will be on exhibit at AXIS beginning March 6th, 2014.

In this body of work, many genres of literature are represented from non-fiction to sci-fi, romance to biography. Some artists chose to depict specific characters from favorite books, for example artist Amy Huddleston’s interpretation of the Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations centers on the eccentric character Ms. Havisham. In Huddleston’s painting a sloe eyed Ms. Havisham holds court bedecked in feathers and fur. Other artists interpreted this challenge by re-imagining the covers of their favorite books. Artist Joey Veltkamp used the title of his inspiration book, Life After God, to bring Douglas Coupeland’s work to life in a drawing based on a textile creation.

Life After God – Joey Veltkamp
Life After God – Joey Veltkamp

Through painting, drawing, and sculpture, these 100 Artists pay beautiful homage to the books and authors that have entertained, edified, and informed them. Join us at AXIS in Pioneer square during the month of March to see this whole collection.

The opening reception for Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, will take place on March 6th, 2014 from 5 to 9 PM.

The artists will be in attendance at the opening reception and readings from local authors will take place. Among other activities, a costume contest with prizes for best author and librarian will occur.

For more details about the exhibition and a complete gallery of all the work, please visit the exhibition website.

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