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Bound an exhibition of artists books by NMIT Visual Arts students

10 Sep 2009

Bound, an exhibition showing at the Eltham Library Community Gallery from October 8 to November 4, takes a fresh look at the artist's journal.

In all programs within the Visual Arts Department at NMIT, students at all levels are required to maintain personal journals and visual diaries as a place to develop ideas, informally recording sketches across a range of themes and subject matter while exploring issues of style and influences. These journals are kept as a private documentation of creative development, and are not usually meant for public exhibition, even though - in the case of a famous artist ­- they are often highly prized by posterity as a direct window into the creator's soul.

In Bound, NMIT Visual Arts students have been asked to embrace the book format in all its diversity as a vehicle for presenting their ideas in a gallery context. The artists' books shown in this exhibition were always intended for public viewing, consciously produced as art objects in their own right. This provides a vastly different experience than looking at the informal journals and diaries of an artist that have fortuitously surfaced in the public domain.

All works on show represent the efforts of each student artist to treat the making of a book with as much rigor, sincerity and personal authenticity as they would demonstrate in any other art form, such as painting, printmaking or drawing. The exhibition presents an exciting collection of individual responses to this challenge. Some have responded through verse and poetry; some have produced narratives about personal or local history; others have used the book theme as an excuse to explore intuitive combinations of text and imagery through a range of presentations - concertina books, portfolios, 'zines, pamphlet stitch books, the personal customising of found books, and so on.

An enormous variety of material approaches are on display. In making their books, NMIT Visual Arts students have been free to incorporate elements of printmaking, drawing, collage, stamping and digital techniques. All manner of fabrication and paper manipulation has been considered: folding, sewing, perforating, staining, stapling, cutting and carving.

In many cases, visitors to this exhibition will not only leave with fresh insights into what a book can be about - they will also broaden their notion of what a book actually is!

What: Bound - an exhibition of artists' books by NMIT Visual Arts students.
Where: Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham (Melway 21 J5)
When: October 8 - November 4: Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 8:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm.
Opening: Saturday, October 10, 1:30pm - 4:30pm - Download an Invitation
Enquiries: Peter Kartsounis: 9269 1437.
Catherine Dinkelmann: 9433 3126.


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