What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.
Dombrowski has created books using a wide range of materials, including rice paper, stone and leather. He’ll be talking about artist books, as well as teaching people how to make one, in a two-day workshop in the Trenton Public Library starting 3/14 at 7 p.m. On 3/15 at 1 p.m., he will lead a workshop teaching people to create artist books. Dombrowski speaks with WUTC's Richard Winham in this interview.
From a Trenton Arts Council media release:
There has been a resurgence of interest in artist books. Throughout the 20th century, artists books have been a significant aspect of every new art movement. They are by the most basic definition limited editions, handmade, tactile and sometimes sculptural - not something you will find on Amazon. We invite you to explore a collection and engage in a discussion on Friday night and a workshop in making books on Saturday.
On Friday night the discussion will be led by Bob Dombrowski, who has been creating and distributing artists books for more than 30 years. He has books archived in several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. His books are archived at Poets House, and available for sale at Printed Matter, an artist book store, both are in New York City.
The second part of the presentation will be held on Saturday. Audience members will be led through the process of creating a book themselves, and several different methods of binding will be explained.
This event will initiate an ongoing collection of artist books to be collected and archived at the Dade County Library for viewing by the public.
The Dade County Public Library, is located at 102 Court Street, Trenton, Ga. 30752, just off Highway 11, (Main Street) at the courthouse square.
This is a cooperative venture between the Trenton Arts Council and the Dade County Public Library. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.