These books are off the hook
On Friday, April 22, Vivo Contemporary (725-A Canyon Road, 982-1320) opens its invitational “book arts eVent,” which features books by nine artists who hail from California, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado and use printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, computer graphics, typography, storytelling, collage, calligraphy, handwriting, and poetry in their work. New Mexico participants include Santa Fe collage-assemblage artist Gail Rieke, whose unique travel journals have been presented in gallery/museum exhibits and workshops internationally; Priscilla A. Spitler, who studied bookbinding and book design at the London College of Printing and the University of Texas at Austin before founding Hands On Bookbinding (now located in Truth or Consequences); accountant/artist Isaac Salazar, who, according to his artist bio, never took an art class and uses old books (for non-commissioned work) and “simple arithmetic and an Exacto knife as my supplies along with lots of time” to create a unique style of recycledbook origami that contains elements of 3-D typography embedded into its pages; and Marilyn Chambers, a former weaver and book arts/papermaking instructor at Santa Fe Community College. Visiting artists include Julie Chen, who is visiting from California; Beata Wehr and Catherine Nash, from Arizona; Alicia Bailey and Mary Ellen Long from Colorado; and Sue Cotter and Madelyn Garrett, from Utah. The exhibit at Vivo Contemporary opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and remains on view through May 10.
— Rob DeWalt