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[BKARTS] Artist's Talk at the Center for Book Arts

Contact: Rory Golden
July 1, 2003


New York, NY - The Center for Book Arts will host an artist's talk by UK
artist Andrew Atkinson on Thursday, July 17, at 6PM in the Center's Chelsea
loft space. Andrew is the 2003 Sally R. Bishop Artist in Residence at the
Center. This summer he is producing a limited edition artist's book entitled
"Street Life in London Redeemed".  The talk, entitled "Recent Findings from
Nag Hammadi," will combine an esoteric blend of Gnostic Mythology, the
Egyptian Nag Hammadi Library, emergency signage and objectivity in
photographic seeing to create a new, half mocking, history of redemption in
the contemporary world.

This event is free to Members of the Center, and for non-members there is a
$5 suggested donation. For more information, visit www.centerforbookarts.org
or call (212) 481 0295


Andrew Atkinson divides his practice into two bodies of work,
'epistemophilia' - the desire to know, which covers the work tracing our
'lay fascination for ultimate things' through scientific visualization and
its attendant promises of final knowledge; and, 'soteriology' - the theory
of redemption, which analyzes the findings of the Nag Hammadi Library in
Egypt and integrates fictional history, non-existent objects and a body of
photographic proofs in an effort to unveil a modern form of redemption.

His practice covers areas from printmaking and book works, to digital
animation and film. He has shown his work across the US, including in New
York and Boston, at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, at the Glasgow
School of Art, Scotland as well in biennials in Estonia, Spain and China and
exhibitions in Belgium, Germany and Ireland.  Andrew is a PhD student and
visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England's Centre for Fine
Print Research.


The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional
crafts of bookmaking, as well as encouraging contemporary interpretations of
the book as an art object.   Founded in 1974, it was the first
not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation.  The Center organizes
exhibitions related to the art of the book and offers an extensive selection
of educational courses, workshops and seminars in traditional and
contemporary bookbinding, letterpress printing, fine press publishing, and
other associated arts. The Center for Book Arts is supported by local
businesses, various foundations, including The Lenrow Fund, the Milton and
Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and its members.

The Center is located at 28 West 27th Street, on the 3rd floor, between 6th
Avenue and Broadway. To get to the Center by train, take the N / R to 28th
Street and Broadway; the F to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue; or the 1 or 9 to
28th Street and 7th Avenue. Please call the Center for details on parking in
the neighborhood.  For further information or to register for workshops and
classes, call the Center at (212) 481-0295 or visit

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street
New York, NY  10001

phone (212) 481-0295
fax (212) 481-9853

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