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Re: [BKARTS] Dissolving Book Exhibit

It seems to me, that this project Tom Trusky has undertaken is more
than amusing: it is, so it seems to me,  the very ANTITHESIS of what
many practitioners in book art believe most essential to their work.
'What is book art, if not "Archival"?'.

As an educator, I however  also believe that this project is more than
mischievous (and perhaps a bit insidious) it presents a most
wonderfully delicious learning opportunity. Like making books as
consumable food that one literally eats, in this project, the students
come to grips and to reckoning something more than it logistics, but
also its implications as a genre of art. It raises specific questions
as to the relevsnce and priority we as artists place on it being
"archival"? Does it matter?  How Much if it does? When and how it does
or does not?

My congratulations to you, Tom.  I look forward to the works made and
to the "what I learned" commentaries of your students.

Norman Shapiro

On Apr 23, 2005, at 11:35 AM, Tom Trusky wrote:

April 15, 2005


Boise State University English Department's Introduction to Book Arts
classes are taking a cue from spring's rainy weather for their
"April Showers" book exhibit, April 22 to May 16, first floor of
the Liberal Arts Building on the BSU campus.  A PowerPoint version of
the exhibit is available on-line (see URL, below).

Students created books using "Dissolvo" water-soluble paper, which
is popular with spy enthusiasts and their instructor, Tom Trusky, who
producing a dissolving book this coming fall. Trusky's classes were
encouraged to take advantage of the paper's dissolving capabilities
and create books that complement its unique qualities.

For example, student Carrie Applegate created a catalog for the
fictional "Queue & Co.," an upscale spy outfitter and "suppliers
of fine espionage equipment since 1952." The spy tome is hidden inside
a West Elm home catalog.

Student Kenji Hyde used the paper's qualities to reflect an internal
struggle. He used a "hidden room" structure for his book. It is
constructed out of one piece of paper and contains an internal chamber.
Hyde uses this "room" to house memories, images of terrible events
that can't be washed away.

Susan Beitia, student author of "The Same Old Story of the Damage
Done:  A Cautionary Tale," writes of her book, "This is a true story
about a person I love who is killing herself.  I would like to give
book to the person I wrote it about, because I think my writing and
illustrations might have a stronger effect than spoken words have."


PowerPoint exhibition: http://english.boisestate.edu/ttrusky/studwork.html

Contact: Tom Trusky, English department, (208) 426-1999,
Media contact: Julie Hahn, University Relations, (208) 426-5540,

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