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[BKARTS] Exhibition at Scripps College in California

The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery presents the Scripps College Faculty Art Exhibition
This Saturday, November 5th, 2005
7 to 9 pm
Refreshments will be served and a music group will provide
live entertainment in the Courtyard adjacent to the Gallery.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Kitty Maryatt will give an artist's talk at the Gallery on Monday, November 14 at 2:45 p.m.

Every three years, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery features the work of Scripps College studio art faculty whose work reflects the wide array of artistic practices taught at the College: drawing, digital art, motion graphics, painting, mixed-media, photography, printmaking, and ceramics and book arts.

This year's exhibition features works by David Attyah, Alan Blizzard, Joyce Campbell, Kristi Genoway, Ken Gonzales-Day, Stan Hunter, Nancy Macko, Kitty Maryatt, Rose Misanchuk, Susan Rankaitis, Melissa Thorne, T. Kim-Trang Tran, and Alexis Weidig.

Kitty Maryatt will be showing three new works which investigate the form of the book:

Boustrophedon II is a 10-foot tall exploration of the calligraphic mark on 88 sheets of Japanese watermarked paper. The form is a whirlwind scroll that is hung from the wall, but it can be laid flat and opened from left to right or from right to left, exposing the calligraphic marks inspired both by Asian and Western calligraphy and by artists Richard Serra and Jasper Johns. Boustrophedon refers to the 6th century Greek practice of writing from left to right on one line, then right to left on the next line. The movement of the marks in layers reflects the movement of the calligraphic gesture itself. The same materials and issues were explored in Boustrophedon, a limited edition letterpresss book created at the Scripps College Press in 1999.

Cascade exploits of the flexibility of thin Japanese paper and the possibilities of expansion in the accordion format. This six-foot wide book utilizes calligraphic painterly gestures with sumi ink and walnut ink. It has dual accessibility: It can be manipulated and read when completely closed up and flat, or hung from the wall, exposing only part of the imagery. The nine sewn signatures have twelve leaves each and are sewn into an accordion fold book. Seals and seal shapes signify ownership of the work.

Stop Action II is about the metamorphosis of a flat book structure into one with curved pages. The content is the action of opening the book, pulling and securing the cords to create rounded pages for display, and then the ability to fold it back into a completely flat shape for portability. It can also be read while flat, but it is 14 feet long when completely opened. The nearly three-foot tall pages are painted with sumi ink and are marked with seals. The first Stop Action was made years ago; this time the issue of large scale was addressed.

The exhibition will run from November 5 to December 18, 2005. For more information on the artists' talks, call (909) 607-4690 or visit the Gallery's website at http://www.scrippscollege.edu/dept/gallery/ index.html
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is located at 11th St. and Columbia Ave. in Claremont, California.
The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1pm to 5pm.

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