Workshop: Innovative Folded Book Forms with Alicia Bailey

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Saturday, July 13, 10 am-4 pm
with a one-hour lunch break
Registration-Only

$75 registration fee
$20 materials fee

Instructor: Alicia Bailey
Maximum Class Size: 12

In this workshop at form & concept gallery, students will be introduced to creative and innovative book structures using paper and a few basic tools. This workshop is presented in conjunction with the book art exhibition Superscript, on view at form & concept through July 13, 2019.

Inspired by innovators in the book arts field such as Claire van Vliet and Hedi Kyle, the focus will be on form and structure rather than content. Each student will produce a collection of sample books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. Some of the structures we will explore include the Blizzard Book, Flat Reverse Hinge, and three variations using an accordion fold. No previous book making experience necessary. Suitable for ages 16+.

Registrants will receive a list of tools to bring, which are low-cost and easy to order or purchase locally. The workshop runs from 10 am to 4 pm with a one-hour lunch break, for a total of 5 hours of teaching time. Lunch is not provided, but the gallery will recommend some nearby eateries. 

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Biography

Studio artist Alicia Bailey (Denver, CO) creates book and box works that often include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional book forms and embrace presentation flexibility, innovative page folding tactics, rigid page construction and use of alternative materials. In her studio she produces artists’ book works, sculptural books and publishes limited edition book works under the Ravenpress imprint. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is being developed at University of Denver Libraries, Penrose Special Collections. Archives of her work in other areas is being developed at Arthyve.

Opening: SUPERSCRIPT

“The working title for Superscript was ‘Exploded Book,’” says Jordan Eddy, director of form & concept and curator of the gallery’s spring book art exhibition. “I spent the winter hunting for book artworks that quite literally project into the world around them.” The group show unites insurgent members of New Mexico’s formidable community of book artists, along with several artists from across the nation. It is almost entirely composed of large-scale installation works that either incorporate books or are conceptually linked to them.

“We finally settled on Superscript, a typographical term that we’re repurposing as an antonym for ‘subtext,’” says Eddy. “These works make surprising statements about what book art can be.” There’s no shortage of more traditional books in the exhibition—collections of pages with bindings and covers—but even those are often subject to radical intervention. 

Artists: Michael Sumner, Melody Sumner Carnahan, Erin Mickelson, C. Marquez, Julia Haywood, Sabrina & Damon Griffith, Alicia Bailey, Hannah Bennett, Edie Tsong, Penney Bidwell, Adrian Oteiza, Ran Huntsberry

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Video: Murals of Tibet

Thomas Laird, the photographer behind the new TASCHEN book Murals of Tibet, will appear at form & concept this Friday at 5 pm for a special event. He’ll talk about his journey of over ten years to create this stunning archive of Tibetan Buddhist art, and offer visitors an intimate look at the SUMO-sized Collector’s Edition of the book. Murals of Tibet has been on display in the gallery’s atrium since early July, and Laird’s appearance marks its final day here.

Ahead of the event, check out this incredible video series by TASCHEN about the creation of Murals of Tibet. Above, TASCHEN introduces the book in spectacular fashion. Here’s an excerpt from the narration:

For centuries, Tibet has been seen as an island in the sky. A remote land, close to the lights, beyond the mountains. A mysterious land, where monks practiced rituals and yoga that led to wisdom and power. What if, even in our age of increased accessibility, a great treasure still remained—hidden all of these centuries? Visions from another world. Visions created to inspire, as Tibetans say, liberation upon seeing.

Over the course of five expeditions, and using multi-image capture and render technology, Thomas Laird amassed the first catalog of life-size images of more than 200 Buddhist mural masterpieces—including the oldest and most important painted during the past 1,000 years.

In this “making of” video, the editorial team discusses the design process. Managing Editor Florian Kobel says:

The murals can now be appreciated much better than on site. They have never been explored to the extent as they have been now, because the walls are 9 meters high, the lighting is terrible. You never were able to look up and study the faces.

Frank Goerhardt, TASCHEN’s global publishing director, continues:

You cannot get the picture with one photograph. It is a sum of pictures taken digitally and stitched together.

Laird sat down with Richard Gere at the Explorers Club in New York for a conversation about the making of the book. Here’s what he had to say:

I spend the day shooting hundreds of images. That’s a lovely day in Tibet, in a dark room. […] You see the Buddha when you’re done that day, but you also have a headache. Then you bring that home, and you sit down in front of a computer, and your wife puts up with you for a month or six weeks. Then you say to her, ‘It’s very nice, but it’s not proper… so I need to go back to Tibet to recapture this.

Come meet Laird and learn more about Murals of Tibet on Saturday. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so make sure to arrive early.

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Preview: Murals of Tibet

Murals of Tibet- Photographer Thomas Laird- TASCHEN Books- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

For more than a decade, American photographer Thomas Laird traversed snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts to capture images of Tibet’s spectacular Buddhist murals. He worked with internationally renowned art book publisher TASCHEN to make Murals of Tibet, a 498-page volume that is the world’s first archive of these sacred artworks.

form & concept hosts Laird at a special event where he’ll share stories of the book’s creation, and offer visitors an up-close look at the Collector’s Edition of the book. The hardcover volume is signed by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and features Laird’s photographs in life-size resolution. The event is part of a national tour of the book by TASCHEN. It takes place at form & concept on Friday, August 31 from 5 to 7 pm. Murals of Tibet is on view at form & concept from July 12 through August 31, as part of a national tour.

Murals of Tibet- Photographer Thomas Laird- TASCHEN Books- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I spend the day shooting hundreds of images. That’s a lovely day in Tibet, in a dark room. […] You see the Buddha when you’re done that day, but you also have a headache,” Laird told Richard Gere at a TASCHEN event in New York earlier this year. “Then you bring that home, and you sit down in front of a computer, and your wife puts up with you for a month or six weeks. Then you say to her, ‘It’s very nice, but it’s not proper… so I need to go back to Tibet to recapture this.” Using this innovative multi-image digital photography process, Laird captured murals as wide as 10 meters in exquisite detail.

The publication of this unprecedented record of Tibetan art is so momentous that it caught the attention of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who signed all 998 copies of the Collector’s Edition. As the Dalai Lama has explained, these murals are not just objects of beauty, but serve as points of reference and guidance for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, as well as for anyone seeking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life.

Murals of Tibet- Photographer Thomas Laird- TASCHEN Books- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New MexicoBinding contemporary photographic technology with ancient traditions, this book is at once a majestic art piece, a major milestone in the appreciation of Buddhism, a precious monument to Tibetan culture, and a vital source for the contemplative arts and sciences. The SUMO-sized Collector’s Edition comes with a bookstand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban.

As the murals are often massive in scale, Murals of Tibet  measures 19.7 x 27.6 in. In a 528-page scholarly companion book, Buddhist writer and academic Robert Thurman takes us through this transcendent journey with detailed text on the murals’ spiritual significance while captions from experts Heather Stoddard and Jakob Winkler shed light on the storylines and artistic context of each image.

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Murals of Tibet- Photographer Thomas Laird- TASCHEN Books- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico